Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Hedgehog

Hedgehog (ˈhejˌhôg)

These guys  have spines similar to the porcupine but they are not related to them. The hedgehog is a distant ancestor to the shrew. They are native to many areas of Europe, Asia, and Africa. They have become popular household pets as well. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Tully Monster

Tully Monster ()

Tullimonstrum gregatium, it's official name, lived around 300 million yours ago during the Pennsylvanian geological period. It's known found location as been in the MAzon Creek fossil beds of Illinois. It hasn't been until this year, 2016, that it's classification was certain. It was a soft-bodied vertebrate that was about 35 centimeters long.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Chipmunk

Chipmunk (ˈCHipˌməNGk)

This one is for my daughter. She asked that I draw a chipmunk a while ago.  They are found throughout North America and they are plentiful in Vermont. I have spent some time drawing these in the past so this one came a little easier. I was also able to play with it being more than just walking like the other bow tie guys.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Basilosaurus

Basilosaurus (basələˈsôrəs)

Meaning “king lizard” the Basilosaurus lived over 30 million years ago in the late Eocene period. When it was first discovered it was thought to be a giant lizard. Now we know it to be a prehistoric whale.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Badger

Badger (ˈbajər)

The badger is a nocturnal member of the weasel family. 

I feel like this is one I need to continue to work on. Although I like the drawing, I feel it can be better with practice.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Elephant Bird

Elephant Bird (ˈeləfənt bərd)

The elephant bird was a large flightless bird that is now extinct. They lived on the island of Madagascar. The reason for their extinction around the 17th or 18th century is unclear. Most likely it was due to human activity.

This is a part of my elephant series.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Numbat

Numbat (ˈnəmˌbat)

The numbat is a small endangered anteater from Western Australia. It is also known as the banded anteater, marsupial anteater, or walpurti. This marsupial once inhabited a large portion of Western Australia, but the introduction if the European red fox in the 19th century almost completely eliminated the species.

Since 1980 conservation has helped in increasing the population of the population.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Shetland Pony

Shetland Pony (ˈSHetlənd ˈpōnē)

This was a request from a friend of mine. I must say it was a delight to draw. The proportions of the pony are so wonderfully awkward. 

They are a species of pony from the Shetland isles, off the coast of Scotland.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Merlin

Merlin ()

The merlin is a small species of falcon that lives in the northern hemisphere. This one is my favorite of the raptors. There is a regale quality to the bird.

I have been struggling with drawing this for some time and will be spending more time trying to get this bird down.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Dimetrodon

Dimetrodon (dīˈmetrəˌdän)

Much to my surprise the dimetrodon is not a dinosaur. I grew up always thinking that it was. They actually lived millions of years before the dinosaurs and are more closely related to mammals. Even though they are more closely related to mammals they are not a direct ancestor or descendant of mammals. So the dimetrodon is like the brontosaurus which now no longer exists and Pluto which is not a planet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bow tie Guy of the Day: Elephant Seal

Elephant Seal:

Some animals just have a personality that jumps out of my pencil. This elephant seal is one of them. This creature was once hunted to the brink of extinction, but they have since recovered well. They are named for their elephant trunk-like large proboscis which not only helps make aloud noises, but also holds a great deal of moisture when they stay out of the water.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bow Tie Guy of the Day: Beaver

Beaver: (ˈbēvər)

It has been a few weeks since my last post. The end of the semester got really busy. Here is another from my Vermont animal series, the beaver. 

With the semester over I will be focusing more on my artwork again. I will be posting the Bow tie guys daily, in addition to other projects I will be working on.