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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.
Yixian Fish by Eurwentala
Yixian Fish
Tiny fish of the genus Lycoptera, sparring over territory among submerged Archaefructus leaves.

There are practically no life reconstructions of this animal, so I ended up making a quick piece of my own. Lycoptera is by far the most common fossil animal in the Yixian Formation. There are literally thousands and thousands of them. It's a relative of modern osteoglossiforms: arovanas, African knifefish, elephantnose fishes and mooneyes.

I noticed some fossil specimens have a disproportionately long caudal fin. In some modern species of small fish (such as Rasbora trilineata) this sort of long fins are patterned and act both as signals to keep a school together in murky water, and as ornaments. In many species of small fish, the schools or shoals break up during spawning season, and individual males form tiny spawning territories among aquatic plants. They then spar with each other, circling and showing off their colours to attract females.

I thought it would not be unreasonable to reconstruct similar behaviour for Lycoptera, as it seems to be ecologically similar, even though it's not closely related to modern cyprinids or characiforms.
Biological Organization by Eurwentala
Biological Organization
Biological organization on Earth, from atoms to biosphere.

This was a sample artwork I made for a potential employer. I suspect it's cursed: I was almost ready with it, when my computer crashed and the file got corrupted. While I usually make backup copies, this time I had forgotten it. So I had to start all over from the scanned linework. It was the most frustrating thing I've done since my Master's thesis.
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:…
  • 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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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?
ElisetheEvil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015   Traditional 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. :)
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