Monday, August 1, 2016

endangered kingdom series, 14: chinese giant salamander

Normally I don't provide any text along with these Endangered Kingdom series posts (with the exception of my first post), mainly to simply draw attention to the name of the animal and the visual aspect of the art. I figure, it's easy to research an animal online, as there's plenty of information out there about each and every species I post about. In this case, however I wanted to make note of and point out a somewhat pleasantly strange occurrence involving the Chinese Giant Salamander drawing (above pic), and the pre-painted surface (below pic). It just so happened that I had scanned some pre-painted surfaces ahead of time, such as in the case with the one posted here. It's not something I've done with all of these, mind you. As always, I've got zero idea what I'll draw on top the the surfaces beforehand, which consist of loosely painted watered-down acrylics on watercolor paper. All that I do know is that an endangered animal species will eventually be drawn in archival Sakura Pigma Micron pen, on top of the paper's surface, once the surface is dry. Anyhow, I just so happened to grab this piece of prepared paper and started searching for an animal to draw on top of it. I had wanted to work on rendering a Chinese Giant Salamander for a while now, since I haven't yet worked on an amphibian, let alone one that was essentially a living prehistoric survivor whose very (ancient) existence is severely threatened by human activity. What struck me as strange, upon looking at a variety of visuals, was how, after rotating the pre-painted paper a few times before settling on an angle to work with, the animal's face seemed to match almost perfectly with the way the paper was painted. This isn't even something I could have planned, not even remotely. I guess this is what they call serendipity? Things like this have happened before with my art, but never to this extent.

See the Splotch Monster Island version HERE