Last of the Plesiosaurus

Design by igo2cairo

Last of the Plesiosaurus by igo2cairo on Threadless
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igo2cairo
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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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yetitutu

love your work~~!!

bcrider

Holy detail, man. Looks great!!!

$5

Bio-bot 9000
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oh yes yes yes yes YES!!!!

herky
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Fantastic! Looks great on silver! $5

ndikol
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cooool!

celandinestern
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absolutely beautiful, delicate, poignant and original.

Ma Bell

Awesome! 5$

B 7
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$5$

Mrcoffeebean

Yeah, Classic and worthy!

ran1984

Coool!

ben chen
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great

7Starrchasers

PRINT!!!!!!!! :D ur so awesome

JadenKale

This will be mine, oh yes... it WILL be mine. $$5

phones

this ticks all my boxes $5

great job on capturing the feel of those vintage photos and images

mcmarcg

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.

GRANDR
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Great work!5$

Resistance
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yes yes yes yes yes

5$$$$$$$$$

soloyo
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Lovely!

myteemo
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Love the mood in this one with the colors and theme. I knew you could pull it off! $5

makatha

awsome, print $5

FRICKINAWESOME
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Wonderful, magical scene...like something you almost feel could have happened somewhere between the old world and a dream. Way to channel that energy.

EN AJUSTES

He's gonna eat them! Nothing but $5

germstodd
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This mash-up is near perfection. I adore all of your beautiful illustrations.

Starrfold
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Oh, yes, plesiosaurus! Spectacular work here, and awesome awesome style. $$5

NGee
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Sir, I have done you a disservice by not voting and commenting until now. I assure you this is a splendid design.

stucco

cool!

Dirmface
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All the 5's

dschwen
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Great work man! $5

Miss Monica

Beautiful design, wonderfully done! $$5!

LuisaPizza

You captured the mood and style perfectly :)

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