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The Gorgosaurs by alexandernevsky
The Gorgosaurs
Acrylic on canvas, 2015.  A pair of Gorgosaurus libratus (Albertosaurus, if you prefer) crash through swampy fen on a late Cretaceous evening.  The flora and fauna shown here are roughly based on discoveries from the Dinosaur Park Formation, with a few hypothetical additions based on contemporaneous fossils.  The large birds fleeing the scene are Vegavis sp, rather shamelessly based on the Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata, a modern relative.  Relatively few birds have been found from this environment, so I decided to speculate on what could have lived there.  A pair of Hesperornis altus also make a dash through the water.  Hesperornis was primarily a marine bird, but there is some evidence that this species lived in freshwater.  There's a turtle (Adocus sp. ) accompanied by a small frog.  Finally, the plants: Bulrush (Typha sp.) makes up the background - another speculative addition, but there is some evidence that this family was present from pollen analysis, and early relatives of grass likely started out in wetlands.  There are also waterlilies (Nymphaeaceae), water crowfoot (Ranunculus sp.) and the ubiquitous horsetail (Equisetum sp.).

Hope you like it!  This is a large painting at 60x75cm so it looks a little different on the computer.
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Gorgosaurus Preview by alexandernevsky
Gorgosaurus Preview
This painting is taking forever to finish, as I'm very busy with other things, but i thought i'd put a little snippet up to show that I'm actually working on something!
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Gorgosaurus - Concept Sketches by alexandernevsky
Gorgosaurus - Concept Sketches
These are some of the sketches I made while in the process of planning my Gorgosaurus painting.  I've been looking at things like the pose of the animals, the structure of the body and various textures.  I collated everything together here, seemed like it might be interesting.  I'm quite unsure about the arm musculature I reconstructed - if you know any better let me know!
Alex.
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Gorgosaurus Leg Study by alexandernevsky
Gorgosaurus Leg Study
Another pencil study here.  Tried to get the proportions right and with appropriate musculature, but let me know If I've restored anything incorrectly! The feet are perhaps a little small on the left study.  Decided to put a mixture of tarsal scutes on this one, alongside a refined version of the 'chicken' skin look I used in this painting: fav.me/d4f1h0x
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Gorgosaurus head study by alexandernevsky
Gorgosaurus head study
Gorgosaurus libratus (or Albertosaurus if you prefer). Pencil sketch.  

In an effort to improve the scientific accuracy of my work, I've been making some attempts of restoring muscle and other soft tissue over the skull and skeleton of some dinosaurs. As you can see I've made the addition of lips (although still accounting for an overbite), more prominent ears and hopefully a better representation of the muscles on the head. I'm planning further studies for other parts of the anatomy, but for now I positioned the forearms quite far back, a possibility suggested by Carpenter (2002).  The top Gorgosaur is based on ROM 1247, the lower one TCM 2001.89.1.  On the lower Gorgosaur, I made the eye larger and positioned it lower in the orbit, so they may look a bit more different than intended.

As an aside, it seems that many people have illustrated Gorgosaurus as a sprightly juvenile or subadult, and there seem to be fewer representations of the more robust adult.  Let me know what you think - any comments on anatomy are especially welcome!

Ref:
Carpenter, K., 2002. Forelimb biomechanics of nonavian theropod dinosaurs in predation. Concepts of Functional, Engineering and Constructional Morphology. Senckenbergiana Lethaea 82: 59–76
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Alexander Lovegrove
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yoult Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for watching Alexander! Happy you're uploading new art again :)
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alexandernevsky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Watching was long overdue.  Hoping I'll have some paintings done in the next couple of months...
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hailmust Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you again for the +fav 
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alexandernevsky Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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Blayzefyre Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:O I am unworthy, but thank you for the llama and watch! Your art is brilliant and ancient life is a passion of mine. Have you considered going into paleontology?
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alexandernevsky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  At one point I did but I work as an ecologist and that's just about enough science for me!  
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Blayzefyre Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I understand. Sometimes it's better to keep certain passions as hobbies. Like art. I am so temperamental and undisciplined when it comes to art, I can't imagine doing it as a profession. I'd get so disgusted with it.
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alexandernevsky Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's a difficult one.  I'd love to have more time to do artwork, but I'm not sure I'd be great at it as a profession!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch, Alex!
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alexandernevsky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, I thought I was watching you already!
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