Another year gone, and what a year it was. Lots of different, new and interesting projects everywhere. Lots of new friends, new events and traveling. I'm trying to find little more art for personal projects, and just to prove that, I'm currently painting a Stegosaurus for you Little taste of one, coming later this year:
Few weeks back, there was a real close call of combining two great things in my life; dinosaurs and tattoos.
In the studio, a colleague came up to with "Hey, you are crazy about dinos, right? Can you take a break and come to the front desk and talk to a potential customer?" Got my hopes up, but then was handed a Jurassic Park concept art piece from Google. Now, we all agree that “Crash” McCreery did a great job for JP, but as paleo art, my mood kind of went down for a bit. Well, I started to chat with this 18 yo raptor fangirl, trying to get her to take something more realistic dinosaur-wise (plus, I don't copy stuff that people bring me), as she was clearly into dinosaurs in general.
I said that's going to be Jurassic Park fan art, not dinosaur art. She ignored that. I was pleading for feathery plumage (not to mention a proper posture, anatomy and shape) but she sort of kept ignoring that. As I'm quite persistent, when it comes to actually serving a customer by telling her/him when she/he is wrong about something, I showed her some contemporary paleo art. Well, apparently that (at least my stuff) was crap
and she didn't want her raptor to look avian. I quickly mentioned that birds are last surviving lineage of dinosaurs anyway and we have plenty of proof about feathers. At this point, a friend beside her, nodded "yup" (great to hear they actually teach that in schools today). My potential client was still in refusal, as apparently they are so "cute" with big eyes in their box-shaped heads and naked, scaly lizard forms.
Anyway, I tried, we booked her the tattoo appointment (somewhere later in the spring time) but the debate is still on: playful, scientifically accurate, feathery/fuzzy baby raptors vs. playful JP-lizards little to do with modern view. Time will tell if I'm just being cruel and unfriendly in my profession? Or does this young lady do some background research while waiting and decide between the two alternatives. We'll see...
Did anyone else survive into this year?
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