A Gallery of Transitions

Hello, Loyal Readers!

Things have been weird at the Ensis household lately–I’ve moved, the Museum where I work began summer camp, I’ve had some paintings in my first show, and my wife is now a manager at our local bookstore!

I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like, and what little time I have I’ve been too tired to read. Or do a lot of Art stuff.

BUT I was recently allowed to do some sketches for the summer camp groups while on the clock–one of my first “art gigs.”

Check them out!


A toucan for the “Terrific Toucans” summer camp group. Drawn with a photo reference.


A mosasaur–these animals were contemporaries of the dinosaurs but were actually gigantic, swimming monitor lizards. This one I drew from memory.


A smilodon, or saber-toothed tiger for team “Cool Cats.” Body was drawn from memory, but I used a photo reference for the face.


This is one of my favorites–a megatherium, or giant ground sloth. This is another prehistoric mammal. I used a skeletal reference for his body, then added musculature and fur, and I used a photo of a modern sloth for his face. This one was later defaced by a child 😦


I’m really pleased with how this one turned out–one counselor requested a Unicorn and a Dolphin for the group “Dancing Dolphins.” I tried to get them in a bro-fist and I think it worked splendidly! I used references for this one.

Yeah, that was a fun day. I didn’t even get a picture of everything I drew!

So life is settling down and I plan to finish some books (reading and writing!) and continue regularly scheduled programming soon! 

Until then, why not follow me on Instagram at @j_ensis ? I post my little sketches there as I do them.

Also, be my facebook friend– Ensis Aurelius. And I’m on Twitter @J_Ensis–last night my wife and I helped “unintentional cover artist” @KanadaCat find an affordable copy of the book on which his art “unintentionally appears.” …It’s a long story involving Russian copyright law.

So talk to me! And I’ll see you soon!


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