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599x720 96907 bytes 2003.02.25
My computer was down, so I resorted to pen and watercolor to capture a frog who evidentally has a hard time with swimming. Maybe he's really a toad.
650x645 207910 bytes 2003.07.26
It's another frogbird, this time a plover. Acrylic, 18 x 18, for Trinoc Con upcoming. As for the big question--how did those big eggs come outta that teeny froggy rear?--your guess is as good as mine. Maybe they get laid small and grow and harden when they mature? Yeah. Sounds right.
900x449 179987 bytes 2005.05.08
Really, I just wanted to paint tree bark...18 x 36, mixed media on clayboard.
720x576 155831 bytes 2003.01.17
Following a short-lived fad for pet dragons in the Year of the Withered Turnip, and the inevitable injuries and attendant property damage, dragon breeders set out to create a docile domestic lap-dragon. Unfortunately, reckless inbreeding for the desireable traits of placid temper and a diet other than raw meat resulted in low fertility, while failing to deliver the dragon-breeder's Holy Grail of a dwarf lap-dragon. Extensive trapping of wild dragons to improve the strain led to the extinction of wild dragons by the Year of the Gibbering Chipmunk, while domestic dragons grew increasingly fat, sedentary, and omnivorous (although the fertility problem had been fixed entirely too well.) In the end, the dream of lap-dragons was abandoned, and dragons found a new niche as garbage disposals, eating virtually every form of organic trash and converting it to high grade fertilizer. Attempts by the well-meaning to coax the morbidly obese and slothful dragons into a healthier lifestyle revealed that in fact, dragons were perfectly content to sleep twenty-three hours a day and have their food delivered, and had a regrettable tendency to convert anyone attempting to alter their lifestyle into mulch by the most direct route.
576x720 142166 bytes 2003.02.06
Leroy the antisocial tadpole and his sock puppet--again. This was an X-mas present for my husband's boss, who runs a company called "Gaucho Games" and liked the original Leroy, so voila! Gaucho Leroy! He liked it sufficiently that this image actually appears as skatepark grafitti in the current game they're working on--god knows what the players will think.
600x386 47813 bytes 2002.12.11
Somedays you want to make deathless, meaningful art for the ages. And some days, you just want to paint happy gay anteaters in boxer shorts frolicking in the grass.
720x576 158158 bytes 2003.03.10
It's a glyptodon! This hefty prehistoric beast, relative of the modern armadillos and sloths, is a piece for a folio I'm collaborating with the talented Cara Mitten on...should be fun. He was fun to draw, right up until my husband said "Hey, it looks like one of those things from the Dark Crystal," which sent me gibbering off into the night, but what can you do? That's what the bloody critters look like, after all.
593x800 159489 bytes 2003.04.10
This fuzzy fellow is a Schiuan takin, an Asiatic beast somewhere between a muskox and a mountain goat. They're yellow. The legendary "golden fleece" may be from one. They have 'em at the Minnesota zoo, which is where I took all the photos for this guy. It's acrylic, 18 x 24, and was intended as a follow up to the camel painting, but I find I'm less pleased with it--part of it, of course, lies with my rendering skills, but I think part of it is with the subject--camels have almost sculptural fur, what with the dreads and matts and all, as opposed to the smoother fleece of the takin.
519x700 70706 bytes 2003.08.31
An acrylic portrait of an earring-sporting kirin, 18 x 24, as CopperCon looms on the horizon and Ursula attempts to hammer out originals in that ancient tradition of Making A Buck.
600x480 36822 bytes 2002.12.15
Reno Maxwell, inventor of the Gothvark, dug my anteaters and asked me to try my hand at that diabolical and cuddly little beast--so here it is! (I like his little wings.) Also, just to shamelessly plug, anyone who wants anteater merchandise should visit my homepage at www.metalandmagic.com where we have all kinds of anteater goodies.
320x800 116736 bytes 2003.07.24
Having read a couple of books lately that for some reason featured the obscure mythical grindylow--as generic water imp, as demonic extra-dimensional mermen, etc--I decided to do my own versions, which came out as kind've anthro-viperfish. And hey, everybody loves viperfish, right? Right?!
523x650 124281 bytes 2004.05.05
A quick and silly watercolor of a grumpy little tadpole.
600x427 72526 bytes 2006.08.11
Hadrosaurs drinking tea. Hey, sometimes you just getting the burning need for cute mixed media dinosaurs...
677x576 147249 bytes 2004.12.22
This painting about killed me. 14 x 18, mixed media on textured clayboard. The Battle Hamsters go raiding!
440x650 42799 bytes 2003.10.15
Sometimes you just gotta succumb to the cute.
533x800 136176 bytes 2003.03.23
When the sludge hippocampus evolved from the more generic river hippocampus, in order to take advantage of the sprawling habitat offered by the sewers of large cities, it found a niche rich in food and hiding places, where it could grow to unprecedented size.
800x640 142410 bytes 2003.01.19
I did a painting a few years back of a gryphon, and made some off the cuff remark in the artist's statement about how some of these hybrids made of a dozen different Charismatic Mammal parts made me think Igor had gone to the zoo with a bonesaw and superglue. A number of people suggested I illustrate that scene, so, as a follow up to the garbage dragon--"How Gryphons Are Made." Why, yes, I AM easily amused.
800x625 208351 bytes 2002.08.03
Two hyacinth macawfrogs, lurking in the rainforest...I think the part I like the best is the scattered light pathches. There are a lot more subtle purples and yellows in the wings in the original, but my elderly scanner can no longer distinguish extremely subtle shades, alas. Acrylic, 16 x 20.
650x492 84161 bytes 2004.09.29
The mighty inchwyrm! Mixed media, 8 x 10
474x700 127934 bytes 2006.08.11
Mixed media, and that little known lemur, the indri.
800x640 130383 bytes 2003.01.22
I don't know if anthromorphic jade actually counts as anthro, but what the heck. These little guys are jade gnomes. Why their eyes are sewn shut is probably a deep dark secret requiring the generally harmless gnomes to kill anyone who finds out, or it may just be a sort've cryptically goth fashion statement.
640x800 181752 bytes 2002.09.28
This was kind've a follow-up to "Puss-In-Boots Retires"--I really liked the textures, so I set out to do something similiar. Unfortunately, I kinda shot myself in the foot by working too large--all the great grainy grittiness I was getting on the close-ups in the original (which was 4800 x 6000 or so) is turned smooth in this much smaller jpg! Sonuvabitch. Well, that's why these are learning experiences, I 'spose... Anyway, inspired by a Chinese poem by Shih Ching, about a girl "flawless as jade" who keeps getting identified with a dead doe as a metaphor for the fact that her lover kills her and dumps her body in the woods. Um. It made sense at the time, damnit...
720x576 234003 bytes 2003.02.18
Another piece for the Amazons portfolio...this time in color. A Mayan jaguar, some ruins, and a tree frog...fun stuff all. The carvings are based on heiroglyphics from the Popul Vuh, which I would like to nominate as having the Coolest Names Ever. Seriously! Wander through the underworld there and you encounter the House of Stone Jaguars, the House of Obsidian Knives, run into demons with names like Scab Stripper and Blood Macaw, and can even play ball at Great Hollow With Fish In The Ashes. Modern place names simply do not compare.
559x700 172555 bytes 2004.07.01
A companion piece to "Cuttlefish Hat." I firmly believe that there is no creature in nature quite so beautiful as the walrus.
549x750 122034 bytes 2002.12.13
I realized t'other day that I've never drawn anything in the "big pants" style. So I cooked up this kirin eating ramen, inspired by all those big pants artists out there, and damnit, it was fun. Even if I realized too late that her coloration reminds me irresistably of Mystique, from the X-men. D'oh!
576x720 182486 bytes 2003.02.09
This started as another b&w Painter doodle, but once I'd finished, I decided to add color. Now the little part of my brain that says "I think I liked it better in black and white..." is yammering and jumping up and down, but I'll get those wayward neurons yet. All I need is a sharpened crazy straw and a can opener...
578x720 104646 bytes 2002.10.24
Other tadpoles thought Leroy was weird.
800x579 143736 bytes 2004.05.08
An intrepid lizard explorer in the Quinacridone Caves. Mixed media, 9 x 12.
482x650 103467 bytes 2004.05.07
I just dig this color scheme.
356x800 71123 bytes 2003.01.10
Since I'm well under my token 5% non-anthro limit, and proud of this one to boot, I figured I'd toss it up. I was feeling Art Nouveau, and I've been doing a lot of black and white commercial illos lately, and enjoying the effects of a limited palette, so I decided to do it in sepia tone washes. (The original sketch was about three inches high--I had a composition I liked, so I decided to just go straight to digital and put in the details rather than getting fiddly with it at a larger size and loose all the energy.)
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