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Tree Creature by Eurwentala
Tree Creature
Megalancosaurus preonensis, a small drepanosaurid from the Late Triassic of Italy. Drepanosaurids are a group of Triassic oddballs that look somewhat like stretched chameleons with a bird's head, and a leaf for a tail often tipped with a curved claw.

For some reason, drepanosaurids are among my favourite things to draw. So here's one, again.
Ancient Ruminants by Eurwentala
Ancient Ruminants
I have finally had the time to draw a few non-work things, though nothing very demanding. There's a bunch of quick sketches of prehistoric deer-like animals, mostly palaeomerycids, but at least Prolibytherium is apparently more likely placed in Climacoceratidae.

Black ballpoint pen on a sketchbook page. In case you can't read the labels, they are (left to right, top to bottom) Synthetoceras, Xenokeryx, Cranioceras, Prolibytherium, Palaeomeryx, Lagomeryx, Ampelomeryx.
Horned Face by Eurwentala
Horned Face
I have been insanely busy with illustration work lately, so I haven't really had the time or energy to draw anything else. But here's something I made earlier: a little reconstruction of a male Protoceras celer.

Artiodactyls have a colourful evolutionary history to say the least, with saberteeth, ossicones, horns and antlers present in various forms, sizes and combinations. This guy, a primitive protoceratid from North America, had two pairs of giraffe-like ossicones and saberteeth. Because why not.
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
Favourite style of art: Realism or stylized realism
Shell of choice: Ammonite shell
Skin of choice: Feathered dinosaur skin

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KEI2015 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Can you illustrate Story Boards? if so please email me at 
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 @
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