Friday, January 22, 2010

Meet Mr. Narwhal!

Meet Mr. Narwhal, the latest odd animal to come from my striped studio. I'm not sure whether I should add water or waves around him, so I decided to scan him and post him as he is now. The narwhal (Monodon monoceros) is a medium-sized toothed whale that lives in Canadian Arctic and Greenlandic waters. What appears to be a horn shooting out from his forehead is actually an incisor tooth that projects from the upper left jaw of male narwhals to form a left-handed helix. The tusks can be up to 10 feet long (compared to their body length of 13-16 feet), and male narwhals can weigh up to 3500 pounds.

I hope you have enjoyed this odd animal from my striped studio!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Meet Platypus!

I'd like to introduce you all to my odd animal of the week, Duckbill Platypus. I think I have had a love for the platypus ever since I used to watch Mr. Rogers. He had that platypus family in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. There was Dr. Bill, his wife Elsie Jean, and his daughter Ana, (short for Ornithorhynchus Anatinus, the scientific Latin name for platypus).

The platypus is a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal that can be found in the lakes and streams of eastern Australia. If you weren't already acquainted with the platypus, I'm pleased to have introduced you! If the platypus is an animal you just hadn't thought about for a while, I'm pleased to have sparked the thought!

Monday, January 4, 2010

I'm blogging now! For real!

I'd like to introduce you to Ms. Octopus! She is an Atlantic white-spotted octopus, the first in a series of interesting animal illustrations I will be posting every week or so in 2010. This idea came to me when I recently fell in love with the three-toed sloth.

I illustrated a sloth and thought it would be fun to illustrate more odd animals. Some animals you can look forward to seeing in the near future are a seahorse, a platypus, an anteater, and a hedgehog. Please check back soon, and let me know if there are any odd animals you would like to see illustrated! Thanks for looking!