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The Thin White Duke by anatotitan
The Thin White Duke

4 of 52. This week, I decided to tackle the Bowie persona I’ve been most intrigued by for a while: the mad, feral Thin White Duke. Station to Station is my favorite Bowie album, a striving mix of occult ideas touching on all sorts of spiritual traditions, created in the wreckage of stardom, excess, and addiction. Bowie said later that he barely remembered the sessions. It preceded his flight to Berlin, where he would disassemble and reassemble himself over the explorations of Low“Heroes”, and Lodger.

This was also a way to play with shading by way of overlapping gradients, as well as using the cross-hatch Illustrator brush I used last week with my MLK piece. Vector illustration about tiny gestures - a slight change to an anchor point makes all the difference. The distinction between a hard corner or a curve in a particular spot can make or break it.

Once I was happy with the likeness (thanks to Jennie for critical feedback concerning Bowie’s jaw line), I brought the illustration from Illustrator to Photoshop and played with blend modes, using multiple copies of the original illustration over a speckled, deep purple gradient. Two blurred copies sandwiching the unaltered original create the glow effect. The bottom copy is set to Color Dodge, at about half opacity. The top one uses the Overlay blend mode, also dimmed back about half - this layer is masked so as not to affect the microphone. I added a pattern layer of vertical lines over the Color Dodge layer. Finally, I masked the bottom of the mic stand and cord with one ofKyle Webster’s charcoal brushes, as if it’s dissolving into space.

I wanted to close with a lyric from Station to Station. It’s really hard to pick one. I’ll grab a line from “Word on a Wing.”

“Oh sweet name, I call you again, you’re born once again for me…”

New Year Stork by anatotitan
New Year Stork
Every Monday of 2016, I’ll be posting a new illustration. They’ll be smaller pieces - I imagine them as spot illustrations rather than big dealies. I’d like to focus on simple concepts, trying new techniques, and stretching out from my usual natural history subject matter. I have some fun ideas for prompts lined up, some of which will be provided by my intrepid coauthor and spouse Jennie.

To start, here’s a stork, which is a dinosaur, so it isn’t a radical departure from my usual stuff. But who knows what’s in that bag! 
Catboy! by anatotitan

My second of 52 weekly illustrations for 2016 is inspired by Asa, the four-year-old son of my good friends Mike and Jessica. A week or so ago, Mike tweeted about Mario 3. The next day, I brought my SNES over, since I have Super Mario All Stars.

It blew Asa’s mind. Filled with delight, he would yell out “CATBOY!” whenever Mario got the leaf. When one of us would lose the raccoon tail, Asa would wonder where Catboy went. If Mike or I referred to Mario or Luigi as being one of ourselves - “I lost the tail when the Goomba hit me,” for example - Asa would be confused, because he saw those red-and-green-clad sprites on the screen as himself. Catboy, leaping around and flying to coin heaven. He also said he liked the music.

So this one’s for you, Asa. May you always find the canon of the stories you enjoy a little less satisfying than what you can imagine on your own.

Grumpy Chrome Taco by anatotitan
Grumpy Chrome Taco
Further experiments in texture, this time using the color halftone filter in Photoshop, selecting certain colors and creating new color fill layers, and then messing with them a bit.
Well, time to write my first DA journal entry. The occasion is an important one for me though, as I'm announcing a new campaign to get a special project into print, one I've been working on for three years.

Mammoth is Mopey: cover art by anatotitan

My wife, Jennie, and I have written a children's alphabet book called Mammoth is Mopey, which celebrates the stunning diversity of prehistoric life as well as the fun way these amazing animals live through language. We love reading with the children in our life and we wrote this to be a fun way for children and grownups to read and learn together.

I've shared works-in-progress of the book's illustrations, such as Vainglorious Velociraptor, and it's surreal to imagine we may be able to see them in a beautiful print form soon. As Emily Willoughby wrote in a lovely post at Tumblr, it is important that our modern view of prehistoric life be portrayed in all sorts of media aimed at popular audiences, and this is my way of trying to make that happen. Please head to our Mammoth is Mopey Indiegogo page to preorder a book - or contribute at higher levels to receive perks like 1" button sets, prints, posters and even custom illustration commissions from yours truly.


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David Orr
Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
United States
I'm a graphic designer and illustrator, smitten with natural history. I also write a dinosaur blog called "Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs."

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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch and the favorite :D
Iguana-Teteia Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the Watch! And wow, I love your blog!!!
Gardow Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool stuff! Love the dinosprites! :)
Cameron-Brideoake Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant work, what a collection! Love your style, look forward to seeing more.
thazumi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Student Filmographer
Awesome art, keep it up!
commander-salamander Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Which ever of you sweetie darlings at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus decided to feature my "Wrestling Plateosaurus" is a treasure and I thank you all!
JD-man Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Many, many thanks for watching me. I'm both pleasantly surprised & honored. :)
Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thanks for the watch! Love your gallery, your technique is cool!
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thanks for the watch!
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for watching me! :la:
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