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Last of the Plesiosaurus
For this design I used a mash-up of two old illustrations from the 1800's as reference. An image from LIFE magazine (exact date and artist unknown) and an engraving from Louis Figurier's "The World Before the Deluge" (1865). If you're curious to see the original reference material please visit my blog on the subject.
I love the old style of these illustrations and tried to retain the mood of the originals. As usual I used micron pens and graphite and coloured it in photoshop but went for a soft, painterly look to give it more of a vintage feel. I illustrated the waves and background clouds in a different style and then added elements like the harpooner, palm tree and tall ship.
As far as the concept goes I wanted to make a statement about our unfortunate habit of hunting wonderful, rare creatures to extinction, while visualizing it in an absurd and unlikely context. I hope my design is good enough that it honours the original sources while also offering something new of it's own.
Sim process on silver or sage stone.
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love your work~~!!
Holy detail, man. Looks great!!!
oh yes yes yes yes YES!!!!
Fantastic! Looks great on silver! $5
Wow! That's Sick! 5$!
absolutely beautiful, delicate, poignant and original.
Yeah, Classic and worthy!
PRINT!!!!!!!! :D ur so awesome
This will be mine, oh yes... it WILL be mine. $$5
this ticks all my boxes $5
great job on capturing the feel of those vintage photos and images
Is this a secret weird Mormon thing? You know, dinosaurs and man being around at the same time?! Cuz they weren't...but I know, it's just fantasy and you did it super freaking well.
yes yes yes yes yes
Awesome mash-up. It looks believable and awesome on the shirt.
Very cool Terry!
Love the mood in this one with the colors and theme. I knew you could pull it off! $5
great art print
Thanks everyone for your awesome comments! :)
awsome, print $5
Wonderful, magical scene...like something you almost feel could have happened somewhere between the old world and a dream. Way to channel that energy.
He's gonna eat them! Nothing but $5
This mash-up is near perfection. I adore all of your beautiful illustrations.
Oh, yes, plesiosaurus! Spectacular work here, and awesome awesome style. $$5
Sir, I have done you a disservice by not voting and commenting until now. I assure you this is a splendid design.
All the 5's
Great work man! $5
Beautiful design, wonderfully done! $$5!
You captured the mood and style perfectly :)