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Re: Feathered Dinosaurs book
I just bought the book two days ago and I can't put it down! I'm a
Schouten fan for sure! In my opinion, this is the only artist that
has made feathered dinosaurs extremely appealing ( I'm on the losing
side of this too). I've talked to many artists who HATE to feather
their dinosaurs, on a strictly artistic level it really cramped
everyone's asthetic. Mostly feathered dinosaurs wind up looking like
terrifying molting muppets.
On a recent dinosaur movie project I pushed very hard for birdy
dinosaurs. I explained to the producers that dinosaurs with
eyelashes, flushing colors, irridecence, cock combs, throat wattles,
display feathers, blue tongues...etc would be a welcome and plausible
scenario. We could have beautiful dinos, not just more Jurassic Park
dinos. Looking at bird photos didn't work, and showing dinosaur books
that had feathered dinos didn't work because they kept looking at the
unfeathered ones! Now I can hand them this book and go "see, this
Schouten's descriptions of why he chose to portray each dinosaur
the way he did is well thought out. This is an artist who really
knows animals, not just dinosaurs.
If anyone knows this man, buy him Fossil Fuels brew for me.
On Sep 18, 2008, at 8:11 PM, Choo, Brian wrote:
It's a shame that Gigantoraptor was announced just as the final proofs
were sent off, I would have loved to have seen Peter's rendition of
animal - he did manage to whip up Sinocalliopteryx at last minute
though. I too am exceedingly annoyed at the 1.5 page image formatting
plus the level of reproduction of some images doesn't do the original
art justice - see "A Gap in Nature" and "Astonishing Animals" to see
what high-quality reproductions of Schouten's artwork look like.
mind-blowing piece of work though!
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