Critter of the Month: Diplodocus

Meet Dippy!  A giant with a heart of gold, life is never boring when this big guy is around.  Nothing is out of reach!  He’ll stick his nose into everything until every mystery is solved.

Dippy the Diplodocus is curious.

Happy Holidays! I hope you’ve been having a joyful and restful holiday season, or at least as restful as the holidays can get! πŸ™‚

Skittles wishes you a Merry Christmas, Hannukah, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice or any holiday you celebrate at this time of year, and a big welcome to the year 2021!

Skittles the Scutellosaurus wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My dear Hubby gave me an iPad and apple pen for Christmas this year, so of course I had to start playing with it right away. Skittles wanted to be part of the fun, so of course she jumped in and spread tissue paper everywhere. πŸ˜€

Hmm, her colors seem to change a bit when I paint her…ah well, let’s just say they’re color morph explorations. πŸ˜€ In any case, this was a very messy speed paint done in under three hours all spread out, with no reference, so it’s pretty sloppy. It was fun though, and I think this new tool will revolutionize how I do things! You can see a quick video of my process over on my Instagram. If you’re interested, I can figure out how to post those procreate videos here too. πŸ™‚

Making progress…

It’s been a busy holiday season this year, but I’ve still been sneaking in some fun wintery doodles this month. πŸ˜€ I hope you enjoy the doodle dump!

Random winter dino doodles.
I often have random silly fish in my doodles lol. It’s commonly the small silly thing I start with to warm-up before doodling other things. It’s helps loosen my hand so I don’t constantly second-guess myself. In this case, the silly fish has an equally silly Spinosaurus to chase after it, though he seems a little distracted at the moment. I wanted to experiment with stylizing the new proportions more. To the left we have a very grumpy Skittles in a classic ugly Xmas sweater. Then a Yutyrannus in her lovely winter coat. At the bottom are two Leaellynasaura making snow angels in the Antarctic snow.

Below are a few pictures of what the kids got for Christmas. I always love Doug Watson’s sculpts. Not all of Safari’s models are sculpted by him, but if there is a particular model I really love it is most likely a Doug Watson model. So lately I’ve been doing the behind the scenes research to find out which ones are sculpted by him. πŸ™‚

“Santa’s elves” created accessories to go along with each prehistoric creature. It was a ton of fun to do some sculpting again, especially with the fish Enchodus, which certainly would’ve been on the menu for Pteranodon. Unfortunately by the time I borrowed it from my little girl she’d dropped it a couple of times, so all the long teeth are missing in some pictures. The only pictures with the teeth still intact were taken inside after dark, before Santa’s elves put it in the stocking, so are a bit fuzzy. That coin is a dime, by the way, so it’s pretty small. πŸ˜€

My tiny Enchodus sculpture.
Enchodus has gnarly teeth!
Enchodus had some gnarly teeth! It was hard to get the tiny things semi-straight. I didn’t try too hard though, since I figured they’d break off pretty quick.
My tiny Enchodus sculpture has a hole in its side, whatever for?
Can you guess what the hole in its side is for? πŸ˜€
My tiny Enchodus compared to a dime.
Sorry for the quality. I’m only posting this picture for size reference. That coin is a dime.
Pteranodon spears an Enchodus.
Yum fishy!
An Allosaurus has a big bone.
I made an Apatosaurus humerus (leg bone) for my big boy’s Allosaurus. I found a convenient cedar twig for my little boy’s Triceratops. πŸ™‚

See you next month! I’ll be looking back at the past year and looking forward to the next year this month, and I’ll post all about my plans for 2021 on February 1st. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Coming Feb. 1st…

Why, oh why must everyone call her ugly?  I really don’t know.  She may not be winning any beauty contests, but she’s a real sweet heart with anyone she meets. πŸ™‚

Share your guess in the comments! She’ll be one of the critters over on the critter page. πŸ™‚

5 thoughts on “Critter of the Month: Diplodocus

  1. I might be a bit late on this, but I’m grateful for bringing back Dippy. The fish prey is an awesome feature and I love how you have the newer Safari Allosaurus. Apparently, it looks like Bella is next, I’d love to see how things are going with her.

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