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Re: a new art question
I'd like to encourage you to pursue this line of distinction /
differentiation and will be gathering my thoughts about it.
I would at any rate find it important to recognize pricing ethics as
they can vary from location to location (whilst recognizing
professionalism) and profession to profession (as many professions may
cross into paleoart). There are also differentiations in intention that
I would see as relevant, as a children's interactive format will have a
wildly different character (budget, ambition, accuracy) than a paper
illustration - each requires differeing skillsets, levels of cooperation.
In an effort to try to form a basis for a proposed artist's guild of
sorts, I have been trying to lay some groundwork.
I define a paleontological life restoration artist ( paleoartist,
thanks to Mark Hallett I believe) as a person who produces life
restorations or scientific drawings from the fossil evidence.
They can be professional or amateur but if amateurs have an
opportunity to "turn pro" there will have to be guidelines and pricing
ethics we must set up.
Some artists complain that the place where they live makes it
difficult. They do not have access to fossils and must use books as
That's where things get dicey ( ala the Greg Paul thread) so I say this.
Museums and paleontologists are usually ok with providing photographs
of both mounts and individual fossils and answering questions so long
as you respect their schedule. There are also reference photographs on
the web these days.
If that seems too inconvenient you must travel.
If I desire to be a gaucho, I can't expect to pursue that dream in
Center City Philadelphia.
I would like to hear comments on my definition before I go further.
Bob and I have produced many life restorations, some the first of new
species, and have never used a Greg Paul skeletal reconstruction.
The same is true of other artists, so I do not think the definition of
paleoartist is too narrow.