Sunday, May 4, 2014

Stone Cloud: The Ringing Shore

Flakes of rock occasionally crumble from the ceiling of the hollow space that surrounds the capsule stones, striking the capsules on their way down.  The sound is like windchime marimbas.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Struttin' Dimetrodon

He's got an island in the river delta, the biggest around, with a pond in the middle brimming with tasty labyrinthodont polliwogs.  He is not impressed with your dull, peach sail, and you're having second thoughts about poaching his polliwogs as he circles and struts, flicking his head and tail menacingly.  Better to keep moving on.

Friday, September 27, 2013

I'm in a book with some great artists!

 
My friends Tom and Rich are in it too.  Also, holy crap that's Mattias Adolfsson on the cover.  I'm in a book with Mattias Adolfsson... daaaang.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Great High Road Across Stone Cloud

Cut from the living stone of the island's namesake massif, the Great High Road has been a trade route in ages of reason, and the site of Stone Cloud's most powerful apparitions during ages of mysticism.  Our traveler sees this place at the terminator between reason and mysticism.  Soon, glasprites will be seen with regularity, capering and marching across the ancient stone blocks and through the fragmented hallways.  What was saved from the libraries of the previous age recorded sensations that defied description and left travelers of the road entranced while glasprites gathered about them.  Some were said to have never moved again from their reverie, becoming encased in living stone.  It is a treacherous path for a student of reason, as zealous mystics seek a more favored audience with these avatars of Stone Cloud; once legendary, then scientific curiosities, and now very real portents of civilization's turning.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wrinkly Greasy Inostrancevia

Inostrancevia was a genus of gorgonopsid, living in what is now Siberia during the Permian period.  This area was a hot, dry desert during this time.  Close relatives of the ancestors of all mammals, gorgonopsids very likely had leathery, glandular skin, and also hair, though likely not in the role of thermoregulation.  Gorgonopsids were fox- to lion-sized carnivores with well-developed nasal turbinates, indicating an active hunting lifestyle, though not necessarily a well-developed sense of smell.  They did have a vomeronasal organ, though, and would have hunted by scent much like a monitor lizard.  Inostrancevia was the biggest known, with a skull about two feet in length.  Here, I've hypothesized a role for an early wet nose, coupled with ancestral hair follicles acting in a possible precursor role of guards/wicks for mucus and sebaceous glands.  In my hypothetical restoration, mucus-wicking hairs poking out of the ancestral philtrum (cleft upper lip of modern mammals, less developed here and hypothetically comprising two parallel grooves) would collect airborne scents, which are collected by a flick of the tongue and passed across the vomeronasal organ to be detected.  Glandular secretions of oily, waxy sebum (or a related substance) would have kept skin moist and pliable where flexibility was needed more than the toughness of cornified, callused skin.  Fur was unlikely at this time, becoming more useful to later relatives in nocturnal habits as therapsids in general became marginalized by the upstart archosaurs (dinosaurs and kin).

I'm inspired by modern naked-skinned tropical mammals like hippos, rhinos, and Xoloitzcuintle dogs

Software: OpenCanvas 5.5

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Shiny clothes for space people.

These gals is rock-star space pilots.

Various inks and markers and such blah blah.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Saw a movie, and remembered how much fun I used to have in high school redesigning Star Trek ships.
This is quick and sloppy, I know those nacelles are misaligned but Scotty can fix that like nothin'.
More capsule hoppers!  This town is in the boondocks, in an ancient fortification that's not much good for anything except being easy for hopper pilots to pick out from high altitude.  Sure it looks busy, but I'll bet the big one has a mature forest of weeds growing underneath it.

Painted entirely in OpenCanvas 5.5

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Landed with trouble...

Pilot Prera F + Platinum Carbon ink, J. Herbin Gris Nuage + Pentel Pocket Brush, dilute walnut ink + Niji Water Brush, Sakura Gelly Roll white, Strathmore 300 bristol