Behold, the Cryolophosaurus! Denizen of the primæval Antarctic forests, it was the mighty rival of the Glacialisaurus.
I mean… I painted this sketch of a Cryolophosaurus ellioti based on my skeletal reconstruction. I'm gradually working my way back into palæo-life restoration and I aim to use a more palæontographic method eventually. I don't consider this to be much since I didn't really put any thought into the composition, it's more a study than anything else. I'm sure there are a lot of technical details like lighting that might be off.
This is an animal whose fossils I have had the chance to take a close look at in person and I've been working on a few illustration projects for one of the scientists studying it.
I used a combination of watercolour and gouache for this painting (I really don't see why both media can't be used together, many early watercolourists did so, before anybody decided to come up with 'rules' for the art, e.g. only transparent, never use black, no white). My palette was very earth-heavy and centred around Payne's grey, yellow ochre, raw sienna, English/light red, raw and burnt umber, white, and neutral tint. For some of the atmospheric effects and landscape I used burnt sienna and tiny bits of cerulean blue and viridian, for spots of vegetation I used a pre-mixed Hooker's green that I made from Prussian blue and nickel azomethine yellow. The signature used cadmium scarlet. I think artists today, especially those who restore prehistoric animals have gone too far in using extremely high-saturated primaries, the result is a synthetic look to their paintings.