Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Tuesday, January 31, 2006


In a recent posting I talked about my friend Jim and his work with the Giant Gomeran Lizard (Gallotia bravoana). Jim sent me the photo on the right, which he set up to mimic my painting on the left. The boy has talent.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Terrific.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HH is right, both are terrific. But it's also a good display of why art will always be a part of natural history study. There are elements of anatomy (and background) that your painting shows off much better than the photograph. Structures can be defined and understood better by a drawing or painting that positions and lights the creature for best effect. How many times have you seen good, visually understandable feet in photographs. The only pictures I have of most large mammals' feet are photos I took myself at a zoo where the animal is on bare ground or textured concrete. That Gyrfalcon you posted a few days ago shows much more clearly how a wing folds properly than all but the very best photos.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to double post, but that first sentence should read GOOD art will always be a part of...

The art on this site is indeed GOOD!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

yep, drawings make far more useful illustrations than photographs, but manipulated photographs will probably see their day, as well. Too bad.

8:49 AM  

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