FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobsThe world of freelance business is populated with all types of clients and artists. If you are a freelancer or a potential client, you will eventually start to recognize the early signs of good and bad job situations. There are some tips and notes below that may help you recognize these signs sooner and therefore improve your ability to connect successfully with good job partners. A client or artist will seldom display all of the good or bad signs described below. However, watching for the following list items may help you to assess a potential workmate as a good risk or a bad one BEFORE work begins. Similarly, if you strive to embody the positive characteristics listed below, they may help you to attract better clients/artists and engage in more successful and fulfilling partnerships.FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobs3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Good qualities in a DA CLIENT/ JOB AD:
Client seems polite and professional and reasonable.
Client knows what she/he wants and describes the work clearly.
Client displays good spelling, grammar an
I finally got around to overhauling my websiteI finally got around to overhauling my website2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey guys - those blog posts on giant dinosaurs are still coming, but now they will be coming to my redesigned website ( www.skeletaldrawing.com ), as I'm incorporating my blog into the main site, rather than running it separately on Blogger. I'll cross-post for a while, but if you like to read them you should get in the habit of checking out the site instead.
Plus there's even more skeletal drawings on it!
PE Dark Photomanip: Interview with `MarcelaBolivarPlease welcome MarcelaBolivar!PE Dark Photomanip: Interview with `MarcelaBolivar1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
For the past decade, Marcela Bolivar has been sharing her dreams and nightmares with us here on deviantArt through photomanipulation-based art. She hails from Colombia and has a very unique flair to her work. Her visions are unique to her.
Marcela recently granted me an interview, and I must say that it's been fun to get a peek inside her mind and her creative process!!
So, this is “dark photomanipulation week.” The phrase “dark photomanipulation” is often used interchangeably with horror/macabre photomanipulation, yet the two styles are very distinct. How would you classify your own work, and why?
My work has changed through these years but I like to think it has the same dreamy, feverish essence. It definitely tends towards dark themes but from an irrational or metaphorical view, making it seem to belong better with what you'd ca
Dinosaur News #34New dinosaurs include new species of Mochlodon M. vorosi. There are also reportedly three other new iguanodontians, Huxleysaurus hollingtoniensis (formerly a species of Iguanodon), Darwinsaurus evolutionis, and new species of Mantellisaurus M. carpenteri, but no one seems to have the paper (at least not in digital form).Dinosaur News #343 years ago in Personal More Like This
A neonatal Talenkauen santacrucensis specimen, a new specimen of Mei long (miraculously also in a sleeping position), and the soaring cycle of Diomedea exulans are described. Evidence of South American stegosaurs is confirmed. Aphelocoma californica are found to react to their dead and Corvus moneduloides are found to use casual reasoning. Potential cellular and molecular mechanisms for the development of early feather types are suggested. The evolution of quadrupedality in different ornithischian groups is investigated. The backwards flight of trochilids is found to be quite efficient.
Dinosaur News #40New dinosaurs include bird Vadaravis brownae and an unnamed abelisauroid. Sarcoramphus sacer is argued to represent a valid taxon.Dinosaur News #402 years ago in Personal More Like This
The mitochondrial genome of Ectopistes migratorius, the braincase of Alioramus altai, the water vapor conductance of Troodon formosus eggs, the history of African sphenisciforms, gut parasites in dinornithiforms, a new specimen of Austroraptor cabazai, and an ornithomimid bonebed are described. A detailed review of neural spine bifurcation in Morrison sauropods is published. Cacatua goffiniana are documented exhibiting self control. The validity of currently interpreted feather colors of fossil dinosaurs is disputed. All non-euornithine avialan specimens (including new Sapeornis, confuciusornithid, and enantiornithine specimens) that preserve leg and foot feathering are found to have pennaceous feathers on their hind limbs. Jeholornis and enantiornithines are found to have had only one functioni
Manip AcademyIntroducing a new project!Manip Academy1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Manip Academy (thanks, cristii, for inspiration for the name) is a new photomanipulation project inspired by projecteducate. We all love to learn, and we learn best from one another. Here's our chance to share what we know.
Manip Academy is an education initiative designed to spread the knowledge and the love. It is a collaboration between CRPhotomanipulation and we-HEART-photomanip. We will share tips and tricks for photomanipulation success. It is difficult to write tutorials, but anyone can write a simple tip or describe how they achieved a specific effect.
This project will feature two weekly articles written by the community every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This will be an ongoing project within our community, and we hope that many people will take advantage of the chance to sign up to submit one blog or even just a few sentences to help the community.
How you can help
Everyone is en
What time is it? It's Tet Zoo Time!Over the past few months :iconclassicalguy: and I have been working on a collaborative project, which is ready to be unveiled to the world at last. Some of you might have seen this earlier piece of artwork by Classicalguy featuring the hosts of the Tetrapod Zoology* podcast, paleontologist Darren Naish and paleoartist palaeontographer John Conway, starring in a parody of Adventure Time. Both Classicalguy and I saw the concept ripe for expansion, so he graciously offered me a position as collaborator and things snowballed from there.What time is it? It's Tet Zoo Time!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The introductory theme for Tet Zoo Time has been posted online. We collaborate on the concepts and writing of each episode, but the artwork is done entirely by Classicalguy, so go follow his page if you're looking forward to more. In addition, th
Did Mei Longs just sleep all the time?I usually try to avoid paleontological memes, such as sleeping Mei Long. But now that a second specimen was found in an almost identical sleeping position I think that, if I ever draw a picture of a Mei, it must be sleeping. I mean, if these fossils are anything to go by, they were probably sleeping all the time, right?Did Mei Longs just sleep all the time?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Those slothful dinosaurs.
Dinosaur News #27We have our first new dinosaurs of the year, birds Schizooura lii*, Picavus litencicensis, Kairuku waitaki, Kairuku grebneffi, and an indeterminate enantiornithine, hadrosaur Huehuecanauhtlus tiquichensis, tyrannosauroid and former Stokesosaurus species Juratyrant langhami, and sauropod Rugocaudia cooneyi. Incidentally, the finalized paper describing the ceratopsian "Gryphognathus" (which I mentioned before) amends its name to Gryphoceratops.Dinosaur News #273 years ago in Personal More Like This
Research is published showing that different species of Saurolophus can be distinguished through differences in their skin impressions, as is a study showing that polar Edmontosaurus probably didn't migrate. New Chinese deinonychosaur tracks and new specimens of Nemegtomaia barsboldi (one preserved on its nest) and Tarchia gigantea are described. Liaoningornis longidigitrus is shown to be an enantiornithine. A paper rebutting the idea Torosaurus
Dinosaurs, Lips and CheeksSome people here are aware of my blog, some are not. I spend most of my time posting crap there, and shunting some of the illustrations I prepare here and there.Dinosaurs, Lips and Cheeks3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Bite Stuff: http://qilong.wordpress.com/
If you care to follow, you will know that I've also been spending some time trying to answer the question about whether dinosaurs had "lips" or "cheeks," a common feature of illustrators and reconstructors for paleontology. Lately, scientifically informed illustrators like Crash McCreedy and Tyler Keillor have been rendering their dinosaurs without "cheeks" and without "lips" in the mammal sense, but rather with "lips" in the lizard and snake sense, structures that have no muscles in them, and were thus immobile.
I've gone into quite a lot of detail about this on my blog, beginning with
"Making Lip of It" http://qilong.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/making-lip-of-it/ , then
"Support for a Lipless, Cheekless Dinosaur World" http://qilong.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/support-for-a-liples
Why Copyright Law is a Matter of PerceptionWhy Copyright Law is a Matter of PerceptionWhy Copyright Law is a Matter of Perception3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Most people will argue that copyright is a law to protect artists and has nothing to do with perception, but this is just half the truth. This post will shed some light about common misconceptions*.
First off, this topic came up in a conversation about copyright, artwork licensing and a debate on how to solve issues with a client. Actually the essence of my thoughts are packed into the following post.
To begin with, I´d like to state that I´m an artist and have a sincere interest to protect my work as much as anyone else, but I don´t trust copyright or Creative Commons for that matter, the lines are too blurry and the jurisdiction is often very incomprehensible.
There is a German law that states:"The freedom of any person is untouchable", I´m sure every federation, regardless if Europe or r
Dinosaur News #67New dinosaurs include birds Parapengornis eurycaudatus, Holbotia ponomarenkoi (long present as a nomen nudum), and Cratoavis cearensis, sauropodomorphs Haestasaurus becklesii (formerly a species of Pelorosaurus) and Sefapanosaurus zastronensis, ceratopsian Regaliceratops peterhewsi, and ornithopod Iguanodon galvensis.Dinosaur News #672 months ago in Personal More Like This
A "ceratopsian" egg from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia is re-identified as that of an enantiornithine. Deceptive vocal mimicry in Acanthiza pusilla and phonemic contrasts in the vocalizations of Pomatostomus ruficeps are reported. New studies came out on the morphometrics of the pectoral girdle in Oryctodromeus cubicularis, the wear biomechanics of Triceratops teeth, ontogenetic shape change in the brains of Gallus gallus domesticus, evolution of the neoceratopsian syncervical and columbid head crests, the osteology of Nothronychus, Laplatasaurus araukanicus
Giant dinosaur blog posts a'comingGiant dinosaur blog posts a'coming2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So as it turns out a non-trivial amount of background work went into the making of the Thunder Lizards chart, and as a result I have quite a bit to share about it. Although I'll be posting brief explanations with any images I upload, I'll be going into more detail on my blog with a series of entries in the coming week(s). The first post went up yesterday (an expanded version of what I wrote on the similarly themed Facebook page), so those of you who like to re
Feathered ornithomimosaurs! At last!A new Jehol find? Nope! It's Ornithomimus itself! Two new specimens (an adult and a juvenile) have been found with feather traces, and a long-known adult specimen has been discovered to have what may be attachment points for large feathers on the arms. This means that pennibrachiae go down to the base of maniraptoriforms! The juvenile, however, doesn't preserve pennibrachiae, so it might mean that in these basal maniraptoriforms only the adults had pennibrachiae, and that pennibrachiae originally evolved for display. In addition, this also opens up the possibility of finding feathered dinosaur specimens in coarser-grained sediment than usually expected, as long as fossil hunters keep a sharp eye out for those delicate feather traces.Feathered ornithomimosaurs! At last!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
SugarFlesh. The melancholic biomech.:iconsugarflesh::iconsugarflesh::iconsugarflesh:SugarFlesh. The melancholic biomech.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A year ago liransz and I collaborated in our work TECHNIFICATION mixing her dark dolls style with my dark cybernetics biomechanicals and we loved the results, we thought that it was so strong and that we should explore a bit more that path, that way born Sugarflesh a therm that mix well the two concepts we want to explore, cuteness/romanticism - dark/biomech.
We would like to find our propper path and that you enjoy our works.
We will still submitting wallpapers of the works periodically, remember to check it out.
Dinosaur News #60New dinosaurs include ornithopods Adelolophus hutchisoni, Plesiohadros djadokhtaensis, and Gongpoquansaurus mazongshanensis (formerly a species of Probactrosaurus), birds Gansus zheni, Aegypius varswaterensis, and Muscicapa sodhii, and sauropod Huangshanlong anhuiensis.Dinosaur News #609 months ago in Personal More Like This
The cranial anatomy of Erlikosaurus andrewsi and Thescelosaurus neglectus and a bonebed of juvenile Protoceratops andrewsi are described. Wintonotitan wattsi is redescribed. New studies came out on the structure and function of the casque in Casuarius and the microbiome of cathartids. The osteohistology of Hesperornis and pygoscelids is compared.
Dinosaur News #66New dinosaurs include birds Locustella chengi and Archaeornithura meemannae and dromaeosaurid Saurornitholestes sullivani.Dinosaur News #663 months ago in Personal More Like This
New studies came out on the function of the alula in flight, the development of the avian snout and hallux, and the phylogeny of hesperornithines. Supposed sexual dimorphism in Protoceratops andrewsi and gregariousness in the Eubrontes trackmakers of Hartford Basin are reevaluated and found to be unconvincing. Swimming traces from stegosaurs, an unusual dromaeosaurid track morphology, and a new specimen of Allosaurus with multiple pathologies are described. The trace fossil Wupus agilis is found to belong to large birds rather than other types of theropods. Nesting site fidelity is established in multiple new troodont nest specimens.
Skeletal ErrataJust a small note on two silent updates - the claw sheaths of Deinonychus have been updated to a more realistic thickness, and pubic bones of Futalognkosaurus were splayed out a bit more (meaning in side view they are somewhat narrower front-to-back now). The latter has no material impact on drawing the animal, but the larger claw sheaths may impact how you reconstruct Deinonychus.Skeletal Errata3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Further bulletins as events warrant.
Otto!It's official. "Otto", the exquisite juvenile theropod specimen that tantalizingly surfaced last year has been published under the name Sciurumimus albersdoerferi. (Anyone else glad they didn't jump on one of its rumored names floating around earlier in the year, "Xaveropterus"? Always wait for the paper. )Otto!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The big news about this one, aside from being a wonderfully preserved juvenile specimen, is that it is (maybe) a megalosauroid that preserves feathers! Sadly, as glad as I am to see this finally out, it did not push me to "yes-yes-yes" territory considering that the beans were all spilled last year when it was initially revealed.
Edit: According to Dr. Oliver Rauhut, the lead author on the descriptio
Dinosaur News #41New dinosaurs include oviraptorosaurs Ganzhousaurus nankangensis, Leptorhynchos gaddisi, and former species of Chirostenotes Leptorhynchos elegans, ceratopsian Judiceratops tigris, abelisauroid Dahalokely tokana, and bird Eocypselus rowei (which preserves glossy black feathers). "'Dilophosaurus' sinensis" is now considered to represent Sinosaurus triassicus.Dinosaur News #412 years ago in Personal More Like This
Basal sauropodomorph embryos with preserved organic remains, evidence that Microraptor ate fish, a juvenile specimen of Sapeornis chaoyangensis, and an Argentine nesting colony of enantiornithines are published. The osteology of Lusotitan atalaiensis is described (among other things, such as the "armor" of Agustinia ligabuei being misinterpreted regular bones), as are the axial skeleton of Lirainosaurus astibiae and cellular mechanisms behind feather color patterns. The evolution of sexual dimorphism in Dinornis, color polymorp
Crowning Moment of Awesome #16I've long thought that it would be fantastic if :iconMattMart: wrote a book on Mesozoic birds. Little did I know, he was, and it'll likely be out by the end of the year!Crowning Moment of Awesome #163 years ago in Personal More Like This
Edit: It's out. Go get it.
What Makes Dark Art Dark?What Makes Dark Art, DarkWhat Makes Dark Art Dark?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Dark art is an incredibly versatile genre. It can be mixed, mashed up, and paired with several other different art styles whether it be surreal, conceptual, science fiction - the list goes on and on. Not only that, but's it's often directly associated with and compared to other art genres, mainly the emotional art genre. So then, what makes something dark? What makes dark art so unmistakably it's own genre? Let's find out!
A Sinister Feeling
Sinister, giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen. For me, the word sinister describes dark art the best. While there are certain colors and subject matters that are often associated with dark art, I believe it transcends visuals. All you really need is t
Behind The Screens: Interview With MarcelaBolivarHello, and welcome to another edition of Digitalists new interview series:Behind The Screens: Interview With MarcelaBolivar2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Behind the Screens: Digital Art Masters
Through these interviews, we will get an in-depth look into the minds
and careers of DeviantART's most influential digital artists.
Today's featured artist is MarcelaBolivar
"My name is Marcela Bolivar and I am a professional digital artist specializing in photo-manipulation. I come from Colombia."
When did you first discover your passion for art?
It wasn't really much of a discovery, it has been a natural activity in my life since childhood which gradually became my profession. I couldn't see myself doing anything else!
Was your family supportive of your decision to pursue art as a career?
Yes, my family have always been my biggest su
Titanosaurs don't sprawlA Back to Blogging special after a couple week hiatus (blame SVP...there was a lot to do before I attended) on how wide-gauged sauropods walked. Hint...they didn't sprawl their limbs out!Titanosaurs don't sprawl4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Go check it out here: http://skeletaldrawing.blogspot.com/2011/11/gauging-stance-in-wide-gauge-sauropods.html
Feel free to leave comments there or here, I'll keep an eye out for them.
Happy paleo-arting everyone!