Two-tone Styracosaurus

Location: Bodega Bay, CA

Settings: (Composite) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 250 second exposure. Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds.

After illustrating so many different dinosaurs, I’m happy to have found a new way to do the same thing. The two-tone colors and the myriad combinations they present make me stoked on creating a new style of light-fossils.. Upping the ante a bit I hope!

Initially, I came to this spot in Bodega Bay because of it’s unique geographic features and sweet views down the coast:

You’ve got the beach on one side, bay on the other and walking distance between both.

It’s good to have options, and I wasn’t as impressed with this view of the beach as I was with the back-lit sand and grass in the direction I had just walked in from. The ambient light from a nearby campground’s street-lights were casting a yellowish light on the beach, which you can see here.

To sum up my feelings of Bodega Bay - it was a quiet historic town on the water, and a great place for seafood.


The first extremely belated batch of commission sketches for the League of Steam Kickstarter.  Thanks to everyone who let me draw their awesome OCs, and also an awesome dinosaur!  You guys are both patient and amazing. <3

so close to being done,


Styracosaurus albertensis lived 75 million years ago, and was one of the most unusual horned dinosaurs, with a number of large spikes around the edge of its frill, and a long nose horn. Although the horn might have been used to defend against predators, it could also have been used for display during courtship, intimidation of rivals for mating, and combat with other styracosaurs. Photographed by @dave.krugman #InsideaAMNH

I suddenly realized that I have a ton of sketches I’ve never bothered to scan. This is an old one but I still like it, though I drew it without reference so please pardon all the inaccuracies.

Styracosaurs are probably my favorite ceratopsian …but it’s hard to pick just one favorite, honestly. There were so many really cool ones. 

ink, watercolor


Playing with some anatomy, trying to see how lips would work on ceratopsians. Skeletal reconstructions based off Scott Hartman’s work. Looked at large mammals for inspiration; I can’t think of any extant animals quite like ceratopsians, so my gut isn’t really sold on exclusively using crocodylimorphs or birds for anatomy musings.

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Alllmost ready to present that big project (sorry for the delay), but here’s a very unfinished digital sketch, playing around with embossing scales- not pleased with this particular effect, but the actual drawing was fun. :’D

“Spiked lizard”
Late Cretaceous, 75.5-75 million years ago

Styracosaurus was a mid-sized relative of Triceratops. While it lacked its cousin’s characteristic browhorns, it more than made up for them with four to six horns coming out of its frill, small horns on each of its cheeks, and one large horn (almost two feet long!) on its nose. It grew up to 18 feet in length, and lived in modern day North America. The scientific consensus is that there is nothing sad about Styracosaurus. Styracosaurus is pretty much just awesome. *guitar riff*