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Found 22 results

  1. Paleo sculptures

    Hi all! I'm an artist and want your input on an idea. Im in the process of making ceramic negative and positive prints of the fossils I find, and possibly some other paleo sculptures in ceramic earthenware. As some of you may know there are restrictions in South Africa that make it difficult to collect and own fossils from our country. I have been in contact with various sources and have been advised that there is no problem if I where to make moulds of fossils on sight as long as the the fossils are not damaged or removed from the area. I am also in the beginning stages of collaborating with a museum in our area and establishing another museum in our area. One of the main reasons I'm starting this project is because Ive started making these for myself so that I have more than a photo of the specimens I find. Anyway, please let me know what you all think of this idea? I don't have any pics of the specimens I'm busy with at the moment as they are drying out, so nothing has been fired.
  2. Thylacoleo partial-skull replica

    Greetings, all: I'm new here, so I apologize if I did something skewy on my first submission. Anyway, I'd like to share an image or two of a thylacoleo carnifex skull replica I've been working on (well, OFF and on) for the past two years. It's a partial skull, but I did that to enhance (what I thing) may be the "realism" of the sculpt, since it's not common to find a "perfect" specimen in the field. Anyway, enjoy!
  3. T-Rex Sculpture

    Here is a full size skull my friend and I made. It is currently being displayed at the Natural History Society of Maryland. The lower jaw moves and can be displayed open or closed.
  4. Sculpture Venture

    In the next week I have some time off work and i've been thinking about having a go at making a clay sculpture. Still undecided what subject matter to use. Doren has given me some helpful advice: an obscure creature from the ancient past, or a transitional animal, both great suggestions, but i'm still open to more specific ideas. So, please post me some images of the weird and wonderful. My clay is ready to go on Monday, and I will post some pictures of what I end up making however it turns out, even if it looks like my dog has made it.
  5. Heteromorph, right side view

    From the album james herrmann

    In this right side view of the sculpture I would like to show the green marble base. I chose this mottled green marble as a continuation of the kelp forest theme. I envision this ammonite pulling its way along the waving fronts of a kelp forest as it forages for small crustaceans. Kelp forests are contrasts of warm, bright beams of light and deep shadow. The marble is mottled in various shades of green much like looking down onto the kelp forest's waving fronds.
  6. Heteromorph, front view

    From the album james herrmann

    In this view I again wanted to show the cantilevered structure of the sculpture and the subtle color differences in the patination of the shell vs the body of the ammonite.
  7. Heteromorphic Ammonite Left Front View

    From the album james herrmann

    In this front left view I wanted to highlight the waving of the kelp. The challenge was to strongly support the heteromorph while still making the sculpture feel like there was movement and a lightness to the work.
  8. Heteromorphic Ammonite Left Side View

    From the album james herrmann

    This left side view of the sculpture shows the attachment of the ammonite to the kelp, actually there is a lot of bronze in the mass of tentacles. From the base to the top of the sculpture is approximately 40 inches.
  9. Heteromorph Sculpture Left Rear View

    From the album james herrmann

    I like the complex repeating nature of the spines in this view of the sculpture. I am supporting the mass of the bronze ammonite with the bronze kelp leaves welded into a trellis-like pattern to carry the weight down to the base.
  10. My New Heteromorph Sculpture

    From the album james herrmann

    Heteromorph is my most recent sculpture with a paleontological theme. This is the rear view of the sculpture showing the shell spines.
  11. Snail fossils reveal origin of rocks used to carve ancient Spanish monuments. The snails trapped in the monument stone are 85 million years old. By Brooks Hays, UPI, Aug. 3, 2017 https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/08/03/Snail-fossils-reveal-origin-of-rocks-used-to-carve-ancient-Spanish-monuments/9001501769546/ The paper is: Freire-Lista, D.m., and R. Fort, 2017, Historical Quarries, Decay and Petrophysical Properties of Carbonate Stones Used in the Historical Center of Madrid (Spain) AIMS Geosciences, 2017, 3(2): 284-303. doi: 10.3934/geosci.2017.2.284. http://www.aimspress.com/article/10.3934/geosci.2017.2.284 PDF file at: https://cronicaglobal.elespanol.com/uploads/s1/52/76/85/Carbonate stones Madrid.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  12. Here is a new one - Although the seller does state in the description that they are sculptures, they are being sold under fossils, and there is no mention of the fact in the title, which advertises it as "dinosaur fossil" Combined with the ridiculous prices, it seems a bit shady to me. Most people will easily be able to recognize this for what it is, but, I am disturbed by the lack of info in the title. I hope no one is naive enough to pay the price. Buyer beware.
  13. My work as a paleoartist

    I would like to introduce myself and my work. I grew up on a small farm in southwestern Ohio loaded with great locations for the collection of ordovician fossils. I earned my BA in geology and taught fro approximately 30 years. I retired from education in 2015 and have been working as a sculptor since. I do some animal and wildlife work, some fantasy sculptures and some paleontology themed pieces. I aways try to have my pieces looking and behaving in a lifelike and believable fashion as well as being technically accurate. My sculptures are created in clay, I then make rubber molds, cast a wax in the mold and then have the wax cast in bronze in a foundry. Sculpting in bronze is more expensive than resin but the material is strong and incredibly durable. I am currently working on another sculpture of a heteromorphic ammonite that I also need help with. Let me first attach sample of my sculptures to show you my work. Thank you.
  14. Ammonite sculpture question

    I am sculpting an ammonite which will be hunting through kelp fronds. The ammonite i want to use for this sculpture is crioceratites or something closely related. I like the spines and overall shape. My question is how many spines around each band of the shell? Five or six? Thanks for any help you might provide.
  15. Sculpture of Lyme Regis 200 mya

    Hi all! For the holidays, I am enjoying a nice relaxation at my grandparents house in Middelburg (NL). We were planning on hunting at Kaloot for sharkteeth and seashells, unfortunately the bad weather prevented it . My grandma, being a sculptor (Hanneke Beaumont, if you're interested in sculpture you might know her), brought me to her atelier today for me to make something myself. I had already made a few things a few years back, so the material wasn't very new to me. 1) an Euoplocephalus in its habitat 2) an Acrocanthosaurus resting its head on a tree (because its head is too heavy ) Today, I wanted to make something new, so I decided, after a bit of brainstorming, to make a re-creation of what Lyme Regis (UK) looked like 200 million years ago, basing my idea on the fossils from the Blue Lias formation found there (ammonites, belemnites, coral, fish, marine reptiles, etc). I am using this picture for ideas on the background. I am nowhere near finished, as for now I have only worked on it for one morning. I am planning on finishing it though as quickly as possible. This is what I have done till now: Sorry for it being wet, but I had to make it wet so that it wouldn't dry up immediately. The big lumps are meant to represent rocks on the seafloor, and the tubes plus the othe thing are meant to be coral. In the middle lies an ammonite shell half-buried in the sand. Detail on the ammonite: Detail on the corals: I am going to add still a small Dapedium fish, a big ammonite and a big belemnite, then add a few more small details. I will return this afternoon and tomorrow morning, and will of course keep you updated of the progress! I hope the end result will be good! Best regards, Max
  16. Another fake claw. It's advertised as a Spinosaurus claw. While it might be real bone, this is a complete fabrication. It has probably been sculpted from a random bone piece to make it look like a claw. Notice how the structure is mostly the same all over. The grain of the bone also does not follow the shape of the "claw". All the details seem horizonal and don't curve along with the curve of the overall shape.
  17. So, I came upon this supposed "Sturgeon fossil" from China, while looking at a well known auction site. I am not convinced of it's authenticity, due to the fact that it is preserved 3-Dimensionally. Also the lack of distinction around the margin of the fish is questionably, as well. The sturgeon fossils from China that I have seen are usually compression fossils, preserved 2-dimensionally. See this thread here on the Forum. It also looks more like a modern sturgeon, as well. It looks like either a skillful carving of a sturgeon, that has been adhered to the matrix, or even possibly a dried out fish that has been cemented to the matrix. Either way, I wouldn't pay what they are asking for it. I think many uniformed collectors might actually fall for this kind of fakery. The more you know,... Buyer beware. Regards,
  18. Sanctacaris, Cambrian Predator Replica

    This is my Sanctacaris replica I make.
  19. Cambrian Model Aysheaia

    This is another of my Burgess shale replicas
  20. Cambrian Models

    This is my most recent sculpture I have made. I sculpt the original in clay. It usualy takes me a few months to complete a sculpture. When I am happy with the piece, I make a silcone mold of it. With the mold, I am able to cast a model in Urethane plastic. Once it is cast I can clean up the piece and I can airbrush it.
  21. Bambiraptor Skeleton Project

    So I was working on a Parasaurolophus and Dodo skull before. For my next project I've chosen Bambiraptor. It was nice to try something really small this time. Though it's quite hard to make some of the smaller details with such a soft material. Carved from foam. I'm mostly done with the skull. Just need to finish up the teeth and jaw. Parts of the appendicular skeleton so far. Stay tuned for updates.
  22. Devonian Fossils Can Be Drilled and Displayed on a Rod Like a Sculpture I've been experimenting with some creative ways to display fossils. A major challenge was how to display several small rocks covered with Devonian death assemblages so that they can be swiveled to view the fossils on all sides. What I decided to do - which I discussed elsewhere on this forum - was to drill each rock using an extra long masonry drill bit (3/16) - then thread the pieces on a long steel rod, which was bent to hold each rock in place. My wife recommended placing one or two decorative beads under each rock to allow it to rotate. The following images show the finished sculpture and closeups of the individual pieces. The most impressive piece, which is also the smallest piece, was placed at the top - in addition to shell fossils, the top piece shows a segment of a very large trilobite, probably Dipleura. You can also see the beads under each rock, and at the very top is an ornamental wooden bead that was drilled and glued. The sculpture is anchored in a block of wood that was drilled to hold the base of the rod, and stained. At first I thought the piece would be off balance and easily tip over, however the combination of the weight of the rocks and the wood are solid and heavy enough and keep the piece surprisingly stable. I intend to add a brass plate identifying the location and other details. This is our first attempt to find an artistic solution that allows us to both preserve and display fossil finds. As most of our fossil friends know, we believe that collecting swarms of fossils and tucking them away in boxes is not a great solution - finding a creative way to display fossils keeps them visible, whether they are displayed in our homes, offices, or museums. I'm currently planning to collect more Devonian pieces to create a few more of these sculptures. Another possibility I'm thinking about is how to do something similar with fern fossils - fern fossils are larger in size, but much thinner, which poses different challenges.