Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Uncegila

Unceglia, pen, watercolor & acrylic ink on watercolor paper, 7 x 10", 2011.

 I'm still working on my "Uncharted Waters" sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project.

This time I picked a creature from Native American mythology. Uncegila was a giant river snake who polluted water (notice my little fish skeletons in the background). She was killed by twin brothers, and when she died it created the badlands in Nebraska.

I love snakes and reptiles... they always seem to get a bad rap in mythology and world religions!


  1. I like it. The red needles make it look all electro-stingy.

  2. Thanks, Zack! I don't think anyone else likes snakes!!

  3. Reptiles seem to have had a better mythological reputation in the East...poor spiders seem to get a rough deal everywhere. (Spelling correction: unceGILA)

  4. Ohhh! I fixed it; thanks! That makes more Gila Monsters.

  5. Hi, I've been following your blog for a little while. I really enjoy your illustration style -- very inventive and energetic.

    Your approach to the sketchbook project is great. I like how cohesive it all is. And informative. I hadn't heard of many of these creatures.


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