My recent dinosaur-anatomy related epiphany has forced me to take a good look at all of my past paleoart with a critical eye. Anything I produced many years ago is of course going to be out of date anyway, but I can't turn a blind eye at anything I've done recently, especially things that are still works in progress or intended for eventual publishing. And it's not just supraorbital membranes, I've been way too sloppy with soft tissues in general.
Let's take an example: my recent Tyrannosaurus portrait. It's not just the brow that I'd fix, but also the ear should be higher up and the lips... the lips are a total mess. While drawing it I tried to wrap my head around the concept of lips that covered most of the teeth in the upper jaw but left some visible similar to the canines of cats, and the result was a half-arsed failure. Now, having finally read Jaime Headden's blog post on overbites (I'm slowly trying to catch up to what I've missed thanks to Diazepam) I realize just how badly I screwed things up. At this point I'd have to redrew so much I'm not sure if it's worth it or if I should just do a completely new drawing.
I feel like maybe I should take a break from the work I had planned on doing and going for something more spontaneous. That means more random doodles and cartoon spinosaurs and less "proper" artwork. I guess I should be glad for anything I manage to produce, though, considering how long my dry spell has been.
As for my ill-being, I managed to eliminate the foods behind my intolerance symptoms, only to realize that said symptoms were preventing something even worse. It seems that as long as the protracted diazepam withdrawal symptoms refuse to abate, forcing me to keep taking a whole handful of pills that mess my body up even further, it's actually preferrable to have an upset stomach.
PS. I got featured in the latest Mesozoic Miscellany at the Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs blog. If you for some reason don't follow the blog already, you should definitely check it out because it's great, especially if you like (more or less dodgy) vintage dinosaur art.