A couple of months ago, Scientific American magazine asked me to illustrate a feature for the upcoming March issue about an amazing discovery: a group of small dinosaurs who died together, trapped in mud.
When I delivered the oil painting of the scene (above), I also produced a short video showing how I did the painting.
a blog post describing my analog process of making the maquette—you know, pencil, clay, glue, and paint. The cracking "mud" in the foreground of the maquette above is flour and water baked in the wood stove and painted with acrylic.
If it wasn’t below freezing outside, I would have been out in the real pond muck wallowing around to see what it feels like to die in quicksand.
Direct link to video
Scientific American blog post
More from Scientific American about the new dinosaur discovery by Paul Sereno.