Great Online Artists and Tutorials

Recommended sites that I’ve found while surfing the Web:

Do you ever run across web pages that are so interesting and fun, you just have to tell people about them? That’s what this page is for – I think these pages are just too wonderful to pass up:

Digital images of bugs – taken with a very powerful lens

Beautiful paintings of ancient creatures
Good ideas for your next dragon?

Amazing wildlife photography by Hal Brindley

Find out where you’d end up if you dug straight down through the Earth.
Think you’d end up in China? Think again. (Check out the map, and then spring this question on your teacher. I’ll bet she gets it wrong.)

Hunkin’s Experiments
Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!! Hundreds of cartoon experiments from cartoonist, broadcaster and engineer Tim Hunkin.
Wonderfully weird art by Japanes artist Naoto Hattori.
This site is dedicated to The Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial once common throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea. This animal is believed to have been hunted to extinction by the early European settlers of Tasmania, its last stronghold. However, the sightings of the Tasmanian Tiger are reported occasionally, and it may still be in existence. For those who want to work, live, or retire in Mexico.
This site provides free information on cultural differences, cost of living, health care, safety, conscientious travel, expatriate lifestyle in Mexico, and much more. You can also download your own copy of Mexico: The Trick is Living Here Second Edition. A unique, practical, and humorous guide to ease your transition when you work, live, or retire in Mexico.
When you have nothing better to do…

More Cool Art Sites

Anyone who has any interest in unicorns must see According to this site, the economic need to find buyers for the tusks may have been the reason why unicorns don’t have rhino horns sticking out of their heads! Check out the site and see some real narwhal tusks up close – and read more about the origins of the unicorn myth.

If you’re a teacher or parent, this site on drawing development in kids is a wonderful resource. See how a child’s drawing naturally progresses from simple scribbles to naturalistic. Kids, you should note that between ages 14 and 16 the authors say that “Natural development will cease unless a conscious decision is made to improve drawing skills.” So that means that drawing may be natural, but true skill takes time and commitment to develop. For inspiration to get your creative juices going, there’s nothing better than looking at great art.

Check out the wonderful, quirky paintings by Kyle M Stone, the whimsical illustrations by Carla Pott, and the amazingly realistic paintings by Russian artist Stanislav Plutenko. Jackie Morris has some interesting dragon paintings, and Julie Paschkis has some very enticing paintings and posters.

I also found a free watercolor painting tutorial site – and here’s some more…