Illustrating Armoured Dinosaurs
At Everything Dinosaur, we enjoy receiving lots of letters, cards, emails and drawings from young (and not so young), fans of dinosaurs. A few years ago, a budding young palaeoartist called Caldey sent into us her drawing of the armoured dinosaur Ankylosaurus. It was a splendid drawing and Caldey’s mum explained that Caldey loved drawing prehistoric animals and one day, she might want to illustrate dinosaurs as a full-time job.
An Amazing Drawing of an Armoured Dinosaur
Picture credit: Caldey
The Role of Scientific Illustration
When it comes to publishing scientific papers, particularly those that describe a long extinct creature that is new to science, an illustrator is often employed to work with the researchers to produce a scientifically accurate life reconstruction based on the known fossil material. In May 2017, Everything Dinosaur team members reported upon the discovery of a new species of armoured dinosaur from Montana (United States), the new dinosaur named over 100 years after Ankylosaurus was first described, was called Zuul crurivastator, (pronounced Zoo-ul cruh-uh-vass-tate-or).
The renowned palaeoartist Danielle Dufault was commissioned to produce an illustration of this new Late Cretaceous armoured giant.
An Illustration of Zuul crurivastator
Picture credit: Danielle Dufault
The stunning life reconstruction of the heavily protected head of Z. crurivastator inspired young Caldey to have a go at reproducing an illustration of an ankylosaur. We think she has done a rather splendid job. Well done Caldey.
A Scale Drawing of the Recently Described Armoured Dinosaur Zuul crurivastator
Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur
As Caldey has got a little older, her drawing skills have matured. Perhaps, she will one day be making a contribution to scientific illustration and palaeoart on behalf of a major museum or a prestigious university. We wish all budding young artists every success – keep chasing your dreams.
A Model of the Recently Described Armoured Dinosaur Zuul crurivastator
The picture (above) shows the recently introduced Zuul dinosaur model by Safari Ltd.
To view this model range: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Figures.