fedexia

Seen on Archosaur Musings:

Back at the end of last year, buried in the huge mass of posts based on my superb trip to the Carnegie in Pittsburgh, I covered this lovely little display about the creation of palaeoart, based on an animal named Fedexia. The artist responsible, Mark Klingler, was kind enough, not only to supply me with the means to get hold of his DIY Quetzalcoatlus, but also provided me with some of his files on his reconstruction to show the process rather more clearly. My thanks to him for these.

Key to the above collection:

A 1–3. Fossil skull: Dorsal View, Diagram, Lateral view

B. Reconstructed skeleton as it may have looked

C 1–11. Reconstruction process to create the look of Fedexia

C1. original pencil drawing with #2 mechanical pencil on Bristol board

C2. color overlay with color pencil on vellum

C3. scanned in pencil, contrasted in Photoshop

C4. overlay C3 over C2 in Photoshop

C5. scanned in pattern outline, original in pen & ink on vellum, and filled pattern dots in Photoshop

C6. knocked out areas outside pattern dots

C7. addition of purple form midtones

C8. addition of sky blue highlights on bumps of skin

C9. shadow overlay added to Fedexia

C10. highlight overlay added to Fedexia, later lightened in transparency

C11. final Fedexia striegeli reconstruction

D 1–6. Reconstructed environment for Fedexia; 2H pencil, mechanical pencil on vellum

D1. Thumbnail sketch layout

D2. Place Fedexia in for size

D3. Final pencil Pennsylvanian time period, some 300 m.y.a., plants include:

• Calamites carinatus (after Hirmer 1927)

• Psaronius (tree ferns from Stidd 1971)

• Fallen lepidodendron trunks

• Walchia (conifer, after Moret)

• Asterophillites equisetiformis

D4. Color overlay, color pencil on vellum

D5. Assembled pencil background contrasted in Photoshop with Fedexia reconstruction

D6. Assembled colored background with Fedexia reconstruction