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.
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.
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.
This 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.