30 Minute spitpaint, given theme of ‘crater’. Hope to get better with color and composition by doing more of these short exercises. I almost put one of those stick salesmen in at the last minute for scale reference, but opted not to.
RAWR! Dinosaur Friends is my new webcomic, officially launching now with today’s release of the Plesiosaur-centric story, “Around the World in 200 Million Years”. Two other stories, “Lemons”, and “Kafka’s Jurassic Park”, are also up for your perusal.
Please go like and follow it right away! Especially if you like dinosaurs! Reader response comics are created in reaction to comments on posts, so don’t be shy.
The Royal Game of Ur. From Ur, southern Iraq, about 2600-2400 BC.
One of the most popular games of the ancient world
This game board is one of several with a similar layout found by Leonard Woolley in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. The wood had decayed but the inlay of shell, red limestone and lapis lazuli survived in position so that the original shape could be restored. The board has twenty squares made of shell: Five squares each have flower rosettes, ‘eyes’, and circled dots. The remaining five squares have various designs of five dots. According to references in ancient documents, two players competed to race their pieces from one end of the board to another. Pieces were allowed on to the board at the beginning only with specific throws of the dice. We also know that rosette spaces were lucky.
The gaming pieces for this particular board do not survive. However, some sets of gaming pieces of inlaid shale and shell were excavated at Ur with their boards. The boards appear to have been hollow with the pieces stored inside. Dice, either stick dice or tetrahedral in shape, were also found.
Examples of this ‘Game of Twenty Squares’ date from about 3000 BC to the first millennium AD and are found widely from the eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to India. A version of the Mesopotamian game survived within the Jewish community at Cochin, South India until modern times. (x)
Considering how much attention the dinosaur iconography alone suddenlyreceived, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had a much better version of them hiding on my hard drive. That will teach me to thoroughly polish before I release, ha.
Watch the #RAWR! dinosaur friends tag for more developments.
For my birthday, I bought a special life-drawing session at the local atelier and the model was a professional mermaid! I had so much fun. She was so great. She even brought a fork in her treasure chest.
Arte Verissima in Oakland offers costumed figure drawing classes, perfect for getting out of that rut of nude-standing-with-weight-on-one-foot.