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Jurassic Aftermath

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Jurassic Aftermath - in a time following "Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic World".
One of two works I created for the Aurora Exibition III: Orange, www.projectaurora.art/exhibiti…

The idea for this image was born when I discussed with (I believe it was him) JayGraphixx about how in all the years on DA I never made a matte painting involving dinosaurs, although they generally fascinate me. I tried a more systematic approach to matching tones and levels (kudos to Reid Southen's video: www.facebook.com/reid.southen/…) and I'm happy how "realistic" it turned out because of it, even though I used a lot of 3D material and plastic figures in the process. I also managed to sneak in a few pictures from my recent winter vacation. :lol:

As always, thanks for stopping by & I hope you like it!
Do check out the other amazing pieces of the Aurora exhibition! :-)


Thanks to:
dinosaur 24 by jettstockDinosaur 2 by qroot-stockAucasaurus Running 01 and Brachiosaurus_01 by 2ndechoDenver Botanical Dinosaur 112 by Falln-StockRuined Building png. by DonkeySneakersUNRESTRICTED - Petal Rain 02 by frozenstocks | other stock purchased from photobash.com, mattepaint.com or my own.
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Ok. Getting down to business on this one. SO MANY DINOSAURS <3. I can identify almost all of them, though I do notice some inaccuracies (to be fair there are inaccuracies of JP and JW, too). Your buddy brachiosaurus in the left farground doesn't look greatly like a brachiosaurus; looks more like a titanosaur, which InGen probably had.
Is that airplane a 737? If it is I think the dinosaurs on it are Deinonychus, but if it is smaller they could be Velociraptor or (not in the movies) Oviraptor, another dinosaur which InGen probably had. Might be Mamenchinasurus, Camarasaurus, Jobaria or Sauroposideon
Now to your focal point Mr. Big, Mean, Wannabe T. Rex. Now it could be T Rex, but I can't see how many fingers it has (there could be a divergent third finger, which appears in many earlier theropod dinosaurs); in fact the hand on the right (viewers right, dinosaurs left) looks to have three, but the other only has one. T Rex also does not have the skeletal structure to support a crest, even if it is held up by muscles (a la, Ornitolestes). I drew up a list of some dinosaurs it could be including, but not limited to: T. Rex, Giganotosaurus, Megalosaurus, Abelisaurus, Gorgosaurus, Rugops, Majungosaurus, Allosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Prospinosaurus, Baryonyx, Monolophosaurus, the real Dilophosaurus( real ones didn't spit acid or have a frill), Ceratosaurus, Dryptosaurus, Metraicanthosaurus, Albertosaurus, Acrocanthosaurus, Applaciosaurus, ... The list goes on and on and on and on.
The other dinosaurs I'm not so sure about. Stripey over on the left might be a Siamotyrannus or a smaller Tyrannosaur or Abelisaur. It does merge some characteristics of a carcharodontosaur, but it probably isn't one.
Finally, flying reptiles. Pterodons are a large and varied group. I'm going to assume InGen had thousands of species. I see Pterodon, Nychtosaurus, and Quetzalcoatlus.
If you look WAY back behind the wing and to the left of Trump-Tower-MGM building at the right I see an object that looks less like a rock and more like a Torosaurus (related to Triceratops) frill.
Now for my nitpickiness: I'm not sure what city this is. However, we know from JW that Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna are close to California. In fact, This is probably some poor SoCal city. If so, it is on the water. It'd be cool to have a Jurassic Aftermath II, but this time focus on the shore or something...
Anyway, I'm going to finish on a note on the coloration. The sunrise, though we can't see the sun, is a good stylistic choice, symbolic in signaling that a new time has come: the Second Age of Dinosaurs.
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
haha, wow you're incredibly knowledgable about dinosaurs. :omg: I used to know every one of them when I was a kid and spent all my time reading (comic) books with illustrations of them. But for some reason I lost all this cool knowledge over the years, and nowadays I find them simply cool but don't know much about them except for a very rough distinction of the different types. :blush:
The city in the background is a combination of Dubai (right) and Bangkok (left), but yes, I wanted to place this in a more post-apocalyptic environment, therefore the desert-type setting. 
I'm glad you like it and thank you so much for your critique as well as the funfacts!
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You have been featured here again Erik, I adore this work !!! : http://fav.me/ddkv5k9

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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much dear, very apreciated! :) Have a great day!
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Featured here : http://fav.me/ddc190c

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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks again for including my works! :worship: have a great weekend!
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Incredible, your feeling for detail, color and mood is only topped by your sense of story and vision. 
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you again! Glad you like the atmosphere... I really enjoy those warm sunsets :nod:
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I do too, something calming yet magical about them :)
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I love this!  There are a few ways to change it if you're going for authentisism, but I think this is perfect as is.
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Others have pointed it out and I admit I have been quite careless with my choice of dinosaurs, so for sure there are ways to improve the realism here. :nod:
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It's brilliant.

A really attractive piece of artwork.
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot for the compliment!
funkwood's avatar
Exceptionally cool composition and lighting fx. Everything (including the clouds, fuselage and dinosaurs) seem to be emerging from a focal point in the bottom right quadrant of the comp. creating a dynamic and unifying creation
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, glad you appreciate the composition, it is always a bit tricky for me. :)
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Pendragon-ArtsProfessional Digital Artist
Omg, Jurassic Shoemaker!!!!! This is bloody brilliant!!!
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks so much dear! Roar!
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Pendragon-ArtsProfessional Digital Artist
Rawr back at ya... and ohhhhh.... I'm baaaaaack... lol!
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
haha whatever made me write that :D :D and welcome back lol
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Pendragon-ArtsProfessional Digital Artist
Buaaaaaaaaha ha ha haaaaaaa lmfao! Dude, you're hilarious! What ever you were on... you know what they say right? "Friends share" lol!
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Very smooth and towering render.   Me like
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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Wesley-SouzaStudent Digital Artist
OMG Wonderful scenery with dinosaurs :wow: excellent use of the colors and light :clap: very well done :clap: :love: 
the winner of the AMA's category Best use of Animal :la:
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
haha too bad I can't participate! But I was nominated last month already, so I won't complain. :D Thanks so much for the nice compliment mate!
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