The fun part about it is that after you get as much information as you can, there is a lot we don’t know about what they looked like, a lot that can be guessed at. it’s a mixture of hard data and imagination.
When it comes to constructing one of these images I try to think of it in the same way I would do a living person, you look at the shapes, you consider what’s underneath- the skull. I remember an art class in college where we spent days drawing from a skeleton. After some time I noticed that it really helped me in life drawing, I was able to understand the figure better.
In the series of drawing bellow I started with the drawing of a skull, (A T-Rex model Skeleton I found at a toy store), and I kept going over it on a light box till I arrived at the final painting. I also used reference photos of crocodiles and other reptiles for skin texture.
|This drawing was done from a model T-Rex|
skeleton I have. I took this drawing and placed it
on a light box.
|I fleshed out the skeleton trying to imagine|
what his skin would look like.
|I look at some picture of crocodiles |
and other reptiles and tried to map out
the scales and textures. I would reinterpret
this in the final painting.
|Here is the final painting done in gouache on paper.|