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My new website

In case you were wondering what I’ve been up to the past few weeks…

I want to promote a new website I set up for myself using Bluehost and WordPress.org (as opposed to WordPress.com). As was the case with this blog, the site is meant to showcase my art and writing, but I wanted it to look more professional (like a sort of portfolio for me).

Brandon Pilcher’s Creative Adventures

To be honest, now that I’ve set the new website up, this old blog now seems superfluous and obsolete. I’m not going to shut it down right now, as I want people who have been following me for some time to check out the new site. But I might be less active here unless I can find an alternate use for this blog. Anyway, check out my new site!

Dihya al-Kahina in Colored Pencil

Dihya al-Kahina in Colored PencilThis is a view from the back of Dihya al-Kahina, the Zenata warrior queen of ancient North Africa, which I did with my set of colored pencils.

When I was getting started as an artist, I used to color exclusively with colored pencils before moving on to digital methods. I think digital coloring looks better in general, but there’s still a bit of fun to be had in using old-fashioned media for a change.

Thanatotheristes

ThanatotheristesThis is a colored-pencil portrait of the tyrannosaurid Thanatotheristes degrootorum, the fossil remains of which were uncovered from the Foremost Formation in Alberta, Canada. It would have hunted other dinosaurs in the subtropical forests and wetlands of that region between 78 and 77 million years ago, and it seems to have been most closely related to another medium-sized tyrannosaurid called Daspletosaurus.

The First Pet

The First Pet

This early Homo sapiens woman has found a doting friend in the form of an African wildcat (Felis lybica) she has adopted.

The historical consensus is that our modern house cats descend from African wildcats that were domesticated in the Middle East during the Neolithic Revolution, about 10,000 years ago. But since these cats are native to Africa, where modern humans first emerged, I wouldn’t be surprised if the friendship between people and cats went even further back. Maybe it was the cat, rather than the dog, that became humanity’s first best friend?

Homo erectus with Handaxe

Homo erectus with Handaxe

A little less than two million years ago, a female Homo erectus walks across a grassy field with a stone handaxe in her grip. Handaxes, also known as bifaces, were primitive stone tools that human ancestors such as H. erectus would have used for chopping and cutting substances such as meat, tubers, wood, and bark. They would have been the progenitors to our knives, axes, and bladed weaponry.

Jebel Irhoud Woman

Jebel Irhoud WomanThe woman portrayed here represents a population of early Homo sapiens whose remains have been uncovered at the site of Jebel Irhoud in Morocco. Dated to around 300,000 years ago, their fossils may be the oldest assigned to the modern human species thus far. However, the braincases of the Jebel Irhoud people’s skulls have a longer, lower shape than those of humans today, a characteristic considered more “archaic” in paleoanthropology.

Glyptodon

GlyptodonDeep in the Amazonian rainforest waddles Glyptodon, a herbivorous armadillo as big as a small automobile. These massive armored mammals would have roamed South America until 11,000 years ago, so the first Native Americans to migrate into the continent would have encountered and maybe even hunted them.

The Settlers

The SettlersSomewhere in Africa circa 70-50,000 years ago, a band of early modern humans (Homo sapiens) wanders far and wide in search of new foraging grounds. Their travels might even take them outside the continent, therefore announcing the species’s colonization of the rest of the habitable world.

Although there is fossil evidence of shorter-lived dispersals out of Africa by Homo sapiens before 100,000 years ago, it is the one that took place between 70 and 50 kya to which everyone living outside of Africa today can trace the majority of their ancestry.