Teaser for Prehistoric Planet
Thanks, Josh Sheppard
Car-sized monster amphibian Koolasuchus has been chosen by public vote as the state fossil emblem of Victoria, Australia.
It was one of the subjects of the "Australia's Age of Dinosaurs" stamp issue that I designed for Australia Post.
I made a quick maquette of the little hatchling out of Sculpey and made the two halves of the shell using Magic Sculpt, a two-part epoxy sculpting compound. Photographing the setup in a bed of moss gave me plenty of visual information to incorporate into the oil painting.
This dinosaur is called Thanatotheristes, which means “reaper of death.”
Before launching into the finished painting I try out various background treatments on a small preliminary sketch—the sketch in the upper left of the array of four color sketches below.
The sketch lets me try out color combinations before launching into the finished painting.
By the time I’m ready to start the final, I feel more confident about my color choices.
|Photo via Mental Floss and 41 Strange|
|Triassic Pond, casein, gouache, and acrylic, James Gurney, 2018|
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