Allopreening is a behavior often seen in a mated pair of birds (allogrooming also occurs in mammal species most notably primates). Allopreening is the mutual preening of another birds feathers. Sometimes the preening will switch back and forth from bird to bird. This behavior can be performed to enhance feather maintenance (keeping feathers clean of parasites) or to strengthen social bonds. The receiver of the preening will often lower their head, fluff out their feathers and in general have an 'Awwmygawh that feels good' look on their face. Birds attached to humans will also preen their humans, either trying to preen their hair, beard, moust
Flights of Fancy by James Gurney, copyright 1996.
From Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, p. 181.
This analysis copyright Scott M. McDaniel, 2011
Before I say anything else, if you're an artist you should go buy both of James Gurney's books about painting. If you like the approach this blog takes to analyzing paintings, you'll love Gurney's approach in these books. The one this painting is from is Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, and his first one is Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist. (As a former technical writer I also like the presentation - each topic is a 2-page spread w
On writing three-dimensional villains
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Do you remember the Big Bad Wolf? He destroyed the Three Little Pigs' houses and ate them (or only chased them, depending on the rendition). He ran to Little Red Riding Hood's home and devoured her grandmother. The Big Bad Wolf appears in countless fairy tales to eat and terrorize the general populace.
In many children's
I'm waaayyy behind on my resolution, mostly due to heavy commissions but I discover today that I got a DD on my Fish to Dino Practice animation! :D
Whoo-hoo! Kinda makes wish I did a better job, though... :/ There are so many mistakes in it...
So as a bonus for everyone who liked the animation, I'm posting the original storyboards and the original model sheets. (Both of which conveniently also work toward my art quota. :3)
I've neglected this account far too much. While it's true that working on artist alley stuff has taken up all my drawing attention, I'm disappointed at how slow my art is improving and I feel I need to work on some art fundamentals in other media (say, media without an "undo" command).
I bought several sets of Copic markers a few months ago, and am using them in an attempt to increase my drawing accuracy, to practice planning ahead, to help overcome my perfectionism, and other things. Surprisingly, this is working somewhat and since the volume of my art doodles has increased, I've decided to form a new year's resolution: