Posts tagged paleontological reconstructions
Posts tagged paleontological reconstructions
Amazingly Vivid Dino Illustrations Reveal a Brutal Prehistoric World
Over its lifetime, Earth has hosted countless species. But some of those species, like the dinosaurs, have managed to claw their way into a special place in our imaginations. Now, a new book illustrates the dinosaurs — and many of the beasts of millennia ago — in beautiful, spectacular and vicious style.
In one illustration, tiny Utahraptors tear at the flesh of a much larger creature. Another shows a rather unlikely but fanciful encounter between giant megalodon and funny-looking platybelodon. A more serene image depicts a well-camouflaged little dinosaur sleeping beneath a tree in a lush, green forest.
The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi, available on May 20, is a collection of artwork by Julius Csotonyi, an award-winning illustrator whose work lives in museums and in science papers. Csotonyi, who holds a PhD in microbiology, works frequently with paleontologists who need help bringing their fossil finds to life. Sometimes, though, he draws whatever comes to mind. According to Csotonyi’s parents, his first illustration, at age 3, was of a dinosaur. “It appears to have been intended to be a rooster,” Csotonyi says in the book.
Julius Csotonyi is one of my favorite paleo artists, and even his digital composite works still incorporate some of the sharpest, most detailed digital painting I’ve ever seen. His borderline photorealistic approach is just…wow.
Palaeoartworks: a palaeoart gallery at Lyme Regis, April 7th - May 4th
Mark Witton: “So, what can you expect from the gallery? Hopefully, there’s a wide enough range of restorations to keep most tastes happy: dinosaurs, pterosaurs, Crocodyliformes, invertebrates, marine reptiles, even some fish. These are organised into are three collections. The first is dedicated to palaeoart of the Wealden Supergroup, a sequence of Lower Cretaceous sediments found throughout south-east England with an intensely studied palaeobiota and palaeoenvironment. Regular readers will know that I’ve been publishing a lot of Wealden artwork recently - enough, it seems, to fill the wall of a gallery - and my favourites are now on display." More info
This is part of the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2-4 May, 2014
The Floating Lily Fields of Guanling by Gogosardina
for more complete information about the animals featured in this wonderful and richly painted paleo art, read more in the artist’s own gallery.
Dunkleosteus by Jaime A. Headden (Qilong). One thing that most people forget is that the “armour” of placoderms is actually their skull, in life being covered by flesh. It begs the question of whereas they had lips or not, like modern predatory fish.
Some dromaeosaurs I did for my exam assignment, in which I wrote a 30 page paper on the origins of birds.
The last day of the trip was filled with museum visits, first of all to the San Diego Museum of Natural History. The first hall we stepped into was dominated by a pair of sculptures, one of Albertosaurus (the poor guy is so underfed, you can see his ribs!) and the other of Lambeosaurus. The other sides of these sculptures are actually replica skeleton mounts, which I didn’t manage to take any good pictures of.
There were more dinosaurs further onward, with animatronic models of Baryonyx, Oviraptor (probably more like Citipati, honestly), and some perfectly bizarre-looking Velociraptor. Downstairs, there was a nice Allosaurus on display, and further, an exhibit about mammoths and other extinct elephants that included a few other, different Ice Age critters as well.
Little One, Sammy
The sun poured through the spaces between branches, thin rivers of light that flowed in the pollen-laden air and dappled the backs of the carnivores. Among sticks and leaves and bones and mushrooms, the three fed and lounged, or preened and whistled, songbirds that had taken the roles of tigers.
The dinosaur formerly known as Brachiosaurus brancai was possibly the best dinosaur, but try as I might, I can never do it justice. Here’s another attempt at making it look regal by having it roll around in mud. I think I may have a strategy problem here.
I haven’t been puting much work up recently because of the top secret book project sapping nearly all my painting time. I’ve been working on this Photoshop painting for ages, and I’m glad to get it out the door. I’m considering making it part of a panorama.