Description This Smilodon is one of several paintings from my 'Prehistoric' series. It was painted on Natural Fiber Painting Panels, painted in gouache. I really like the surface - I transferred a xerox of my drawing using Saral Transfer Paper onto the boards, and the lines held up under multiple washes of color. Best of all, for me, the surface didn't buckle, shred, pill, or otherwise deteriorate, a problem I'd had with other paper-based surfaces.This was definitely a learning experience for me. I still have a long way to go to improve my lighting, anatomy, etc., but at least I found a surface that seems to work with my style.As for the images themselves, they are my stylized, iconic interpretations of prehistoric creatures. This Smilodon was my first in the series, and good practice. Obviously with all in the series I was playing around and not going for complete scientific accuracy. I tried to keep the colors toned down and similar for cohesiveness, as it will be with all the paintings in this series.
S. M. Bittler, New York Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement I'm a full-time graphic designer / illustrator by trade, though I draw for myself and others when I can. I love to include elements and symbolism from various cultures in my art.