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Shunosaurus crackin Szechuanosaurus in the growler - Rough sketch by Brian Engh
Shunosaurus vs. Szechuanosaurus (rough sketch)

I inked the whole thing and then realized I hated how the dinosaurs were drawn. So I’m redrawing them (rough sketch above). I’m fairly happy with the gingko, though:

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The Statement of Randolph Carter

Just finished the sound design for this:

Let me know what you think. The director has plans to adapt further Lovecraft stories into short animations like this one, so I’ll hopefully be working with him in the future. It was a fun little project, and I think the idea of doing a series of adaptations of spooky shorts based on stories by Lovecraft has a lot of potential.

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One down…

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Video of me testing the working parts of a miniature machine I was hired to build for a short film.

I mentioned in a previous post that I was working on building a miniature of a giant victorian-style factory machine for a short film. Well, it’s finished!

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The blank area in the front will be replaced digitally with a section of full scale set that actors will be interacting with. When all the effects are done the scene will look like a huge factory with several giant machines being operated by tiny people working down at the base of each machine.

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my time is too divided.

good lord I haven’t posted in ages…
people keep comin’ at me like “where the new shit at, son?” and I’m all, “It’s not finished.”

So, here are several of those unfinished things for you to enjoy and/or wonder about how they will be when they are finished (if that ever happens)…

First, I’m working on a couple Spinosaurus illustrations for a young paleontologist named Tor Bertin. I did this one as a sort of ‘warm up’ and I haven’t had time to finish it yet (let alone start the REAL illustration)…
Spinosaur Warmup

My main job at the moment is building some miniature set pieces for a grad student’s thesis film. Right now I am making a miniature giant factory machine, but because I screwed up a few times, I still have a ways to go…

Here is some concept art I did for the same project, which shows the general style of the film…


When I need a break from working on the machine (or whatever else) I mess around in GarageBand. Between last night and today I made this beat…
Wong Fe Hong.mp3
I don’t think I’m going to do anything with it, so if you know how to kill evil robots with kung fu, you’re welcome to download it and rap on it. It’s 83 bpm, feel free to chop it up or whatever, I don’t care.

Also, a couple weeks ago I put together this track for a YouTube cypher called the “Third Eye Cypher”, but I haven’t had a chance to do a video for it (I want to do a good one):
Zephyr.mp3

Oh and just to complicate my schedule further, I also make ceramics, and I’m trying to get this commission done (it still needs to be glazed and fired):

…and on the back burner I have several major music video projects, three more albums, another short film and plans to revamp this website. Mainly I need to revise/add new stuff to/generally improve my illustration/concept design portfolio. I also need to add a “store” page, because I now have an Etsy page and I will be putting some of my art up for sale. I hope you’ll stay tuned and check it out.

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Spaced-Out

Right after the very first Youtube rap contest I entered I got a message from this kid named Rhyval who wanted me to participate in his ‘Numbers Exhibition’ wherein participants were to rap over a beat from a Ludacris song using numbers as a lyrical theme. It sounded fun and I promised him I’d do a cool video for it. I worked on it here and there until I finally found some time to finish it up this week. I hope you like it.

Glorious Infinite.mp3
(right click to download)

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Salmon Skies, Partly Cloudy

My good buddy and former roommate David Reilly just put his recently completed senior animation thesis up on Youtube. It is a funny cartoon show about Admiral Tremendousness (the best and greatest super-hero). I did a little music and voice work for it, and David did a beautiful job writing, directing, designing and animating it. I hope you like it!

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Red Mane

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I don’t typically draw dragons, but on occasion I just can’t help it. A while back I started this illustration and I finally found a bit of time to finish it. He is called Red Mane, and I’m pretty sure he and the lady on his back defend some temple or something ancient and important like that. The banner-carrying is probably part of some ceremonial or commemorative occasion. If you know for sure, or have another idea, please let me know…

More Dragony Doodles!

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For some reason in the last couple days my warm-up doodles kept turning into dragons. At first I was fighting it, like “No! Draw more original monsters!” but after a while I caved and I was happy to find out that I can churn out dragon designs without even thinking. These are some of those doodles. I guess it makes sense that my brain can barf out buckets of dragons because I constantly draw dinosaurs (whose skeletons almost certainly influenced ancient peoples’ dragon lore), and because I am just a big dork who never outgrew his boyhood enjoyment of the Arthurian legends (and yes, I went through a pretty serious dragon drawing phase at that time). 

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Kung Fu Rap Battle

So I ended up in a rap battle on youtube. The guy I was supposed to battle goes by the name of ‘Tykwon Flow’ and that name alone got me a little carried away…  

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Earth Beasts Awaken

Click the monster to enter Earth Beasts Awaken
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Enter the “Earth Beasts Awaken” page for a free download of the entire album, art, lyrics and more…

Let me know what you think. I’m certainly no sound engineer, so it probably shows that it was mixed on a laptop plugged into some speakers I pulled out of the trash… I hope it’s an enjoyable listen regardless…

Ultimately, my only (semi) rational justification for making this album is that I want to make music videos for several of the songs, to use as reel material. Although I have some ideas already, I would be really interested to hear what you, the unspoiled listener, would like to see made into a video. So please be sure to leave a comment if something strikes you that way.

Thanks for checking out my stuff.

-Historian

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It’s time to get serious.

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A great deal of my life has been dedicated to both observing nature and speculating about how it once was, based upon whatever solid paleontological literature I can get my hands on and my own observations of the natural world. Having imagined and drawn dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters for nearly my whole life, I have finally decided to commit myself to pushing my paleo-art to the next level. In addition to improving the overall quality of technical execution, I feel it is high time that I begin to create images which illustrate some of the behavioral, environmental and anatomical theories that have been quietly developing in the depths of my imagination.

Although it is both foolishly ambitious and presumptuous for me, an artist with almost no formal scientific training, to attempt to create illustrations which depict my own original “scientific” concepts, I am convinced as an observer of nature that one of the best ways to test theories about the behavior of extinct animals is to attempt to depict it realistically in a visual medium. Because extinct animals can really only live in our imaginations, I think it is the duty of artists to put forth new visualizations of these creatures in order to challenge old ideas about how they lived while at once stimulating new discourse and investigation into hypotheses which might not otherwise receive serious consideration. Unless we constantly re-imagine the prehistoric world, we will never refine our ideas about how it might have worked.

In the image above an Apatosaur follows a game trail through an ancient conifer forest covered in moss. The idea for this illustration came when I was thinking about how old growth forests would look if they were stripped of their undergrowth by the constant grazing of large animals (dinosaurs!). With little competition from shrubs or edible lichens, low-nutrient plants like mosses and liverworts would have thrived, spreading unhindered across the forest floor and up the trunks of trees. Game trails would have probably crisscrossed these forest barrens, linking meadows, water holes and other places of good grazing on the forest’s edge where there was more sunlight and thus more food. That’s the idea anyway… I guess the picture is really just a dino strollin’ through a super mossy forest.

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