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Not so traditional paleoart by Dontknowwhattodraw94 Not so traditional paleoart by Dontknowwhattodraw94
So today was a nice day where I handed in my last task for this school year. We had to make a little sort of exersize-thesis in preparation for next year when the bachelor thesis is going to be made. Obviously I wanted to do something around paleoart so after some talks with my teachers I got pointed to do something around abstract art in paleoart, thus I wrote a text about how far one can abstract paleoart before it stops being paleoart.
This is of course a bit of a difficult question because scientific illustration is thought of as always having to be realistic. What I did was making up some rules: if the style allows for anatomical accuracy as far as the style goes, you obey that. An example I used in the text was that in Surrealism one can depict a woolly mammoth according to the scientific consensus, or one can draw a mammoth like the elephants in Dali's "The Temptation of Saint Athony". The former would be paleoart, the latter not. Also, if the style becomes more abstract and details are impossible to show, you still obey to the broad accuracy of the subject. If you don't, that's okay too of course, but I wouldn't count it as paleoart.

So I took a look at certain (post)modern art styles that aren't realism and made some quick works to accompany it and show what I meant. 
I also used a minimal sketch of :iconhyrotrioskjan: that you can find 
here and when talking about paleoart in cartoons/illustrations for children I used some art of Johan Egerkrans and the book Mammoth is Mopey, who in case you haven't seen before, definitely should check out, and there's also a Futurism artwork from Christopher Srnka you can find on his Facebook.


Bullet; Green Normal paleoart example of an Allosaurus.
Bullet; Green Example of speculative paleoart of an Allosaurus.
Bullet; Green Pop art Protoceratops based on the style of Tom Wesselman.  
Bullet; Green Expressionism Tetraceratops
Bullet; Green Surrealism Mammuthus lineart sketch thing.
Bullet; Green Cubism Pakicetus.  
Bullet; Green Orphism pair of Sivatherium
Bullet; Green Two attempts at an Abstract Expressionism Cheirurus (a trilobite). 
Bullet; Green An attempt at a Constructivism Parasaurolophus.



And now, it's time to prepare for finals.
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:iconsareemi1028:
Sareemi1028 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
Eheheehehehheheheheheheh (only Canadians will understand this)
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too many colours for cubism I think
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, the blue could be a bit too much.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And ist cubism seen from all sides at the same time?
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't really understand your question...
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ist the point of cubism to show an object simplified to its ground geometry as it would look like if you'd see it from multiple angles at once?
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know that actually.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We had that in school. It's fun to think about it
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Speculative allo forever! !!
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Kutchicetus-Minimus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
This is amazing! We definitely need more of this kind of stuff. 
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Kutchicetus-Minimus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
:) (Smile) 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
 Pray pardon me for failing to add my congratulations on producing such a fascinating project with such an excellent finish on the works required by it.Oops! 
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Oh yeah, gray Allosauri always make me think of WWD.

I find modern art quite allright for most styles, i'm just not that much of a fan of total abstract or my-child-can-make-that-too-art. However, I found this little project quite interesting to put it to the test with paleoart. My mind is a bit more open for abstract stuff now. My way of thinking about art is simply that if you show you have skill with the medium you're working with, I count it as art regardless of my opinion about the work itself. It's just the my-child-can-make-that-too kind of art I'm not so much a fan of. And there's also this thing with modern art where it mostly just seems to revolve around who made it instead of what is made sometimes, if you get what I'm saying, and I don't like that at all. 

 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
 I agree that when a creator puts their heart and soul into a Creation it would be churlish, as well as dishonest to call it anything but Art; having said that I still feel no shame in maintaining a preference for Representative rather than Abstract Art.:) (Smile) 

 I do rather like a change of pace now and then, though, and will be content to see you exercise yourself with the abstract should you care to do so.Nod 
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, realism will always stay better imo, but that of course fits into the "showing your skill" description I gave.

I'm not going to start making abstract stuff en masse of course, but I'd like to at least make some Orphism again once. That was a fun one to do.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
 It must have been a pain to work out how to balance recognisable silhouettes against an amazing number of colours though.:) (Smile)  
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sketched the outline of the animals and then simply looked to not get two patches of the same colour touching each other. It's easier than it looks :)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
  I suppose that the tricky bit must be making sure that the colours are arranged in such a way that they harmonise, rather than Clash.:) (Smile) 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
 I cannot quite decide if my favourite piece in this little gallery of styles is that Wesselman Protoceratops or that Cubist Walking Whale; both have a fine, novel feel (especially the second, which looks a little like something out of a very early Computer-Generated Animation), though I say that as a fellow not particularly keen on "Modernist" art so one must admit that I find the last three pictures downright bewildering!:D (Big Grin) 

 Having said that I also love those depictions of Allosaurus in your own style - one must admit to being a little surprised to see an Allosaur in grey for some reason that I can only quantify admitting a sentimental attachment to that colour scheme cooked up for the breed in WALKING WITH DINOSAURS but I'm as fond of the "speculative" vision as I am of the "Normal" sample.

 
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh edgy
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Artz iz just 2 divicult 4 U 2 undastand
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ThatCoelurosaur Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome dude!
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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zachrobinson Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
After I read that the last one was a parasaurolophus I looked at it again ache I could totally see it . Looks awesome as always!
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Screwyoumimus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Kewl Abstract Art
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Oxalaiaq Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
So creative, amazing !
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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Majestic-Colossus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Pretty nice.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Owlbaskingshark Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, this looks awesome!
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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martythezebragod94 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Proto reminds me of Cera from LBT
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that you mention it...
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are very cool! It's nice to see some experimentation with the "art" part of "paleoart".
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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Lorenzo-Franzese Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really unique. Also them Sivatheriums.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really enjoyed making those Giraffids, my favorites of the whole bunch.
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Nuclearzeon2 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Some of these animals look like they entered the abstract thought chamber from Inside Out.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't seen the movie so I can't get the reference...
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