As kids growing up, didn’t we all love dinosaurs? We learned about dinosaurs in school and at the museums. For me I think it was the Transformers’ Dinobots and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park that really got me into dinosaurs.
Dinosaur art is not just for kids as I learned from Titan Books latest release: Dinosaur Art – The World’s Greatest Paleoart. I always thought art & science were from separate worlds, but they are interwoven here with one another. Paleoartists take fossils from extinct species and bring them back to life in the form of drawings, paintings, and digital mediums like CGI and Photoshop.
This hardcover bound book edited by Steve White compiles interviews of the top 10 paleoartists in the world, which include Julius Csotonyi, Gregory S. Paul, Mauricio Antón, Douglas Henderson, Todd Marshall, John Sibbick, Luis Rey, John Conway, Robert Nicholls, and Raúl Martín. The interviews with these artists talk about how they started in this profession, their approaches to interpreting fossils and extinct species, the pros and cons of the digital medium, and many other insights on paleontology. The book has over 180 pages of beautifully curated dinosaur art.
The book is also great reference material for fans of dinosaurs with explanations and histories of different extinct genus classes, say for instance, the Aerosteon, Brachylophosaurus, Coelophysis, and much more. Don’t look at this book as just another coffee table book but, instead, a dinosaur-sized tour de force of the art & science behind paleoartistry.
Hardcover Collected: Dinosaur Art – The World’s Greatest Paleoart
Edited by: Steve White
Publisher: Titan Books
Available: September 4, 2012