I have finished another paleoart painting. This one depicts the giant marine reptile Kronosaurus, catching a Plesiosaur.
At the moment, I am continuing with my writing, and quite looking forward to presenting artwork at the Symposium for the Western Interior Paleontological Society, in March. They invited me to come set up a table in March, so I will be working on some more paleoart, as well as a few landscapes.
[I have started making prints for much of my artwork as well, so please let me know if you’d like to buy one. They make great gifts.]
Here is a commission I finished for a friend last night. Tyrannosaurus rex, getting ready to celebrate Christmas.
Contrary to popular opinion, T. rex most likely didn’t have vision-based movement. He would probably have seen you still or moving. So, in other words:
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
You taste the same if you’re bad or good
So just run for goodness sake!
Now I can show the entire process, step-by-step, for how the Spinosaurus painting came to be, from preliminary sketch to the finished artwork. A scan of the painting is at the end.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!
I first began with an initial sketch to set down the composition and shape of the dinosaur, as well as the eel he's catching.
Next I added in some details and scale patterns that I thought would look neat. Note the little spines on his underbelly, somewhat like the spines on the throat of a bearded dragon.
I copied the sketch on a sheet of tracing paper, then used that and a piece of graphite paper to transfer the shape onto an 8x10 inch masonite board.
Here is where the trees and background begin to take shape, the water is filled in, and the two animals are given a contrasting color scheme for visual interest.
Many details and highlights are added in, from the tree bark to the Spinosaur's eye.
The finished work, with water highlights on the wet parts of the Spinosaur's hide, and dark stripes and spots for more of a natural pattern than just being entirely red.
The final scan of the image.
Here’s my latest finished painting. It is an 8 x 10 acrylic piece on masonite board. Scans of this and other paintings are forthcoming.
A Spinosaurus aegypticus has just caught a large eel, which is still struggling to liberate itself from the predator’s bite. Unfortunately for the eel, Spinosaur teeth and jaws are designed to catch fish.
The cover art for “Arrivers: Alliance” is now finished and scanned. So here is the result.
I also finished another piece of paleo art, depicting two Carnotaurus stalking a Saltasaurus. The foreground flesh-eater is calling for the rest of their pack to help tackle the giant sauropod.
Hope you all have a terrific day!
I’ve been catching myself doing more art involved with The Wolfglen Legacy than actually writing it. I’m going to make myself write more than draw, but at least I can share what’s been done so far.
After more than a year of anticipation, I got to finally spend a night at the famous “Dinosaur Hotel,” the Best Western Denver Southwest.
Acrocanthosaurus skull, a giant carnivore that hunted the long-necked sauropods.
The place is chock full of stuff that will make a paleontologist’s heart sing. Dinosaur skulls and fossil displays are all over the lobby, which is made to look like a turn-of-the-century explorer’s den, complete with an Allosaurus skull on the mantelpiece.
The only way this could look more awesome is if it was a stuffed and mounted Allosaurus head, but those seem to be in short supply.
There’s a paleontologist who will be there in the mornings to answer all sorts of questions about prehistoric life, the continental breakfast is excellent (especially considering the fact that they have waffles), and there are more fossils on display than in some natural history museums. It’s spectacular.
Beware of Stegosaurs reading over your shoulder.
If you are in the Denver area, this would be a great place to stop by for the night! You’ll be glad if you go check it out.