Blue

Blue

I did this quick portrait of Blue the Velociraptor from Jurassic World after watching that movie again, this time to prep for the upcoming Fallen Kingdom sequel. JW still scores a solid 8/10 in my book, even if it could never be as technologically groundbreaking as the original Jurassic Park. So far, Fallen Kingdom has been getting mixed reviews from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless.

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Chinese Warrior with Fire Lance

Chinese Warrior with Fire Lance

The weapon that this soldier from ancient China is holding is a fire lance, one of the earliest gunpowder weapons invented in recorded history. These were spear-like weapons with fireworks attached that would shoot out projectiles or poison when lit, and they would have been used in close-quarters combat due to their limited range. Nonetheless, Chinese fire lances would have represented one of the very first stages of the modern firearm’s evolution.

Allosaurus Attacks Stegosaurus

Allosaurus Attacks Stegosaurus

Out on the Late Jurassic savannas, an Allosaurus fragilis attacks a Stegosaurus ungulatus. If the allosaur is going to bring the seven-ton plant-eater down, it must confront its prey’s formidable tail spikes (collectively referred to as a thagomizer, after the late Thag Simmons).

In fact, we have fossil evidence from a wound marked on an allosaur’s pubic bone that such confrontations between the Allosaurus and Stegosaurus actually would have taken place. Apparently, a stegosaur’s tail spike had struck the allosaur in the crotch, leaving behind an injury that became infected and killed the predator.

Bathing Brontosaurus

Bathing Brontosaurus

It’s hot and humid as usual in the Late Jurassic, so this Brontosaurus excelsus is cooling off by taking a dip in the river and spraying some water from its mouth onto its back (much like an elephant might spray water from its trunk). Sauropod dinosaurs like the Brontosaurus would have walked on land most of the time, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have enjoyed wading through water every now and then.

Kentrosaurus

Kentrosaurus

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).

Kabanga the Watenga Princess

Kabanga the Watenga PrincessThis is a character concept I’ve drawn as part of an assignment for one of my game design classes. We’re learning storytelling for games this term, and for the current assignment we’re supposed to do concept art for one of the characters from our hypothetical games.

This character would be a warrior princess who has to unite the disparate chiefdoms of her jungle homeland against industrial-tech invaders, braving dinosaurs and numerous other perils along the way. Her game would probably be an open-world action RPG roughly similar to Skyrim or Far Cry: Primal.

Sue the T. rex

sue-the-t-rex

My portrait of the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen found thus far, the one called FMNH PR 2081 (better known as “Sue”). In life the dinosaur would have caught a bad case of Trichomonas gallinae, the scars of which remain on their skull. Not to mention numerous other injuries (e.g. broken ribs, a torn tendon on the right arm, and a damaged shoulder blade) and pathologies obtained from a violent predatory lifestyle. Sue would have been approximately 28 years old by the time of death, which is old as far as T. rex specimens go.