I have recently added a new feature- mouseover any illustration tagged "sketches" to see the original

3/27/2014

pink flamingoes

because my two-year-old watched me draw the first set and said "Mommy, them flamingos is needs to be pink!" So I made them pink.

3/24/2014

3/23/2014

3/22/2014

ostrich

moving at a brisk walk or trot, plumage fluffed up

3/21/2014

ostrich

male ostrich displaying plumage

3/20/2014

young avocado plant

growing in a red pot, with the avocado pit still visible

3/19/2014

3/18/2014

3/16/2014

more flamingoes

feeding
resting

3/06/2014

flamingoes

heron type bird

I made this one up, not based on an actual species

3/05/2014

more unicorns

alternate ideas on what a unicorn looks like

3/04/2014

antelope

stylized in an extreme posture, two versions

uincorn

styled after an old description of fabled beast

unicorn

styled after an ancient description: pig-tailed and elephant feet

3/03/2014

3/02/2014

3/01/2014

pterodactyl

I learned something when making this pterodactyl. The open mouth invited teeth, so I looked it up to see if the creature actually had them. Yes teeth, but no to bat-wing shapes. Because at first he looked like this:
It was inaccurate. I had spent quite a bit of time putting those wing fingers in between the membrane, and carefully aligning them to the corners. My initial sketch was inspired by a toy figurine, which had the bat-like structure. Should have done the research first! I had to redo the wings.