About mattvr

Animator/Painting Guy/Pointless Waffler

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’!

DreadnoughtusSort of wondering now if my Dreadnoughtus is a bit on the small side… hmm.