A teenage mammoth that once roamed the Siberian tundra in search of fodder and females might have been killed by an Ice Age man on a summer day tens of thousands of years ago, a Russian scientist said Friday.
Prof. Alexei Tikhonov of the Zoology Institute in St. Petersburg announced the finding of the mammoth, which was excavated from the Siberian permafrost in late September near the Sopochnaya Karga cape, 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) northeast of Moscow.
The 16-year-old mammoth has been named Jenya, after the 11-year-old Russian boy who found the animal’s limbs sticking out of the frozen mud. The mammoth was 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) tall and weighed 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds).
It seems no matter how long of a hiatus I take from drawing, it always comes back to me. It’s like an old friend I can always rely on. I can’t even express how comforting that is. I haven’t drawn Hodei in AGES. And then BAM! I nailed him. I love these sketches so much right now.
I haven’t been drawing much lately, but I have been writing. The first chapter is nearly complete. I have one little scene that’s giving me some dialog trouble, but I’ll work it out. I took my outline and separated it out into chapters and further separated it into scenes. I’ve just been taking it one chapter at a time, breaking down the scenes and filling in the dialog. It took me a long time, but I think I finally found a process that’s working for me and moving the story forward. If I focus on small pieces one at a time, the larger picture doesn’t seem so daunting. Baby steps!
P.S. Hodei’s eyes aren’t actually blue. More likely they will be hazel or brown when everything is said and done. Just using my artistic license here. ;-)