Total number of taxa that will recieve at the very least some basic attention: 1509
Total number of taxa that will recieve an illustration: 761
Finished so far:
Non-dinosaurian Dinosauromorphs: 13/13
Non-avian Theropods: 217/217
Mesozoic Avialans: 89/89
In all, 45% complete, which is much faster than I had anticipated.
There will be some taxa that are so similar/fragmentary, that drawing them separately would equal drawing them twice. In total, there are 14 taxa, so far, that share portrait with another taxon.
So far 7 taxa are fully colored, according to pigment analyses. 2 more will be colored (Ornithischians remaining. Which ones these are should be easy to guess!)
In my favor is the fact that most will be pretty standard portraits, no complex backgrounds or dynamic situations. This makes each portrait fairly quick to complete, but I will not be delving into intricate speculation. On the contrary, I'll remain fairly conservative, since I have a generic kind of guide in mind. Exciting speculations, in my opinion, are more for "hardcore" paleo-nerds, rather than the more general public, which this kind of guide would be more for.
I have begun the next phase of gathering all taxonomic analyses, ideally no older than 2015, in order to compile an all inclusive evolutionary tree, as detailed as possible (Titanosauria will be SO MUCH FUUUN U GUYEZ!)
I will also contunously add any new discovery up untill a certain, as per now undetermined point.
The final efforts, of actually making it into a book is still something I have not given much thought. I realize I'm not the only one with similar ambitions, and I don't want to consider anyone else a competitor or adversary. I'm going to do this mostly for me, because it's something I've always wanted to do. It'll be a bonus honor if others are eager to flip through my guide.
This guide will form one part of the "triptych" that is my creative ambition (the other two being the humorous "space opera" that I have finished writing, all in Norwegian, and now struggle to find outlets for, as well as the post-apocalyptic saga I plan to make into a graphic novel. Hands-on work on that will commence as soon as I've concluded my efforts on the dinosaur guide)
Now, all of that said, I have a little bit of a favor to ask!
After googling around a bit, and being surprised at the frequency of malware-links I get instead of genuine results - I'm wondering if anybody out there know how to template cladograms for OpenOffice. I'd keep researching, but if anybody has the answer, I'd really appreciate it!
Anyway, yo, feel the flow, and all that jazz. I dunno what's cool anymore. Who am I? Why are we here? Cheers!