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Found 34 results

  1. A new ammonite clock.

    From the album Jurassic stuff uk

    stained glass clock with ammonites.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Troodon

    This 2019 is getting better and better ! Here is my new drawing,its Troodon! Hope you like it. Darko
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. I wanted to share some of my projects with all of you. A hobby and side business of mine is creating dinosaur sculptures. I do all different kinds of things aside from dinos too, but to keep it relevant, we’ll stick to the mesozoic Featured in my profile picture is my raptor created from scrap metal used to construct railings. I named him Bambi (ironically not a Bambiraptor). Probably more like Deinonychus, he’s a pretty big chicken, but you let me know what you think. As of now he’s my favorite creation, hence why he’s featured in my profile pic. Still trying to figure out the paint job. I wish he’d stop scaring all the birds and deer away...
  14. My father was an artist who did quite a bit of sculpture in wood and stone. Unfortunately I did not inherit his ability to draw and sculpt. He always said that he basically knew what was hiding in the piece of wood or soapstone from the time he saw it. He said the animal or abstract work was always in there it was just waiting for him to take the crud off what was obstructing the view. Well prepping trilobites is very much like that . You need to figure out the best way to present the bug really before you start the prep. You need to visualize the end product. Here is a Platteville isotelus that I received from a client in a 2 to 3 pound hunk of matrix. Not a lot to see at first but definitely a bug that is just screaming "Let me out of here"..... Also a bug that is desperately in need of a prep. Any time you can see an eye or better yet two eyes on an isotelus you pretty much know that there is a good chance that it will be complete I started by trimming the matrix down to a size and shape that would be condusive to prepping and wound have a nice asthetic shape when complete. I wanted the bug to be 3D when complete so I use a dremel to make a grid pattern around the fossil. These pedestal islands then just pop off with my ARO scribe leaving a matrix that is not just square edges. Square edges look horrible on a complete fossil, just not natural looking. This takes all of 5 minutes as opposed to perhaps a good hour if I had used just a scribe. I also minimize the potential for the matrix to fracture through the fossil by doing it this way. Just be careful not to cut too deep As per usual this was prepped under a scope using a comco MB1000 unit and a variety of scribes (Aro, Seally, 9361 and a Pferd) The abrasion material was previously used 40 micron dolomite with mostly a . 030 and . 018 nozzle tip. This is about 45 minutes into the prep The extra pygidium on the bug was removed and will be added back beside the bug at the end of the prep. Progress is being made about an hour into prep About 15 minutes later it is starting to get 3D Almost done at this point Pretty much finished except for adding that extra pygidium back beside the bug then final cleanup to remove any tool marks and packing up to ship There is zero restoration or gluing on this trilobite, although the right eye is dis-articulated it is 100% complete. Total time invested ... about 2 hours ...............cost to client $45 US plus shipping. Original estimate was $50 so pretty close. The finished bug is 35 mm long from nose to end of pygidium. The matrix now weighs about 1 1/2 pounds which is always important to watch out for. Anything over about 4 pounds is stupid expensive to ship from Canada. The suture on the right side of the eye has dis-articulated a bit from the bug but it is all there and shows how clean the sutures can come apart.
  15. Albicetus oxymycterus drawing

    Here's a new paleo-reconstuction I drew since the past two days of Albicetus oxymycterus, which is a mid-Miocene raptorial physeteroid none of you have probably heard about. Special thing between this little Moby-Dick and city I live in is that although it was not discovered directly in PV, it was discovered very nearby in Santa Barbara in the same formation and sublayer that exists here which highly suggests that it also swam here 16-14 million years ago. I tried to make this as scientifically accurate as possible using the resources I had, which included the entire 2015 paper establishing the genus Albicetus. I mainly used a pre-existing sketch of Aulophyseter morricei as body reference (which the paper stated is morphologically most similar to A. oxymycterus except for dentition) and used the paper's skull reconstruction for the head. I used a Zygophyseter-like head as the paper stated that the supracranial basin of the skull does not elongate to the end of the maxilla like that of Zygophyseter and Acrophyseter, which both posses snouts as a result. For the body size, I calculated the skull-body ratio by dividing the mean and lower condylobasal length estimates to the total calculated length, which came with either a 1:4.6 or 1:4.9 ratio. (Unrelated to the drawing, the 1:4-5 ratio is based on using a body formula for Physeter and Kogia spp.. If you use the upper Livyatan melvillei /Zygophyseter varolai estimates as reference, a ratio of 1:5.9 and total length of 8.6 meters is calculated) I don't know any of the advanced formulas some of you guys probably do know about and simply used division, so my calculations might not be the most accurate ones. I also put in a diver for scale this time! EXTRAS
  16. Halszkaraptor Drawing

    Hello, @Darko has been lately posting some Paleo art of prehistoric creatures that were absolutely stunning, so I felt like giving it a try. Today I drew a picture of what is to me one of the most interesting Raptors to ever exist. A species of raptor with the nickname "murder swan", was discovered in Mongolia. This raptor was one of the few semi aquatic theropods, it had the body of a raptor, the legs of a crane, the claws of a raptor and the head of a swan. This drawing is dedicated to @DatFossilBoy and @Darko. I hope you guys like it. Regards.
  17. I have an artistic side to myself (I have an honours degree in the Arts and not science, shame) and Ive always wanted to learn to draw/ paint dinosaurs ina similar fashion to the below sketch of a Prognathodon. Anyone have any knowledge of Dino art, their favourite artists and perhaps know how to draw like this sketch by Dmitry Bogdanov?
  18. Trilobite Corn Maze, Wisconsin

    Behold Wisconsin’s Cabinet of Curiosity Corn Maze The trilobite design is a 480-foot tribute to the state fossil. Be Eric Grundhauser, Atlas Obscura, September 21, 2017 http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/corn-maze-cabinet-curiosity-trilobite? And then there is: Australia Just Got a Giant Prehistoric Squid Tattoo The dug-out drawing of an ammonite covers around one million square feet. By Cara Giaimo, Atlas Obscura, August 18, 2017 http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/australia-giant-ammonite-drawing Yours, Paul Heinrich
  19. T-rex illustration

    Hey everyone! Here's my latest piece of paleoart, T-rex! I used ink and watercolors. I didn't want to color it the traditional green or brown so I looked at vultures for reference. I find it difficult to believe the theory that T-rex was exclusively a scavenger but I thought the vulture colors would make it look nasty. Hope you like it and I'd love to know what you all think! -Mike
  20. Hi everyone. I'm a 3D artist and freelancer with lots of interests in paleontology. And for 6 years I have made dozens of models, many of which are of prehistoric model. I always try to make the model as accurate as possible. Here is a small figurine of the Psittacosaurus , with it's skin flaps and beak and coloration and everything (with the exception of the quills, due to 3D printing restriction). Besides this model, here are more pictures.
  21. Orange Sauropod

    My buddy Eric is an aspiring artist and a fellow fossil collector here in Rochester NY. Eric had a booth at this years ROC-CON (Rochester's version of Comic-Con) and I saw this ink drawing of a orange sauropod. It was around my Bday so I bought it. Also I wanted to help a friend. When I saw it I liked the art and loved the color, The size is 14.5" x 8.5".
  22. Mosasaur painting on stone.

    My first mosasaur paint. Acrylic on stone. This was fun!
  23. Cool Anomalocaris art!

    This cool pic of an Anomalocaris canadensis arrived today in the mail! Done by a great Japanese paleo artist whos main love is Cambrian critters. I sent him a Chengjiang worm and Isoxys fossil as trade. I love this pic! In September I'm heading to Bali to visit my brother who runs a yoga school there. I'm going to get an Anomalocaris tattoed on my forearm and I'm thinking of using this image. Its very dynamic!
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