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Deino-Turkey for breakfast...
After a hectic hiatus (that have included a rather successful SVP
meeting and some time with my friends there and at the Geology
museum in Mexico and other relevant places) I would like to thank
everybody that have kept sending messages (pro and con) regarding
the new images in my website.
I understand that some of the pieces at the website have technical
problems (specially as they were transferred to HTML... maybe even
unwatchable in some computers. Unfortunately I still have no control
over that). Some are indeed small and some will be better finished
when the Encyclopedia finally comes out . I apologize for any
glitches that there may have been: they will be corrected.
However it was indeed my intention to experiment with different
styles and techniques, and not only that: the fact that not
everything had to be finished to photographic level was quite
In any case, as they are in the website they were meant only for
show, not for poster-size downloading. I have printed posters of
quite a few of them and these were exhibited (and rather well
received) at SVP in Ottawa.
What was also quite deliberate is that (as Steve Walsh and Dan Pigdon
keenly observed), what I'm trying to do with some is evolutionary
science provocation: I think it has always been important to open
possible avenues in the way dinosaurs can be reconstructed...
including -in the words of Mark Kaplowitz- the Grotesque. Behind the
grotesqueness of the Deinonychus portrait (by the way, this one is a
>male< Deinonychus...females are also portrayed as a hunting pack,
and less ornamented than their male counterparts) hides the slickness
of Greg Paul's recent skeletal restoration of the animal. And the
choice of colors is part of the process of creating the effect.
I'm glad that at least they have been effective at the level of shock
The illustrations currently in my website are a sample of more than
300. As Thom Holtz says: he wrote the encyclopedia with the young in
mind...But that includes everybody with >still< a young mind to feed!
If you can't watch the images before breakfast, please do it
afterwards... never wanted to ruin such an important moment of the day!
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