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1/~ favourite paintings of royals
Empress Elisabeth of Austria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

1/~ favourite paintings of royals

Empress Elisabeth of Austria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

(via muri-chan)

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The mechanism of grasp

arsanatomica:

While looking at the little screech owl, I took a series of photographs and made this gif to illustrate the of the automatic grasping action of the talons.

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The structure of bird feet is set up so that the foot automatically grasps when the ankle joint is bent.  

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This automatic grip allow birds to sleep while perching, and for raptors clench/grasp prey as the leg is folded on impact.

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The mechanism of the foot is ingenious…. there’s no muscle in there at all. 

The foot is powered entirely by a pulley system of tendons. 

Two tendons that run along the back of the leg, Flexor Digitorum Longus and Flexor Hallucis Longus are responsible for the automatic grasp. The former pulls the forward facing toes, and the latter pulls on the hallux, or back toe. 

I drew a schematic diagram of these two tendons here:

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It’s particularly interesting in raptors.

Raptors swoop down on prey with talons/legs outstretched. The impact with the prey folds the raptor’s legs against its body, causing the talons to clench automatically, tearing into the prey. The automatic grip is strong enough to kill, and is what allows many hawk species to catch and kill other birds in midair. 

The ingenuity and perfection of this mechanism is mind-blowing.

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devkimiko:

Adventures in printing Part 2. It’s really long because there’s no easy way to explain these things. Today we look at some printing terms and how to size your files for print! Part 1 (Colourspace) here, and Part 3 (Making InDesign PDFs) here.

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devkimiko:

Part 1 of my continuing series on printing! Today we look at colour and that oft asked question of “Why do my prints looks so different from the screen what happened”. Part 2 covers DPI and file setup, and Part 3 looks at making PDFs in InDesign.

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taikoneesan:

Birds in order:

  • Allen’s Hummingbird, f
  • Arctic Tern, m
  • Atlantic Puffin, m
  • Bald Eagle, m
  • Bank Swallow, f
  • Barn Owl, f
  • Common Raven, m
  • Great Blue Heron, m
  • Tundra Swan, m

(Source: digitalcollections.pugetsound.edu)

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Hello, I made these sketches of Horses from various reference photos to help me with animation. I thought maybe other artists would find them useful too.
My Tumblr is here

Hello, I made these sketches of Horses from various reference photos to help me with animation. I thought maybe other artists would find them useful too.

My Tumblr is here

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animationtidbits:

Guide to Drawing Horses & Birds - Cedarseed

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thegloober:

Bird legs and also hands. Did these little sketch notes to help out Michaela and Kitten, respectively.

First one doesn’t make a ton of sense since I was explaining half of it in skype, but essentially showing how drawing the fingertips first and then connecting them to the hand helps a bit.

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dobescrusher:

You guys need a big heap of feline anatomy references? Because I got ‘em. Scanned from cyclopedia anatomicae to assist a friend with her comic.

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10 Things…Painting Like a Writer from Muddy Colors

Flow…one of my stream-of-consciousness pieces…but even when the elements barely relate, it still has to work compositionally 

Creative picture making is like creative writing. While studying books about writing, when an author describes how to construct compelling sentences, I hear it as if they are talking about building a picture. I often replace the word ‘writer’ with ‘artist’ and find new clues for simplifying an image to get to the point.

The creative process is universal. Studying other creative fields helps me learn better picture design.  This opens me up, and allows me to understand painting from a writer’s perspective.

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