Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals pose vast problems for the artist. How do you go about recreating the anatomy and behavior of a creature we've never seen? How can we restore landscapes long lost to time? And where does the boundary between paleontology—the science of understanding fossils—and artistic license lie? In this outstanding book, Mark Witton shares his detailed paintings and great experience of drawing and painting extinct species. The approaches used in rendering these impressive creatures are discussed and demonstrate the problems, as well as the unexpected freedoms, that paleontological artists are faced with. The book showcases more than 90 scientifically credible paintings of some of the most spectacular animals in the Earth's history, as well as many less familiar species.
About the Author
Mark P. Witton is an author, paleontological artist, and researcher who has worked with major museums and universities around the world to understand and reconstruct extinct animals. He has acted as consultant to the Walking with Dinosaurs franchise and BBC's Planet Dinosaur. He is the author of Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy.
"Witton's new tribute to pterosaurs gives these fantastic fossil creatures a much-needed makeover in two crucial ways. Not only does the book bring the science of pterosaurs up to date . . . but Witton is a highly-skilled and imaginative artist who ably reconstructs the bones of the animals and brings them back to life in startling poses." —National Geographic.com on Pterosaurs
"The joy of Pterosaurs is how it brings long extinct animals to life." —New Scientist on Pterosaurs
"This really is the ultimate guide to pterosaurs, providing us with a richer view of pterosaur diversity and behaviour . . . and containing a substantial amount of review and analysis of pterosaur ecology and functional morphology." —Scientific American on Pterosaurs