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Spring Snow by Eurwentala
Spring Snow
I apparently have a thing about Arctic dinosaurs looking annoyed. This is the unnamed Alaskan ornithomimosaur found from the Prince Creek Formation. It's only known from some bone fragments, but it probably was a bit larger than an ostrich.

It's spring (March or April) and the male is already brooding a nestful of eggs. A late blizzard blanketed the landscape with wet, heavy snow. Now it's slowly melting and falling from the trees in big, wet chunks.

A quick digital painting practise, Photoshop.
Wet Snow by Eurwentala
Wet Snow
I have been drawing a lot of work-related stuff lately (and generally working too much), so today I decided I need to take a break and draw something fun. So here's the tiny Alaskan tyrannosaur Nanuqsaurus, not looking particularly enthusiastic.

Cretaceous Alaska was situated even further north than it is now, but it was not as cold. Instead the winters were rainy, cloudy, damp and chilly - pretty much like the ones here in Helsinki, Finland. Though instead of a few hours of cloud-dampened sunlight a day, Alaskan dinosaurs got a six-month-long polar night. Can't say I envy them.

Black markers on a sketchbook page, and Photoshop.
Chimpanzee Sketches by Eurwentala
Chimpanzee Sketches
Marker sketches of common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).

Sometimes you need to learn new things really fast, and that's a good thing. I had pretty much never drawn an ape before, when the book publisher I work for suddenly asked one. This is one of the pages I filled when trying to learn how these oddly human creatures work.
After a huge delay (sorry!), I finally published the next part of by Botany for Paleoartists blog series. This time, I'm talking about an ancient pioneer plant community of temperate climates. In other words, the ecology of Ginkgo and the other species it occurred with.

There's also some comments on the appearance of truly old, nonmanaged trees and forests, which are exceedingly rare in the modern world.

You can read the whole post here:…
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Maija Karala
Favourite style of art: Realism or stylized realism
Shell of choice: Ammonite shell
Skin of choice: Feathered dinosaur skin

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Captain-Random Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Professional Writer
I just stumbled across your incredible art by accident, and I sure am glad I did! There are so many inspiring and intriguing pictures in your gallery :D Keep up the excellent work!
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Thank you for the kind words. :) It's always nice to hear people find my work interesting.
Captain-Random Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Professional Writer
You're welcome :) I'll be looking forward to seeing more of it!
Contrappasta Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork gives me a raging brainer...
I have to go read a book now.
Leogon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the Watch!I really appreciate that:-)
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Siellähän sitä näemmä käytiin Iltasanomien piikkiin elokuvissa :) Ei siinä, ihan hyvä yllätys että pääsitte kertoilemaan asioista niin kuin ne on. :thumbsup:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Joo, hauska elokuvareissu oli. Ja ilmainen. :) Ilmeisesti ihmisiä myös kiinnostaa, millaisia dinot oikeasti olivat, koska eilen juttu näytti olevan Ilta-Sanomien etusivulla ja 26. luetuin.
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Toivottavasti kiinnostaa. Joskus koetin saada pientä suomalaisten paleo-hahmojen get-togetheriä aikaan, muttei ottanut tulta alleen. Kaikki ovat kiireisiä ja osa nauttii enemmän Internetistä kuin ihmisistä(?) Olisko nyt ollut parempi ajankohta?
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Voi, olen kyllä mukana miitissä! Me kun ollaan nyt Dinomaniacin kanssa saman katon alla, niin tulee kaksi osallistujaa yhdellä kertaa. Laita vaikka sähköpostia, niin sovitaan tarkemmin. Etunimi piste sukunimi @
Helixdude Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your birthday's coming up, what do want as a present?
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