For day 2 of #Inktober, I've drawn a flint elemental as a companion piece to the chalk elemental. Flint is a silicon-rich mineral found as nodules within large deposits of chalk (when the same mineral is found inside other limestones, it's called chert). Flint is believed to have formed from a gelatinous silicon-rich fluid that flooded cavities within the muddy calcium-rich sea floor that would eventually harden into chalk. The source of this fluid is believed to be the spicules of sponges and the shells of planktonic algae such as diatoms and radiolarians.
The "head" of the spirit is a fossilized sea urchin test-- a common fossil in flint beds. The test lies within a bed of sponges, representing the spicules that initially formed the stone.
Flint was used for thousands of years to make stone tools, so a quintet of said tools serve as a crown or halo over the head.
Several smaller knives with faces on them inhabit the hollow interiors of the sponges and serve as the eyes and other senses of the spirit. These knives are based on the Tecpatl, a flint knife that served several roles in Aztec mythology.
Beneath the sponges is a gigantic wheel-shaped diatom, and below that five elongated, lozenge-shaped diatom serving as "feet".
The arms of the elemental are bundles of kindling with gigantic radiolarian shells on the ends surrounded by a trio of more flint knives that serve as crude fingers. The arms must be "activated" by being lit on fire by one of the Tecpatl striking against a firestarter steel to generate sparks. Several fire steels float with the space below the elemental's body.
So, as you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun designing this critter.
This year October is Inktober! For the whole month thousands of us artist-types will be doing an ink drawing a day. Or at least trying to. Unless life gets in the way. Which it frequently does.
Anyway, for my Inktober entries, I'm going to be playing around with one of my favorite subjects: D&D-style monsters. I'll do my best to draw a different monster every day-- mostly original creations, though I'll also be drawing some of my favorite D&D critters (duckbunnies and flumphs ahoy!).
To start things off, here's a Chalk Elemental. Chalk is a type of limestone formed almost entirely from the microscopic shells of planktonic marine algae known as coccolithophores. Here, the elemental has taken on the form of one of these organisms. It interacts with the world around it via the floating, jointed rods that hover around it's body.
Honestly, this wasn't my best work, mainly because it was done late at night and I was really tired. But I wanted to hit the ground running for Inktober. Hopefully I'll be able to invest a little more time in future entries.
I'm a marine and wildlife artist based primarily out of Connecticut, but sometimes also out of Tennessee and Florida (I travel with my wife for her aerospace job). Even though my pieces are pretty stylized, I do a lot of research to try to make them scientifically accurate.|
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