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Lecture doodles of mostly artiodactyls by Eurwentala
Lecture doodles of mostly artiodactyls
Lecture sketches from this weekend. Somehow creatures always start filling my notebook pages when I'm attending lectures. I suppose studying is doubly good thing for me: I learn new things (this time, about combining fact and fiction in different sorts of literature) and get nice drawing practise.

Artiodactyl heads and headgears, from muntjacs to gerenuks. And a tiny stripe-backed bittern on the lower corner. Drawn with sepia marker on a sketchbook page.
Dinosaurus by Eurwentala
Lately, I have either been far too busy with work to draw, or suffered an artist's block, but here's at least a little sketch of something.

While there isn't a prehistoric animal with the genus name Dinosaurus, there used to be one in the 19th century. Dinosaurus murchisoni, pictured here, was of course not a dinosaur, but a long-fanged dinocephalian. It's a Permian animal actually more closely related to us mammals than, you know, actual dinosaurs.

Dinosaurus has since been sunk into Brithopus so sadly, this hilariously illogical genus no longer exists.

This is a highly speculative reconstruction with plenty of derived mammal-like characteristics, such as full coat of fur and vibrissae. While fur is probably a fair bit older than mammals, and at least some synapsids probably were endothermic back in the Permian, dinocephalians are a fairly primitive offshoot among them. So, take this reconstruction with a fair grain of salt.
I spent Christmas in Madeira, and saw many interesting species of cycads, conifers and tree ferns I had previously only seen in photographs, or at best as unflattering indoor specimens. Seeing them growing outside as they're supposed to gave me a ton of ideas and some photographs that could also inspire others. So the fifth part of my blog's paleobotany articles is about these. Hope you like it!

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  • Mood: Optimism


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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Helixdude Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your birthday's coming up, what do want as a present?
ElisetheEvil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015   General Artist
Beautiful art!
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your gallery, so amazing! You're really talented!
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Nice to hear that. Thanks for the watch. :)
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No probs, love your works!
acepredator Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2014
Re: the one comment that I didn't answer.

I'm more of a mammal hater than reptile fanboy (which is strange, because than I should hate myself), and considering the cr*p that I have seen them put up I do think it's time someone did the opposite thing. 
Personinator Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely gallery, I'm digging your scientific illustrations.
chinseiju Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are very beautiful animal artworks.
SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist
Wau en oo koskaa ennen tajunnu että oot suomalainen o.o
...tai sit mul on vaa huono muisti
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Kas, se olet sinä. :)
Katseltiin joskus Dinomaniacin kanssa, että täällähän on uusi suomalainen paleotaiteilija.
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