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Found 45 results

  1. Rock to fossil decoration

    Wasn’t really sure where to put this but thought it was worth sharing. A couple days ago I found this concretion and then I decided to paint it to try to make it look like 5 dinosaur eggs (only a lot smaller, they’re all under an inch long). I’ll probably add to this with more rocks with fossils painted on before, After,
  2. Display Ideas - Hell Creek

    Hi everyone, I'm making a display of Hell Creek Formation for a Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth I'm getting. Though it's a replica, it's a really pretty one, and making an equally gorgeous display for it would just be fun. I envision this. I'm wondering how I might sculpt the hills and ridges. I thought about cutting cardboard boxes up into shape and hot gluing them to a wooden plinth. I would then paint it and cover it in sand to replicate the features. My only concern about that is how I would carve the features of the ridges - those fine details - into a box. I considered perhaps covering those boxes in clay and carving details into the clay, though I'm not sure if the clay will stay put. Anyone have any ideas on this? I'd appreciate it
  3. As I keep digging through the literal tons of old geology and earth science supplies in the store room, I came across a large box full of about 30 of these old Ward's Science Education fossil sorting kits. They are all injection molded plastic, and were pretty boring. The boss told me to "throw.that.junk.out. NOW." which of course means I loaded the entire box into my backpack. Legitimate salvage is legitimate salvage. Anyway, in preparation for turning many of our replica casts and such into display pieces for teaching (and to make the earth sciences lab look cool...I decided to paint a few up. I'm pleased with the results. However, my matte finish sealer decided to go glossy due to a heavy hand on my part, but that is why I'm dusting off the skills on cheap junk before I get into the hardcore stuff. It looks like my dream of an ammonite hatband will become reality eventually, as these plastic models are much lighter and more durable than a ring of rocks around my Kakadu... Note: I may haze snuck a real fossil in here and there just for comparison.
  4. From the album Jurassic stuff uk

    A lantern with ammonite fossils in stained glass.
  5. Fish paintings

    I'm working on some new fossil fish paintings and thought I'd share them here. I'm trying to work my way through the Green River formation fish first, though I'm sure I won't paint them all. I've only done two so far, but I'll add more as I paint them. The quality will vary, I'm sure. Here's my take on a Priscacara. and of course a Knightia: I've started on a diplomystus, and will post that soon. Thanks for looking. Oh, for those interested, I'm using gouache paints, similar to watercolor but more opaque.
  6. Sumi e Trilobite.

    Drew this today. Would like to show you all. Used the Japanese Sumi e technique. It's a trilobite. What do you think? Jared
  7. Fossil Art. Need opinion

    so, for those of you who do not know, I am a sumi e artist. Sumi e Is a Japanese ink art. I basically Drew one of my fossils in this style, and I would like an opinion. Does it look like a Phareodus testis? It was actually quite fun making a fossil on paper.
  8. Just wanted to share this neat piece of art my fiance' made me . Its needle felted .
  9. I don't know that this fits exactly because these are not my works of course... but I love old paleo art. Click on the thumbnails for the full image. I had the first one printed as a wall canvas and it came out beautifully. Do you have any to share? I always want to add to my collection.
  10. A couple of weeks ago, I was in Barnes & Noble bookstore and spotted this book in the science section. It's too close to Christmas to get it for myself but I was content to look through it there. I was familiar with the artwork of Jay Matternes (and I'd seen the cover of the book two months before it was published in October) from various publications especially a small souvenir booklet I bought at the visitor center at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument back in the 90's. In that little book there are mini versions of murals he painted for the halls of the Smithsonian along with reconstructions to show the skeleton, musculature, and body exterior based on fossils and modern animal comparisons. It's beautiful work. In "Visions of Lost Worlds" I saw the same kind of artwork and reconstructions but this new book also has preliminary sketches to show his process from idea to finished work. If I don't get it from Santa, I'm going to get it and eventually write a review for the forum (although maybe I just did). I already love this book. Jess
  11. Ancient Coral Ruins

    I dug up a Devonian Favosites coral recently with a group of corallites on the bottom of the colony that looked like tiny cliff dwellings
  12. A new ammonite clock.

    From the album Jurassic stuff uk

    stained glass clock with ammonites.
  13. A few months ago we welcomed a new member to the forum from Los Angeles, CA. @samtung like several members here has the kind of unbelievable artistic skills that I'd give my right arm for (I am left handed ). In his introductory post he showed some of his paleoart that he'd been working on: I noted with great interest that one of the creatures he displayed in that post was a nice Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for this hard-headed dinosaurian since I was a kid. I doubled down on my interest in this species when my wife and I were fortunate enough to meet-up with @jpc in Wyoming back in the summer of 2017 to collect some dinosaur bones on one of the private ranches with Late Cretaceous exposures. We were lucky enough to find an interesting dino tooth that was identified here on the forum as coming from P. wyomingensis. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/78217-wyoming-fossil-hunting-adventure-september-2017/&do=findComment&comment=825238 This specimen among many others from that trip were labeled and packed away. I'd wanted to display this cool tooth in a more interesting way and seeing Sam's art gave me the idea I'd been waiting for. I contacted him and inquired if he'd be amenable to a commission for a nice drawing to go with this tooth. Another roadtrip last year which involved a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto provided another piece of the puzzle. I took some photos of the mounted cast of "Sandy" the pachy and forwarded this to Sam with the idea of showing the skull which (with open mouth) features the fang-like tooth I had found in Wyoming and accompanying this with a representation of the entire critter in life pose. I was not disappointed as I had not misplaced my trust that Sam could pull this off with talents beyond my comprehension. I had a custom mat and non-reflective glass made to fit a standard 11x14 frame and then played with ideas for placing the tooth. One idea was to put the tooth in the negative space to the left of the skull drawing but the tooth was thick enough that I'd have to double or triple mat the print to build enough "shadowbox" space to fit the tooth under the glass. I thought of punching a clean 1 inch hole into Sam's print and somehow recessing the tooth into the print. The risk of messing this up and destroying Sam's artwork prevented me from attempting this method. I kind of liked the idea of allowing the tooth to be (carefully) touchable and thought of mounting it over the print where I'd thought of placing it recessed. It sat on my desk for some time while I pondered this. Unfortunately, this placement over the top of the glass caused too much of a 3D shadow onto the print and it just wasn't working. I have no artistic skills but I have a reasonable eye for crafty constructions. In the end (though I may change my mind at some time), the tooth found a home centered at the bottom of the mat. This now hangs at eye level in the area leading between my kitchen and dining room (right above the mounts I made for some of my Mazon Creek fossils that I made some years ago). Having friends over for dinner in a little while so I wanted to get this completed and hung to show off to my friends. I'm happy with the results. Despite not being able to draw a recognizable stick figure, I know enough to spot talent when I see it and enlist those with such talent to make my dreams reality. Cheers. -Ken
  14. Today I have visited an exhibition of amazing work from an artist Zdeněk Burian in the Zoo Dvůr Králové (Czech republic) and since his work was mentioned here a couple of times I have decided to post a few photos and share this great experience. Zoo D.K. has the biggest permanent exhibition of Burians work in the world with 147 original paintings in its collection. Why Zoo? In the seventies Burian was approached by founder of the Zoo and close friend Josef Vágner to help him put together an exhibition where people can see prehistoric life of our planet. This way the visitors of the Zoo will get to experience our wildlife in more than one way. Collection was planned to be bigger but in 1981 Burian sadly passed away and didn't get to finish what he started but still leaving us with an amazing collection of paintings concentrating only on prehistoric life. This exhibition is a great way to celebrate his love of paleontology and art. I apologise in advance if my English is not as it should be, I wasn't planning to write that much.... Here is a few photos of his amazing work, painting I am starting with was his last ever finished work, painted shortly before his death in 1981.
  15. I haven't posted in a long time. I used to draw the occasional prehistoric beast but looking back, they always left a lot to be desired. Anyway, I have honed my craft and have since started a drawing degree. I don't do much paleo related drawings as the accuracy needed to be really good scares me! So while I've tried to keep mine reasonably accurate, they are always just for my own enjoyment. Here's a few I've done over the last year or so. First off, something special. This ichthyosaur skull was drawn from life in the Lyme Regis Museum. It was drawn with Jurassic squid ink that was extracted from a fossil found in Lyme. Not easy to draw with as it's quite pale and I couldn't get the contrast I usually like, but a very cool thing to have done. Next up we have a Promicroceras ammonite drawn in brown ink. An Allosaurus skull drawn in ink and copic markers. Quite pleased with how this came out. And finally one I did for part of my degree, my Apoderoceras ammonite. This was done in pen and coloured pencil and was drawn from life. This piece is as accurate as I could make it to the original and was drawn full scale. Hope you like them! Edit: Ignore the order, the pictures came out in the wrong order!
  16. Your Favorite Paleoart

    Which are your favorite pieces of Paleoart? Something that captured your imagination when you were younger? Something that accompanies your fossil collection? My personal top three is all ''water themed'', in no particular order: From The book of Great Sea-Dragons , this art by John Martin even if totally inaccurate striked me for the grim and dark atmosphere and apocalytical view. Another inaccurate one but these brachiosaurus appeared in a booklet I had when I was a kid and alwas hit my imagination and now I can appreciate Burian's artistic skills. Eventually something more modern, Globidens by Dan Varner ( which passed away too soon) I like how he captured the feeling of marine life and water, his creatures weren't merely floating in a blue background.
  17. Green River Fish Painting

    I bought a small set of paints recently in a medium I had never used before, gouache. It's a lot like watercolor, but more opaque. I've always liked the look of watercolor but I've been more comfortable with acrylics. I thought I'd give the gouache paints a try, and I think I'm going to like them. Here's a Knightia I painted today, with an attached fossil Knightia. At least I think it's a Knightia. It's not preserved terribly well. I'm planning on painting some more knightia, probably a school of them, then a Diplomystus and maybe move on from there. It should be interesting.
  18. Troodon

    This 2019 is getting better and better ! Here is my new drawing,its Troodon! Hope you like it. Darko
  19. Hi, all, does anyone know where I can get/order some posters showing the Pennsylvanian forests? I am doing a presentation on plant fossils in Jan. and would like to accent it with art work, thanks, Herb
  20. Fossil Art

    If this is too off topic for this forum, feel free to remove, but I’ve been participating in Inktober and doing an ink drawing a day throughout October. Ive been nature journaling in ink, and decided to do some illustrations of the fossils we’ve found recently. I figured if anyone could appreciate them, then you all could! Here’s the first fossil I’ve done so far. If you are interested in seeing more, I will post them below as I draw them.
  21. I am in the process of creating a micropaleontology themed artwork., and even after having received a good amount of expert help, I feel overwhelmed by the subject and would like to get more opinions on my composition. The piece will consist of a series of disc-shaped layers, each of which will bear microfossils from a different geologic time period. These layers will be stacked like a roll of coins, so as to look like a drill core. The attached image shows a part of my research spreadsheet, including images and descriptions of each layer. If anyone here has any thoughts on the organisms I have chosen, or how I have portrayed them, I would love to hear! Am I missing any perennial favorites? Is my selection skewed too much in one direction or another? Thanks for taking the time to look, and thanks in advance for your comments!
  22. Hi all, Yesterday I got these 4 amazing drawings from @Darko! I asked him to do the dire wolf and the Afrovenator for me in exchange for some pyrite ammonites, and he slipped in two extra drawings! Thanks a lot Darko! I think you guys can all agree that these are proof of true talent from this artist Enjoy, Max Afrovenator abakensis
  23. So I recently attempted to skulpt a trex skull out of clay based on a google image and I loved it. I'm now inspired to create the whole skeleton, but i don't know what would be best to use for reference. Can anyone recommend a textbook or online source? Ideally there would be images of each individual bone, and a detailed description because I do also wish to learn at the same time. Also if there are any skulpters out there, what advice can you give? What would be the best way to support it's weight? Thank you!
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