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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurium

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I check the copyright page, and I check it again. 1993? Really? Surely that can’t be true. Surely this book is at least fifteen years newer than that. But no. The proof is right there, undeniable, clear as day. What sorcery is this? Who stole a time machine? How is this book so good? That year again, that fateful year. 1993. The Year of the Dinosaur, according to ancient astrology that I made up. The deluge of dino books from…

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A pair of Cryodrakon pterosaurs flying high, with their shadows cast on a cloud

Paleoartist Interview: Rebecca Dart

Interview

For the last few years, Rebecca Dart has been blowing the minds of her social media followers with her dynamic and atmospheric paleoart, and her #DrawDinovember output is legendary. More than any other artist, her body of paleoart feels uniquely suited to social media. As you scroll through her feed, the rounded square framing device she uses evokes the feeling of using a Viewmaster, seeing single frames selected from moving worlds that existed before we looked, persisting after. A veteran…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Great Dinosaur Atlas – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

As discussed in the previous post, the artist most frequently referenced by Giuliano Fornari in illustrating The Great Dinosaur Atlas was John Sibbick. Specifically, art from the Normanpedia was often quite slavishly copied, right down to particular colour choices. As such, when Fornari shifts gears and opts to, er, pay tribute to the work of other palaeoartists with wildly contrasting styles, the effect is very jarring. Sibbick’s Normanpedia work, while beautifully executed and hugely influential, was also a little retrograde…

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