Title: Thunderstorm I (re-upload)
Dimension: 11 x 17
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!
This is the re-uploaded version with better sizing.
While a thunderstorm rages during the Cretaceous summer, a lone T. rex spooks a pair of Edmontosaurus as it tries to find shelter from the storm. In the distance, a trio of ostrich-mimics (Struthiomimus) speedily seek out shelter too.
This drawing is an homage to the painting "Tyrannosaurus and Trachodon" by Zdenek Burian, the legendary Czech paleoartist. The painting can be found easily on Google image search.
Being an homage, I admit the originality is diminished. However, I did put a couple of twists into it by making it a stormy setting and "updating" the dinosaurs.
It should be noted that the contrast was partially achieved by digital means. This was due to the original photo making the drawing appear too light.
Also of special note, due to the debate over the integument of T. rex being either scaly or feathered still underway, I decided to take a middle ground approach by giving the mostly scaly T. rex a "saddle" of emu-like feathers.
Two other minor mistakes that should be ignored are the following:
1) The lower jaw of the T. rex is a little too long. The shadowing does help hide it.
2) The Struthiomimus trio in the background are a little too big. This was due to a misjudgment in perspective.
Overall, this drawing is a personal landmark for me in the amount of detail and research that went into it. This is the first "real" paleo-artwork I feel would potentially good enough to be featured in books, jou<br>als, etc.
However, I would like to have it critiqued so that way I can know whether or not this drawing is good enough. Because I think there is always room for improvement.
MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Feedback on the overall composition is welcomed.
The following are of special interest:
Does the contrast help set the mood for the scene?
Does the movement of the dinosaurs appear "natural"? (e.g. Do you think the animals would move like this in real life?)
Are the subtleties of the dinosaurs' expressions enough to convey their behavior?