The cat’s out of the bag! Here’s the giant secret project I’ve been sitting on: several fellow artists from my scientific illustration program and I are doing a Kickstarter campaign to help get a NATURAL SCIENCE THEMED COMIC BOOK off the ground. As the title implies, this book is going to be awesome, so please stop by and pitch in if you can! The perks include commissioned artwork by me and other artists!
For the zoological illustration final, we were required to illustrate a fully fleshed out mammal as well as the full skeleton and musculature for a region of the body. I wanted to focus my project on the anteater’s feeding habits so the pose I drew was of the anteater digging so that I could show the musculature of the arm. I also created a composite of the head, showing the musculature of the tongue and mouth.
All three layers combines in photoshop.
Fleshed out anteater digging. I worked heavily from a plastic figurine since I couldn’t find many good reference pictures of the pose.
The anteater’s full skeleton. The back was painted with white and yellow ochre acrylic and the details were rendered on the front in graphite and colored pencil.
Musculature of the arms. Supposedly the giant anteater is capable of crushing jaguar in their arms, so I figured it would be the most action-packed region of the animal.