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January 23, 2013

The Bite Stuff

Check this out! On the heels of their book, All Yesterdays, John Conway and Memo Koseman are hosting a contest for illustration much in the spirit of that book. (Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs is also hosting a contest, one in which style matters, less photorealism, more impressionistic — or whatever.) The premises follow that the convention of art has constrained us in the past, but we’ve not drawn enough inspiration from Nature to capture the possible range of appearance of far-extinct animals. Chief among these criticisms have been issues relating to the “skin-wrapping” of animals, or of fantasizing the behavior of predatory theropods and herbivorous ornithischians/sauropods and “dominant” and “submissive” roles in ecology: Ornithischians and sauropods are but food for the theropods.

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