Monday, August 11, 2014

Brontësaurus‏

Brontësaurus‏. Sepia ink and gouache on Strathmore grey toned paper, 151 x 147mm.

'My literary and palaeo friends and audiences so rarely converge (which is a great pity), but I’m jolly well going to try.'

So I said when I first shared this drawing on my own illustration blog, Twitter, and Facebook page a few weeks ago. It has since gained what was for me quite unprecedented attention for a single piece of work on any of those media platforms.* Why, it's even been spread about on Tumblr without any attribution, which I daresay is about as 'viral' as it gets for me. As usual, I hesitated sharing it here from the first because it offers very little next to the nutritional goodness posted by my Chasmosaurs brethren, but I've been persuaded otherwise. Stay tuned, therefore, for more in this series.


*Except perhaps for Ol' Salty, which was shared by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts' Facebook page, though as they uploaded the drawing afresh instead of sharing it directly from mine, the figures were not reflected in the latter. *Chagrined mutterings*

6 comments:

  1. Just lovely, an instant classic. Love your work Niroot.

    Looking forward to more in the series. Perhaps Byronosaurus, Shawuuia, Hardymimus, H. G. Wellsnhoferia, or Alfred, Lord Tennysontosaurus with half a dozen literary critics hanging off his flanks?

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    1. Thank you so much, Mark.

      Wow, thank you for those suggestions! I'm writing all this down, you know...

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  2. It is a great drawing, your mixed images are always fun to look at, I recall an older one of you, Marc, and Chris from the jeresy boys hunt dinosaur blogs, sitting around a table, while all portrayed as dinosaurs.

    I suppose the most fascinating, and mildly creepy thing, is how well the blending actually works. You draw an "brontosaurus" in clothes, writing with a pen, and yet despite how surreal the concept is, the image at hand somehow manages to look very natural. I suppose that can only be explained as being down to your artistic talent, which is, of course, also present here, great work as always.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tristan.

      I had been thinking of redoing that one of Marc, Chris and me for some time, actually. Still haven't managed it. Looking at it now does make me grimace a little.

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  3. And you just reminded me of this classic Chris Miller and Phil Lord produced fake commercial.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NKXNThJ610

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    1. Somebody else showed me that in response, too! Isn't it wonderful?

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