Vintage Dinosaur Art, maybe: De dinosauriërs (Kennis Compact)
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
by Gemma Hazeborg
2d ago
The concept of “bad art” has been occupying my mind lately, for reasons that will hopefully become clear in due course. Bad palaeoart, especially. It is my firmly-held belief that even the shoddiest work made by human hand has infinitely more value than any image artificially created by a learning, plagiarizing algorithm. No matter how many works by Tony Gibbons and F. John we have to plough through on these pages, this will still be essentially true. All contributions to the beautiful twin human endeavours that are art and science are, ultimately, worth it. Therefore, I think the time is righ ..read more
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Podcast Show Notes: Episode 35 – Snowball and the Raptor Boys
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
by Gemma Hazeborg
2w ago
We’ve had a month off, but the famous LITC podcast is back in full strength with more fresh news, nostalgic art reviews and exciting interviews! After discussing the new films and documentaries that are coming our way, we review some very English palaeoart from the late 1970s by the unsung Peter Snowball. After that, Natee and Marc interview the Golden Boys of Dromaeosaurs, 3D sculptor Ruadhrí Brennan and returning LITC interviewee Jed Taylor, whose incredible Velociraptor sculpts have set last year’s TetZooCon on fire, and are poised to do the same this year. What new shenanigans are these tw ..read more
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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Záhada Dinosaurů – Part 3
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
by Gemma Hazeborg
3w ago
Oops, I guess it’s been a while. I promised you part three of that big Czech book from 1993, and here it is. If you need a refresher, and I imagine you do, here’s part one and part two again. So far, we’ve seen sauropods with trunks, theropods with fish heads, more sauropods with trunks, attempts at feathering and lots of mood and atmosphere. Also sauropods with trunks. Let’s see what other strange wonders Barbora Kyšková has in store for us. Here’s a sauropodomorph, without a trunk, Anchisaurus. Anchisaurus has a four-fingered, kind of human-looking hand which carries over into this reconstru ..read more
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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Oviraptor (Dinosaur books from The Child’s World)
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by Marc Vincent
1M ago
One month on from the last entry, here’s another slice of the early ’90s dinosaur book series from The Child’s World, this time featuring everyone’s favourite misunderstood, misnamed, cassowary-casqued* weirdo, Oviraptor. Diana Magnuson, who illustrated the Megalosaurus book, also provided the artwork here. In the main, it’s a considerable improvement over her work on Megalosaurus, although that might have been because up-to-the-minute reference material and illustrations of Megalosaurus were hard to come by at the time, while Oviraptor was enjoying a decent amount of popularity – probably bec ..read more
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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Ornithomimus (Dinosaur books from The Child’s World)
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by Marc Vincent
2M ago
Ornithomimosaurs: they almost always get a mention, but are hardly ever in the spotlight (except for that crazy giant one). How fortunate, then, that The Child’s World saw fit to dedicate an entire volume in their series of dinosaur books to Ornithomimus, a pretty vanilla ornithomimosaur if ever I did see one. (It’s a good thing that there’s no such thing as a specialist ornithomimosaur researcher, so no one can take me up on that.) What’s more, it has some of the most charming illustrations in the entire series. The more ‘normal’ ornithomimosaurs aren’t given the attention they probably deser ..read more
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Podcast Show Notes: Episode 34 – Maurice Wilson and Johan Egerkrans
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
by Gemma Hazeborg
2M ago
Happy days, all! Even moreso than usual, our newest podcast episode dives into the phenomenon of stylized dinosaurs, as we discuss whimsical works from the early 70s by Maurice Wilson, whose work is all but forgotten but holds up a treat, and talk to the esteemed Johan Egerkrans whose angular, dynamic dinosaur art has captured the hearts of the palaeo world. Featuring forgotten Disney movies, exciting board games, pleasing shapes and lots of tea. How do you strike the balance between artistic simplification and accuracy? What draws so many of us to theropods over all other dinosaurs? Can Johan ..read more
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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Záhada Dinosaurů – Part 2
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
by Gemma Hazeborg
2M ago
No doubt you’ve seen part one of our deep dive into Záhada Dinosaurů, this obscure gem from Czechia, written by Jaroslav Mareš and illustrated by Barbora Kyšková. Obscure unless you’re Czech, that is, in which case you will probably know this book very well. The comments on this and other platforms tell me it’s a divisive book, with divisive artwork, and Jaroslav Mareš a divisive character. We’ve already seen most of the theropods, but a big aspect of the book’s infamy is actually its treatment of the sauropods, which is… well, you’ll see. Let’s put off the inevitable by looking at some Triass ..read more
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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Záhada Dinosaurů – Part 1
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
by Gemma Hazeborg
3M ago
Today’s book has gotten some attention recently on some of the palaeoart-centered Facebook groups we frequent. It features little-seen but high quality art from the nineties. Once I saw it, I knew I had to track this book down. This was not straightforward. Not only is this book only available in Czech, it is only available from Czech booksellers that only ship to Czechia. I managed to nab a copy off Rostislav Walica, so kudos to him. I now (maybe?) own the only copy of this book in the Netherlands! It’s called Záhada Dinosaurů, or “The Mystery of the Dinosaurs”. It came out in, you guessed it ..read more
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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Saltasaurus (Dinosaur books from The Child’s World)
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by Marc Vincent
3M ago
Saltasaurus – the little armoured titanosaur that could – was a staple of popular dinosaur books in the ’80s and ’90s, following its naming in 1980. Sadly, since then, it has largely disappeared from view – displaced, no doubt, by certain much, much larger other South American titanosaurs. Of course, I’ve said all this before, not to mention hosted an art competition based around a terrible pun, but it remains as true today as it was 11 years ago. Alas, poor Salty. At least we still have all that media from back in the day, like this 1992 entry in the Dinosaur book series from The Child’s Worl ..read more
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Podcast Show Notes: Episode 33 – Inside Dinosaurs and Return to Crystal Palace
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
by Gemma Hazeborg
3M ago
Happy Easter! Lots of cool stuff on episode 33 of the Chasmosaurs podcast. Natee can finally show some exciting stuff they’ve been working on, for a museum in Switzerland no less! Meanwhile, Marc scares all the kids away imitating a posh dinosaur from the Isle of Wight. For our Vintage Dinosaur Art, the crew takes a peek Inside Dinosaurs with a very unusual book about dinosaur anatomy, and Gemma realizes a long held wish as Ellinor Michel and Bob Nicholls come onto the show to talk about an extrordinary project involving a recreation of one of the long lost creatures of Crystal Palace. What is ..read more
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