Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Tyrannosaurus rex

Copyright A V S Turner 2012
With recent discoveries (not least Yutyrannus huali), it seems the evidence that even large therapods were feathered is piling up to the extent that we palaeo-artists must start thinking about redrawing a whole load of our previous images! Following recent discussions with several like-minded artists, I am now pretty convinced that in the next ten to fifteen years, we will find it more and more frightful to look upon bare-skinned therapoda. So, to save redrawing the next ten years' work all over again, I am starting to treat feathers as my default integuement for all therapods, unless hard fossil evidence demonstrates otherwise. I realise this breaks my sacrosanct 'Third-rule' of Palaeo-art: 'Thou shalt not draw something there's no evidence for'. But in accordance with my 'First-rule'; 'Thou shalt only depict well-known species if thou canst demonstrate new ideas about them', I think this is allowable (naughty wink!).
This quick Tyrannosaurus rex study is not a bad starting point and will form the basis of my next major painting. I have used both birds of prey and Grey Wolves as inspiration for the feather distribution and markings.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Iguanodon bernissartensis

Copyright A V S Turner 2012
Iguanodon bernissartensis: Early Cretaceous (Barremian - Aptian), Belgium. One of the classic examples of the genus, which has experienced considerable taxonomic rearrangement in recent years. I. bernissartensis remains the measure against which all Iguanodon are measured. Ardeosaurus in the foreground.

I've been working on and off on this digital painting for about a year now & I'm relieved to say it's finally done! Iguanodons and Hadrosaurs are by far my favourite dinosaur subjects from a personal perspective, but I am happy to finally be able to put these two to bed after so many months of simply not having the spare time to work on them. I. bernissartensis is by no means a recent discovery, but well-deserving of its place in this palaeo-artist's 'bucket list' of desirable subjects!

Have I learned any special lessons from executing this particular painting? Yes: When contemplating the environment you're going to stick your subjects in, avoid bloody ferns at any cost!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Mammuthus primigenius (Wooly Mammoth)

I did a couple of Mammoth sketches for someone a few weeks back and although they weren't intended for anything in particular, I liked this one especially. Since it probably won't be used elsewhere, I decided to work her up a bit. She's standing alone at the moment, but the hope is to eventually composite some family members in around her.