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Re: Notes on scientifically comparative paleoposes
I suspect that you have trouble with 3D vision.
That might explain why GSP's paintings often look like paintings of
photos of 3D models made from sheets of paper. They do look
three-dimensional for the most part, but they have oddly flat sides.
Often they have very little shading. The three paintings in David
Norman's book Dinosaurs! (Boxtree 1991), pp. 6, 37 and 65 of the German
translation (also 1991), are examples. The *Apatosaurus* (p. 6, in front
of the foreword) has an almost completely flat left arm that casts no
shade, and neither does the tail, not even on itself; the neck seems to
be lit from lateral and ventral, and the lateral side looks flat and
vertical, even though the dorsal "side" is clearly supposed to be an
edge and not a flat side; the head fails to cast a shadow on the lower
jaw or the ear. Of the two *Tyrannosaurus* (p. 37, after the first page
of the chapter "What are dinosaurs?"), the left one is lit about equally
all over its right side, even though its head points to the right and
its tail is curved there a bit, too; the one on the right lacks shadow
on the right side of its neck, and its right lower leg and foot are just
flat except for the projecting first toe. The tree trunks around the
*Omeisaurus* (p. 65, again after the first page of a chapter) are _all
completely flat_, one of the poor animals has a head but all the rest of
it is just brown color on the background (lit much too brightly),
another had head and neck visible but the neck isn't shaded even though
its front side is lit by the sun, the legs in caudal view are all
completely flat, and the distance between the little ones and the bush
in front of them is just impossible to judge.
I was immediately given that book as a present at the next Christmas or
birthday. I immediately loved these paintings, and still do, but I also
immediately noted the flat-sided look.
From several years later (10th grade maybe), I remember being surprised
at what incredible lots of shading are required to make anything look 3D.