Sunday, March 30, 2008
Dimorphodon v. 1.5
The preceding Nyctosaurus drawings are but one picture in a series of three pterosaurs in the art show. If all goes as planned, Nyctosaurus, Dimorphodon, and Tapejara will be represented. This is to show the breadth of pterosaur diversity but also some really freaking cool crests will be in there. Dimorphodon has been giving me trouble, just because its proportions are different from other "rhamphorhynchoids." Today, while in Palmer (discussing the art show), I whipped up this sketch, which is the first I've been happy with for this taxon.
On a related note, Nyctosaurus is functionally finished. I just have to shrink the sketch, improve the crest on another sheet of paper, then blow that sketch up and use it for the canvas piece. The Nyctosaurus will be colored like a murre, and the Dimorphodon will get puffin colors. I think another artist (Raven) will be doing the Tapejara, and a tropical pterosaur with a giant crest will be very colorful indeed!
Again, be brutal when it comes to comments about this picture. Head too small? Body too long?