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Re: What do you do other than paleontology?
Right now, paleoart is my free time. (Also: badminton, running,
swimming, snorkeling when I have the chance)
I'm an illustrator / animator by day, and teach part time at the
Institute of Animation, Filmakademie near Stuttgart, Germany. My
speciality is production management, my passion is non-photorealistic
rendering and specifically, the marriage of hand-drawn animation and 3D
Encounters with fossil collectors in this fossil-wealthy region inspired
me to look into paleoart. There are a lot of similarities with cg
communities - from nicknames, reputations, specific and passionate taxa
or software affinities - favorite quote: "I only collect Cretacious
ammonites. Leave these lizard bones to the foot-folk."
I guess I'm drawn to paleoart because I'm tired of all this empty
entertainment. ie. Have a seat, here's your popcorn. Now - here's your
cute little mascot, buy our product. Here's an exciting beasty, give us
your money." And likewise, all the egos demanding artistic expression
and delivering consumption blocks. I feel I've played a part of the
dumbing-down of the audience and - mind you - Germany is not nearly as
dumbed down as the states. So... pay back time. My dream is a real-time,
interactive diorama in a detailed, drawn style that is immediately
immersive, and offers as much scientifically sound, presentationally
meaningful material as the visitor is willing to explore.
Unfortunately, I have LOTS to learn and am in full recognition that I'm
just an artist. I was at a Steinbruch with one of the collectors and he
sees a bump in the stone. (me blinks) It was nothing, just a bump. He
jumps up and says "oh, that's a blablabla" and immediately knows in
which direction to break the stone to reveal a cycad seed case. That's
Tor Bertin wrote:
Question says pretty much all of it: beyond your paleontology related
academic interests, what else do you do in your free time (or if it
applies, professional time)?