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#Sciart explores the relationship between science, art, and illustration.
Arguably, the two most prominent bones in the head of a Tyrannosaur are the dentary in the mandible and the jugal, just beneath the orbit where the eye resides. Sure, a case can be made for the nasal or the maxilla (from which, with the premaxilla, the top teeth erupt), but look at this image I made which proves that completely wrong.
No, in the tyrant “lizard,” the jugal and the dentary are King. And if you could separate them and weigh them, the dentary would likely be even kingier, out-kinging even the mighty jugal. But is that likely to be the case with all tyrannosaurids? All dinosaurs? All skulls? Let’s find out.
Two days' work of sweating out hand-lettering to make it legible and accurate. Worth it? I think so. But I made this, so I'm perhaps biased.
Day of the Dimetrodon! I posted the top sketch to Twitter after reading a 2012 paper on Dimorphodon sail morphology, and decided after receiving some input on Facebook from some fellow artists to create a few different versions.
Pure coincidence was at work enabling these images to essentially be pointed in the same direction. Or is it? Am I exhibiting a kind of handedness when it comes to painting or drawing? Am I in possession of an unconscious (and remorseless) bias? Must remember to ask Emily Willoughby about her findings on this notion or something.
Tonight's serving of #sciart - three reconstructions of some of my favorite fossil critters. First up, Helicoprion with her modern relative, the Galapagos ratfish. Second, an outdated reconstruction of Thallattosaurus from the side and top, after the original Merriam fossil sketch. Last, we have a troodon with corvid-esque feather patterns from a much larger piece I've been working on for the past couple of years.
Day three (or should that be "pthree"?) of the #Sciart #Tweetstorm - a little late. This day's sketchdump includes two character design roughs for an animation project on the back burner tentatively titled "Flapling" which chronicles the first tentative flight of a newly hatched rhamphorhynchus.
Ugrunaaluk and Gryposaurus skulls, doing what that do best: rest peacefully either on display or in a collection drawer somewhere.