Finally got around to painting my Zbrush model of Anhanguera.  I have a huge backlog of unfinished work built up.  Some of them have been posted around on my various portfolio sites as WIP’s but most of them have not been seen by anyone.  I’m going to be working on finishing these projects up and getting them online.  The majority of them are paleo-reconstructions of some kind. 

I’ll also be using this polypainted Zbrush model as a guide to paint the 3d printed model of the posed version.  I’m hoping to post photos of that up soon. I just need to get my hands on some new paint and brushes. 

Today’s Doodle: Dinosaur gestures (compilation)

My favorite kind of art to do is “gesture drawing”. These are quick drawings, taking anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes, trying to capture the essence of  a pose. These drawings tend to be simple but full of energy and life. I do it every day to warm up, and try to carry some of that same energy into my finished drawings. Usually gesture drawing is done with the human figure, but I find that paired with “book” study of any form, human or animal, doing lots of gestures is a great way to get an intuitive sense of their anatomy.

Today’s doodle: Othnielosaurus consors

Othnielosaurus spent her days darting from fern to fern, trying to find cover from sauropod feet as big as she was and from the searching eyes of a gruesome lineup of contemporary carnivores. Late Jurassic USA, Morrison Formation.

Ceratopsian faces

So I was talking with @skollyson​ and @snakefeathers​ about ceratopsian reconstructions and we all came to the general consensus that current reconstructions just don’t seem right, specifically with the way the jugal bone is handled.

Traditionally, this feature is portrayed as a prominent facial “spike,” sometimes in a manner similar to the nasal horn. But after considering the point raised in this post, I couldn’t help but feel the jugal bone would’ve fuctioned more as a structural feature for soft tissue (i.e. cheeks and muscles):

Considering these were large herbivorous animals filling an ecological niche similar to modern rhinos, likely possessing large fleshy cheeks for handling food, the extension of soft tissue across the jugal (and/or the anchoring of neck and jaw muscles) just seems to make more sense.

I’d be very much interested to hear others’ opinions on this! As a paleoartist I feel it’s really important to remember that while bones suggest the appearance of an animal, the skin, muscles, and organs they support are just as important to consider.

Today’s doodle: Deinonychus antirrhopus and Tenontosaurus tilletti

Reblog and tag—or this Christmas instead of Santa Deinonychus will come down your chimney.

I’m told this picture is from a book called All Yesterdays and is a paleoartist’s rendering of a swan based on its fossilised skeleton.

Do not underestimate the immensity of T. rex’s ass

Dear paleoartists,

I love you, but many of you are drawing unrealistically petite tyrant dinosaurs. Here’s an outline of the torso of T. rex as typically illustrated, superimposed over the Stan cast at NMNH:

Here’s what’s actually needed to contain the shoulder girdle, rib cage, and pelvis:

And that’s just a bare minimum. Also keep in mind that muscle attachment points on the femur and pelvis indicate that T. rex thighs were roughly the size of the world.

That’s all. Keep drawing awesome dinosaurs! :)


Scientific Artist Reimagines The Good Dinosaur

In this full length episode, paleoartist Josh Cotton digitally re-sculpts the main character of Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur while critiquing the science of the film!

(It’s finally up! Thank you all for your patience!)