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Majungasaurus crenatissimus by nemo-ramjet Majungasaurus crenatissimus by nemo-ramjet
Based on Scott Hartman's skeletal at the following link: [link]

I really don't understand the push to be "realistic" in palaeoart, when you have the sketchiest of all clues on the nature, shape, form and color of your subject. Try to scroll through your head and imagine the details of the most striking animals today. The stripes of the zebra, the feathers of a peacock and the mane of a lion would possibly never fossilize, yet it is these features that are the most immediate us.

We've got to stop pretending; some parts and details of extinct animals, especially the most striking ones, will NEVER be known with any level of certainty.

It is not that I don't enjoy any good "realistic" reconstructions, in fact I think such artworks do an immeasurable service to science. But the role of palaeoart must also be to create a public liking and interest towards the subject. However, the push for "clarity" has turned the field into a hotbed of talentless artists, dishing out one identical piece after the other while copying each others' works (and mistakes) like a game of visual Chinese whispers. As a result, any mystery remaining in fossil animals gets extinguished in a torrent of banality. And we wonder, how and when did the study of extinct life turn into kids' stuff?

Here, then, is a picture of Majungasaurus that will probably never get obsolete, or published in a childrens' book.
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spastictoad Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
feels good man, highly emotive for a being without colour.
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Irkenarmada1 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The piece is minimalistic in a way, but the short arms and legs are telling. This is a Majungasaurus. I see what you mean. It will never be obsolete because it is rendered extremely well and in an innovative way, but this innovativeness is something that will not let it see the light of published work. I am a fan of your work, and it's very good. I enjoyed All Yesterdays, among other things.
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Agathaumas Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
It's just really inspiring
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thanks!
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Koeskull Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, I've been wanting to draw styalized prehistoric animals in a way most people don't see.. it's like you read my mind haha. (From the past..?)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
:)
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rosutu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Fascinating creature here.
Have you ever considered doing a series of things like this? It's rare that relatively accurate but impressionistic dinosaur art is created.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
I really should, shouldn't I?
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rosutu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Heck yes!
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Giant-Blue-Anteater Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you 100%.

We do not know for certain wether Tyrannosaurus had feathers on its arms quite yet, but is that to say that it lacked them? No! Same with the earliest dinosaurs, no immediate evidence for feathers was found yet, but then again, is that to say that they lacked feathers or at least some integuments entirely? Again, no! Animals like ceratosaurs may have been largely covered in osteoplasts, but does that rule out feathers in at least some form on their bodies? Lastly, no! At least, until further evidence is provided.

However, regarding the presevation of features like a lion's mane or a peacock's feathers, it really depends on how well the animal was preserved. If a lion was quickly buried in sediment, then vestiges of his mane may be visible when discovered by the terrestrial cephalopod sophonts a couple hundred million years in the future. But if he died before his bones were washed away much later, then such beautiful structures like his mane will not be preserved.

Regarding how people copy from one another until the result is a deranged platypus-crocodile, while I do sometimes look at reliable paleoartists' drawings for reference, I don't use them alone. I primarily look at skeletal reconstructions or the fossils for reference, as I am concerned about being as accurate as possible.

With that being said, you should try to maintain accuracy in your paleoart, but why can't we be out there at the same time?
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saiyanhajime Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
I love the description of this piece. I totally agree.
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a fabulously expressive and imaginative piece. I'm faving this as much for your comment as I am for the drawing itself. I enjoyed both very much; thanks.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome picture man. Love it.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Thanks!
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shirakeru Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Love this!! makes me think of Gonzo. But applied to reality - love the blurring of fantasy/reality...

[link]
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
hehe, when you said Gonzo, I thought you meant the muppet. Then I saw the link :)
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Emmoyenne Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Reminds me of the work of Stephen Gammell, who in fact has done a lot of work in childrens' books. ;)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Whoa, i'd never heard of the guy... and his work is great!
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Emmoyenne Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
I love the work he did for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
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ThatArtisticMofo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
Nemo, your intent is inspiring.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Thank you!
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TehFuzzyDuck Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Well put and well drawn.
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dano415 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
it's brilliant. good points and well written. bravo kardesh! hope yr doing well, busy on films and projects. i look forward to collaborating someday. cheers, ~d
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vagrantvulpes Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
I love this! I can tell that you made it by feeling rather than calculating. Much like your dinosapiens artwork from before, yes? I bet the whip-like tail will drive the purists insane =P
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pakpao Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008   Photographer
;per
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow very nice! One of my fav dinos!
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hininga Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
lovely texture.congrats.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Thanks!
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OrzhovSlodier Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
nemo is the master of texture. That just sounds weird out of context....
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Awesome! Here's to more blurring of the boundaries between paleoart and fine art. We need some dinosaurian surrealism!
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ReptarMania Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
This is really beautiful.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Thank you so much!
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zebrasofengland Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
I love how abstract this is, yet you still know that it's supposed to be a dinosaur. The dark spot on top of its head looks like a top hat from afar :D
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, nicely done. We can probably say with some certainty that a few details are "wrong" there, but I understand that wasn't the point of your artwork.

Very nice.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Thanks! I'm sure the tail has some mistakes in it, but what can one do...
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qwerty1198 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice style! And I have also noticed that alot of the dinosaur artworks in books have just been copied from one another. It makes me wonder if anybody even looks at the skeletons anymore to draw them, maybe they only look at pictures other people have made...
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Not just that, but there are too few skeletal reconstructions done with any sort of accuracy...
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Also, Bonepart's carnotaur mummy was 100% complete before he decided to destroy all that evidence by hacking it away, just so he could put another skeletoon in his precious museum.
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
I dispute the "never" there. We could get dinosaurs preserved whole in oil sands, or more dinosaur mummies or a mezozoic equivalent of the gogo reef with details and soft tissue frozen in time. On the level of color, yes, never is the word most likely. But think of all the amazing kinds of preservation, the London archaeopteryx specimen, Microraptor gui, the hadro-mummies. Never say never ;)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
I know, that's why said "some parts and details."
I don't think fossils are "unknownable," but I think fossil animals can be pictured in more imaginitive ways. This does not mean inaccurate. Look at this picture [link]

Why can't fossil fauna or flora get the same treatment?
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
true, I have done something like this in my early days, I gave a tarbosaur a covering like an oriental dragon, would you like me to upload that sometime?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Why ask me?
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
wait. have I done something wrong?
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dodoman1 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know I would.
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
I'll dig it up sometime :D
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dustdevil Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love it. Very F. Spindler like.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thanks! Does he have any galleries on-line? Can you send a link or two?
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dustdevil Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Oh, that guy! I love his art, so weird, if inaccurate. He draws many ornithischians with mammal-like ear flaps!
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dustdevil Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes, it's more about the rendering than the accuracy.
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