Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Sepia ink and gouache on recycled paper, 229 x 193mm.
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This illustration was commissioned by the Science Faculty of the University of Alberta for their holiday card this year. It revisits an older Holiday Hadrosaur theme of mine, only with an Edmontosaurus rather than a Parasaurolophus this time, for obvious reasons. A Pachyrhinosaurus and a pair of Troodon round off the sympatric saurian cast. If you are familiar with my work, you may also recognise the recurring turbaned figure in one of the handlers.

In the wake of completing this illustration, the discovery that Edmontosaurus actually had a rooster-like fleshy comb (old news to every Chasmosaurs reader by now, I'm sure) was finally published. You may imagine how I felt. And there was poor Victoria Arbour, co-author of the paper and the very person instrumental in securing me this commission, unable to breathe a word of it to me whilst I was working on the drawing. I have expediently decided that my Edmontosaurus here is female (her name is Cybele). I can stick with that for now.

Happy holidays!


  1. I've taken some liking to seeing Pachyrhinosaurus with a mammoth-like fur, but this is nice as well. Thanks for the link about the Edmonto's comb, that was new to me and is really interesting.
    Merry Christmas, then!

    1. Thank you, Thomas. I couldn't possibly match Mark Witton's fuzzy Pachyrhinosaurus, so I oughtn't even to try. ;)

  2. Beautiful piece. I keep expecting you to plateau, or maybe "phone" one of these in, but instead you always manage to find a new level, damn it.

    1. Thank you so much, Paul. I'm going to be accused of obsequiousness, but whatever (it's the holidays, dammit): there are those whose good opinion sets other ills to rights for me, and you are one of them.

  3. The Wisemen arrive to Cretaceous...


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