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Allosaurus fragilis

Okee dokey - continuing on with the theme, I've started tracing out this hand-drawn Allosaurus. The original was drawn ages ago - I can't really remember when. But it's up on my website (

Anyway, since I already have a digital version, all I need to do now is to import it into Illustrator and trace it out.

The next step is to use the Pen Tool and just manually trace out the outline of the drawing. This is actually quite time consuming and it's taking as long or longer than it'd take me to draw a dinosaur from scratch...

Now this is what it looks like with the tracing and the coloured-in eyeball superimposed (right).

And without the original (left). Unfortunately, this is as far as I got today, and my neck and back is starting to hurt since I've been crouching in front of my laptop for over 2 hours now....I'll resume some time later and start on colouring - I am not looking forward to that process. Actually, the teeth are already coloured in, though you can't really see it.


Amanda said…
Wow...I'm glad you posted this. I've always wondered how people do digital paleoart. The jet has amazing did that in photoshop? I took a class in Photoshop and I don't think I came away with anything useful. We worked in small groups and all the people who had experience took over and did everything.

I'm really impressed with the jet...can't wait to see Allosaurus!
I basically just played around with Photoshop until I found some effects I liked so I'm completely self taught - I don't know if I actually represent the mainstream digital artists techniques...
Zach said…
I really need to take a Photoshop class (note to self: buy Photoshop). Manabu, have you ever penciled a picture, then inked it, erased the pencil lines and thought, "Damn, I liked the pencils more." That happens to me all the freaking time.
Yeah, that's why I rarely go beyond pencil sketches...

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