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Behold, the Cryolophosaurus. by Archosaurian Behold, the Cryolophosaurus. by Archosaurian
Behold, the Cryolophosaurus! Denizen of the primæval Antarctic forests, it was the mighty rival of the Glacialisaurus.

I mean… I painted this sketch of a Cryolophosaurus ellioti based on my skeletal reconstruction. I'm gradually working my way back into palæo-life restoration and I aim to use a more palæontographic method eventually. I don't consider this to be much since I didn't really put any thought into the composition, it's more a study than anything else. I'm sure there are a lot of technical details like lighting that might be off.
This is an animal whose fossils I have had the chance to take a close look at in person and I've been working on a few illustration projects for one of the scientists studying it.

I used a combination of watercolour and gouache for this painting (I really don't see why both media can't be used together, many early watercolourists did so, before anybody decided to come up with 'rules' for the art, e.g. only transparent, never use black, no white). My palette was very earth-heavy and centred around Payne's grey, yellow ochre, raw sienna, English/light red, raw and burnt umber, white, and neutral tint. For some of the atmospheric effects and landscape I used burnt sienna and tiny bits of cerulean blue and viridian, for spots of vegetation I used a pre-mixed Hooker's green that I made from Prussian blue and nickel azomethine yellow. The signature used cadmium scarlet. I think artists today, especially those who restore prehistoric animals have gone too far in using extremely high-saturated primaries, the result is a synthetic look to their paintings.
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tascalo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Michael,
well done!

MrCoolJoeCool Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Freakin awesome dude
sporething Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Wonderful job! Just not seeing the fenestrae beneath the skin is already very refreshing!

But I think the neck would do good to be just slightly thicker. Just slightly
Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
dude! Very very nice! I'm really enjoying these paintings of yours and definately wan't to see more. The neck seems a bit thin but that's the only complaint I have anatomy wise.

I'm not fan of purist idea of using just one medium or keeping with strict rules. Black and white can be very useful but one should be very aware what those two do to colors.
pilsator Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your approach, and especially giving an anorexic-supermodel-grade neotheropod something such as plausible mass :)
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Great piece, goes very well with your essay earlier this week...
percafluvi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Awesome painting.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Excellent job giving the animal a realistic-looking sense of mass and space.
DinoHunter000 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I very much like the principle in which you are taking paleoart recently
painted-wolfs-den Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! I love the colors. It has a nice atmospheric feel.

Don't worry about using gouache and watercolors together... it's actually really common among nature painters. :)
hezoo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the values. They really give the cryolophosaurus shape and dimension. Awesome job!
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