Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lots a Spots...Olorotitan update

It's a lotta spots to paint, but that's cool. Spotted dinosaurs are fun!

I'm another day into painting him and already thinking about a pattern for the Parasaurolophus and Lambeosaurus I plan on sculpting next.

I also want to do something that is not a dinosaur. I do love the Gorgonopsids. Maybe I will try one of those at some point.

Anyway, another update showing this Olorotitan's progress. More soon:)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Painting the Olorotitan model

I've gotten around to my favorite part of this process...texturing:) Right now I'm just blocking in color and pattern, later he will need other maps to make him realistic and tie it all together.

I prefer dinosaurs that are colored boldly. I love coming up with different designs for the animals and because nature is bold and colorful (and drab too) anything is plausible. That's the fun of it, this animal really existed, but I still get to make up things like color. Plus, I like them to be different than what everyone is used to seeing. Grey dinosaurs are so last year:)

I still have a long way to go, more later...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Detailing the Olorotitan and other WIPs

I've been at work detailing this model. This Olorotitan is an older, adult bull. He's been around the block a few times and is no pushover. So he has the bite marks and scars to proove it. I'm going to move on to making the other maps for him and add details as I go along, but this is where I am at.

Also still working on my Stegosaur painting. I still have a long way to go, but its heading in the right direction. I'm blocking in the steg, getting his pattern and colors the way I want them before I tie him in with the background. Right now he stands out way to much.

More updates soon...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Steg painting WIP

I decided I needed to jump back into some painting! I've been working on this forest scene, trying to stay loose and yet realistic at the same time. I tend to prefer Paleoart that is heavy on the art and less so on the scientific illustration. If that makes sense;)

In this piece I want to try and paint a peaceful forest setting, with pretty colors and nice texture. I'm still working on pulling it together, but am happy so far.

I've loosely sketched in a potential inhabitant of the prehistoric forest. Some type of Stegosaur was calling to me and felt right in this setting. For now he is a generic form of steggie. I'll probably either go with Tuojiangosaurus or maybe Miragaia.

Anyway, I have many more in my head that I want to get going on. Maybe I will block in more paintings tonight;) I'll post more as I finish.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Olorotitan detailing

Now that I have the base mesh done, I'm starting to add details like scutes, scratches and will also get some scales on there asap. Then I get to paint him! My favorite part:)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hadrosaurs...the most beautiful of dinosaurs

At least to me. Everyone who knows me knows that I love these things. It pains me to always see them portrayed running in fear, falling over dying at the mere roar of a predator, always colored a dull grey. Always...boring. Just meat for those cool Tyrannosaurs.

I imagine them as very graceful, beautiful creatures. The males may well have been fantastically colored. Brilliant shades of everything to attract females or to show off to a predator that he was a healthy adult bull perfectly capable of defending himself and his herd.

And so I can't stop drawing these color keys. These are just simple sketches meant to try out different variations on color for my 3D models. So just getting my ideas out before I finish my models.

Let grey, boring Hadrosaurs be no more;)