Another problem facing artists on a deadline is that they can be rushed. Take a close look at this dinosaur art. It struck me as a little odd at first glance. The lighting on the dinosaur was nice, but there was something wrong. On closer look I realized that Gascó had created, textured, and lit a 3D model of the dinosaurs and then plopped a rendering of them onto a photo. That’s why it seemed a little strange. It is very difficult to make a combination of a 3D model rendering and a background work, even though Hollywood does it all the time. But they have zillion dollar budgets.Science Visualization's Christopher Sloan, the probable author of the post, is the chairperson of the Lanzendorf Prize, the annual award given to exceptional paleoart at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting. So his constructive criticism holds a lot of weight. He also brings up the issue of financial considerations for paleoartists, and bemoans the poor job the media does in properly crediting the art that accompanies their news stories. "The worst example," he writes, "is AP, which adds themselves to the credit! For what?!" It's a bizarre lapse, as after all, news outlets probably wouldn't care to run these stories if they hadn't seen the artwork in the first place.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Science Visualization on Brontomerus
Ferdinand Gascó's sensational Brontomerus is the subject of a new blog post written by the folks at the Science in the Media blog of Science Visualization, LLC.