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Paleo-falconer, WIP. Cannot decide between these colorations. leaning towards the blue. 

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Apr 9
It’s been a few months and I am still alive, but have been very caught up in life.
So here’s a Carnotaurus with laser gun armor.
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It’s been a few months and I am still alive, but have been very caught up in life.

So here’s a Carnotaurus with laser gun armor.

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Quick monster concept I worked on during some downtime at work.
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Quick monster concept I worked on during some downtime at work.

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Finally got to posting some sketches.

A couple of glowy monsters made in photoshop between tasks.

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Jan 7

It’s been a while

After getting all my ducks in a row, I noticed that the last time I posted on my tumblr was November 23rd. Yikes!

My New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is to be better at social media. I’m gonna do what I can to make sure I’m drawing and posting regularly here and on my facebook page - where I post more completed items. And especially remembering to post on Theropod Thursday!

I’m gathering some of my process work and sketches and going to make a post here soon.

Some protoceratops-like models I made one afternoon in Sculptris. Done without any references, so the anatomy is probably off. I figured one would be female coloration and the other could be male coloration. Not happy with the bottom coloration, though…. may revisit this in the future.

Dinosaur Encyclopedia search

Hey all!

It’s been a long time since I posted any artwork. Classes, work, and MMA training have taken over 95% of my waking hours. But I come to you today with a question:

My little nephew is almost 3 and in a huge dinosaur phase. I’m absolutely thrilled about this, not only because I love them, too, but because they had such a huge impact on my imagination and love of the natural world and natural history when I was around his age. In fact, my love of dinosaurs is really what solidified art into my life - I was always drawing them! He is two and a half, and I don’t know if its just a phase or will last his life, but I want to share with him the excitement of learning about them.

So, my older sister and I are plotting to purchase him a dinosaur encyclopedia for christmas.

Although he is 2.5 right now, our intention is for when he gets older and can read. And in any event, even when I didn’t have the reading comprehension for some of the more informative literature on dinosaurs, I still poured over the images with enthusiasm! I feel very strongly that he should have an informative, illustrated, accurate encyclopedia - nothing too gimmicky or campy but enough to excite. Ideally, the illustrations would show feathery dinosaurs, or at least be as scientifically accurate as one could ask. After all, you wouldn’t let your child read a book that promoted spontaneous generation as a legitimate phenomenon. Why would I want him to have a book with out-of-date illustrations?

To get to the point: Do any of you, my followers, have any suggestions to point us in the right direction? I’m looking at Dinosaurs: A Visual Encyclopedia from DK, and although I’m hesitant about the lack of feathering, the typesetting and layout of the books is beautiful and the illustrations and images are some of the better ones I’ve seen. 

We’re looking at $30, maybe $40 max.

I’ve been very busy with 3D modeling due to a class project! Here are some of the models I’ve worked on the past two weeks - a Daspletosaurus and a Styracosaurus. I’m actually going with a different topic for this project now, but I’ll continue the dinosaurs as a personal project. Made in Maya and Mudbox.

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Chitinous monster sketch. Colored in photoshop.
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Chitinous monster sketch. Colored in photoshop.

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Dinosaurs during a lecture. I seriously need to quit with the ridiculous horns on theropod skulls, but I just can’t help myself. My inner muse has a soft spot for spikes and spike-like protrusions!

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