Welcome back, everybody! Where last we left off, I'd done a brief, illustrated survey of some notable Alabama Cretaceous marine fauna. Here, we turn out attention to some of the archosaurs that would have lived in the parts of the state not covered in seawater.
I speak, of course, of dinosaurs. Mostly.
|Nodosaurid © Asher Elbein|
I'm somewhat taken with the idea of nodosaurs dozing in mudpits, small feathered dinosaurs perching on their spikes. It might be worth illustrating at some point.
|Lophorhothon © Asher Elbein|
|Dromaeosaurid © Asher Elbein|
I took this illustration as a chance to play around with some different ways to render feathers (I'm particularly proud of the neck region.) The patterns are based--extremely loosely--on the Caracara, a modern raptor that spends a fair amount of time on the ground.
|Appalachiosaurus © Asher Elbein|
Of all of the reconstructions, this is the one I suspect is going to be rendered invalid by later publications, but one of the nice things about paleontological art is that it affords you the opportunity to make guesses that may or may not be correct.
|Pteranodon © Asher Elbein|
And that's it, folks! This artistic summary of Alabama's Cretaceous life now draws to a close. If you liked the art, feel free to head over to ashere.deviantart.com, for all your folkloric and dinosaurian needs.
Tune in next time for more comic book dinosaurs and a dissection of why, exactly, The Valley of Gwangi is so great.