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Louis and the Dodo

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Dodo and boy sculpture by mumbojumbo

Dodo And Boy Sculpture by Alena Wooten, via her deviantART page.

I had the pleasure of working with the incredible Vince Nguyen here at Blue Sky on this piece! This sculpture is based on his character he designed for a children’s book. (I’ll try scanning in the drawing I used to create this scupt) I must say, these talented folks I work with in the design dept. sure keep me busy with all these “SIMPLE” designs. Hard and time consuming to sculpt, but so fun nonetheless!

And from Vince Nguyen blog, Louis and The Dodo Sculpt:

So here’s a beautiful sculpt of Louis riding a dodo bird by Alena Wooten. The character was shown in a children’s book called Louis and the Dodo. It was one of my first children’s book years ago and it’s still one of my favorite books I’ve worked on. Alena is a super star sculptor at Blue Sky Studios and I jumped at the chance to get her to sculpt anything for me.

And finally the very cute illustration with the original characters from the book Louis & the Dodo by Mark Shulman, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen:

Louis and the Dodo

Bookplate: Dronte

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Der Dronte - bookplate detail

Ornithology bookplate

Bookplate illustration (and detail) from Neue Seite 1.

1. Dronte (Raphus cucullatus),[ausgestorben]

Bei Oken: Walgvogel (Didus ineptus)

2. Kiwi (Apteryx australis)

Bei Oken: Kiwi (Aptery australis)

3. Großtrappe (Otis tarda)

Bei Oken: Trappe (Otis tarda)

4. Helmkasuar (Casuarius casuarius)

Bei Oken: Casuar (Casuarius indicus)

5. Strauß (Struthio camelus)

Bei Oken: Strauß (Struthio camelus)

As a Dodo

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

As A Dodo

As A Dodo: The obituaries you’d like to see is a satirical British blog of faux obituaries, written by George Poles and Simon Littlefield. Recently, some of the blog writings became a book: As a Dodo: The Obituaries You’d Really Like to See.

Death comes to us all, but never in so pleasing a way as now. As a Dodo is a satirical compilation of faux obituaries to make you wipe tears of laughter from your eyes as you bid farewell to all things lost. From Britney’s hair and the comedy double act of Bush and Blair to Prince Harry’s bad-boy reputation, nothing is safe from the scathing wit of the award-winning blogsters. Speaking ill of the dead has never been so much fun!

Doctor Who: The Last Dodo

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Doctor Who: The Last Dodo

The Last Dodo is a BBC Books original novel written by Jacqueline Rayner and based on the long running science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones. It was published on 19 April 2007, after the television debut of companion Martha Jones, alongside Sting of the Zygons, and Wooden Heart.

Description from the BBC Shop:

After a trip to the zoo, the Doctor and Martha go in search of a real live dodo, and are transported by the TARDIS to the mysterious Museum of the Last Ones. There, in the Earth section, they discover every extinct creature up the the present day – billions of them, from the tiniest insect to the biggest dinosaur, all still alive and in suspended animation.

Preservation is the Museum’s only job – collecting the last of every endangered species from all over the universe. And for millenia the Museum has been trying to trace one elusive specimen: the last of the Time Lords.

Featuring the Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit series.

Dodo Books

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Dodo Books

Dodo Books: Natural History Bargains and Secondhand. Do they have books about dodos? Sure they have books about dodos.

Interesting and unusual books from all over the world on all aspects of natural history, ecology and environmental science, including palaeontology & geology.

Also books on the history and culture of the islands of the Indian Ocean – home of the late lamented dodo.

Dodo on the booksEach page of the site has a nice dodo cartoon, like this one. They were created by Lucy and Anthony Cheke. Anthony seems to be a great guy. He says: From the mid-1960s until 1981 I worked in plant and animal ecology in Oxford, Thailand and Mauritius, with visits and expeditions to Japan, Corsica, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast. He published a book about his project in Mauritius, opened the Dodo Books, and since the mid-1990s he has again been involved in ornithological travel and the ecological history & conservation of the Mascarene Islands. And his plans also include a new book on the way.

But there is more, he also kindly left his most recent publications available to download as PDFs on his page. Among the very interesting articles you will find more scientific information about dodos and “their” island, Mauritius.

Dodo Books Dodo reading

Alice Liddel’s Paper Doll

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Alice Liddel’s Paper Doll

Cover of the Japanese version of Alice Liddel’s Paper Doll by Christina Björk and Inga‐Karin Eriksson. Image from Hugo Strikes Back!.

Soar Despite Your Dodo Sales Manager

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Soar Despite Your Dodo Sales Manager

Soar Despite Your Dodo Sales Manager, written by Lee B. Salz, isn’t a book about dodos, it’s a business book. I have no idea if it’s good or not, but I liked the cover.

More illustrations for Alice in Wonderland

Monday, January 15th, 2007

This is the second post about illustrations of dodos for Alice in Wonderland. The first post is here. This time all the images are from the same site, Lauren’s Alice in Wonderland Page.

Donald E. Cooke
By Donald E. Cooke Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961

Millicent Sowerby
By Millicent Sowerby, Chatto & Windus, 1907

Gertrude Kay
By Gertrude Kay J.B, 1923

Michael Hague
By Michael Hague, Henry Holt and Company, 1985

Peter Weevers
By Peter Weevers Hutchison, Random House UK, 1989

Angel Dominguez
By Angel Dominguez, Artisan, 1996

Figueiredo Sobral
By Figueiredo Sobral, Portugália Editora, Lisbon, n.d.

Janice Holland
By Janice Holland, Rand McNally, 1951

Alex A. Blum
By Alex A. Blum, Gilberton Company, inc. 1948

Frank Bolle
By Frank Bolle, Fisher Price, 1984

The Cat and The Dodo (book)

Monday, January 15th, 2007

The Cat and the Dodo (book)

The Cat and The Dodo (book) by Bibi. BTW, I’m planning to write a review about the book on the picture, The Dodo: Extinction in Paradise by Errol Fuller.

Dodo bird verdict

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Alice and the Dodo

Dodo bird verdict: Wikipedia article about the Dodo verdict at Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – “At last the Dodo said, ‘everybody has won, and all must have prizes.’” (chapter3) – and psychology.

In psychological literature, Saul Rosenzweig (1936) coined this phrase the “Dodo bird verdict”, and it has been extensively referred to in subsequent literature as a consequence of the ‘common factor’ theory. This is the theory that the specific techniques that are applied in different types and schools of psychotherapy serve a very limited purpose (such as a shared myth to believe in), and that most of the positive effect that is gained from psychotherapy is due to factors that the schools have in common, namely the therapeutic effect of having a relationship with a therapist who is warm, respectful and friendly.

[…] The “Dodo bird verdict” is especially important because policymakers have to decide on the usefulness of investing in the diversity of psychotherapies that exist. The debate has been very much heated since its re-inception in 1975 with a publication of Lester Luborsky. Depending on what the outcome of the debate is held to be, many jobs and also the healthcare for many individuals are at stake.