Friday, May 20, 2011

My sketchbook.


  1. Art...."I think that is such a cool video!" Spencer

  2. Art, I'm so excited that you have a blog! And I love that you are able to both name and draw these fascinating creatures! Keep up the great work.... Mrs. J.

  3. Looks like Scrunch needs his own blog as well.

  4. I don't really think that's true. I think he just has sillies about eating the Kimberella because he thinks it looks like a sandwich AND he was asking for his own sketchbook.

  5. Hi,

    Just saw your blog and it is really impressive! I wish I had this much info when I was a kid. And I agree: arthropods are really cool.

  6. This blog is wonderful, and I love seeing your own artwork! Keep it up!

    A lot of artists worked equally hard on the artwork that appears on your blog. Perhaps you could include the names of those artists with each image? It's important for artists to help each other this way.

  7. First off, seconding what Glendon says: Take a minute or two to learn who the artist is and credit them whenever possible. Even ignoring the copyright issue, it's just good manners. :)

    Secondly, what a wonderful blog you have! Remember, never stop drawing and never stop learning. And if you can, I hope you can visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Last time I was there they had a whole room full of Arthropods and you can spend a whole day sketching in there.

    Keep up the amazing work!

  8. @Trish: Thank you for reading the blog. Art works really hard on it and just likes to share his passion.

    Artwork used on the blog is linked to its original source. Just click the image and it will take you to the artist and his or her work or website. The work is "credited" via link to the website of the individual who created and/or posted it. If Art was making money off this blog I think it would be a different story. But he's not. Regardless, many (if not most) of the images he uses are already reprinted on multiple sites, including Wiki sites. My guess is that any artist who has had work posted on this blog has received more traffic and more "recognition" for the work than before appearing here.

    Art has moved away from using artwork as much as possible, and now uses more images of fossils from museum sites. When he first became interested in this subject matter, it was harder for him to look at a fossil and see the creature. Now he prefers to look at the fossil itself and is less interested in the interpretations of other artists. He creates his own interpretations when possible or necessary. I'm sure there are people who will find fault with this, telling him he's creating inaccurate recreations of these things. Such is life.

    Some readers forget that this is a blog by a seven-year-old. If his blog is "too good," people doubt he's doing it himself. If it's not professional enough, he's criticized for using too much Wiki, not citing references, and not crediting artists by name. We're doing all we can to address the criticisms, but it does mean that I have to be more involved than I was initially. A second grader doesn't know how to cite references or credit artwork.

    Thanks again for your kind comments. I'm sure Art would love to visit the Harvard Museum. Next on his docket is the Field Museum in Chicago. We were supposed to visit this summer but in the end couldn't swing it.