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Re: Dinosaur Illustration
From: "Chris Benzinski" <email@example.com>
I want to draw dinosaurs. My approach is a bit freestyle as I'm not to
clued up on the anatomy or physiology of prehistoric reptiles
Nor am I, really (well, I like to think I've got a little more anatomy under
my belt than when I first started). But one of the books Dan pointed out,
_Predatory Dinosaurs of the World_, is useful for theropod musculature.
Just keep in mind that understanding a dinosaur's range of motion is often
limited by its musculature (among other things) and that understanding this
is important when trying to portray a plausible restoration.
Where do I start ? What do I need ? Is there a future in this field and who
are potential clients?
Like Dan said, pictures or photos of the skeleton are a necessity... but it
doesn't end there. Look to modern animals as a source of inspiration for
your textures, colour schemes, poses, etc. And when possible, use the
evidence we have in the fossil record to compliment your drawing and to
illustrate a point. It's always great when a drawing serves some use.
And although there may not be a lot of room for professional paleoartists,
I'm sure the determined ones can make it.
Undergraduate Student, Carleton University
Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoecology
AIM: jslice mallon
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