More Camptosaurus coming at you! As in literally, a lot of these look like they’re coming directly at you! I have to say, I’m just tickled by this whole thing. To think that Brian tweeted out this hashtag and then people all over the place spent the next few days drawing Camptosaurus in front-view… it’s a beautiful thing. Even when folks strayed from the “rules,” there were very few lateral views shared on the hashtag, and a lot of stylistic variety. I’m confident that I can say that in the history of blogging (not just dinosaur blogging, either), there has never been this much Camptosaurus crammed into a post. I’m thinking of revising the title of this whole dang website.
So here’s round two of the #CamptosaurusChallenge. Kicking it off: the Tasmanian terror, Matt Van Rooijen. Then we’ll bring it back around to Brian Engh’s follow-ups to his original tweets and see what your faithful LITC bloggers were up to during this whole fracas.
— Exhaustonaut (@OptimisticPaint) April 9, 2018
— Feng Zhu Wannabe (@metroidloli) April 7, 2018
— Nick Schofield (@boyjurassic) April 9, 2018
Ok so I didn't read the rules, I know NOTHING about the subject, and also realised too late that this paper was a TERRIBLE choice for a sketch, but here's my #CamptosaurusChallenge ? #whoops pic.twitter.com/ZsopIIA0Dz
— Rhiannon Short (@owl_my_head) April 7, 2018
— Rhiannon Short (@owl_my_head) April 8, 2018
— Stephen Joe (@Dinobirdman3) April 8, 2018
Thankfully the ROM has a Camptosaurus that I've stared at four hours on end. Unfortunately, the only part I remember right now is how unbelievably swole the body is compared to the head #CamptosaurusChallenge @GreyGriffon @anatotitan pic.twitter.com/F1HFYQ7UAt
— Henry Sharpe (@bone_sharpe) April 5, 2018
Made out of beeswax at church, from memory.
(Not sure if it counts as Paleoart, but I like making wax dinosaurs.) pic.twitter.com/Sd4TDZsaEl
— The AZ Wine Monk (@cvburkett) April 8, 2018
— LK (@MinutesVisual) April 8, 2018
Work was slow today so I tried my hand at the #CamptosaurusChallenge . No references used and I think I didn’t make it fat enough. #paleoart #dinosaurs #perspective #Sketching pic.twitter.com/guVUOknMsJ
— A Wannabe Paleoartist (@ColinM_Art) April 8, 2018
— Carsick Synapsid (@mc_copperhead) April 7, 2018
— Xeno (@XENOLEGEND27) April 7, 2018
— Cameron Dillon (@Cam_ornitho) April 5, 2018
— Trish (@Babbletrish) April 7, 2018
— Brett Booth (@Demonpuppy) April 7, 2018
— Joschua Knüppe (@JoschuaKnuppe) April 7, 2018
Late entry for the #CamptosaurusChallenge @GreyGriffon @anatotitan
Very quick and dirty (10-15mins) and without reference.
For those who don't know, the challenge is to draw Camptosaurus from an anterior or antero-lateral view (optionally) without reference. pic.twitter.com/FPIXFBJFBg
— Tom Parker (@Tomozaurus) April 10, 2018
— Fred the Dinosaurman (@FredtheDinoman) April 10, 2018
— Paul Heaston (@paulheaston) April 9, 2018
Tried my take on the #CamptosaurusChallenge #ReferenceAdventures figured it was nice to have a challenge that completely negates side-views, man do I get tired of those. @anatotitan pic.twitter.com/FODotFoU0A
— Marty Kevil (@ZombieSaurian) April 10, 2018
— Patrick Murphy (@Prasokour) April 7, 2018
Brian Engh returned with two more illustrations, first wisely taking on a slightly overhead lateral view that really shows off the beast’s considerable girth and then doing a close-up on that noggin.
Here's my #CamptosaurusChallenge – reference version for #FossilFriday
Rise to the challenge! Draw a camptosaurus in anterior (front) view, say whether you used reference. Shoutout's @anatotitan for issuing the challenge!
— Brian Engh (@GreyGriffon) April 6, 2018
One last #CamptosaurusChallenge for @anatotitan – this one using closeup skull reference i didn’t share with everybody, and extra rhamphotheca for @AndyFarke Ornithiscians are weird. pic.twitter.com/rwsCFq1diz
— Brian Engh (@GreyGriffon) April 10, 2018
Your trusty LITC team took part as well. Natee contributed a few delightful pieces, as we’ve all come to expect.
— Natee: beneath your notice (@Himmapaan) April 5, 2018
— Natee: beneath your notice (@Himmapaan) April 6, 2018
I joined in, as well. I mean, I’m half-responsible for this thing, so I couldn’t very well abstain. It began pretty rough, I have to say. But then I kept sketching, with and without reference, and it became easier and easier to conjure this animal which I’d never attempted to draw before.
— David Orr (@anatotitan) April 6, 2018
— David Orr (@anatotitan) April 6, 2018
— David Orr (@anatotitan) April 7, 2018
I followed up on the threat in that last tweet, too! I’m really happy with how this one turned out.
Made a few tweaks, happy now!
— David Orr (@anatotitan) April 9, 2018
To wrap this up, I have to admit that this was a far more fruitful exercise than I thought it could be, considering its origin. I found myself wrapped up in thinking about this often overlooked taxon and appreciating its weirdness anew. Each of my sketches improved on the previous one, and as I moved away from looking at a reference, the results both felt more right and more naturally my own. I don’t usually lay my sketching process out publicly – not because I’m embarrassed, necessarily, but because I just don’t take the time to do it. But this was a challenge all about the process, and I like the way it all played out. I certainly didn’t think I’d have a finished piece Camptosaurus illustration under my belt a week ago!
Thanks to Brian for turning my tossed off idea into something so rewarding (and for being a consistently challenging voice in the community). I hope that everyone else who participated in the Camptosaurus Challenge benefited from it, too.
P.S. Gareth Monger is a cheater.
— Gareth Monger (@GaffaMondo) April 9, 2018