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Darktooth

Nice work! Keep it up!:dinothumb:

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LordTrilobite

Lovely style.

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Bobby Rico

Very nice work. :dinothumb:

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The Amateur Paleontologist

Beautiful artwork :)

-Christian

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Dinoguy89

Great work, I really like the Ichtyosaur :)

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Captcrunch227

These look great!

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Heteromorph

Great work! Especially on the ammonites, although I am a little biased.

 

5 hours ago, Koss1959 said:

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.

 

Wait, this is possible? Do you have more information on this process? I have never heard of such a thing. Not doubting, just really curious. :)

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Koss1959
11 hours ago, Heteromorph said:

 

 

 

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Great work! Especially on the ammonites, although I am a little biased.

 

 

Wait, this is possible? Do you have more information on this process? I have never heard of such a thing. Not doubting, just really curious. :)

Yes it's entirely possible but not very practical. The fossil squid in Lyme can be so well preserved the ink sack is still present. Unfortunately to get the ink, you need to destroy the fossil, so it's not a common thing to do. Once you have got the ink, you grind it up into a very fine powder and add water and gum arabic. It is then possible to write with it. However, I had such little ink (about a half teaspoon) I had to add more liquid than I would have liked, which reduced the intensity of the colour. The drawing was originally a soft desaturated lavender colour but has since turned more brown interestingly. 

 

Thanks all, I'm glad you like them! 

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Peat Burns

Wow! :dinothumb:

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olorotitan

Very cool! The color contrasts are really great in your drawings- they almost look 3D.

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Koss1959
8 hours ago, olorotitan said:

Very cool! The color contrasts are really great in your drawings- they almost look 3D.

Thank you. Creating a convincing form is always my top priority. Glad you like them! 

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Kane

Very nice! I appreciate the patience required to go for the stippling effect in the B&W illustrations. :dinothumb:

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Tidgy's Dad

Beautiful! 

These have an almost Edwardian feel to them, somehow. :)

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Koss1959
On 13/03/2019 at 12:08 PM, Kane said:

Very nice! I appreciate the patience required to go for the stippling effect in the B&W illustrations. :dinothumb:

Thank you. Stippling is fairly new to me so I'm still learning.

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thebluecatapilla

Very nice work!

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Koss1959

Thank you! 

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Fossildude19

Very impressive work, sir!

:wub: 

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Pagurus

Wonderful drawings. I particularly like the vert done in marker and colored [or coloured] pencil. Exquisite!

I've occasionally done a drawing in modern squid ink, but nothing very good. I used to do squid dissections with school kids and they enjoyed writing their names with the ink.

I remember reading about Mary Anning, I think, using fossil ink. Your drawing is terrific. Keep it up!

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3depix

Beautiful fossil drawings!

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Koss1959

I've been doing more scientific drawings lately so here's an A4 sheet of ichthyosaur fossils I drew. 

 

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Coco

:thumbsu:

 

Coco

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