OK, so I'm new to this bloggin' business, but I'm already having a crisis of confidence over the appropriateness of the format. I read Tetrapod Zoology, Theropoda, Dave Hone's Arcosauria Musings and their ilk avidly, there's rafts of information, new and reappraised, to impart and absorb, cross questions to negotiate and opinions to disseminate - lively forums of discussion. As an illustrator, as a 'paleoartist', this feels uncomfortably on the level of vanity publishing, ego-stroking - a look at me, aren't I clever - showcase. OK in the back of my mind lurks the wish that publishers and palaeontologists will suddenly discover me and recognise my worth....but then you have to be doing what publishers want to see.....
Anyway, what the hell, press on....Appropriateness - I've long been fascinated by the curiosities of the Australian fauna ( I have a signed copy of David Fleay's 'Paradoxical Platypus' - but then, maybe he signed them all ), and to celebrate Australia Day - which was only three weeks ago, sorry - I'm posting a set of drawings of the Platypus. These were prepared about a decade ago, the idea being to publish monographs of individual species, much in the way that Profile Publications did for airheads and petrolheads all those years ago. There are no live Platypii in the UK, so these were drawn from museum exhibits ( Booth's Museum in Brighton were particularly helpful ), videos of live animals and published material. As is the way of these things, the project was never completed. There will be more - Procoptodon, Thylacoleo and the enigmatic QMF.15.990.....Watch this space, if you can be arsed....J
Male standing, showing rolled membrane on one forepaw.
James (Jim) Robins, illustrator. Graduated Brighton College of Art 1971, has worked in most areas of publishing in a broad range of subject areas and using many and varied techniques, for more of which go to his website at www.jr-illustration.co.uk.
This blog is intended as an archive and showcase of my natural history and palaeontological work. Samples here cover nigh on forty years, and therefore reflect the ongoing theories of tetrapod evolution over that time, so there will be no apologies for positions of necks, tails and hands, possession of feathers - or not - which may not concur with current ideas. Due to copyright limitations there are many omissions, old drawings often pop up - usually uncredited - in clipart and museum archives. Others, after just a single airing have disappeared into the back of a filing cabinet, never to see the light of day again. Everything shown here is under my copyright, please treat this with respect.
If however, you would like to use any of these images, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org