This is as much an aide memoire to myself as a post to others.
Recently, I’ve thrown in a couple of cartoons using Giant Pterodactyl as a means to mayhem- initially inspired by the need for a fitting response to Jeremy Clarkson.
I was drawing reconstructions of pterodactyls as a kid and now coming back to observing and painting animals, I had thought to do so again. So let me pay tribute to some people doing this seriously whom I’ve noticed on the way.
Davide Bonadonna is a professional PaleoArtist. I love his illustrations of dinosaurs and contemporary wildlife http://davidebonadonna.it/. I came across him simply by googling images and following his illustrations to their source. Mark Witton co-wrote a paper on Azhdarchid pterosaur functional anatomy referenced previously and got his painting of marauding giraffe sized monsters into a scientific journal. He has other great illustrations here http://www.flickr.com/photos/markwitton. I’ve modified this post to link now to http://www.markwitton.com/. I’ll be buying his book.
They have both developed the career that I might have fantasied about as a kid, consultant palaeontologist and artist. I really like their combination of accuracy with artistry.