Friday, January 31, 2014

Horseshoe crab

We literally got horseshoe crab and fiddler crab specimens. They are sitting in my living room in their jar of something slightly less toxic than formaldehyde. 
Here we have carbon dust and stipple on opposite sides of a sheet of dendril. Elyssa, one of the girls in my class, did an amazing bug using this technique, so now I want to try it again. But I didn't want to ever again after this project.
Gestural drawing

Measured line drawing

Dorsal View

Ventral view
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These are of the shell I got on the first day of class. Two views in two mediums. The stipple board is pretty much paper with a texture on it that then ends up making graphite look like stipple.
Gestural drawing and measured line drawing

Measured line drawing

Gestural drawing and measured line drawing


Stipple paper (coquille)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Here's my watercolor of a squid. If I have time, I am going to do another one. I am not super please with this one. I really need to learn patience with watercolor. We all got a stinky raw calamari to take home. Pat said to take photos and draw sketches quick because it wouldn't last through the weekend.
Looks like he's dancing.

Close up of his mouth.

Angel squid
Measured line drawings

Sketch for teh painting

Gestural drawing, including a closeup of the mouth/beak

Final watercolor.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Stippled Eggs

As much as I like working in ink, this was not my favorite assignment.
Why would I do a measured line drawing of an egg?

Stipple of a cracked egg shell with a hunt 102 on dendril. Ugh.

Friday, January 24, 2014


On the first day of Zoological Illustration, one of the specimens we got was an ammonite (along with a shell and a mosasaur tooth). Our assignment was to do a carbon dust drawing of it. Lame. I would like to keep experimenting with carbon dust, but not a super happy camper with it here. Some people (I'm looking at your Crystal) are great with it. Not me.
Measured Line drawing
Larger measured line drawing in preparation for carbon dust

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


On our first day in the Zoological class or nearly the first day, we got to look at trilobites and take photos. So I used those photos to make my final poster for the Intro class.
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Mosasaur tooth measured line drawing. My first line drawing!
Mosasaur tooth in carbon dust. This was my first go at carbon dust.

Trilobite in carbon dust, but I just couldn't get it to look the way I wanted so I did another one in ink for the poster.
Some photos I took of the trilobites in class since we didn't get to keep them.

You might recognize this guy.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Burke Museum Paleo Day

Susan got us a day down in the bowels of the Burke Museum to sketch their paleo collection. Here's what I did.
Oreodont jaw in graphite

Macaque skull in graphite

Albertosaurus skull in ink

And here are some photos I took. It was such a cool day to see behind the scenes at the Burke. A little terrifying too to be near all those priceless items.
fossilized flower. So pretty.

Cast of an Albertosaurus skull

Front view of the Albertosaurus skull

Macaque skull

Upper jaw of the macaque skull

Complete macaque skull. - Abe had to help me put the jaw on because I couldn't figure it out

Adorable slow loris posed skeleton. Saw it at Mammal Day later next to a similarly posed taxidermy slow loris

Teeth of something I wouldn't want to bite me 

Oreodont teeth.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Burke Museum Mammal Day

I didn't actually sketch anything at Mammal Day at the Burke because there was too much awesome stuff. But here are some photos I took.
Doplphin skeleton

Echidna skeleton

Homo something skull. I can't quite read it

Jaguar. It was taxidermy.

Cute little girl was kissing this little guy

I think this is a sun bear skeleton

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Burke Museum Bird Day

The page of sketches I did from Bird Day at the Burke Museum.

Monday, January 13, 2014


We were supposed to try doing 20 minutes of sketching a week for our Introduction class. I do not think I did because by the end I was so busy with homework, but here is a couple from farmer's markets.