Continuing the feather theme, today I'm posting a four-view impression of Caudipteryx zouidrawn soon after the beast was first announced in 1997. I'm particularly keen on this method, familiar to anyone interested in aviation, as it forces one to closely examine the proportions of a subject from every point of view, as good, possibly better, than holding a 3D model in your hand. There's probably too much Cassowary reference in this - the body is actually covered in short down - and the head is probably a tad too long. It will be interesting to see what colour it would have been once the melanosomes in it's feathers are investigated. The second drawing was the preparitory pic for a life restoration - which of course hasn't (yet) happened.
Today a paper has been published by messrs. Benton, Johnson, Kearns, Orr, Wang, Xu, Zhang and Zhou ( go tohttp://palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk/melanosomes ) on the presence and effect of melanosomes in fossilized feather structures of theropod dinoaurs and birds from China's Jehol deposits. A drawing was required to illustrate the article and this is what we came up with, Sinosauropteryx in the colours it probably wore in life
James (Jim) Robins, illustrator. Graduated Brighton College of Art 1971, has worked in most areas of publishing in a broad range of subject areas and using many and varied techniques, for more of which go to his website at www.jr-illustration.co.uk.
This blog is intended as an archive and showcase of my natural history and palaeontological work. Samples here cover nigh on forty years, and therefore reflect the ongoing theories of tetrapod evolution over that time, so there will be no apologies for positions of necks, tails and hands, possession of feathers - or not - which may not concur with current ideas. Due to copyright limitations there are many omissions, old drawings often pop up - usually uncredited - in clipart and museum archives. Others, after just a single airing have disappeared into the back of a filing cabinet, never to see the light of day again. Everything shown here is under my copyright, please treat this with respect.
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