Final products done! Got these all printed today
Part 1: Feliforms
Traité de paléontologie
London : H. Ballière ;J.-B. Baillière ;1853-1857.
Know your bones!
Finally finished my summer project of sketching and studying the human skeletal system. Definitely a good and relaxing way to spend time, especially if you’re overly technical like me and want things to be exact/perfect. (See the labeling of the vertebrae?) It could probably use a few more views and angles, but it’s time to move on to other projects.
Man (Homo sapiens sapiens), Cow (Bos taurus), and Ram (Ovis aries)
The structure of the ruminant animals varies considerably. It’s important for the artist to recognize the vertebral layout and rib structure, even of animals that are covered in thick wool or fur. Wild bovids (such as bison) and aurochs have extended cervical vertebrae that form a “hump” over their shoulders.
A Comparative View of the Human and Animal Frame. B. Waterhouse Hawkins, 1860.
Skeleton of a duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), our favorite semi-aquatic venomous egg-laying endemic Australian mammal! There is no record of accession with this specimen, but it is thought to be Zoology Collection #1 (as seen in the “Chicago Adventure” series!).
Ulysses Aldrovandi’s marine mammal illustrations from exactly 400 years ago (1613). Some have human emotions, feet!, and imaginative bodies, while characteristics like teeth, baleen and bones are described accurately. Just makes me wonder what we will think of “modern science” in another 400 years…
Mouse lemur (Microcebus sp.) from the zoological collection. In addition to having adorably gigantic orbitals to aid in their nocturnal behaviors, mouse lemurs are also the smallest of all primates with an average head, body, and tail length no more than 11 inches (27cm). I want one in my pocket.