A Dinosaur-Eating Mammal
Raymond de la Nézière, Animal Artist
The Horse Pictures of Eduard Thöny
Eduard Thöny (1866-1950) was known for his excellent draftsmanship.
He loved to include equestrian subjects and often put his horses in dramatic action poses.
See more examples of Eduard Thöny on Wikimedia Commons. (1866-1950)
Previous post on Eduard Thony's Caricatures
Detailed German Wikipedia entry about Eduard Thöny.
Feather Identification Websites
Find a feather? What bird is it from?
By law you're not supposed to possess feathers from wild birds (in order to protect birds from being hunted for their feathers), but there are a couple of good websites to help with feather identification anyway.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has a website called Feather Atlas that helps you identify feathers based on color, position, pattern, size, and kind of bird.
Featherbase is another website focusing on bird feathers. The site lays out the feathers of a given bird, and arranging them in groups so you can see the variety of feather types that cover a bird's body.
Animal Fable Illustrations by E.M. Rachev
Postcards based on Russian folk tales, 1960, E.M. Rachev.
He used animal characters to tell his stories, but of course the allegories were really about human foibles.
"He remembered Siberia as a fantastic land. Black grouses sitting pompously on fir branches in the evenings... Fish and wild ducks swarming the lakes... No end to mushrooms and berries in summer... But when the boy was 14 years old his grandmother died. He decided to go to his mother who at that time lived in Novorosiisk. It took him three months to get there through Russia ravaged by the revolution."
Joy the Christmas Donkey
Therianthropy is the ability to shape-shift between human and animal.
Book Review: 100 Flying Birds
A new book called 100 Flying Birds: Photographing the Mechanics of Flight delivers a helpful collection of images in a beautiful and useful form.
Author and photographer Peter Cavanagh has documented the flight poses of a variety of species, from swans and geese to hummingbirds to eagles and owls.
The photos are sharp and clear, reproduced full-page along with the author's commentary on the facing page. The text presents the context of the shot, the mechanics of the flight pose, or insights about behavior or the environment.
That text combined with the photos makes this an unusually welcome resource for birdwatchers or ornithological artists who want a better understanding of their subject.
100 Flying Birds: Photographing the Mechanics of Flight, by Peter Cavanagh, Firefly Books, 320 pages, all color, 11 x 11 inches.
Mr. Cavanagh curated the exhibition "How Birds Fly" exhibit at Seattle's Museum of Flight in 2015.
Photos by Peter Cavanagh (@howbirdsfly on Twitter).
Bernard Garbutt's Animal Sketches
Bernard Garbutt grew up in southern California, where he worked as a staff artist for the L. A. Times, producing sketches of horse races and county fairs for the Sunday edition. He also wrote and illustrated children's books about dogs and horses.
"Garbutt would perch on the edge of the table, more like a bird than a draftsman (he never seemed to sit in a chair), and start explaining, and while he talked his pencil would start making a thin line that seemed to meander aimlessly across the paper. We would turn our heads first one way. then the other, trying to see what he was drawing, but the lines resembled a tangled cobweb as much as anything else. Then, suddenly, we saw a deer in the precise phase of the movement we had described; only Garbutt was drawing it upside down so it faced us."
"While we were blinking and trying to absorb that combination of rendition and explanation, he would continue: "Now with a camel, he'll put this leg out first and keep his head down. ..." When he had finished drawing a camel getting up, he would go on to the buffalo, just so we would have a thorough understanding of what was unique about the deer in this particular action."