[Cross-posted at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs.]
Three years later, the resulting set of three illustrations — a race between an Olorotitan and a Tarbosaurus — was finally published in the press release for a study of hadrosaur locomotion by Dr. Phil Currie and Scott Persons, which a few readers may already be familiar with, either independently or via the Chasmosaurs Facebook page. There is also a podcast about the research. Here, for your delectation and privilege (or indeed indifference and ennui, so please you) are the illustrations at a much larger size, which can be opened out in a new tab/window for full-view if you wish. Much of the comic expression in the dinosaurs’ eyes are missed in reduction — something which I hadn’t accounted for when I drew them.
The Aesop analogy subsequently repeated in the article was one which had actually occurred to Scott as a result of my original submission, as quoted in my linked Himmapaanensis post above: ‘…this is a charming twist (and one I had not anticipated). I like it very much!’ I readily confess that my simple little ego was considerably flattered by this.
There is also a story behind the flag-waving Protoceratops, who was originally accompanied by a much more incongruous figure (again, for the sake of this post’s conciseness, please see the first link for this). I don’t know, you’d think I had a penchant for such a thing…
Prints of the illustrations were donated to the silent auction at the Alberta Dinosaur Research Institute fundraising dinner this past weekend. Sean Willett of the Dragon Tongues podcast (whom Marc and I had the great pleasure of meeting and speaking to at the first TetZooCon, and for whom David recently completed a new logo) had very kindly placed a bid on them. He informs me that the prints finally sold for over $100.
Of course, given that it has been three years since their creation, there are several things I would do differently now. So consider this the appropriate disclaimer/apology for any obvious shortcomings. I do know, however, that I would relish more such opportunities for playful pictures accompanying serious research in formal publications. Can we make this A Thing, please?
I had hoped to share this a while ago when I had finally completed Darwin‘s companions: Oscar, his pianist, and Wallace, his butler. In the event, his friends turned out to be rather more highly finished than Darwin himself, so I delayed this post on the grounds that I would re-work Darwin first. As I’m unsure when I may get to it, however, and with a mind to keeping this blog ticking over, here it is now.
To read more about who this trio are, please visit my post about them on Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs, where I also go into some geeky detail about my decisions for their depiction.
A drawing I made for the Facebook page of Love in the time of Chasmosaurs to celebrate its having gained over 1,000 subscribers. Once again, I tried so not to fuss and labour over this and to just produce a relatively quick sketch. Once again, I failed.
Quick observers will have noted that the flying carpet and lamp are in reference to the One Thousand and One Nights, in honour of the milestone.
A pirate Saltasaurus, as prompted by this post on Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs by my friend, Marc. The idea of the many swords stuck in the sash was shamelessly purloined from an illustration by Andrej Dugin and Olga Dugina, two of my favourite contemporary illustrators, though the hilts of archosaur heads are an attempt at my own personal touch.