Riding Through the Jungle

Riding Through the Jungle

I’m having more fun with my theme of girls with their tame dinosaurs. This one’s riding her Triceratops through the jungles of her domain, armed with her spear (in addition to her steed’s three horns, of course).

Retro Tyrannosaurus

Retro Tyrannosaurus rex

This is a retro-style Tyrannosaurus rex that I drew while watching the old King Kong movie on a lazy afternoon. To be honest, the dinosaurs in the original Kong impress me far more than the titular gorilla, whom I think looks goofy and cartoonish for the comparison. Of course, the Kong inspiration is also why I added a ruined statue to the scene. I rather like the fantasy juxtaposition of prehistoric life with ancient ruins.

Daspletosaurus Portrait

Daspletosaurus Portrait

This is a quick portrait of a Daspletosaurus torosus that I did while listening to a series of Youtube interviews with paleontologist Thomas Carr (who specializes in tyrannosaurids). Daspletosaurus, which lived between 77 and 74 million years ago in North America, may have been the ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex as well as the Asian Tarbosaurus bataar. The two species recognized within the Daspletosaurus genus are D. torosus and the later, more recently described D. horneri.

Jurassic Nail Polish

Jurassic Nail Polish

I wanted to make some fan art for the Jurassic Park franchise, but with a naturalistic tone like you would see in more serious paleo art. So here’s Blue the raptor (from Jurassic World) giving her talons a little cleaning with her tongue. Even movie monsters must have their mundane moments, after all.

Warning Mode

Warning from Stegosaurus

The plates on this Stegosaurus ungulatus blaze bright right to reflect its aggravated, defensive mood. I personally like to imagine that Stegosaurus and its cousins could change the color of their plates much as chameleons change their hide color today (it’s an idea that evolved from the portrayal of Stegosaurus turning its plates red as a warning display in the old BBC documentary Walking with Dinosaurs).

Reaction to Footage from Jurassic World: Evolution

Jurassic World: Evolution was announced a few months back this year, but at first all we got to see was a trailer. Today, what appears to be footage recorded from the game itself has finally arrived, and it is every bit as magnificent as you would expect.

Essentially, Jurassic World: Evolution is a game where you run your own zoo of cloned dinosaurs, complete with the Jurassic World license. You could consider it a late 2010’s update of Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, much as Jurassic World itself was Masrani Global’s working update of John Hammond’s vision. That by itself would be appetizing enough, but since the developers are the same people who gave us Planet Coaster, it’s even better to know the project is in qualified hands.

That said, I do hope the roster of cloneable dinosaur species in the final game is more extensive than what we see in this footage. Right now, all we can see here are the most iconic dinosaurs of the first two films in the JP series: Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Brachiosaurus, and Velociraptor. Strangely, the Mosasaurus that was one of Jurassic World’s unique new attractions doesn’t seem to have made the cut yet. While a larger selection of dinosaur species is what I expect once the game hits the market, I had hoped to see more than just the most familiar ones in this early footage. I guess we’ll have to wait for more footage as the game gets finished.



Kentrosaurus aethiopicus was a cousin of the Stegosaurus which lived in Africa during the late Jurassic period, around 155-150 million years ago. It stood out from its North American cousin by having narrower plates, a greater number of spikes on its tail, and then a pair of large spikes sticking out of its shoulder. It was also a lot smaller, weighing little more than a single ton (whereas Stegosaurus could grow between five and seven tons).