Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dinosaur Illustration: boy meets Deinonychus family

Here's the first page of a dinosaur adventure kids book I'm working on.  It's something I would have loved to read when I was a pup.

I chose to use the most cutting edge ideas about dinosaurs.  Certain dino fossils have been found with feathers covering their entire body!  Most famously Archaeopteryx seen below.

No big surprise, Archaeopteryx had a bone structure very similar to modern day birds.  Therefore, one can assume that other dinos, like theropods who also shared this bone structure, very well had feathers covering their bodies.  I would guess for camouflage, communicating, and/or mating.  For a kids book, I chose to go with the more visually ravishing tropical kind of color schemes.