Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Thecodontosaurus

I'm almost tempted to begin this post with 'I r a srs palaeo artist too,' for reasons yet unclear even to myself.


 Thecodontosaurus (with sphenodont). Sepia ink on Saunders Waterford hot pressed watercolour paper; 150 x 280mm. I've decided that her name is 'Thesis'. Yes.

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This was originally conceived as my entry for Bristol Dinosaur Project's Thecodontosaurus Illustration Competition. Sadly (though perhaps predictably), I failed to make the competition deadline. My attempt to rally a few palaeo-minded friends into entering also bore no fruit, alas. It would have been lovely to see familiar names among the entrants.

Close-up detail views.

 




My many thanks to Jon Tennant of Green Tea and Velociraptors for very kindly supplying me with the Thecodontosaurus paper (Adam M. Yates (2003)) and Dr. Heinrich Mallison of Dinosaurpalaeo for his input during the progress. I feel like quite the grown-up palaeo artist.


24 comments:

  1. Beautiful, sensitive lines. Clean and well rendered with just the slightest touch of humour(you can't tell me that lizard isn't saying "Yeah roar away bozo" to itself).. must be another Niroot drawing.
    Gorgeous stuff!

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    1. Thank you so much, Matt.

      Haha, perhaps not so much 'roar' as 'chirp' or even 'bleat' for this one.

      (Also, that's a sphenodont! :D)

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  2. I really like the details in this work. The whole picture is in balance even though the amount of details in it. Also the textures are following the reality. I love to work with ink and I know how much time you can spend with works.. I like this piece of art very much! Great work!

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  3. Your sense of space is really pushed here. I'm used to seeing backgrounds given short shrift, or at best a nod to "ambiguous paleobotany". Here, I recognize some species of plant, and the distance to that mountain range is really great. It helps thicken the atmosphere in a way that makes me feel more involved in the space.

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  4. Beautiful. I like how the plants almost echo the curves of the body. Makes it feel more like a living dynamic landscape.

    (Is that so you can say you're working on your thesis?)

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    1. Thank you so much.

      Hehe, perhaps...

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    1. Hahaha! Thank you so much, David!

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  6. Niroot, you are one talented individual. Inspiring as ever.

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  7. Beautiful! :)

    As (almost) always there remains some nitpicking, but we'll do this over a pint next time I'm in London.
    Overall, this is a great picture, I especially love the scenic set-up, the background detail!

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    1. Oh, do please nitpick now, if you can! I'm much too nervous and would be even more so when we meet...!

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  8. It's been so long since I was on DTF that I'd almost forgotten how beautiful your art is!

    This is absolutely stunning, possibly my favourite out of your works.

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