It’s been quite a while since I posted anything and even longer since it was art-related. I was recently contacted by an Air Force Master Sergeant requesting the use of one of my drawings for the nose of a UH-1N Helicopter (a Huey to us civilian folks). I have gotten some interesting requests over the years requesting the use of my artwork on things like Christmas ornaments, t-shirts, even a Cub Scout flag, but this one really has to be the topper.
The image in question is a bust of a pronghorn antelope and is one of the few drawings of a pronghorn and one of the few color drawings I have done. Here is the original image.
Original pronghorn antelope study drawing in color.
Well, the nose art is completed and the Major Sergeant sent me the files after just a couple of weeks. They flipped the drawing and added a green tint so that it blends into the paint scheme of the helicopter. I think it turned out great and I couldn’t be more thrilled. What a wonderful Christmas present and a reminder of just how much I love seeing artwork put to unique uses!
My wife and I attended the Montana Festival of the Book over the weekend and attended Jack Horner‘s presentation about his newest book How to Build a Dinosaur. I had my Moleskine journal with me so I started doodling one of the dinosaur images at the beginning of the presentation and was able to finish this small sketch before the presentation was completed. He was kind enough to sign my drawing along with my wife’s copy of How to Build a Dinosaur. It’s always a treat to meet an author we especially like and we found that Dr. Horner was a very approachable and patient person.
I had been lucky enough to attend a symposium in Bozeman, Montana (the home of the Museum of the Rockies, where Horner is curator) and listened to another presentation for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators before leading us on a field trip to the Museum of the Rockies where we were given a behind-the-scenes look at the efforts that go into creating and preserving the many exhibits at the museum.
It was one of those experiences that makes you say, “If I ever got the chance to work here, I would be in heaven.” Unfortunately I don’t know how to weld, have never cast a bone in a silicone mold, haven’t created exhibit displays where the specimen can be removed for study and reinserted without causing damage to the display or, more importantly, the bones themselves. Needless to say, I’d need a few more qualifications which is why their current exhibit coordinator is so unique. It’s a great museum and well worth the visit if you even happen to be in Bozeman before traveling down to Yellowstone National Park.
Just in time for Halloween, here is a link to my web page with a recently completed drawing of a Raven. I tried to play around with the graphical elements of the raven to produce a dynamic pose even though he’s perched on a static limb. By spreading the feet, lowering the center of gravity and stretching the neck out just a bit, I hope it imparts a feeling of potential action that I was going for.
The print is available in both 11×14 and 16×20 frame sizes and printed on 100% cotton rag fine art paper with pigment-based archival inks.