I was looking for prehistoric work stuff when I found this extremely old image on a CD from back when CDs were still a thing. I completely forgot I ever did this drawing and in fact still can’t remember doing it. Yet I know it’s mine on account of how the so-called style of it is exactly the style of other things I keep encountering from the same fossil strata. A style I think maybe I forgot on purpose. I mean, how can it possibly ever be a good idea to show how you drew back before you knew the way pens and pencils actually worked? Although, maybe putting it up is one of those “teachable moment” deals I’ve heard about, here and there. Like, I always tell people who ask that an illustrator needs to practice every single day (which I don’t, but absolutely should), and that however you draw in the beginning is okay because it’s just the beginning of a long, long effort to get better. Meaning, it’s all about making progress all the time (which I kind of think I do, albeit very, very slowly). Anyway, I guess this piece, which seems to me like a total artistic embarrassment (the printed, public kind, which is even worse), at least serves as marker of how far back I started. Of course, as always, there’s a whole long way yet to go.
Oh, but I do still like the two-headed “9” guy.
Meanwhile, check it out, another drawing as old as the hills: “Lateral view of the brain of the Cuban Knight Anole (Anolis equestris).” Which is missing a scale bar, probably because I was completely self-taught at doing brain drawings and didn’t know back then about scale bars the way I know about them these days. I can’t put one next to the brain now because I don’t remember how big the real thing was. Maybe two centimeters long? I do remember sitting up all night at a microscope while the investigator explained about every single nerve and bump. I also remember the part sticking out the front is the “olfactory peduncle.” I mean, how could you forget a name like that? But who knows the year this thing happened. I wouldn’t, by the way, recommend using it in a paper about Cuban lizards, because I can’t a million percent vouch for its accuracy. I know I tried my best and I hope it’s accurate, but science art ought to get redrawn by new people pretty often, just so no one gets used to respecting the authority of any one drawing too much.