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.
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.
It’s been forever since I painted, but I’ve been looking at a lot of paleoartists lately, so one thing led to another and well, here is an Avisaurus on a cycad…cone…thing. Very fun to do, probably a bit inaccurate, but fun! Very much based on green magpies, because they are cute as all fuck.
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.
I honestly don’t know how to do these spoopy October things, but it seemed cool, and a-dinosaur-a-day was doing a Dinoween, and being a dinosaur enthusiast and paleoartist (albeit aspiring one) I thought I’d take my hand at trying to draw a spoopy dinosaur.
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.