Monday, December 7, 2009

Transitional ART Forms: November 2009

Welcome to the November 2009 installment of...

To begin my apologies for the delay in getting this post up. I had intended to post it Dec. 2nd, but a ill timed web explorer crash (I had a explorer tab open for EVERY single item in this post so I could keep track of links and such), ART Evolved becoming a Blog of Note, and preparing to move countries in less then 2 weeks all got in the way. I hope no one is too upset.

Hopefully I make up for this, with what has been a surprisingly busy month for Transitional ART Forms!

I think this is in no small part due to the recent explosion in palaeontology related blogs. With so many more people blogging about prehistory it is hard for just little old me to now keep track of all thing palaeo-art on the web per-month, so again ART Evolved needs YOUR help. If you see anything remotely Palaeo-art related on the web please send the link our way here at Thanks ;P

Without further ado...

This remarkable Trilobite is the creation of callovium_shale and despite its somewhat CG appearance is an actual sculpted model!

Zach has put together some cool illustrations of Euoplocephalus and several other armoured creatures for an article of his here.

Glendon's got a cool X-Mas Trilobite card, that you can buy here.

Glendon also put up the rather interesting Ammonite Flax Flower piece.

Angie has also discovered a company who will take her 3D models and turn them into action figures! You can check out her new Dinosaur figure store here.

Mo carries on with his very cool A-Z series of British wildlife. The only bad news is that he has nearly finished!

A Baryonyx is the first offering of the month by Brett Booth

Babbletrish has this cute cartoon Dromaeosaurid

and also her Sesame Street inspired Therizinosaur (Sesame of course celebrating its 40th anniversary)

Oriholic Jared has this incredibly neat origami ammonite.

archelon013 brings us this 3D Mastadon.

the official flickr site of museum de toulouse offers this unique view of its Ampelomeryx statue.

microraptor has created this awesome portrait of Stygimoloch.

Michelle Hedgecock has taken the classic "Day of the Dead" style and applied it to some lifeforms that passed away a bit further back then normal,

Paleoartist has gone all out this month with not 1, here a juvenile Titanosuchus fleeing from an Anteosaurus, but
2 a Epicyon
3 Inostrancevia
and finally 4 pieces. This on being a Jaekelopterus

Walcott's Quarry brought you several Burgess inspired strips in November, including this one by a special guest writer/artist.

We come back to Brett Booth and his thanksgiving themed Dromaeosaur...

It was a very slow month for works in progress posts. Out of all the blogs I follow (which is a lot!) the only true WIP posts for November were my own (there are now some popping up now in Dec thankfully!).

Including my monitor lizardized Tylosaurid.

plus my work on the Kiwi Plesiosaur Kaiwhekea. (I started this in November, but you'll notice the rest are from Dec.)
Feed back on both would be appreciated!

David Hone discusses how sometimes palaeo-art is used to "prove" ridiculous theories and ideas about prehistoric creatures with the rational of those presenting the idea "seeing is believing".

Dr. Hone also brings us a scientific tear down of this particularly bad Pterosaur toy, and how it symbolizes one of the plight of the public perception of none Dinosaurian extinct creatures.

Our very own Nima was dominating the ever popular and influential Sauropod Vertabrate Picture of Week this past month.

Zach Miller's redention of the new Novemeber dinosaur Aarondynx Celestae

Dinosaur Tracking brought us the story of the World War 1 Jingo the Dinosaur and its tie to America's involvement in that conflict.

National Geographic had plenty of coverage AND art for Paul Sereno's collection of odd African Crocodiles.

This piece was a particularly popular restoration through out the blogosphere. Giving a good fossil comparison of Kaprosuchus saharicus the BoarCroc with a restoration. I could not find any artist credit on the NG site though, which is a little disappointing. Does anyone know who created the army of Crocs?

The legendary James Gurney proudly announced that his Dinotopia sequel Journey to Chandra will be released in Greek soon!

The first issue of the new Dinosaur themed comic Age of Reptiles was released by Dark Horse this month.

Though hardly new Palaeo-Art at all, the Library of National Congress posted this classic article from 1904 about Brontosaur graced by art by Charles Knight!

Finishing off with a vintage piece of palaeo-art, Davor brings us this rarely seen piece by Henry Harringer.

That brings us to the end of this summary of November. Can't wait to see what December brings!


Albertonykus said...

Oh, dear, I forgot about this, or I might have drawn something for it. But I'm trying to cook up something for the paleo environment time capsule either way, so it's not a big loss.

To everyone who got their projects in: good job!

Raptor Lewis said...

Nothing needs to be said. You guys know what that means, I´m sure! lol! Although....the Dromaeosauridae seem to connect with me, though it's just a drawing.....wierd.....

Maybe I was a Dromaeosaur in a former life. lol! :)

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Dinorider d'Andoandor said...

That BigBirdRaptor reminded me an old RoadrunnerRaptor picture that was featured on an old old old site named The Pterosaur Page or something like that.

H said...

Wow, that's a the same time one of the geekiest (no offense:) and most artistic blogs I've seen.

It's pretty damn cool actually, it has sort of an old-fashioned / kitsch touch to it (like 1999 web era) but mixed with a more modern design, plus all the cool sculptures and all.

Congratulations, I had no real clue about this sort of stuff and have just been spending (my colleague whispers "wasting" though...) more than 1 hour and a half browsing through all your stuff.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks H! I will certainly take the geek comment as a compliment. Visualizing the past inspires research, so it serves an educational purpose, but I'm sure most of us would agree there's a kind of paleo-fanboy and -fangirl mentality by a lot of us.

Glad you are enjoying the Art Evolved. The best thing about the internet: micro-niches meeting each other.

May I say you are certainly a brave blogger, H. From the comments you receive I can see you've opened a conversation many people have a need for.

davidmaas said...

Geek is passion + social competence + intelligence, so that's a compliment. Band geeks, chess geeks, cg geeks...

Thanks H, and yeah - cool blog!

H said...

@Glendon Mellow:
I certainly agree with you. And thanks, I appreciate the kind words. :)

I wouldn't go as far as to categorize social competence as a component of geekiness... it could be the opposite. I guess you do have some social interaction with a group of peers in your field. That is, a narrowed-down social group. I wouldn't say geeks are necessarily intelligent either. But they surely are passionate about what they do, whatever their field of interest, and that's what matters. They will strive for expertise (not necessarily intelligence, again).

We all have our favorite areas :)

davidmaas said...

geek - social competence = nerd
nerd - intelligence = dweeb

I'm happy to be a geek. My 2 cents

Glendon Mellow said...

Thank you again for your gracious criticism, CB Detective.

Will you be submitting any illustrations for the next time capsule?

Weapon of Mass Imagination said...

Hey Glendon,

No you're not going crazy. The CB Detective did leave a comment, but I've deleted it as I don't want such losers getting ANY traffic from our site with childish little hit and run stunts like that.

Sadly we can deal with him rationally till we're blue in the face, but he'll keep doing it if we leave his link for people to follow (sadly out of curiosity... something I usually like to encourage). As he is most likely only doing this for the traffic (and making money off advertising).

So stop commenting here CB Dectective! We are just going to delete it, and will be reporting you to Google for harrassment

Rai-hime said...

u amazed me! can u give an idea how did made 'em all?

Glendon Mellow said...

Hey Craig,

At the risk of feeding the troll, Personally I wouldn't bother deleting the CB Detective. A dissenting and snooty voice riding on the backs of Google Blogs of Note making snide observations is painfully transparent.

There's a valuable role for critics in society, but very little for spammy drive-by insults. Still, IMO we can take it.

Lavina said...

Dinosaurs and art! yay!


Glendon Mellow said...

Can we get a "w00t!" Lavina?

Thanks for checking out Art Evolved!

Lavina said...

Haha. w00t!!! :)


Lavina said...

I'm not sure if it posted my comment, but I asked another question along the lines of: where do you go to look for all this art?

Quality Research

Weapon of Mass Imagination said...


At moment all the art in these posts comes from my day to day surfing of the net. These pieces all popped up on blogs or picture sites I frequent.

We'd love for the search to expand beyond my prefences... not that they are meant to be "my picks"... just at moment no one has been sending me anything they encounter elsewhere. Sadly I'm only one man, and can only post what I come across :P

So if you see any prehistoric related art let us know at ART Evolved so we can include it in the next Transitional ART Forms!

Thanks for the question.

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Chelvizz said...

wow..ur blog are so historical..with all those historical animals..i just like it..

davidmaas said...

Glendon - that reply was spot-on fantastic!

Glendon Mellow said...

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week...try the filet mignon..


Trish said...

Thank you for letting me be a part of this gallery!

Glendon Mellow said...

Thank you Trish! Terrific work.

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