These I did in 2008. They were inspired by the drawing of the Draco warrior that appears on p. 158 of Stewart Swerdlow's book Blue Blood, True Blood. They're just unfinished sketches, but even so I like the way they turned out. You can see that the ridge that runs down the forehead has subtle bumps or waves to it. Also, the scales on this warrior being are depicted as somewhat larger than on most of the reptilian beings I've drawn, in keeping with the reference image.
The picture in the book shows only the front view, so I decided to turn the image in my mind based on what I know from other cases, and anatomical necessity. The match between the different images isn't perfect. I just wanted to make sure that they at least represented a similar-looking member of the same species. These sketches were done with a mechanical pencil and an eraser. The eraser is an important tool for me, until I'm satisfied with my line work.
These drawings were originally done in the 1995 to 1996 time frame, but I cleaned them up a little in Photoshop for posting.
This being was described as a very loving and familiar female being who communicated with the witness via dream control. She jumped back in surprise when the witness woke up during the process. The witness fell asleep again instantly, as if still under the being's mental influence. I asked the witness to estimate the weight of this being, who had been on the bed. The guess was about thirty-five pounds.
These drawings are done in ink.
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This drawing was originally created for Joe Lewels' book The God Hypothesis. However, I was not satisfied with the anatomy and scales, so I created a revised version for actual publication. I'll post the revised version at some point in the future. This is a composite image of a reptilian alien based on my research as of the 1996 time frame when Dr. Lewels was working on his book.
Notable is the chest area, which is represented here as covered by more-or-less ordinary scales (though perhaps larger and smoother than scales on other parts of the body). In some cases the chest is actually covered by a large and very hard breastplate or plastron that may resemble a turtle shell. In some cases it is covered with a series of wide ventral plates and bears some resemblance to the belly of a snake. The reptilians seem diverse, but with many common features. I will, of course, be posting more drawings illustrating these variations in the future.
I have thought about adding more shading and color to this drawing to make it look more vivid and three-dimensional. Hmmm... Maybe I will, maybe I won't.
I'm facinated by your sketchbook and all these alien guys. Great stuff. I wouldn't change a thing. In fact, I'd love to see a gallery showing of all your abduction/alien work. Along with explanations and details of what each image represents.
This image is one I originally created in 1998. I started in pencil, and then drew over that with a fine black pen. I spent a little time recently cleaning it up in Photoshop and trying to make it look just a little more three dimensional. It is a high-ranking reptilian male with a hard plastron or breastplate that resembles a turtle shell. This breastplate becomes more pliable lower on the torso, and at the lower abdomen grades into the surrounding skin. As for the sex organs? These guys do have them, but they keep them neatly tucked away when not in use.
I think your choice of medium poor. Your obvious lack of skills and basic technique to capture even a requisite amount of information regarding your subject choice is also detrimental to my viewing experience; furthermore, I find your smudgy lines distracting and your generalized scale patterning to be non-realistic and childish. I think you should pick up some coloring books and practice coloring in the lines. For reference, you should visit your local elementary school and look to your local elementary artists for guidance. For example, look to budding artist "Little" John Smith, a 6 year-old of Riding Elementary school, to shed some stylistic and medium choice clarity on your deficiencies. In addition, I believe Rachel Tyko, a not-yet-enrolled but future elementary school enrollee, to exhibit a great capacity to "color in the lines," and I think you would find her representations of v-shaped birds and turtles to be particularly instructive.
ghoulio, I never counted the scales... It's interesting, though, that the size of the scales in proportion to the rest of the being's features is important in portraying the being accurately, and the number of scales depends on that ratio. I've spent a great deal of time looking at lizards and snakes, and I know that scale counts are used by herpetologists to discern between species.
Eric Lofgren, I love your work. You've done some reptilian humanoids in your day too, haven't you?
Janos, I appreciate your comment. Always good to hear from you.
teroteki, thanks for your comments. I'm actually trying to portray these creatures without any particular stylistic influence, but some of that is inevitable based on the fact that I'm a unique individual with a particular way of handling the media I use.
BlitzKev, I doubt your sincerity. I suspect that you are responding to my recent comments on another thread to the effect that I'm not a fan of watercolor. As for scale patterns, I know I have trouble wrapping them around three-dimensional objects in some cases, and that leads to a lot of re-drawing the lines. I realize that many artists at this site have far more experience and skill than I and could probably take this material further than I have, if they should choose to do so. I'll offer what help I can to anyone interested in doing so.
Funkshion, thanks. I will persevere, but in my own time, as I have a "real" job working in retail.
your style is very flat. but it almost works together as a whole. it reminds me of 50's sci-fi which I like. however you need to add more angular lines when doing muscle work, other wise the muscles tend to look too rounded and mooshie. Don't get too caught up in detail.