Chinese New Year With Guanlong!

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First and foremost – happy Chinese/Lunar New Year to those who observe the holiday!

Second, we also have a redone Guanlong wucaii to celebrate. Meaning “crowned dragon,” this animal is a representative of early tyrannosauroids and was named with the full intention of alluding to its descendant/future relative Tyrannosaurus. It lived during the Upper Jurassic in what is now considered mainland China.

The most striking thing about this early tyrannosaur is the tall crest on the dorsal side of its head, which was undoubtedly for display purposes (or even just for species recognition). The specimen I painted is female, but I imagine male Guanlong would have elaborate patterning and even more striking colors on the crest to attract mates or to outshine competitors. The colors used with this Guanlong are heavily inspired from the mythological Chinese dragons, emphasizing on warm hues (red, orange, yellow). In my opinion, it could even pass for a large phoenix!

2017 & Moving Forward

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It’s been a rather long time since I’ve last posted. I swear I’m still alive. However, I’d like to note that I’m far more active on my Instagram than anyplace else, just because of the ease of access to an audience (hashtags #fordayz). If you follow the link, you’ll see that I’ve still been cranking out restorations like nobody’s business. I have to update this site’s catalog of animals (and I’ll probably get to it today). Here’s on my restoration to-do/wishlist for 2017 (in no particular order):

  • Allosaurus fragilis*
  • Velociraptor mongoliensis*
  • Deinocheirus mirificus*
  • Carnotaurus sastrei*
  • Triceratops horridus*
  • Protoceratops andrewsi*
  • Gallimimus bullatus*
  • Camptosaurus dispar
  • Maiasaura peeblesorum*
  • Quetzalcoatlus northropi*
  • Camarasaurus lentus*
  • Rhamphorhynchus muensteri
  • Baryonyx walkeri
  • Ouranosaurus nigeriensis*
  • Deinonychus antirrhopus
  • Dilophosaurus wetherilli*
  • Guanlong wucaii*
  • Giganotosaurus carolinii

*asterisk indicates a “redo”

And that’s all I have planned for the next few months! I look forward to this year being a time of growth. Here’s to a successful 365 days!

Until next time.