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Hi all, This week I continue to work at escaping my incompetence in the art of paleo art drawings by posting this weeks attempt. I thought this one would be easy - what could be more simple than a curved arc and some ribs, right? Oh man. I spent the better part of this week studying the morphology and growth of rugose corals! I had no idea they were so interestingly complex. My first attempts at going beyond stick figures did not go well, and you wont see those! Finally, after taking another hour and a half on line drawing course, I made another attempt, this time with pencil in hand - got it a lot closer to reality. Here is my pencil drawing of the basic shape, with out any shadows or shading: , Next, I tried to shade the body to look more 3d and then add a drop shadow. But I had NO idea what the shadow of such a shape would look like. I guessed at some sort of triangle. To help me get it right, I made a modelling clay model of a horn coral, and when it dried I had this to work with to find my shadow shape: Next I put the light on it at the right angle and set the orientation per the drawing: And the shadow I got was amazing. I had no idea it would look like this. Next, I added it to the drawing one light layer at at time. And the final drawing came out looking like this: ar I hope you like it. I learned so much about the shape and construction of these amazing animals in this process. I think I am slowly making progress in paleo art, the goal will be eventually put them in a paleozoic ocean scene and create a Permian Panorama. Thanks for looking,
Hey everyone, Here is an illustration of an Allosaurus I just finished. I used ink on Bristol board. I plan on doing many more illustrations of other prehistoric animals similar to this and I'll be sure to post those on here too. My two passions are paleontology and art and I strive to learn as much as I can about both. If you want to see some of my other work in the meantime you can visit my website www.mikeosheaart.com. Thanks for looking! -Mike