Monday, March 9, 2009

more on Styracosaurus

Further to my previous post, I've added on some background to my Styracosaurus sketch.

I drew in lots of generic plantlife. I've previously done some research into the Hell Creek flora as a consultant job for Be the Dinosaur. As it turned out, the Hell Creek flora was dominated by angiosperms (about 90%). A lot of that was lobe-leafed plants, and lots of modern families, including the Arecaceae (palm), Zingiberaceae (ginger family), Nelumbonaceae (family including lotus), Rosaceae (rose family), Fagaceae (beech), Urticaceae (nettle family), and Cannabaceae (the family including hops and canabis!). So I drew some random lobe-leaf plants and somethings that look like roses and marijuana...

Of couse, Styracosaurus ain't from the Hell Creek Formation, but who cares.

2 comments:

Zachary said...

Ah, context for the animal. It is my biggest weakness. Trees? What are those? Doesn't this totallly stark, white background do it justice?

Nicely done, sir.

Nima said...

I've seen this drawing a lot of times but i just had to get a closer look at it. LOL imagine a cannabis-eating Styracosaurus! Wonder if there were actually plants back then that could get a multi-ton dinosaur stoned...

I like the conifers and especially the fallen log in the water. I never thought about that before... dead trees and logs add to the realism but they often get ignored because the dinosaurs are the main subject... I'm gonna have to stick some rivers/lakes and dead logs in my future dino-drawings.