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Dispatches from Himmapaanland: Dakota

Dispatches from Himmapaanland Illustration Museums

Dakota the Edmontosaurus dinomummy returns to public view in a new exhibition by the North Dakota Geological Survey’s Paleontology division, which opened just over a week ago on October 16th at the North Dakota Heritage Centre. Specifically, Dakota’s exquisitely preserved right hand and tail are currently on display. I’m sincerely honoured (and more than a little struck by Imposter Syndrome) to have been commissioned for an illustration for the exhibit; my first in a museum.…

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Love in the Time of Centrosaurs?

Paleoart Gallery

Happy New Year! Here’s one last paleoart piece for 2020, Centrosaurus Canyon. I’ve had this slowly gestating for a while and finally wrapped it up this month. Any piece that takes long enough ends up being reworked from the ground up a few times, and this one evolved considerably. The concept is a bull Centrosaurus roaming the uplands of Late Cretaceous Canada. I really wanted to infuse it with a sense of serenity, and for me, that means a well-fed…

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The Paleoart Shop Index

Announcements

Inspired by a few people I saw tweeting inquiries about how to find places to buy paleoart online, I’ve started a new project to help the paleoart community reach consumers. Sometimes when I come across tweets from hungry paleoart enthusiasts, I’ll share links to my gift guides, but it struck me that having a master list of paleoart shops would be really useful. My answer is the Paleoart Shop Index, a Google sheet I’m crowdsourcing with the help of the…

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Interview: Designing Mesozoic Beasts with David Silva

Interview

Ever bought a dinosaur toy but were super bummed it looked nothing like the scientific reconstructions? Are you done with pronated hands on commercial theropod figures? Have you had it with that Papo T. rex plastered everywhere on the Internet? Well, have we got a toy designer for you. Based in New Jersey, David Silva is a toy designer and founder of Creative Beast Studio. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, he has spent almost two decades…

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Paleoartist Interview: The Polygonal Prehistory of Kuzim

Interview

When I first spotted the art of Kuzim on Twitter, I was immediately struck by his unique style. “Low poly” is an art style that deliberately invokes the asthetics of early 3D video games. The recent revival of this style has, so far, mostly been the domain of indie video games, but Kuzim has taken this quirky flavour to the prehistoric realm. The bold colour schemes, the dynamic compositions and the deceptive simplicity make him a unique voice among the…

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Image of a number of paleoartist Mary Sanche's work on display.

Paleoartist Interview: Reimagining the Past with Mary Sanche

Interview

There‚Äôs no one way to do paleoart. No one is proving that more than Mary Sanche. Based in Drumheller, Alberta, Sanche is a graphic designer for the famed Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. As a science & editorial illustrator, she creates not only paleoart, but work that spans across many different genres. Her work sometimes blends styles and genres together, creating unique works of art that draw audiences in. Her list of publications and exhibitions include Canadian Geographic, the Nature…

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Portrait view of Megalonyx jeffersonii skeletal model

Megajeff, Champion of Fossil Collections

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January 20, 2020 marked the bicentennial of Indiana University, the august institution where I completed my MFA studies and am now employed as a graphic designer. It also was the day that the university unveiled a special reproduction of Jefferson’s ground sloth, Megalonyx jeffersonii, fondly dubbed Megajeff. The reason the new model received a special place during the university’s bicentennial festivities is because of its connection to the history of fossil collections at IU. The original specimens were discovered on…

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Stegodimetrodon

Golden Oldie

This is the first of an occasional series of “golden oldies” posts from LITC 1.0. From time to time, we’ll share beloved pieces from the first home for LITC, with small edits and updates. Niels’ recent posts featuring public dinosaur sculptures brought this one to mind. Enjoy! It’s not what I’d call a centerpiece of the city’s public art, but Bryan Park in Bloomington, Indiana does boast a “dinosaur” sculpture of its very own. And since it’s my own hometown,…

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Paleoartist Interview: Gabriel Ugueto

Interview

Today I’m excited to bring you an interview with one of the most prominent paleoartists working today, Gabriel Ugueto. If you are on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and follow paleoart at all, you are likely well aware of the astonishing scope and quality of art flowing out of Gabriel’s studio. From field guide-style lateral view restorations to fully fleshed-out, full color environments to evocative pieces rendered with the minimal color of ink, Gabriel’s body of work has attracted masses of…

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Brian Engh’s Hot Heads

Illustration Interview

We all knew that a great many dinosaurs were airheads, but were we presuming too much about what was going on in and around their gorgeous skulls? In their paper The Frontoparietal Fossa and Dorsotemporal Fenestra of Archosaurs and Their Significance for Interpretations of Vascular and Muscular Anatomy in Dinosaurs, published in The Anatomical Record, Holliday et al. look at the anatomy of existing archosaurs and apply their findings to an aspect of dinosaur cranial anatomy that we’d always taken…

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