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RE: paleoartists in general

From: walters & kissinger <bobtess@dinoart.com>

Because publishers demand to see the dinosaurs' feet. Dammit, they paid for 'em!

Ha-ha, yes indeed. I've also had a publisher insist that I clear the ground under my dinosaurs feet, and no matter what I said about ground cover the reply was always "we wanna see the feet." I decided to keep the ground cover and move the dino onto a muddy river bank... that way I got to paint some tracks too! :0)

Worse than "we wanna see all the feet, ALL the time" is a publisher who rejects a well researched preliminary drawing because it doesn't look like their reference image, when their damn reference has been taken from a long out of date book and/or was illustrated by an artist who did not do any research. Often their un-researched reference was copied from another un-researched reference and so on until we have the strange stereotypical balloon dinosaurs in countless poor non-fiction children's books. Publishers (non-specialised of course) find it quite unbelievable that I work from fossils and refuse to work from other artists reconstructions. Recently I had a lengthy discussions with a publisher over the size of the feet on my drawing of Tyrannosaurus rex. I new I had it pretty close because I had measured the feet of Stan, from the Black Hills Institute mount at the University of Manchester Museum (UK), so I asked him to e-mail his reference. Goodness me, you should have seen it! It was stood upright, was pink, and looked so camp and had such large feet it was like Liberace wearing oversized Barney the Dinosaur slippers!

"Big respect," as the kids say these days, to the artists on this list and those others who fight their publishers to produce up to date artworks. Dear Palaeontologists, we love doing our best for you.

Bob Nicholls