|A Tyrannosaurus stalking in a forest at night.|
Babes and dinosaurs...
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"Tyrannosaur Gape Redux"
Tyrannosaurus rex. An acrylic airbrush painting of a head reconstruction of a male Tyrannosaurus.
I wanted to revisit a head study I did of a T.rex last year with some new information I accumulated over the past few months, namely from a discussion between Scott Hartman and David Krentz, and also from a conversation I had with paleo-sculptor Hugo Cafasso. This would concern that the jugal "boss" is actually an insertion for some of the pterygoideus muscles and not a base for a horn-like boss.
As Scott said: “Rather than the muscle just inserting into the shelf on the surangular, another slip would extend up to the ventral portion of the jugal, which would sort of close off some of the "exposed cheek" look.”
I based this reconstruction on the holotype specimen of Tyrannosaurus, unlike the previous “Tyrannosaur Gape”, which was done without a specific reference. Rendering all of those muscles and lip tissue did make the fleshed out lower jaw seem much larger than I expected initially.
My decision to utilize my Badger airbrushes was from seeing Marya Lehman, a local artist I know, use her Iwata airbrush to color up a beautiful illustration of a whale shark. I had not used my airbrushes for a long time and missed it. After having applied the acrylic paint with the airbrushes, I detailed the piece with various color pencils and acrylic paint using small brushes.
Completed on September second 2018.
Done using acrylics, color pencils, and Photoshop CC.
Deinonychus antirrhopus. An acrylic painting I did of a pair of Deinonychus watching an unseen dying animal, waiting for its inevitable demise.
This was directly inspired by a painting of William Silvers I like of a pair of vultures in a tree. I have always wanted to depict dromaeosaurids perched in trees as their claws seem quite well adapted to clambering onto trees. Last time I portrayed this was earlier this year with my Dakotaraptor pair resting on a fallen redwood in a spooky Hell Creek forest.
I originally wanted to add some tendrils of foliage from the branches of the leaves but decided to keep them bare as I liked the grasping branches look.
I’m currently working on an Alamosaurus and Tyrannosaurus standoff painting which I’m pretty excited to complete before the start of my semester.
Completed in early August 2018.
Done using acrylics and color pencils.
Akainacephalus johnsoni. A digital painting showcasing an Akainacephalus utilizing a hypothetical nasal structure for vocalization.
It's been a while since I could post any images of this ankylosaur that was described just a few weeks ago. I started this illustration sometime in June but did not post anything until after its official publication. I had first learnt about this ankyklosaur back in 2013 during an internship with Prof. James Kirkland. I caught a glimpse of a cast of its skull in a workshop and did some sketches of it. It was such an interesting looking ankykosaur, almost with a ridge growing out of the medial line of the head and also possessing some fairly Asian ankylosaur morphology in parts of the skull, despite being from Utah.
The idea of an ankylosaur possessing such nasal structures came from Prof. Kirkland. He pointed out to me that ankylosaurids had fairly convoluted nasal openings, hinting at possible uses for auditory or even visual communication (like an inflatable display structure). Looking at one of Joschua Knüppe's livestream paintings of this genus, I noted he gave it something akin to a bird rictus, which I thought was a good idea and gave my reconstruction one as well. I gave it some keratinized plates on top of the inflatable tissue of the nostrils, basing their look on crocodile nostrils.
Completed on the 4th of August 2018.
I see you.................. Anyway, that's my plain old eye staring back at ya.
I'm a 22 year old traditional (and budding digital) artist who loves his women and dinosaurs . Hoping to become a professional illustrator and getting my training in the good 'ol USA then coming back to my hometown of KL to see where that can lead me.
Oh, I love writing too, by the way
Current Residence: San Francisco
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Large
Favourite genre of music: rock
Favourite style of art: Pencils and paint
Operating System: Windows Vista
MP3 player of choice: Sony MP4
Favourite cartoon character: Homer Simpson, Zuko, Callie Maggotbone, Azula, Batman (DCAU)
Personal Quote: Everyone is born inherently evil, It’s the things we do that determine who we are.