The Survey of Paleoartists

The 2019 Survey of Paleoartists

About the Survey of Paleoartists

Paleontology, the branch of science seeking to understand extinct life forms and their environments, relies on artists to accurately convey its findings to the broader public. That artistic pursuit is popularly known as paleoart, and it is practiced by a growing number of illustrators, animators, sculptors, and other artists worldwide.

In an effort to better understand how paleoart is practiced professionally, we conducted the first Survey of Paleoartists in 2017. Drafted with critical input from Bob Nicholls, Emily Willoughby, Glendon Mellow, Brian Engh, Mark Witton, and Matt Celeskey, the survey attracted 350 respondents, providing a wealth of new insight about a field that is not often analyzed as a professional pursuit. In the interest of improving this knowledge, the effort continued with the 2019 Survey of Paleoartists. Submissions were accepted from March 1, 2019 until July 31, 2019 and drew 648 respondents – an 85% increase.

Stay tuned for the results of the second survey of paleoartists on July 6, 2020!