TOOHOT? TOO COLD? Keeping Body Temperature Just Right
A fascinating and thorough look at how both animals and humans regulate their body temperatures.
Beginning with the difference between warmblooded and coldblooded
species (the terms endothermic and ectothermic are introduced but not
used), Arnold devotes spreads to such topics as muscle movements,
sweating, the shrinking and expanding of blood vessels in the skin, fat,
body coverings, and the size and shape of an animal. Behavior can also
affect body temperature: animals or humans can seek/avoid the sun or a
breeze, cool off or warm up with water, find shelter, or
hibernate/estivate/migrate. The one misstep is a minor quibble—a
sentence incorrectly states that “No animal can live if its body
temperature falls below freezing.” The copyright page lists the
illustrations as having been done in watercolor and Photoshop, but
readers would be hard-pressed to see any evidence of digital artwork
here. The spreads and spot illustrations have that blurry, batik quality
of watercolors that lends itself so well to nature scenes, while the
insets are well-delineated, allowing readers to understand the
structures discussed in the text. Every animal is labeled, making this a
great jumping-off point for further research into readers’ favorites. A
glossary and author’s note round out the text.
A stellar addition to a rather empty shelf. (Nonfiction. 6-10)
It's been so long since I've posted on this blog! Partly because I've been using facebook more, and partly I suppose because I've been busy finishing a book illustration project. I'd like to get back in the routine here, though! In the meantime, here is a quick sketch I drew and painted the other day.
I have had this half finished cat picture sitting on my shelf for over a year. Today I had some time to myself and felt inspired to work on it again. It is inspired by a cat I loved, who actually was a manx and had that little bob tail, but the picture just needed to have the tail so I'll have to do another one of Bird (yes I named my cat Bird) some other day. So I took it from daytime to night time, and had tons of fun working on it both in acrylics and then in Photoshop.
Hello! I updated my website! There is some new work and some you've seen here on the blog before. I used carbonmade, which was very easy to use. I'd recommend it if you are looking for a simple way to display your work online. There are also some really fun portfolios to look through. I eventually want a more personalized site, but for now it will work.
I've been happily working on sketches for a new children's book! It involves drawing lots of different animal species which is so much fun.