May 16, 2013

From Carl Buell’s Facebook:

A number of people have commented that my latest mammoth looks like he’s happy. In this case it’s an artifact of anatomy, but when I posted another mammoth image back in April, my friend John McKay linked me to a BBC story about the possibility of mammoths having light reddish or blond hair. Once reminded, I recalled reading, or more likely talking to one of my paleontologist friends about the discovery, but like so much information these days, it didn’t stay in my old brain.

I’m one of those people who, after writing out a grocery list, doesn’t have to take that list to the store, so I figured that the best way not to forget about a blond mammoth was to paint one. Digital art does have its advantages, and while it’s not quite as easy as simply making it lighter, a little work gave me this blond version of the animal I posted earlier today. Now if he looks happy it’s because “blonds have more fun”. (Does anybody still use that old 70s ad slogan?)

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