Fine art illustration of an Ichthyosaur (Shonisaurus popularis.) The illustration is available in black and white or color.
The Ichthyosaur was completed on 8.27.2012. This is the first aquatic dinosaur I’ve taken a stab at – mostly due to the fact that it’s the stat fossil of Nevada and I need it for the 50 State Project. But having improved my technique since starting out I feel I’m starting to get the hang of rendering these extinct animals. As always, it’s fun to imagine what their skin looked like, as little is known of the exact coloration or patterns. I usually look at what other artists might have done, as well tapping into the knowledge of Carl Buell (my mentor and the man who created the base sketch for this image.) In the end I try and give it my own personal take on the creature.