Bringing to life the distant past requires a unique artistic skill that blends imagination and paleontology — the study of prehistoric animals. Steve White edits the collection. From the offset this book declares itself as an art book first and science second. Every page has beautifully reproduced images—some fully rendered masterpieces, others just a sketch or an idea. If, like me, you are a newcomer to the paleoart world, you may not be familiar with most of the illustrators in the book, but I assure you would recognise their work.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 07, Mansour Sadhan rated it it was amazing.
I totally loved this book. Its two books in one, a dinosaur book and an art book. The book is composed of interviews of some of the best paleoartists of today, discussing their method of work and other issues connected to palaeontology. This is accompanied by a showcase of their art. And for each artist, there is scientific information about a selected dinosaur species and illustrations of that particular dinosaur by the artist.
There are ten artists entailed in this volume, so consequentially t I totally loved this book. There are ten artists entailed in this volume, so consequentially there are scientific facts for ten species of dinosaur. The size of the book 31x28cm insures that these great works of art are properly displayed. There is even spreads for some great prehistoric panoramic scenes! My only criticism here is that the author left some other great paleoartists like James Gurney i am referring to his scientific paleoart, not his Dinotopia art and Davide Bonadonna.
And also some of the artworks are cropped example: "iguanodon waterhole" by John Sibbick. Anyway, This book is lots of enjoyment. Aug 21, Paul rated it it was amazing. The collection includes paintings, computer art, and black and white sketches of an assortment of extinct animals known only from fossils: marine life, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, reptiles, mammals and insects. Dinosaurs are now considered by many paleontologists to be warm blooded animals, which altered the perception of them from lumbering overblown reptiles, to agile creatures, often swift, the precursors to modern birds.
Hard to believe the same collection of old bones inspired both renditions. His writing style is crisp and lively, chock full of tantalizing anecdotes and fascinating tidbits. The artwork is remarkably varied, including animal studies, breath-taking landscapes showing a day in the life, watering hole scenes, predators on the hunt, several remarkable interpretations of select moments before the K2 impact that ended the dominance of these creatures, and a pair of stunning mega-croc hunting Albertosaurus scenes, one of which appears on the cover of the book.
Some of the dinosaurs will be familiar to most, while others only to those with a more in-depth interest; some might just be new to everyone. Likewise some of the illustrations themselves might be familiar, having appeared in periodicals or as murals in museums, but all are rendered with loving care. This book is appropriate for everyone, especially anyone with an interest in extinct life forms—and given the rate at which we are turning this planet into a hazardous waste dump, that may soon include most of the life forms we know first hand, including humans.
Jan 30, Dave Sippel rated it it was amazing. My inner child loved this book. I was obsessed with dinos as a kid but was well aware that what my books told me was only a guess of what they were really like. It made me crazy that we knew so much about them, yet so little about what they really looked like and how they acted. So close and yet so far away. I wondered if we would EVER really know what they looked like and it made me crazy that no one had an answer.
I bought this book a month ago on Amazon because I had enough points to get it fo My inner child loved this book. I bought this book a month ago on Amazon because I had enough points to get it for free. Even better, page 15 gave my 8 year old self the answer that I always wanted: very highly preserved cells of Archiornis huxleyi allowed scientists to discern the colors of the animal's feathers. While the rest of the art in the book makes no such guarantees about the "extreme accuracy" of the dinos looks, it is reasonable to assume that they are much more accurate than the images in the books I read 25 years ago.
It is somewhat frustrating that the text focuses on the artists that created the works of art and not on the latest research but it is easily forgivable. Maybe I'll pay attention to the text someday but for now the pictures are just too incredible to not look at. Sep 20, Kam Yung Soh rated it it was amazing Shelves: reference , nature , science. An impressive book filled with wonderful images of dinosaurs, water and flying reptiles and ancient mammals.
What more would a dinosaur mad fan want? In interviews with some of the current leading paleoartists, you get a idea of what makes them want to paint and draw pictures and scenes of long extinct beasts; their passion for detail and accuracy good enough for some of them to be able to submit their own scientific papers and their collaboration with museums and scientists to generate accurat An impressive book filled with wonderful images of dinosaurs, water and flying reptiles and ancient mammals.
In interviews with some of the current leading paleoartists, you get a idea of what makes them want to paint and draw pictures and scenes of long extinct beasts; their passion for detail and accuracy good enough for some of them to be able to submit their own scientific papers and their collaboration with museums and scientists to generate accurate, yet artistic, pieces.
You will probably discover a few new dinosaurs and many varied interpretations of the same dinosaur including, of course, T-Rex , showing that there are many ways to imagine how they might have looked and moved, yet based on a common body of knowledge found by scientists. There are a few errors in the book mis-named dinosaurs or mixed up references but a careful reading of the captions for the images should tell you when this happens.
And they do not detract from the incredible images to be found in the book as well as the fascinating interview with the featured artists. Dec 14, Davis rated it it was amazing.
Absolutely gorgeous artwork of dinosaurs. These are apparently the best in the industry and it shows. While I didn't love every artist's style, my favorite's were the realistic artists like Doug Henderson or Raul Martin over the heavy use of digital artwork.
I'm not even an artist and it inspired me to draw my own versions of dinosaurs. The interviews with the artists were just as interesting as the pictures, because they show the process and mindset behind the scenes.
Illustrating dinosaurs isn Absolutely gorgeous artwork of dinosaurs. Illustrating dinosaurs isn't just a creative exercise; every artist said they dabble in science as well, and vice versa. Since dinosaur art is what most of the public thinks of when they picture extinct animals, the art has to be as scientifically accurate as possible, or what's the point?
But of course, since they don't exist, filling in the sometimes large gaps in scientific evidence takes a creative and outside-the-box way of thinking. This book cultivated a great respect for these artists and the balance in art and science they achieve. Jul 17, Kelley Cortright rated it really liked it Shelves: nerdtastic , non-fiction , hands-on-art , science. I realize this is more of a coffee table book, but I read it from start to finish due to my interest in the subject matter.
The artwork was great, and, as a hobby artist and lover of dinosaurs, the interviews were very interesting. My only complaint is that many of the interviews were similar: every artist had drawn since childhood, had always been interested in dinos, worked hard to get where they are, work with scientists to get all the details right, etc.
I felt like after the first few inter I realize this is more of a coffee table book, but I read it from start to finish due to my interest in the subject matter.
I felt like after the first few interviews, there wasn't a lot of new information coming in. But there was a good variety of dino and other creature art featured, which managed to keep things fresh. Jul 16, Sparrow rated it liked it Shelves: art , dinosaurs. Raul Martin's work blows everyone else's stuff out of the water. How I'd love to have some of his work on my wall. I wasn't a huge fan of the digital art, otherwise. But the sketches were beautiful, followed by the pastel pieces.
It was fun reading what inspired these artists, though I was a bit bored with the technical stuff. I loved reading the different positions on the Dinosaur Renaissance especially.
Art books probably aren't my thing, but I enjoyed it in the end. Jan 22, Leonard rated it it was amazing. This is a collection of very impressive images of dinosaurs.
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It seems like every kid goes through a dinosaur phase and there's good reason. Dinosaurs are amazing creatures made almost mythic because we can't see them for real. This makes them the perfect creatures for a child's fertile imagination. Dinosaur Art: The World's Greatest Paleoart will appeal to these kids with beautiful illustrations that are equalling engaging for older kids or adults.