Puppy-sized Dinosaur a.k.a. Aquilops

Once upon a time there was a wee bitty ceratopsian called Aquilops. It's estimated to have been 3.3lbs (1.5kg), had cheek spikes, and all around totes adorbs.

 

Last fall for InkTober, I illustrated a squirrel wearing an Aquilops skull. It was part of a series of illustrations of modern critters wearing the skulls of long extinct critters. I did my best--with what research data I could find--to keep the critter pairings to scale. I felt an Aquilops skull with all its delightful protrusions, would make a fine bony mask for a squirrel.

 

Last week I was contacted by one of the namers of Aquilops, Matt Wedel. He was preparing a blog post about the Aquilops art that has emerged since the naming and had found my weird squirrel. I was delighted and honored to be a part of his quest and I'm happy to inform you that the post is now published. Needless to say, I highly recommend checking it out. There's some amazing Aquilops art out there.

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: There has been an Aquilopsing – have you felt it? 

 

A Typical Sunday Morning

I open my laptop and start perusing the Sunday morning internets.

 

A few moments later funky beats bow-chicka-bow-wows out of my speakers. 

 

Andy, who is also scrolling through the Sunday morning internets, raises an eyebrow in my direction.

 

"I'm watching a YouTube video about a guy revealing a crazy large harvest of container grown potatoes." I say, turning the screen so he can witness the potato glory.

He nods. "That's a lot of potatoes."

Love Problems - The Doubleclicks Kickstarter

Doubleclicks Kickstarter
Doubleclicks Kickstarter
Doubleclicks Clickstarter... dangit.
Phew, that's quite the tongue twister.

 

But, I digress... I write to you today because there is, as of this time, only 26 hours left on The Doubleclicks' latest Kickstarter to fund their next album, Love Problems, and related fun things!

 

First off, from what I've heard of it so far, it's a wonderful album full of all the feels and important words. Another beautiful set of music from the ever delightful Angela and Aubrey.

 

They have also collaborated with many amazing artists to help out with all the great rewards for this project. This includes two stickers and t-shirt/tote designs by myself.

There are other fantastic rewards too like beautiful "Sensitive Badass" and "Women Know Math" enamel pins designed by Meghan Murphy and  Marlowe Dobbe. Also, a BUNCH of other stickers including a fantastic dimetrodon--which is secretly my fav :3--and other awesome rewards like a cat bed and a handmade hat! What?! Oh, and the album too. You can peruse all these things on their Kickstarter page. But hurry, you only have until Mon, March 13 2017 7:00 PM PDT to back this project!
 

Women Know Math by The Doubleclicks

Monday, the fabulous band, The Doubleclicks, released their latest song and video, Women Know Math. It's a beautiful song about gender issues and features the amazing art from fifty artists including myself. 

For my part, I illustrated the "I crush on dudes" text. When coming up with the design for this, I kept debating with myself on what to do for this illustration. In truth, this one was a difficult one for me because of the serious/sensitive nature of the song, and all the illustration possibilities. In the end, I decided to play with the sexual dimorphism in certain species where females are typically larger than males because looks do not/should not dictate what it is to be "female". Also, I really like drawing reptiles. That being settled, I chose to use Python brongersmai as my subject mainly because their coloration and pattern could be adapted to illustrate the text and a play on the word "crush" as a thing that is quintessentially python. Did I mention I love to over analyze things? I also cranked up the dimorphism on the males to make them extra small cuties to add extra balance to the composition.

 

Here is the final piece:

The Doublclicks also have a Kickstarter going right now for their next album, as it so happens, includes this song! Yay!