Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reviews of Dinosaur Art the book

Hopefully you've all heard about the upcoming Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart book. If not it is looking like THE book on palaeo-art by the modern greats.
Dave Hone posts his thoughts on the book here, and Brian Switek has a short review here.

We are hopefully soon going to do our own review of the book in the next week or two, depending on how the postal system goes. So stay tuned for a palaeo-artist take on this volume here on ART Evolved soon...

5 comments:

Hadiaz said...
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Hadiaz said...

"We are hopefully soon going to do our own review of the book in the next week or two,"

When you do, I was wondering if you'd do me a solid & answer this question in your review: Does the text include what/how we know about dino lives/evolution? I ask b/c 1 of my most important Serious Dino Book Collection rules is that a book be about dino lives/evolution to an extent. So far, I've gotten 1 No (See Hone's response to my comment) & 1 Maybe (While Switek did say that DA "is a printed milestone of what we currently understand about dinosaur lives, and will act as a baseline as our knowledge of prehistoric life changes", he didn't say how). All I need is 1 Yes to get DA. Many thanks in advance for your help.

Craig Dylke said...

Hadiaz- I can take a look into it, but even just with my communications with the book's publishers would lead me to take Dr. Hone's answer of no.

What I think Brian Switek means in that quote is it captures VISUALLY in art all that stuff. Not in technical science or writing.

Remember that information can be spread and communicated in more than one way. The artists they have gathered for this book do more than just draw pretty Dinosaurs into generic backgrounds. Typcially they've done painsaking research and crafted the whole composition to tell us about the broader world of the Dinosaurs. The plants and very landscape are based on our best understanding of these things from the science. I doubt they would go into how that information came about (as they didn't originally discover it), they'll probably be discussing how they took that information and turned it into art.

Granted I haven't gotten the book yet, but this is what everyone from these other reviewers to the book's creators have been leading me to believe.

I'll let you know for sure once I have the book.

Hadiaz said...
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Hadiaz said...

"Remember that information can be spread and communicated in more than one way."

I know & I get what you're saying. All I'm saying is that a paleoart book can be about dino lives/evolution to some extent. Dinosaur Imagery is a good example of that (See "Editorial Reviews": http://www.amazon.com/Dinosaur-Imagery-Jurassic-Lanzendorf-Collection/dp/product-description/0124365906/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books ). It doesn't necessarily have to discuss "how that information came about" (When I said "what/how", I meant "what &/or how"; Sorry for not being clear b-4). If, like DI, it discusses what that info is (in addition to how the artists "turned it into art"), then that still counts, right? Again, many thanks in advance for your help.