Friday, August 3, 2007

Kauai Turtle

I'm still on vacation, but I thought I'd post this sketch. It's of any one of the big sea turtles I've been snokeling with here in Kauai–they all look the same to me. That's not an ethnic slur, it's just the truth.
This was drawn strictly from memory, so I'm not claiming a high level of accuracy here. But I'm happy with it.

7 comments:

Ted Dawson said...

Beautiful, Adam.

Dan Santat said...

Nice, are you at Poipu beach? or up north near Princeville?

Adam Rex said...

We stayed in Princeville, so we were mostly around there and Hanalei on the north coast. Also visied Waimea Canyon–just gorgeous.
You're not from there, are you Dan?

Dan Santat said...

Nope, I'm in So Cal but the family has a time share down south in Poipu.

Jed said...

You gots to be shit'in me with this "from memory" stuff. I imagine you came into this with just a LITTLE turtle anatomy under your belt. A very nice rendering.

Adam Rex said...

Well, sure, Jed. I did recently illustrate a picture book with a Galapagos tortoise in it, and there's a little overlap there. What I didn't mention, though, was that my initial drawing looked pretty bad, and I refined it after a couple more snokeling jaunts as I saw what I'd done wrong.

Jed said...

Well it's an excellent drawing, however crappy the first version may have been. And however that may have come across, it wasn't meant as a confrontation but a compliment. And having a little turtle anatomy or any anatomy committed to memory isn't exactly cheating, if there is such a thing as cheating. It's called good drafstmanship. All that experience becomes a part of your greater drawing vocabulary, and enriches every drawing you do, and yes, is a tremendous aid to memory.