Sometimes I still paint dinosaurs…

So I’m hardly ever here but it’d still be nice to post every now and again in case anyone out there in the blogosphere is listening… somehow I doubt it! Anyhow, Dave Hone of Archosaur Musings and actual palaeontology asked me to make some artwork to go with his paper with Tom Holtz reviewing Spinosaurs.

Dave wanted something other than spinosaurus, as there was some kind of hooplah about that animal out there on the internets, so I couldn’t use my existing spinosaurus nesting image.

Instead Dave opted for a new image featuring Baryonyx, who apparently doesn’t get enough love. We eventually settled on a couple of Baryonyx doing threat displays, because who can go by a decent threat display? My initial thought was to mimic the actions of seagulls displaying dominance to get the last chip.

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Don’t push me Harrison, in the future this will be a chip!

Just pretend that dead iguanodontid is a chip. I mean, have you seen the donkey on the edge look seagulls get in their eyes when it’s down to that last chip?

I did some really embarrassing  sketches like the one above, I promise the stealth wing pterosaur scavengers would get refined or painted over in frustration or something.

Eventually I settled on a ‘I’m bored of side on dinosaurs’ view looking right down the barrel. Looking back at this I think I was going to be a lot more daring with the integument. I mean look at all that stuff on the sketch.

Anyhow, here’s the final product which required a bit of 3 dimensional thinking and a lot of reference to get the shapes in the head right! Thanks go to Dave and Tom for giving me the opportunity to make a contribution!

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Come at me bro.

 

 

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Little raptor circle of goodness.

I rarely back Kickstarters but couldn’t resist a recently when Creative Beast studios began one for a series of different raptor species sculptures.

The first one off the block caught my eye because it looked familiar,  clearly drawing inspiration form the same source as my reconstruction of Linheraptor a few years ago. So I knew I had to have one!

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The Kickstarter is done but I think you can still make orders/support the project.

A bit of Dreadnoughtus for Stanford University Magazine

In a shock development I’m posting on my blog!

Thought I’d drop a quick dinosaur picture here commissioned by Stanford University Magazine. They approached me asking for a blue whale, a minke whale, a dreadnoughtus and a person for size comparison.

Go read the story about the efficiencies of being a gigantic whale and eating all your meals in a single giant gulp online here!

The large wattle on Dreadnoughtus is very much stolen from the brilliant Brian Enge’s concept of large display features on sauropods.

Meanwhile, here’s my version of the Stanford uni image with ‘enormous aquarium effect’!

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Small Island Studio Launches!

Optimistic Painter has been a bit quiet lately as I have been working hard to launch our new business venture: Small Island Studio

Small Island Studio originated as a desire in me to connect ideas and education with people using images and animation. As an animator I’m aware of the power of the visual to help people understand the complex.

Thankfully I met my business partner, Susanne Schantz, who saw the value in what I was trying to do and felt that it was both worthwhile and that there was a market for this service.

I’m very lucky to be surrounded by talented people, among them people like David Orr, who bridge the scientific and illustrative fields. I saw many of these people being under utilised, and really wanted to show off what they can do and reward them too!

Of course I know quite a few scientists as well, so there are lots of opportunities for collaboration. In fact, we’re hoping to produce something very soon along those lines.

So please visit Small Island Studio to see our first Explainer Animation and visit the gallery, I hope you enjoy it!

Drawing dinosaurs: how is palaeoart produced

Long time collaborator Dr. Dave Hone has been kind enough to feature my recent Bellubrunnus painting in his Guardian Blog Article about Paleoart.

It’s been quiet around here lately as I discover just how long it takes to start a new business! Small Island Studio will be launching at the end of this week, keep your eyes peeled for some dinosaur related animation in the near future!

 

I like your old stuff better than your new stuff #2

Vintage art, circa sometime in the mid 90’s. This is the second version of a piece depicting a predator chasing two Leaellynasaurs across a river. (Acrylic on Board)

The first version had an Abelisaur, back when some research indicated a closer tie between South American and Australian fauna in the Early Cretaceous, until Allosaurus seemed to be a safer bet. Now I’d need to do a version with an Australovenator , feathered of course!

I was already stubbornly feathering my Leaellynasaurs for cold conditions back then, despite no direct evidence of any insulation.

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Not my best work.. and probably heading upwards of 15 years old! But fun to post during a busy patch.