Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on November 26, 2007
Hey everyone. It’s another non-political blog this time, the reason being is I can barely think straight! Lack of sleep, illness and medication… It’s a endless fun!
Anyway, I thought I would share with you a drawing of mine the history behind that and why I draw and came to draw. Since I was a Child large, scary looking animals or any animal of fiction have always captured my imagination. I could sit and watch nature programmes on BBC 1 all day if they let them run that long. All though modern-day animals were interesting they never captured my mind as much as the prehistoric! I don’t just mean Dinosaurs I mean Pre-Dinosaur era and post Dinosaur era animals. They are just so strange and alien to me, some don’t look like they even belong here they’re so bizarre! Take the Acanthostega for example (The following picture isn’t mine):
It looks like a giant Newt! The next picture is in the late Triassic, It features, Mammal-like reptiles (looks like Placerias), yes there was such a thing, some sort of Crocodilian which I’m not to sure of in the center, and Dinosaurs on the left which look like Coelophysis. (Picture is not mine):
When I read about or saw these kind of images on the TV or film It would make me want to draw and make my own and sort of bring them to life again. The size, the unfamiliarity and strangeness of them was exciting. I would spend a long time reading about them and then try to draw them… I did the same thing with sci-fi programmes, I loved the aliens in them, the ships and the alien environments! It was just out of this world! So with these pictures and animals to inspire me I began playing games with my toys from a young age with very disastrous endings for one of The A-Team figures. Murdoch was stuck so far down that toy T-Rex‘s throat I didn’t get him out for almost three years! HAHA When I did finally get him out his legs were missing! I’m sure he had them when he went in! The toy monsters and Dinosaurs weren’t good enough after a while, so I started to imagine the toy monsters I did have to be something else! Or I would take bits off other figures and make a new person or thing. When I got old enough and good enough at drawing I started to draw these characters I had imagined. It has got to a point where I now have a full history of the planet where these animals live, how they came to be who their enemies are how much they weigh, height etc… This picture you’re about to see is one of many… It’s called a ‘Dreadknight’, it’s a sub-order of the Globknights. I’m going to show you a before and after view, when I messed with it in Windows Paint. Sorry about the poor quality of the first picturethe digital camera I used was not really much good.
I know… It looks like a human animal. Two legs, two arms and all the rest. But bear in mind that this idea came together from a game I played when I was child with humans, so in my own little story the were human like, but they aren’t human anymore, they descended from humans in my story. I have been trying to work on something that is not human looking or even looks like anything from this planet. Let me tell you… it’s hard! How do you create an animal that’s not like on Earth? I only have animals here to reference to! Even if I try to make and build them according to their environment it’s still hard because we only have so many environments here on Earth. I like a challenge though… I’ll come up with something.