Tuesday 11 January 2011

Ana and her pet Opabinia

In the bit of time I have to sketch lately, I'm still working on characters and pages for my work-in-progress Trilobite Boy comic. 

Here's another character, a child named Ana and her pet Opabinia, Opie. I may rename Opie "Oscar" later, I haven't decided.  Opie feels too much like an "Iggy the Iguana" type of name.  The colours here are a quick rough-in just to experiment.  I may go with more of a greenish colour for the opabinia.

Ana and her pet invade Trilobite Boy's dreams, the alternate pasts he dreams about when he's enrolled. Shortly after she appears, Trilobite Boy wakes up. 

If you're unsure as to what an Opabinia is (or rather, was) you can check out some info on Wikipedia here. I love using creatures like this (come on - it has 5 eyes!) from Earth's deep past to populate a story.  

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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow


davor said...

Ha, that's awesome! A real cutie. Ana, too!

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks David!

traumador said...

i like the pink version of opie at moment.

going for the overdose of cute on ana though aren't you? what with the muppet style face on her shirt :P

looking good. curious to see how these all mesh together in a narrative... though if you need a t-rex, you know how to get in touch with my people ;)

Glendon Mellow said...

Hmm. I can think of a couple of possible Traumador cameos...Gotta finish the first two chapters though!

Marco Meredith said...

What an incredibly interesting and seriously wierd creature, it looks so... primative, almost like biological retro or something!


Lucas Brouwers said...

Hi Glendon, I loved your session on science and art at #scio11. I've learned a lot from your comments on the right way to credit images on the web and how to approach science artists if you'd like to use some of their work. Since this particular piece of art is absolutely gorgeous AND really drives home a point I am trying to make in a new blog post (you probably feel where this is going), I wanted to ask you whether I could use Opie's image on my blog, with proper attribution and all (how's that for quick learning ;)?).

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Lucas!

Funny, I was just reading your blog mere moments ago.

I really don't like the colour version above, the more I look at it. It was just for a rough idea. Do you want to use the pencil? You can use either one though, just obey the almighty CC licence in the sidebar. :-)

Great to meet you too, and glad you enjoyed the session. Lots of fun this year.

Lucas Brouwers said...

Thanks for your quick and positive reply!

I really like the rough character of the pencil drawing, so I think I'll go for that one (I just noticed a spelling error in the website name though!)

I'll be sure to send a tweet your way when the post is up :)

Glendon Mellow said...

Fixed! Thanks for spotting that.

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