Friday, February 19, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Wolf

Wolf (wo͝olf)

Tomorrow I will be in Rome, Italy. I will be spend the next week or so there and in Greece with one of my drawing classes. As such I will not be posting Bow Tie Guys for the next week. If I get access to the internet I will be posting sketches of where I am visiting.

Since I was join to Rome, I thought it would be appropriate to post a wolf. According to legend it was a wolf that raised Romulus and Remus, the founders of the Roman Empire.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Capybara

Capybara (kapəˈberə)

ROUSes (rodents of unusual size) live. It is the capybara. They are largest living rodent. Hailing from South America this large rodents live near water and are also popular as pets. Capybara is also fun to say.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Musk Ox

Musk Ox (ˈməskˌäks)

I have to admit a level of ignorance here. While drawing at the Fairbanks Museum this last summer I was frustrated with my attempts to draw a yak. Upon researching it more I discovered that I was not drawing a yak. I was drawing a musk ox. I wonder if that had anything to do with my inability to draw the yak. I may draw a yak eventually. In the end I think I had difficult drawing the animal because I did not fully understand the structure beneath the hair. Since then, the bovine beast has fascinated me with all it's hair. I finally drew one that I was happy with. It naturally looks like it is wearing a coat hence the lack of the sweater vest.

The musk ox or muskox is native to the tundra of North America and Greenland. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Paraceratherium


The paraceratherium is an extinct hornless rhinoceros that lived during the Oligocene epoch over 23 million years ago. It is on of the largest terrestrial mammals that has ever lived. The name actually means “near the hornless beast.”

Monday, February 15, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Wooly Mammoth

Wooly Mammoth (ˈwo͝olē ˈmaməTH)

I love drawing elephants and creatures that are similar to them. I have recently discovered a larger number of ancestors that are related to the modern day elephant so they will be coming soon.

The wooly mammoth lived during the Pleistocene epoch. They are known for their long tusks and being hairy. The mammoth roamed the north landscapes of the world and became extinct around 1700 BC.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Happy Valentines Day

Elephant Cupid (ˈeləfənt ˈkyo͞opəd)

I realize this is two days early, but I am trying to keep my weekends free. This is the elephant that appeared on one of the ties for Beau Ties LTD of Vermont. Which can be purchased hear.

This one has more detail.

Enjoy your Valentines Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Ocean Sunfish

Ocean Sunfish (ˈōSHən ˈsənˌfiSH)

This is a very large fish. They are deep-boddied fish found in the warm seas. Many of them are larger humans. They primarily eat jelly fish.

On the artistic end of things, because I am doing this daily, my drawings are coming more easily. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: De Stijl

De Stijl (də ˈstīl)

For each of my syllabi I have a different Bow Tie Guy that in most cases has something to do with the course. This one is found on my Survey of Western Art II course. I love Mondrian's work for it's simplicity and beauty. Although this is not a complete abstraction of form it is strongly influenced by Se Stijl. This is the beginning of my The Fine Art of Bow Ties series.

Founded in 1917, the De Stijl advocated pure abstraction through a reduction of form (vertical and horizontal lines and rectangles) and color (red, yellow and blue) to the essentials or most basic. They wanted to elevated the everyday object to the level of art. Mondrian, one of the founders taught at the Bahaus School and helped apply these thoughts to graphic and industrial design. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bow tie Guy of the Day: Dimorphodon

Dimorphodon (die-MORE-foe-don)

Greek for “two-formed tooth, the dimorphodon is a small pterosaurs that lived off the shores of Europe and Central America during the middle to late Jurassic period. They had a wingspan of about four feet. They are known for their large heads and are thought to be better climbers than flyers.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Monkey

Monkey (ˈməNGkē)

In order to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year i thought it best to post something related to the year of the monkey. Specifically, this is a grey langur. They are found throughout South Asia. It is thought that people born in this year are intelligent, witty, mischievous and playful (but not to hurt others).

Friday, February 5, 2016

Bow Ti Guy of the Day: Puffer Fish

Puffer Fish (ˈpəfərˌfiSH)

Also called puffers, blowfish, bubble fish, globefish, swellfish, toadfish, toadies, honey toads, sugar toads and sea squab, this is quite possibly the animal with the largest amount of names. They are also the 2nd most poisonous vertebrates in the world. These fish inflate when frightened. Hence the multiple names referencing their bulbous nature. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone (ˈrōliNG stōn)

A number of years ago my oldest daughter was asking for a pet. I do not remember what she wanted at that time. I do remember my answer. “the best pet is a pet rock. You should get a pet rock.”

That year for Christmas she got me a pet rock. She had painted a bow tie on it and adhered some pipe cleaning glasses to it. I loved it! 

She now has a cat.

I also like what Joseph Smith said about himself in relation to a rolling stone: “I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else, striking with accelerated force against religious bigotry, priest-craft, lawyer-craft, doctor-craft, lying editors, suborned judges and jurors, and the authority of perjured executives, backed by mobs, blasphemers, licentious and corrupt men and women—all hell knocking off a corner here and a corner there. Thus I will become a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty.”

Although, I have not gone through nearly as much as he has, I still feel this way.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: A Probllama

Probllama (präb ˈlämə)

I love chimeras. This is one I came up with during a discussion in class last year. The Probllama has the head, neck and four hooves of a llama and the wings and back end of a duck. In the initial conception the duck legs were in the front. After working on it for a while I realized it would be more humorous to have them on the back end.

I am working on a back story for this mismatch.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Unillama

Unillama (ˈyo͞onə ˈlämə)

In researching the unillama, I discovered that most people refer to this creature as the llamacorn. This was a term i just couldn't agree with. It sounds like something to do with a foot problem, so I renamed it the unillama. This is a rare magical llama that exists only in the high Andes. It is highly sought after for its colorful fur which changes color based on your mood and naturally adapts to any temperature. 

in reality, if you stick a unicorn horn on anything it can make it cool. Of course, llamas were already cool.