Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Caught in the middle

Been a while since I posted anything so I figured I'd toss something up - this one is actually based on an old drawing I did for school while my brother was in Afghanistan with the Canadian military... Decided to re-do it recently just to try out some of the things I've been working on of late, and because it was a peice that I always really liked, but felt that I hadn't done to the best of my abilities. It's become something completely different now... but anyway, there it is.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

van der Walls Gecko

Just finished this one - the toes of Geckos have millions of these tiny spatula-tipped hairs called setae which is what allows them to stick to and climb almost any surface with ease. It's all due to what scientists call "van der Walls" forces which create a kind of electromagnetic pull on an object... it's all to do with how densely packed and teeney tiny the little hair things (setae) on thier feet are.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

More Sketches

Cant stop watching the Science Network and TED talks... so I use sketching as an excuse. Here's a couple. The first two are from a video on the Science Network called "Robots and the Illusion of free will" apparently some recent findings in neuroscience have created a large debate about whether we have free will at all - namely because in controlled experiments it's been shown that our neurons are firing impulses that drive certain actions (like whether to push the red button or blue button) before we're even aware of having made the decision. Craziness. The other one is a pretty rough take on Noam Chomsky - the video quality wasn't the greatest, and the speech I was watching was really discipline-specific and kind of lackluster, which maybe led to me be less enthused about the drawing process itself.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Elephant Graveyard

It's been a little while since I've updated, so I figured I'd toss something up - finished this one a while ago - it's about some of the dangers facing the Indian Elephant, namely deforestation and of course poachers. My thought here was to make it look like there were peices missing from the picture, and use that to convey the concept.