Brian Engh's "Camptosaurus Challenge" call to action

The Camptosaurus Challenge!

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It began, as anything of any merit does these days, with some joshing around on Twitter. Brian Engh made a remark about paleoartists who rely on lateral view too much.

So, I replied that a good way to quickly test someone’s skills would be to have them draw a non-traditional view of a relative obscure taxa. “Camptosaurus in anterior view,” I said off the top of my head. Within minutes, both Brian and Jack Mayer Wood had responded with their own renderings…

…and within a few more minutes, Brian had sounded out this call.

So why not do a post of the responses, right? I’m proud to present an entire gallery of the front-view Camptosaurus illustrations! I live to serve.

There were even a couple of jokers who flipped the challenge, bless ’em. Here are Jaime Headden and Patrick Murphy’s Camptosaurus butts.

Since this humble herbivore inspired so many people to pick up pen, pencil, and marker, I’ll split this into two posts. I did not expect this to blow up my mentions over the weekend! Thanks to everyone who jumped in and tried this out.

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  • Reply
    May 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Can it be at an angle?

    • Reply
      David Orr
      May 7, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Yes. Don’t get too hung up on the rules. We just wanted to encourage some non-lateral views of this critter. It was a very off-the-cuff challenge.

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