Spending a quiet, snowy May Saturday working on a big project I've been putting off for months. This is (or soon will be) a big 2-page spread of dinosauria for our upcoming graphic novel, Evolution: A History of Life on Earth.
I've been dreading this page just because it seemed so daunting -- 95 unique species will be represented* -- but now that I've started I don't want to stop. Even with 8+ hours of the NPR fund drive in the background it's turning out to be a pretty fun day.
Here's the whole page, for scale. The sheet is 19x24" and I'll probably push the inks to the edge just so I have more flexibility when cropping the picture later.
Whereas the rest of the book is being inked with Pentel Pocket Brush Pens on thin copy paper, I'm going back to my roots with this drawing: good ol' Windsor Newton Series 7 #1 with india ink on bristol. I haven't done a dip brush in a while and it feels great. The brush itself seems thin beyond belief, and the old anxieties about knocking over the water cup or letting the bristles dry out are coming back, but it's worth it for the thin, non-feathery lines that the brush delivers.
That's all I'm going to show for now. But trust me, we'll be posting much much more about Evolution once we get closer to the publication date.
* It's not too late -- if you have a favorite dinosaur that you want to see in the spread, let me know in the comments section!