Everything started inconspicuously… SVPCA, lethargic rodent presentation (very sorry rodents!) and my mind reeling by a fantastic suggestion of Mark Wildman… what can you do? Start doodling! From doodling anywhere I could, to formal pencil leading inevitably to the final thing… The corridors of meetings like SVPCA or SVP are the source of so much paleontological riches!
The fact is that there’s evidence of T. rex teeth marks on the coronoid process of the lower jaw of a Triceratops (as shown in this display in the Carter County Museum). The rex pulling on the trikes’ skull brought me nightmarish images of its final decapitation! And thanks to Mark Wildman (and Andrew Parisi for the picture) for pointing out that this is not the only known lower jaw from a Triceratops showing the teeth marks… With the head shield out of the way, T. rex would have been able to expose the neck, even if the skin was protected with parallel rows of square scales as we know from the -still unpublished- evidence, it must have been an irresistible delicacy for a bunch of carcass-feasting T. rexes. That way they could pick and choose… initially avoiding the well protected spiky parts of the body! At the end I have no doubt that very little of the body remained, probably except the, mostly, not very fleshy skull… maybe that is why we find so many skull remains and so little at the level of whole skeletons.
Food for the mind like this is what is still providing me the thrills to continue my work. Whenever something entices me I immediately jump to the challenge. Nowadays I care so much more about new, provocative ideas than technical art achievements! My advice to new paleoartists is: forget obsessing with technicalities and get into conceiving new scenarios, new looks, new ideas! These days it is becoming difficult to create novel alternative illustrations in the middle of the maelstrom of so much Paleoart.
This is a formal request: any reader of this blog that comes with a really interesting, new, provocative vision (like Mike Kelly has been providing us with lately) just get in touch… If you’d like to see something that really tickles my fancy you will definitively see it realised by yours truly if it pleases you!