Friday, September 23, 2011

Horse Limb Bones

The past few days I've been trying to learn how to draw horses.  Horses are not easy to draw, so I've been spending some quality time doodling in my notebooks (an example is below).  Frequently I have annotated these doodles with notes on what is incorrect (I often don't make my horses long enough).  Horses (and other hoofed animals) have an odd bone structure that makes their legs a little less than intuitive when drawing.  Essentially they have one extra major joint, which occurs because their hooves are like the tips of their fingers, and their 'wrist' is what appears to be their front knee (also odd is that they have knees below their elbows). 

To show what's going on inside, I drew a horse with the bone structure showing through the skin (bones not quite to scale).  The horse limbs have 5 big zig-zags compared to the 4 in humans.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Screen Printing: Coveralls

My coveralls were very plain and boring, so I decided to screen print them.  I used a new screen this time; a fine wire mesh stapled to a wooden frame.  The screen was originally made for making home-made paper, but it worked really well for screen printing, so I may start making my own screens this way.  The one thing you need to be careful with is that when you wash your screen to re-use it, the glue can come off, so you need to be gentle/re-touch between use (and I would recommend doing all the prints you need in one sitting so you don't need to wash the screen between prints).  For more on the basics of screen printing click here. For all my posts on screen printing, click here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Canine Osteology: Forelimb, Hindlimb, and Pelvic Bones

Sketches (pretty rough) of bones I made for studying.  Focused on the aspects needed for the class.  Really would love to do a nice ink drawing of these sometime, but not sure when I'll have the time. NOTE: Oops! missed the proximal sesamoid bones on phalanges II-V on the forepaws!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Some knots for school.  Surprisingly hard to illustrate/describe knots on paper.  Hard to do first few times, but once you can remember the hand motions it is much easier than actually following the steps.


Quick Release Knot

 Tom Foolery Knot (2 or 3 step)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Don't Lose Your Swagger

Shout Out to U of M DVM class of 2015.  Permanent marker on cardstock, hopefully will make into a t-shirt sometime.  I should probably learn how to do letters one of these days...

On the right is my version after playing around with fonts for an hour...

More on permanent marker t-shirts and screen printing here!