She Sure is {Sketchy} Field(ing) Dinosaurs

I jumped and jogged along the Chicago Waterfront’s freak 70 degree magnificent mile this week. I stayed at the Chicago Essex where I swam every morning, raced instep with sailboats every evening, got schooled in bagpipe traditions in dimly lit pubs, took care of mega-business and fell madly in love with every freaking thing I came across….

I’m sure I’ll be back in the windy city before we head into June. In the meantime, here’s some of the blueprint babies I found on my walkabout. Seeing so many skeletons was exhilarating. Process wise, I started by sketching an accurate representation with purple ink ballpoint. I’d cop a squat and whip out a little pot of ink and a waterbrush to really bring it home. Without further ado, these are straight from the book, done whilst I floated on dinosaur cloud 9.

(Admire that sexy-sexy bandage on my thumb. If I had procured said gash in the 18th century that paper-cut would have taken care of any malady imaginable. P.S. Chicago’s ER was a breezy dream when it wasn’t a disappointment of 90’s proportions. I did not see a single man worth of Noah Wyle’s pointy nose cuteness or George Clooney’s eye crinkly laugh.)
Jumping Julian Rex’ development was one of the focus’ of this week’s sabbatical. I had no idea how much I would learn, or the fact that there are a ton of T’s in the world, and not many Rex’. It makes Julian that much more special, but it also is sure to expand his social circle πŸ˜‰
There were lots of reasons I found myself in Chicago for St. Patty’s Day, but now that I’m back in my Brooklyn art studio, I have to wonder if this sketch was the main reason πŸ˜‰

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  1. Amber, these are AMAZING. I've never seen dinosaurs so fantastic as these. I mean good GLORY, look at the bodies and structure and I don't know drawy-terms but LOOK WHAT YOU DID. *in awe*

    Also, emergency room?? Boo! 😦

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