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Palaeoart Style Test by nemo-ramjet Palaeoart Style Test by nemo-ramjet
I'm trying to cultivate and refine my own style of palaeoart, and put together a portfolio of such works.

Right now I'm experimenting with new pieces and compositions, this is a sample that I want to share with you. What do you think? How, do you think, can I improve this style of illustrating dinosaurs (and other palaeo-critters?)

- Thanks to everyone for their thoughts, it now looks like I'm going to change the BG a little, and apply color with more subtlety and detail...
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cmndrk33n Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
VERY fresh take. I am loving the palette.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Artist
This red-headed is looks like the Ceratosaurus to me.:hmm:
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Diloporaptor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dilophosaurus Plz?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Soon... :)
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Diloporaptor Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yay!
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What species of Theropod is this suppose to be? I want to say Proceratosaurus.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
These are Marshosaurus, based on Scott Hartman's skeletal reconstruction. The soft tissue wattles and neck-frills are speculative... You are right about the green fade-in...
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the colors are awesome, but the fading green is unneeded :P.

By the way, what species of Theropods are these suppose to be? I want to say Proceratosaurus.
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like anyhows, I have a feeling that.....wait now, I think this looks nice, but I can't recognize this right now, whether it's a carnosaur or a megalosaur or anything else. Other paleo-critters too can be done like this, you're right. Take pterosaurs for example. Pycnofibers covered their bodies and are like fur, basically. You can put a mane on a pterosaur's neck and bulk up the neck, make it more rounded. As in dinos, well, raptors and extinct birds can get a similar treatment for their protofeathers. Manes of filaments and protofeathers are good......but I can only think of the pterosaur family for now.......but not everyone should get it! :) Like, a marine reptile wouldn't need this much soft tissue.....you can of course, straighten the neck profile of a theropod with more muscle and flesh......:)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
These are actually Marshoshaurus, referenced from Scott Hartman's skeletal drawing. I gave them slightly more muscular necks, a ridge of flesh above their backs, gular pouches, and in the case of the male, fleshy knobs and protrusions on the face.

I think that the crests and horns in many predatory dinosaurs were "shadowed in flesh" by their seemingly less-ornamented relatives. The case was the same in pterosaurs, just look at the soft tissue-crests on Pterodactylus.
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