The Araucariform needles and cones on the foreground tree are based on fossils found in the Morrison Formation in Utah. Very often (almost invariably) the trees in paleo art are reconstructed to look like Monkey Puzzle trees (Araucaria araucana) when in reality the leaf morphology and overall shape of trees in the family Araucariaceae are highly variable, especially accross geological time. Recently published fossil finds from Utah show us that coniferous (cone-bearing) trees, including Araucariform trees, were highly diverse in the late Jurassic Morrison Formation, with at least 3 different major families represented (Araucariaceae, Cupressaceae & Pinaceae). When this diversity is taken into account the shape and ecology of the forest landscape is dramatically altered from the sterile monoculture depicted in many pieces of paleoart illustrating this paleoenvironment. I'll be sharing and discussing the rest of the finished illustration in the coming weeks, as well as 3 other illustrations depicting Morrison Formation paleoenvironments as I complete them.
The next illustration I'll be finishing is the one you can see me drawing in this series of timelapses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLlKtAB_ztBMvKGPgonmqrjwpRk1qlmZsc&v=CTV9Yr9R778
These illustrations start as a pencil on paper illustration which is then scanned and colored digitally. If you're interested in learning more about my process let me know and I'll put together some posts for my patrons going into more depth about how and why I do my illustrations the way I do.
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