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Found 24 results

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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".
  14. Mosasaur painting on stone.

    My first mosasaur paint. Acrylic on stone. This was fun!
  15. 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!
  16. My Ammonite

    Hi Guys, I'm new on here and I am a 3D Artist or Artist in general from 2D Illustrations to 3D. I really enjoyed learning as a child about dinosaurs and all animals. My Dad still holds on to my old Dinosaur toys and animal cards to this day and wont give them back to have something to remember me by. I will be 3D Modeling this Ammonite and animating it. I will share my progress on here with you all. I have an image below of my fossil as well as a 3D scan of it I had done, a while back at the Siggraph animation / technology convention by 3 rivers 3D. http://www.3rivers3d.com/gallery1.html. Thanks, William
  17. Hi, I haven't posted on here in a while however I have been working hard on a few things. For now have a specimen study drawing of a pleistocene hyena carnassial molar. The original specimen was found within Tornewton Cave (Devon UK) which is a well known site for many pleistocene age remains including hyenas. These are inspired by William Buckland's drawings of similar specimens, I have used the same techniques and materials to achieve the desired effect. Enjoy!
  18. Meguskus' Paleoart

    Hello, I'm new to this forum and relatively new to the world of paleontology, so please don't hesitate to comment on any potential anatomical mistakes or the like. I'd love meeting other aspiring and professional paleoartists to exchange knowledge and ideas. I could also do commissions, if anyone is interested.
  19. Creative people can take common materials and make "things" out of them! We purchased a family of Trilobites at the Tucson Rock and Gem Show last February 2013. A fish was added for good measure.
  20. As a collector of fossils, minerals, art and ethnographic objects. I am quickly facing the issue of space limitation. I simply don't have space to display everything LOL, so obviously some space sharing needs to be done. So I am experimenting with ways to display these objects together while trying to maintain some form of theme and connectivity among the different collectibles. Luckily since some of my art collection are surrealist work with strong theme related to nature and iconography of deaths (skulls and carcasses of creatures) I have found my minerals and some fossil specimens like petrified wood to actually blend in quite well with the framed art work: I think our fossils and collection are not always limited to having to be paired with scientific or natural history artwork, prints or objects, but can perhaps work quite well with other kind of contemporary objects or art. May be there are many approaches that can open up potential to spice up your display and collection pairing with other seemingly non-fossil & non-geological objects. Just thought it would be interesting to share.
  21. Where there is Land...Once was Sea

    From the album My fossil art

    Colored Pencil

    © © Mike Menasco

  22. At teh Edge of the World...Ancients I Seek"

    From the album My fossil art

    Colored Pencil

    © © Mike Menasco

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