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Art Blog of RJ Palmer

24 year old illustrator and Concept Artist

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Some quick studies from the other day.  Two minutes for each drawing.  I used these two sites for these (x) (x)

I was browsing through some of my old art the other day and found this little gem.  So I did a quick sketch update of the concept.  The original was from summer 2007, which seems way more recent than it actually is.  Drawing an alien cerberus was a good way to celebrate graduating high school I guess. 

Anyways, I wanted to work more on the updated one, but I’ve got no time for it.

lenkalamari said: hey man. any recommended books on ancient creature anatomy/general facts?

One of my go to books on creature anatomy in general is Animals Real and Imagined.  It has a really solid primer on many animals including a few dinosaurs.  The World of Kong is an excellent creature book, filled with many made up critters inspired by ancient animals.  If by ancient animals you specifically are referring to dinosaurs, then there are many great resources on the internet.  Scott Hartman is almost the gold standard for dinosaur skeletals.  This online lecture from artist David Krentz has a ton of solid information as well. 

As far as tips of my own:  When designing ancient creatures, remember that they are still animals.  Look towards modern animals for inspiration for behavior and color patterns.  Also always be aware of how wildly different some animals look compared to their skeleton.  Consider how different elephant skeletons look when compared to their fleshy counterpart without the giant ears and trunk.  I hope this sorta answers what you were looking for.

Anonymous said: Would you ever draw

I have been known to draw from time to time, yes.

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The name Gigantic isnt a great name for a game, its really hard to find on google.  It looks really cool, and it has some dang cool character designs.  Check out it out here and check out one of the artists on the project on tumblr here.

The name Gigantic isnt a great name for a game, its really hard to find on google.  It looks really cool, and it has some dang cool character designs.  Check out it out here and check out one of the artists on the project on tumblr here.

Livestream ONLINE-  I’m livestreaming for the Pikacharity event.
Come join in as I work on a new pokemon illustration.  Find out more information about the event here

Livestream ONLINE-  I’m livestreaming for the Pikacharity event.

Come join in as I work on a new pokemon illustration.  Find out more information about the event here

Some work I did for an art test last year for MinoMonsters.

Finished Image:

My half of an ancient art trade with Galidor-Dragon.  Total time taken on the piece was a bit under four hours.

Illustration done for the new Ancient Greece themed card game, Monstrous.  I was invited to work on creature illustrations for this project along with several other extremely skilled illustrators including JohnSilva, TheRafa, and jbrown67.  I hope you guys check the game out over here.

Illustration done for the new Ancient Greece themed card game, Monstrous.  I was invited to work on creature illustrations for this project along with several other extremely skilled illustrators including JohnSilva, TheRafa, and jbrown67.  I hope you guys check the game out over here.

Illustration done for the new Ancient Greece themed card game, Monstrous.  I was invited to work on creature illustrations for this project along with several other extremely skilled illustrators including JohnSilva, TheRafa, and jbrown67.  I hope you guys check the game out over here.

Illustration done for the new Ancient Greece themed card game, Monstrous.  I was invited to work on creature illustrations for this project along with several other extremely skilled illustrators including JohnSilva, TheRafa, and jbrown67.  I hope you guys check the game out over here.

I was learning to draw some dromeosaurs earlier this week and I wanted to apply what I learned for a dragon.  So I call this thing a Rufous Grimkite and it exists within the same creature canon as pit griffins and Teal-mouth Thornhawks.

I was learning to draw some dromeosaurs earlier this week and I wanted to apply what I learned for a dragon.  So I call this thing a Rufous Grimkite and it exists within the same creature canon as pit griffins and Teal-mouth Thornhawks.

There was something… something following me.

There was something… something following me.

Feathered T. rexes are fun to draw.

Feathered T. rexes are fun to draw.

I was learning to draw Lagiacrus the other night. 

Retro Rexes are pretty fun to draw.

Retro Rexes are pretty fun to draw.