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rhamphotheca:

The New Spinosaurus

by Brian Switek

Spinosaurus has changed dramatically since I was a kid. The model I used to terrorize my other toys with looked like an overgrown Allosaurus with a giant sail on its back.

As paleontologists rearranged the dinosaur family tree and found new species, however, they realized that Spinosaurus was a very different sort of animal, allied with croc-snouted, heavy-clawed dinosaurs like Baryonyx. When Spinosaurus finally tore up the celluloid in 2001′s Jurassic Park III, it was as a monstrous carnivore with giant claws, an elongated snout filled with conical teeth, and a flashy fin atop its back. And the evolution of Spinosaurus imagery has not stopped.

A paper out in Sciencexpress today proposes that Spinosaurus was far stranger than paleontologists expected.

The core of the new study, led by University of Chicago paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, is a partial skeleton of Spinosaurus found in the 97 million year old rock of Morocco. The importance of the new specimen is in revealing parts of Spinosaurus never seen before. The skeleton includes parts of the skull and some vertebrae, but the real keys to the new Spinosaurus are the hips and hindlimbs…

(read more: Laelaps - National Geographic)

illustration by Davide Bonadonna; skeletal by Tyler Keillor, Lauren Conroy, and Erin Fitzgerald

The dos and donts of adding more description

the-right-writing:

ADD MORE DESCRIPTION TO:

  • Things most of your audience will never experience
  • The small details that help make large emotions
  • The biology and culture of aliens and magical creatures (though this might just be my personal taste, I have seen it asked about extensively in every author Q and A involving an author that writes about aliens or fantasy creatures.)
  • The tiny gestures that make relationships what they are. This is not limited to romantic relationships
  • Events that you want your readers to perceive as taking a long time

DO NOT ADD MORE DESCRIPTION TO:

  • The setting (unless you forgot to put a decent one there in the first place. Most authors err in the direction of too much description, though, so it’s better to not add words if you don’t have to.)
  • The exact nuances of every character’s eyeballs
  • Concepts that most readers will already know about. There’s no reason to describe what a plague is or how to play Scrabble
  • Drawn-out negative emotions. Though realistic, they can be tiresome to read about
  • Things that happen within seconds of each other — the extra words feel like extra time

Thoughts on “Gotham” Ep. 2

Who is doing the eyebrows on this ragamuffin child??

"But you don’t look African"

beautiesofafrique:

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But there isn’t a singular look for African women and girls

Imazighen women

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Edo women

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Yoruba women

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Ashanti women

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Somali bantu women

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Oromo women

cute Oromo girl, Oromia, Africa  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56Vrt_dYgzM=FLvTQ87zWdawI6q3j5lJWwdQ=215

Africa | 'Borana beauty'.  The Oromo people consist of four main groups, the Borana is one of them.  Southern Ethiopia | ©  Johan Gerrits.

Africa | Two Oromo Girls, photographed on a road in Dessie, Ethiopia | © MAMA ETIOPIA :: MAMMA ETHIOPIA, via Flickr

Tigray-Tigrinya women

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Toubou women

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Xhosa women

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Khoisan women

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And many more….

shortlifelongart:

This was supposed to be a simple warmup but I got carried away….
These will hopefully all be used in my webcomic, Thunderbird (eventually).

shortlifelongart:

This was supposed to be a simple warmup but I got carried away….

These will hopefully all be used in my webcomic, Thunderbird (eventually).

useful tools

bossies:

amazing custom water/light reference tool
http://www.madebyevan.com/webgl-water/

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online perspective manager/maker
http://www33.atwiki.jp/kndy/pages/94.html

online photoshop
http://pixlr.com/editor/

Bravest Warriors TableTop Game: Design Diary 4

catalystgamelabs:

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We still don’t have a release day for the general public, unfortunately (printing issues we’re working on). But until that time comes, we’ve put up a new page at catalystgamelabs.com for Bravest Warriors

If you were not able to attend Gen Con or PAX and/or didn’t pick up the Bravest Warriors card game, we’re letting the rules for the game out into the wild; the first PDF at the bottom of that page.

If you were able to snag a convention copy of the game, hope you’re enjoin it! In addition, feel free to check out the other free PDF at the bottom of that page, which includes a FAQ, Tactics and an extended example of game play!

Enjoy!

Randall

Hey, anonymouslyninja!

jbaxteranimator:

Benedict puts on a sweater, in what apparently has become an ongoing series of CalArts lecture tests featuring animals messing around with clothes! This one was fun to do!

missnouveau:

Just watched ocean/mirror gem. OH. EM. GEE.

Me, too!

I really wanna talk about it more, but for now, I’m just gonna say that I need a gif of Garnet bailing out of the van.

mattwnelson:

ricelily:

All these pages are 8.5x11, 300 dpi. Feel free to print it out in full size if you like physical copies

Comics and Comic Artists

Jake Wyatt- deviantart tumblr

"Welcome To Summers"

"Soliloquy"

Suggested Reading/Books:

Scott McCloud’s “Making Comics” (entirely done in comic format)

Exercises/Practices/Tutorials:

Lettering

Speech Bubbles Mistakes

Paint Bucket Resource

Storyboarding and Camera angles

What is DPI?

Transferring Traditional to Digital (Photoshop Tutorial)

This has got some good stuff, but I would like to see a team of old-school letterers with pitchforks and torches storming the front yard of whoever wrote “never hand write dialogue”. POPPYCOCK.

An excellent point. Some of my favorite webcomic artists actually hand-letter their strips, so there are definitely people still doing it.

The important thing, whether you use a font or hand-letter, is that your lettering is legible.