Every now and then, you stumble upon a piece of art that takes your
breath away. I recently had that happen to me with one of the pieces you
see below, coming from Charleston, South Carolina, based artist Julia
Dotson. Julia creates wonderful, bleak watercolors and enhances them
with red thread by either drawing or sewing them on by hand. Her latest
illustrations are the first part of a series of four called ‘Thread: A
Documentation of Oppression’. In the series, Julia explores the
oppression of women in modern society.
It was super fun and freeing drawing these birds! I must say I enjoyed drawing them the most out of all my animals from my show “Creatures from Dust” at Queen Elizabeth Theatre! I forgot how much I love gestural drawings!
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Inspired by speaksforthebreeze cladograms for Diapsida and Mammalia, I decided to do my own with Chordata - especially since some of their clade names were out of date (as well as clade placement, since the genetic analysis of Testudines (turtles) placed them as more closely related to archosaurs than to lepidosaurs ^_^)
I used Ornithodira instead of Avemetatarsalia and Lepidosauria instead of Lepidosauromorpha simply to make the words fit neatly - even though I would have preferred to have Lepidosauromorpha to better match Archosauromorpha. Still, nothing about this is incorrect; I simply don’t use every single clade name (and to have done so would have been… impossible).
I used Wikipedia as reference for most of it; the paper that found testudines to be part of Archosauromorpha used both fossil and genetic evidence; you can find it here. (Citation: Lee, M. S. Y. 2013. Turtle origins: Insights from phylogenetic retrofitting and molecular scaffolds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26 (12): 2729 - 2738).
Let me know what you think and if I should do another (probably for Dinosauria)!