More resources and thoughts so far

Just a quick status update today.

I have been really busy these past several months developing my skills and working on my art ideas. The other day I visited the NEC to look at the Art Materials Live, Crafts for Christmas and the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts shows. There were some excellent artists and crafters at the venue and I met some of the presenters from Create and Craft ( yay!).

I’ve also discovered a podcast called the Creative Trek which I have started listening to.

I will still aim to update this blog once a week, however I do want to spend time getting my art to a level I’m happy with showing, and sometimes given other responsibility’s / practicalities of everyday life and my training schedule this will take me longer.

Dinosaur Pioneers: Hitchcock and Leidy

After a hiatus of sorts I’m continuing where I left off with my posts on the pioneers of Dinosaur science.

Edward Hitchcock and Joseph Leidy

In the early 19th century a geologist from the USA wrote about some three toed fossilised footprints that had been found in the red sandstone of New England in the Eastern United States. At the time he thought they were evidence of giant birds, but they were later found to be from dinosaurs such as Ammosaurus, Anchisaurus and Megalosaurus.

The 1850s were an exciting time because the first dinosaur skeletons from North America were described. Joseph LeidyJoseph Leidy who was a professor of anatomy, named Troodon in 1856 from fossil teeth found in Montana by Ferdinand Hayden. He also reconstructed and named a headless skeleton of a dinosaur found in New Jersey in 1858, calling it Hadrosaurus. Hadrosaurus was a duck billed dinosaur from the late cretaceous period (although they probably didn’t know that at the time because they hadn’t got it’s head).

His reconstruction was particularly important because the skeleton had shown him that this creature walked upright rather than on all fours as they had previously thought was the case in earlier reconstructions of dinosaurs. It was clear that the hind limbs were longer than the forelimbs.


The last several weeks or so I’ve been very busy experimenting and working on my skills and ideas for portfolio pieces. I’ve also started to learn vector drawing (at last…), and also tried my hand at 3D voxel art which is quite fun. I used an open source program called Magica Voxel. I was sort of thinking it would be useful for testing different lighting and shadows.

Illustration Blogs

This week I have been away from my art studio visiting family, so I thought I would link to some good Illustration blogs I have found recently (and some old favorites). I’m still busy sketching more dinosaurs though, so look out for those in a few weeks :)

In the mean time here are some awesome blogs:


Continuing the dinosaur theme I thought I’d write about Iguanodon which is Illustrated below (bit of tradigital on this one for a change).


Iguanodon was the second dinosaur to be named in 1825. It lived during the early Cretaceous period and ate ferns and horsetails which it found in marshy land of the sub tropical environment.

There were no teeth at the front of its mouth where it had a bony beak, but its cheek teeth were strong and ridged. It was 9 metres long and 5 metres high (about as tall as a double decker bus).

Iguanodon moved on its two hind legs upright, but also walked on all fours every so often. It is thought that the spiky thumbs were used to fend off predators such as Megalosaurus.