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Frazzlefrazzlefrazzlefrazzle!

Finished a Digger. Uploaded it. Was seized by inspiration in the middle of the night for Digger, managed to cling to it long enough to spend half an hour this morning writing. (I did not have this half hour to spend, mind you, but when you've finally got a good way to quickly sum up what was otherwise gonna be a really tedious two-month conversation, you make the time.) Mailed bills. Finished Battle Hamster Raid. Running off last few prints. Must scan Battle Hamster painting if possible (or arrange photo shoot if not) frame, run off a few prints. Must do laundry. Epic, epic amounts of laundry. Must pick up prescription. Must pack art supplies. Must do final mailing 'o art.

It's a sad state of affairs when you find yourself thinking "Almost done, then I can relax," when "relax" in this context means "ten hour drive" followed by "six hour drive" followed by "convention."

But I shall prevail! I am indomitable! Like the noble chicken, which ceases not its labors even after fate's cruel axe has severed its head, I shall continue to run frantically in circles, clucking mightily, yea verily.

Picked up the Katurran Odyssey yesterday when I was grabbing books for the road. Have not had a chance to read much, mind you, although I hope to get more done while doing laundry. It's cool. While I'm still not the biggest fan of the combination of photoshop airbrushing with pencil sketches, it makes up for this with the sheer scale--lots of very complex scenes packed with critters. It's pretty damn impressive, and awakens the usual "can I do that?" itch to do an exceedingly complex figure-laden scene just to prove to myself that I can.* But that'll all have to wait. Maybe when I get back. At the moment, the only exceedingly complex scene I'm likely to find myself in will involve toppling the topless towers of laundry.

Not much longer now...!

Edit: Should also add that the Katurran Odyssey gets major props for having lots and lots of primates, and not just the ringtail lemurs. We need more of the cool monkeys in furry art, damnit. (And I ought to do some of it myself, I suppose...) Also, there's at least two hairy nosed wombats in crowd scenes, and that's just cool.


*Again, one of those artistic motives that, I secretly suspect, is at least as common as deathless inspiration from the muse.


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Everything's better with monkeys. Er, primates.

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Re: Katurran Odyssey

Hmm, I'd have guessed the winged chameleons, myself...well, I'll keep an eye out. *grin*

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There were a number of species of sabre- and dirk-toothed cats (and some marsupial species that showed convergent evolution!) of varying sizes. Smilodon fatalis, the sort of classic sabre-tooth tiger, was only one of them. There was a pretty cool book published back in '98 or '99 that you can look at here:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0231102283/ref=wl_it_dp/002-4155644-7643246?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=I18S59AOGN47O5&v=glance&colid=2HSF6FVSHX7UA

There are also some encyclopedias of prehistoric animals that showcase a variety of them.

Re: Katurran Odyssey

Having finally finished it, I'd put my money on the ice parrots. Are there such a thing as ice parrots?

Re: Katurran Odyssey

Well, there's parrots in the high mountain ranges in New Zealand, so I wouldn't necessarily count them out.

What is most impressive (in my opinion) with the Katurran Odyssey is the anatomy of all the animals; gotta be a lot of knowledge behind it. I just want to steal all of the skill X3

...toppling the topless towers of laundry

Am I the only one getting a mental image of a pile of nothing but jeans and socks?..

Just had to let you know, Ursula, that your donkey and grapes painting just helped me to correctly answer a test question on Art Nouveau in Art History. Thank you.

*cheer* And they said the internet was a waste of time!

But I shall prevail! I am indomitable! Like the noble chicken, which ceases not its labors even after fate's cruel axe has severed its head, I shall continue to run frantically in circles, clucking mightily, yea verily.

Metaquoted! Man, did I need to hear that today.

BTW, I love your new Icon.

*grins*

Came from metaquotes. Loved.

Bwah! I needed that today!

Came from metaquotes, by the way. Do you mind if I friend you? I've admired your artwork for quite some time, and I didn't realize you had a Livejournal until now. :D

Like the noble chicken, which ceases not its labors even after fate's cruel axe has severed its head

I recently learned about Mike the Headless chicken.

I'd heard about him awhile ago but I didn't know he died in Arizona.(that's where I live so that's kind of interesting to know)And this is definetly a good story to illustrate Ursula's quote.

You. So. Rock.

Found you through metaquotes.

*waves* Hi, I saw your post from a while back on Fantards, & I was wondering if you'd mind me adding you to my friends list :D

Your platypus icon has to be the cutest thing I've seen in a while, & I'm currently going through your gallery... I love your style, it looks like it belongs in a children's book for adults (I make no sense, I know.)

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