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About Professional Artist Maija KaralaFemale/Finland Groups :iconprehistory-alive: Prehistory-Alive
Bringing prehistory back to life
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On the Move by Eurwentala
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 by Eurwentala
Winter Birds
Second part of the Finnish winter animal illustrations, commissioned by The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation for a website.

The species are northen hawk-owl, common goldeneye, bohemian waxwing, and white-throated dipper.
Winter Mammals by Eurwentala
Winter Mammals
Finnish mammals in their winter furs and enviromnents. These were commissioned to illustrate a website about Finnish winter nature, by The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and other organizations.

I had a lot of fun with these ones. The species are, from top to bottom and left to right: red fox, least weasel, mountain hare, European hare, red squirrel and yellow-necked mouse.
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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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.
Dark-Erotic-Weapons 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 Digital 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?
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Professional
Sometimes, yes. Did you have something specific in mind? :)
Inmyarmsinmyarms Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
Lithornithids. Or Proapteryx.
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