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About Professional Artist Maija KaralaFemale/Finland Groups :iconprehistory-alive: Prehistory-Alive
Bringing prehistory back to life
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Wild Turkey
The turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is a remarkable species of volant theropod dinosaur. No, seriously. Just look at it.

I have always had a soft spot for turkeys. While I have only had the priviledge to meet them in person a few times, they have always struck me as birds full of personality. Even during busy and noisy indoor farm animal exhibitions, they are fearless and curious, coming to look and touch people who make contact with them. If I ever have a farmhouse, it'll have turkeys.

Drawn and coloured after this photograph I stumbled upon in Google:… The beautiful original is also available as a shirt and other cool things!

Black marker and ballpoint pen on sketchbook. Coloured with Photoshop.
Resplendent Quetzal
A Christmas present for a friend: a male resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) in his natural environment.

Besides being such a beautiful species, the resplendent quetzal also lives in ridiculously beautiful settings in montane cloud forests from Mexico to Panama. No wonder is has an important role in local mythologies. It was, for example, believed the bird would always die if kept captive, and it is thus a symbol of freedom. Today, there is a captive breeding program for the species, but admittedly it has not been easy to make them thrive.

Black markers and Photoshop.
On the Move
A herd of subadult Diplodocus are passing through a forest overgrown with Lygodium-like climbing ferns. A small crurotarsan keeps a close eye on them. The sauropods might flush out hidden prey, better not get accidentally stepped on!

It's Finnish Independence Day today, and because it would be a bit odd to work today, I made some paleoart instead. It's somewhat inspired by my two-year-old blog post about atypical ferns and their use in paleoart:…
Winter Birds
Second part of the Finnish winter animal illustrations, commissioned by The Finnish Nature League for a website.

The species are northen hawk-owl, common goldeneye, bohemian waxwing, and white-throated dipper.
My next Botany for paleoartists post is finally here. I had to sit on it for a month, because the illustration had to be first published by the newspaper that ordered it.

Here it is, however: the plants and climate of Northern Alaska during the latest Cretaceous. This was the time of Ugrunaaluk, Nanuqsaurus and a number of other Arctic dinosaurs, and it looked surprisingly much like modern taiga.

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Maija Karala
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A biology jack of all trades. I illustrate, blog, write and teach.


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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I found your blog a few weeks ago and I've really been enjoying it. I especially like your articles about Mesozoic plants. The fern one was especially enlightening. I've often wondered about how I could show more plant diversity in my paleoart while still being reasonably true to life.
Eurwentala Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional
Thanks! Always nice to hear people finding my stuff useful. :) I'm sure you'll put the information to good use. I really like how colourful your paleoart is!
alvringer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just read your piece about dog domestication and breeding on your blog and I found it really interesting, especially the parts about the pale colours being linked to tame characteristics, I knew that happened but I never knew why before! I hadn't heard about the pigment migration before now. Your blog looks fascinating! Also you read Durrell and collect animal artifacts, which are some of my favorite things too :D
Inmyarmsinmyarms Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Just out of curiousity do you have a table of commission prices?
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Professional
Thanks for asking! Not yet, but lately I have been getting a surprising amount of requests and questions about commissions. It seems I need to make such a price table soon.
Lethal-Woman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
Hello Maija I want to personally thank you for accepting my invitation to join my group I am happy to have you as a member and hope that you will enjoy being a part of this group welcome

Valia2305 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional Artist
Hey, i just wanted to say that i LOVE your paleoart!!!
Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016
Is that a Potoo Bird in your avatar?
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Professional
No, it's actually an anurognathid pterosaur reconstructed after a potoo. :)
Inmyarmsinmyarms Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
Do you do commissions?
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