paleoillustration:

“This piece is a spectacular summary of the age (Carboniferous) as one dominated by enormous, bizarre-looking plants, with Sigillaria looming imposingly from behind a tangled veil of tree ferns. The dramatically leaping animal in the foreground is Hylonomus, the earliest known definitive reptile. While I realise I gush about Henderson non-stop, this truly is one of his masterpieces; I only wish I had an enormous print of it to hang on my wall.”
Mark Vincent at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs

paleoillustration:

“This piece is a spectacular summary of the age (Carboniferous) as one dominated by enormous, bizarre-looking plants, with Sigillaria looming imposingly from behind a tangled veil of tree ferns. The dramatically leaping animal in the foreground is Hylonomus, the earliest known definitive reptile. While I realise I gush about Henderson non-stop, this truly is one of his masterpieces; I only wish I had an enormous print of it to hang on my wall.”

Mark Vincent at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs

paleoillustration:

“Doug Henderson’s work is frequently distinguished by its expert use of elaborate foliage, so it’s interesting to see a piece like this, in which two drowned centrosaurs appear (at first glance) to be suspended in an ethereal void. There is a wonderful dreamlike quality here - we are strangers in this alien world, which belongs to the plesiosaur, itself heedless to the dramatic sight of the giant animals’ bodies drifting idly by above. Equally, there is a beautiful melancholy, as in so much of Henderson’s art” Marc Vincent on Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs

paleoillustration:

“Doug Henderson’s work is frequently distinguished by its expert use of elaborate foliage, so it’s interesting to see a piece like this, in which two drowned centrosaurs appear (at first glance) to be suspended in an ethereal void. There is a wonderful dreamlike quality here - we are strangers in this alien world, which belongs to the plesiosaur, itself heedless to the dramatic sight of the giant animals’ bodies drifting idly by above. Equally, there is a beautiful melancholy, as in so much of Henderson’s art” Marc Vincent on Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs

ohyeahdevelopmentalbiology:

paleoillustration:

Microraptor by Sergio Pérez | Tumblr
Adding archosaurlove’s comment:
“one of my favorite things about microraptor (how do i love thee, let me count the ways) is that this color isn’t speculative. a close look at an extremely well-preserved microraptor fossil in Beijing revealed that traces of pigment-containing cells had been preserved in the feathers, by examining the shape and orientation of them and comparing them with pigment cells in modern bird feathers, researchers could objectively conclude that microraptor’s feathers were a glossy blue-black, like a crow’s.
consequently, illustrators who know this have the opportunity to depict microraptors looking exactly how they really, actually would’ve looked. this is what this animal looked like, at least the one represented by the fossil in Beijing. and that’s incredible to me.”

ohyeahdevelopmentalbiology:

paleoillustration:

Microraptor by Sergio Pérez | Tumblr

Adding archosaurlove’s comment:

“one of my favorite things about microraptor (how do i love thee, let me count the ways) is that this color isn’t speculative. a close look at an extremely well-preserved microraptor fossil in Beijing revealed that traces of pigment-containing cells had been preserved in the feathers, by examining the shape and orientation of them and comparing them with pigment cells in modern bird feathers, researchers could objectively conclude that microraptor’s feathers were a glossy blue-black, like a crow’s.

consequently, illustrators who know this have the opportunity to depict microraptors looking exactly how they really, actually would’ve looked. this is what this animal looked like, at least the one represented by the fossil in Beijing. and that’s incredible to me.”

vondell-swain:

at the end of All Yesterdays (the extremely good book about imagining and illustrating dinosaurs in complex speculative ways i was talking about yesterday) there’s a section where they prove the point about the fact that we need to be more open to imagining skin coverings and fat/cartilage deposits by illustrating modern-day animals as if a nonhuman paleontologist from millions of years in the future reconstructed them using the just-skin-stretched-over-the-skeleton-and-muscles method that unimaginative paleoartists use with dinosaurs

with results like:

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and i love it so much because it absolutely unquestionably proves the point the book is making