Spectrodactyl

Location: Grand Canyon, AZ / Settings: F8, ISO 200, 218 seconds

A new edition to the Light-Fossils series - this colorful pterodactyl did not come easy.

However, where there is a will, there is a way - let's go through the process starting with the first attempt:

cartoon pterodactyl

I started with a brief gestural drawing using the Night-Writer without colors.. A bit cartoonish, but fun to play with the placement of where I wanted my more colorful creation to be.

After getting the composition where I wanted it, I was ready to proceed to the next step - drawing the flying dinosaur with white light - I may have added a crumpled receipt into the recessed tip of the Night-Writer just to try and diffuse the bright white light here - that's why the light is just a bit yellowish.

pterodactyl 2

The pieces were not exactly coming together the way I wanted, but I was ready at this point to move on toward using a bunch of colors for the next attempt - luckily, this move paid off and I got the shot without falling into the Grand Canyon. The full moon helped me in this regard, I would be very careful on a dark night - there are no guard rails.

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