Thanks, although it's only dinosaurs that I tend to doodle without cracking open any references. Just in case there was any confusion...
Back on form. A Pachyrhinosaurus canadensis skull and an attempt at muscle & keratin restoration that didn't go quite right.
Funny, my dinosaurs tend to look more organic and realistic when I don't slavishly follow skeletal refs.
Regarding the sketch in the last post: I've since looked at this topic and the amount of venom makes me uneasy. Can I have a couple of opinions on the merits of the sketch above, beyond the actual results? Rest assured I intended it as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
I can show you the printout that I covered in proportion lines, if you like.
wow, I love animal anatomy and this Speaks it, it drips from the sheet, they walk right out in to the world. just wow :-)
Hey thanks for commenting my sketchbook!
You have a very nice sketchbook going on here man, love the horse study.
Keep up the good work!
All critics/comments are much appriciated
No more ceratopsians for now. News of new, unrevealed discoveries means they go on the back-burner. For now I'll practise my feathery dinos. Although maybe I should concentrate on studies of existing feathery dinos.
Also, I figured that until I get a new, good scanner (not long now; good old Christmas gift envelopes), my sketches would show up better if I used softer, darker pencils. They did.
Dromaeosaurus albertensis, with plumage based (loosely) on the red kite, Milvus milvus.
*cough*...sorry....just though I'd get that out of the way....
great looking stuff.....but i'm sure everyone else has already told you that Loving the pencil sketching and the great attention to detail. Do you reference all your dinos from images, or are these from memory? Just thought i'd ask. The quality reminds me of illustrations in a book I would have read when I was younger Look forward to seeing more though for sure
Please help a criticism craving artist out!
And PLEASE tell me what you think!
As a bonus, I'll even come by a check out your sketchbook!
Like I say at the top, I don't use references as much as I should. Hence you get weird stuff like that first painted allosaur, halfway up there. My better stuff tends to be referenced: fleshed-up copies (like the dromaeosaur), or done with a handy ref to one side, or after a few warm-up sketches.
All that helps the memory, too. But, like any other art subject, it's dangerous to rely on memory too much, or for too long.
Tell you what. I used 'doodle' to describe that Shantungosaurus. I'll use that for any unreferenced drawings from now on.
And thanks for the compliment. It's very much appreciated. Although as some'd tell you, dinosaur illustration's continued to improve in leaps and bounds during the last couple of decades. I'm a long, long way from the likes of John Sibbick or Mark Hallett.
Last edited by Vermis; December 29th, 2007 at 04:06 PM.
Thought I would drop in....
I'm certainly impressed with your sketches.
On another note... at Zbrushcentral there is a couple that work creating displays of dinosaurs at a French Museum. Their combined work is superb, however you would have to search for their link at that site. You may well find their work in the featured works of the site.
All the best
Thanks! I'll make sure to take a look.
Some more old stuff, now; getting into speculative zoology. 'Bout time I posted some of it here!.
I have an interest in tabletop miniature gaming, and on one forum I posted up a few sketches of possible creatures for a post-apocalyptic setting. The concept of dingo rats - tiger-sized (or bigger)predatory rodents with touches of canine, mesonychid and creodont, cruising the wastelands in search of anything edible - proved popular.
So, I'll probably try my hand at sculpting a set of these sometime in the future - something around 1/54 or 1/56 scale. But not before the road shark...
whoa, your dinos are amazing! no doubt you've heard of james gurney?
Incessant Doodlings of a Wandering Mind (my sketchbook)
"Avoidance of what you can't draw well doesn't stimulate growth." -Cory Trego-Erdner
"Only the mediocre are always at their best."-Jean Giraudoux
Hullo! Thanks! And yes - the Dinotopia guy, isn't he? Can't say I'm fond of the setting/concept, but he's a veritable paloaeoart titan.
Some more stuff from me: Pachyrhinosaur sketches that I forgot to scan (a restoration based on a skull, and some half-baked attempts at forelimb restoration), and a weird Anchisaurus profile.
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