He is adorable, isn’t he?? :D Well.. assuming it’s a he, I have no idea actually XD
If anyone’s been wondering why I’ve been so quiet (other than the occasional queue post), this little guy is why. We think he’s a greenfinch, but he’s too young to be sure. My mom’s coworker found him lost and chirping on the ground near their working place, and my mom ended up bringing the poor fella home. (I’m still wondering if he was actually lost… sometimes young birds can be seen on the ground while they’re learning how to fly, but their parents are nearby. Since I wasn’t there, I have no idea what actually happened.) We’ve been taking care of the birdie and want to take him to a wildlife rehabilitation center ASAP, but they aren’t responding to our calls. I’ll keep trying anyway. But other than that, the birdie looks healthy, he’s got a nice appetite, he keeps stretching and cleaning his feathers which is great, and he actually flew a bit this morning!! The fact he’s not actually afraid of humans is slightly concerning, but he seems alright otherwise. I’m super happy, usually the birds we bring in are so sick or injured they refuse to eat and die overnight.
Anyway, this is my half assed excuse for not posting anything original the past few days (and especially for not working on any commissions! I’ll start working on them soon, I promise!) If anyone has any advice or tips on how to deal with young birds like this, my inbox is always open! Thank you!!
One of my go to books on creature anatomy in general is Animals Real and Imagined. It has a really solid primer on many animals including a few dinosaurs. The World of Kong is an excellent creature book, filled with many made up critters inspired by ancient animals. If by ancient animals you specifically are referring to dinosaurs, then there are many great resources on the internet. Scott Hartman is almost the gold standard for dinosaur skeletals. This online lecture from artist David Krentz has a ton of solid information as well.
As far as tips of my own: When designing ancient creatures, remember that they are still animals. Look towards modern animals for inspiration for behavior and color patterns. Also always be aware of how wildly different some animals look compared to their skeleton. Consider how different elephant skeletons look when compared to their fleshy counterpart without the giant ears and trunk. I hope this sorta answers what you were looking for.
So it finally happened~! I have over 500 followers, and it’s about time I gave you all a little something in return!! And voilá! An art giveaway!
Here are the rules:
Giveaway ends August 1st, Western European Time Zone.
There will be 4 winners in total! They’ll be chosen with a random number generator, and I’ll message you if you’ve won, so please keep your ask box open!
If i don’t hear back from the winners within 24 hours of being contacted, I’ll pick new ones.
This is only open to my followers. New followers are welcome, but don’t hop in just for the giveaway and leave as soon as it’s done. That’s not nice.
No giveaway blogs!! I’ll be checking!
You can reblog as many times as you like, but only 1 will give you an entry. One like will give you an extra chance to win :D
As for the prizes, I will draw your OCs or fanart. I only ask that you send me good references (and a short description about them) if you want me to draw your OCs, or if I’m not familiar with the character :D First and second prizes are coloured, third and fourth are greyscale.
And I think that’s it! Best of luck and thank you all for sticking around~! I LÓBE YOU ALL!
There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)