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The show investigates and creates incredible creatures: Unidentified Mysterious Animals…animals unknown to science. In the same way that paleontology speculates about what dinosaurs were really like, our experts now do the same for creatures of legend.
Below is Francis' Travel Blog, news and updates...
So the adventures are over. For now? The traveling was brutal, I’ve never spent so much time on planes as I did over the past 8 months. At times I’d forget where I was going or where I was coming from. Exhaustion was a constant feeling I had every single day. But enthusiasm and love for adventure kept us going even with minimal to no sleep. The chemistry and fun we had as a crew also made things a lot easier specially when you start missing home. It was like a really long road trip with your buds!
The things I’ve seen and experienced during the course of this show was more than some experience in a lifetime. I feel extremely lucky to have had the chance to do the things I got to do. Every trip, I literally was checking off things that would be on a bucket list. Even did things that no sane person or insane person would have on their list! As an artist I’ve traveled around the world, but not like this! I mean, who draws in a damp dark cave in Germany? Who draws on a platform in Bimini, while sharks swam underneath? Drawn in the thick Vietnamese jungle? Insane! If one word were to describe this experience… I’d cheat and use two. FREAKING AWESOME!
The dragon experienced the most changes of all the Beast’s we’ve created. It truly is our creation. We had to come up with some clever ways for our Dragon, to hunt effectively in the forest. Which changed its look quite drastically. Flight was of the utmost importance otherwise it would just be a giant lizard on the ground.
Figuring out the mechanics of a biological creature breathing fire was another hurdle we had to over come. However it was awesome to find that naturally there were things set in place that we could use make this happen! The Dragon truly is a composite animal of our creation, we had such latitude to pick and choose what we needed from different animals. It’s like a cook having access to every ingredient around the world. It was an absolute blast having this much leeway!
The primeval forest was… uncomfortable. With all the rainfall, it was wet as hell. Unprepared and ill equipped, my feet were wet and freezing cold! Anyways whining aside, it was awesome seeing some bison, even brief encounters with some wild boars! There were definitely a lot of things to eat in here for our Dragon.
The only problem is with all the trees and branches all over the place. How can this thing fly? There’s no room to flap its wings. At least not without alerting every animal in the surrounding area. But it’s not a Dragon unless it can fly, however flight may be costly in the forest, and this Dragon would starve to death. Unless it can adapt and fly in another way….
Californiaaaaaa!!! What a trip. Driving up the mountain was long as hell, we just kept going! I believe once we were at the base, we were over 2000 ft above sea level. Along the way the dude from the Condor Sanctuary informed us of the rarity of these Condors along with the fight they had to go through to survive. I mean they were close to extinction, and sanctuaries like this are absolutely essential to keeping these amazing birds alive.
The Condors here flew freely and were not in cages. So we had to set up bait to trap some Condors if we wanted a good look at them. Dragging a stillborn calf at the dead of night while carrying a bag of dead rats isn’t exactly what I had in mind for my evening. But the cover of night was essential so that the birds don’t associate humans to food. They need to keep their wits about them to hunt and not grow reliant on us.
We were very fortunate to get in there with them and see the Condors up close. Studying their physical attributes gave us tons of ideas for what we wanted our Monster Bird to look like. Looking into the eyes of a Condor sent chills down my spine. It was blood red! The bird looked very intimidating, and freaky. The talons were crazy cool! They looked like dinosaur feet! The head was just unreal, it was wrinkly and reddish. Not at all what I think of when I think birds. Just what we needed for our Monster Bird!
New Mexico surprised me. I was prepared for the heat, the sun, and just the general dryness of the desert. I actually wasn’t looking forward to it. But I was surprised at how awesome it was! I absolutely LOVED it! Learning to ride a horse that day was a task and a half but once I got a handle on it, I just wanted to keep riding! The feeling I got riding full speed in the desert towards Ship Rock was unbelievable. I felt like freaking John Wayne!
many artists can say they’ve done that. At least no sane one can.
The shark expert was an absolute riot! He really got into the thick of things and got us exactly what we needed. The contraption he made to test the senses, while it had a few missteps, worked like a charm in the end. It’s pretty amazing to see all those senses in action. I mean those senses, basically lead to something being killed and eaten!! With all those abilities I don’t know how anything can get way from that.
Jumping in the water with the sharks was completely UNPLANNED! Not only were we not prepared, Scott kept letting go of a tube that sprayed my leg with fish blood….which attracts the sharks!! What the heck was he thinking? I think he was trying to get me killed! I basically jumped in the water after seasoning my leg with extra flavor for the sharks!
Luckily though they were pretty full, but they were still pretty dang curious! They got all up on our face! I couldn’t believe how close they were getting. As scary as that was, the clarity of the water was AMAZING! It was literally a whole new world down there. I felt like an astronaut, and all of the life down there, alien. I was just frozen by the beauty, and at the end didn’t want to leave! Note to self: learn to swim so I can learn to scuba.