Monday, March 21, 2011

Evan Boucher's Thoracosaurus

My name is Evan Boucher, and I am a CG character/creature artist from Pennsylvania, PA with a major passion for zoology/paleontology. I have been following ART Evolved for quite some time now, as I've been venturing into Paleoart. I learned a great deal about Paleoart, and it's place in our culture through this blog, and wanted to share some recent work. I recently completed my MS in Digital Media at Drexel University; my thesis being a paleoart reconstruction and restoration of an extinct crocodylian, Thoracosaurus neocesariensis.

The project involved digital scanning of fossils, reconstructing the rest of the skeleton based on the literature/modern analog, restoring the musculature based on modern analogue, and then finally restoring the skin. The goal of the project was then to be an animation showcasing a proposed slice of life for the animal, while also showcasing the science that went into it. The project was also mentored by both artists and paleontologists. If you are interested, please feel free to check it out. The final animation and accompanying thesis document can be found here:


http://thoracosaurus.blogspot.com/2010/10/final-animation.html



And if interested in my other work, the rest of my portfolio is here:

http://www.evanboucher.com/

2 comments:

Stu Pond said...

This is brilliant, a textbook restoration using the latest technology. I love the scanned fossils in 3D, and the animation was excellent. Congratulations!

davidmaas said...

I agree - wonderful stuff. I also feel for you - I've taken 3 approaches at the musculature of a crocodile... trying to reverse engineer scan slices... ouch.
The animation is a bit awkward... like that you have an imperfection in there (him tripping, falling), but feel you go too far in the walk cycle in general... as if it could not really walk.