180 Million Years in the Making

…Well, it seems that long. Lovely Nghiem from Templar Publishing came down at the weekend with a box of Dinosaurologies, fresh from the printers.

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I did the cover way back in February 2012, and completed the 14 colour interior pictures last summer.

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As usual, this ‘Ology is packed full of secret flaps, maps, things to pull out and generally rummage around in. It’s crammed full of illustrations – other artists who worked on the book are Gary Blythe, Douglas Carrel, Helen Ward and Nikki Palin.

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As is traditional, there are a few things I would have preferred to have painted better, but I like the overall feel of the book. Unlike some of my previous Ology’s, I went for a more muted, watercolour look that I feel sits nicely with the ‘explorer’s journal’ atmosphere. This was achieved mostly in a program called Painter. It probably took the same amount of time to paint digitally as it would have using real paints, but there were a lot of changes made along the way (due to story developments and layout alterations) which would have been very difficult to do on traditional artwork.

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Dinosaurology (being an account of Percy Fawcett’s expedition into the unknown) will be available in September.

 

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