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animal week: the african white backed vulture

Or as the Zoo’s website calls him: Vulture, African White Backed.  In this shot, he is looking right at you, which is hard to catch.  Vultures have magnificent profiles, and they always seem to give you their best side. Vultures … Continue reading

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animal week: the amur tiger

An Amur (or Siberian) Tiger on a rainy summer day in the American Midwest.  This guy spent most of the time we spent in the Rosebrough Tiger Passage (a deluxe and stimulating state of the art tiger habitat) napping in … Continue reading

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animal week: the persian onager

Onagers are wild asses once found throughout the Middle East. Along with the takhi horse of Mongolia and surrounding regions, they always represent to me the essence of the primitive horse (or more properly primitive equine) that has always occupied … Continue reading

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new fountain pen

I recently added this TWSBI Eco (turquoise, with a 1.1 stub nib) to my collection.  It joins a lime green B nib and two black ones with EF nibs, which have pretty much replaced my old Rotrings as the scritchy-scratchy … Continue reading

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fifty superheroes: number eighteen

Great power comes in small packages– watch out for Micro-Kaiju!  He’s a giant monster in a compact form factor: if you trip over him, you may never get up. His design is a tribute to that classic low budget movie … Continue reading

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fifty superheroes: number seventeen

The Queen of the Night is a classic “night flyer”– a flying hero who can see in the dark, takes a bat or a night bird as a costume influence, and is just generally nocturnal.  What I like best about … Continue reading

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hulk poem onion

(The Incredible Hulk is in my kitchen, making caramelized onions and writing poetry.) Hulk magic skillet:  Onions disappear, make brown taste delicious. Hulk learn new word today: umami.

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fifty superheroes: fifteen and sixteen

The most obvious of sketchbook superhero duos: Pen and Brush.  They are meta almost by definition.  Maybe they are artists, calligraphers, or even cartoonists themselves.  Or maybe they are self aware drawings? Maybe my sketchbooks themselves are their “city”, the … Continue reading

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all kinds of mammoths

Regular readers of this blog know that Twilight Beasts (“exploring the magnificent world  of lost Pleistocene beasts”) is one of our favorite Other Blogs.  All Pleistoscene beasts, from dire wolves to Nebraska camels, are aces in my book, and many … Continue reading

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fifty superheroes: number 14

Number fourteen of the fifty sketchbook superheroes is The Swordswoman.  It’s a simple name, but she’s a pretty direct young woman.  She has a powerful sword and she knows how to use it, and the old fashioned word “swordswoman” sounds … Continue reading

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