Watercolor Wednesday – More Dinosaurs!

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Handmade Family Studio photo for Watercolor WednesdayIt’s watercolor Wednesday again, and I’ve got some more dinosaurs to share with you. This week, I have one more that’s been illustrated in a more “portrait” style, the Brachiosaurus. Ultimately, this painting going to be collected together with the Parasaurolophus, Stegosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptor, and Pentaceratops for a Penny Loves Dinosaurs matching game and also an expansion set of Story Starter Chips. This will give us a pretty well rounded crew, featuring examples of several different families of dinosaurs across several eras. We’re pretty excited about being able to add them to our show line up.

Also today is a second painting of one of the largest predators of the Jurassic, the Dilophosaurus. I took a bit of a departure on this painting and did more of an action pose, showing the dinosaur racing toward us. As I do research for what dinosaurs may have looked like and how they acted, it gives me the opportunity to think of different ways that we can go about portraying them. For example, most of us remember the scenes in the Jurassic Park movies where the Velociraptors are hunting and fighting. These are the things that we tend to think of when picturing them, then.

There are so many other cool possibilities for poses and stories though just waiting beneath the surface. Like in the middle of a courtship ritual, guarding eggs or building nests. Dinosaurs were complex creatures and paleontologists are researching new theories about their social behaviors all the time. I’m looking forward to exploring some of these ideas in the future with more Penny Loves Dinosaurs comics.

Brachiosaurus watercolor illustration by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade Family

Brachiosaurus 6×9 Watercolor and Colored Pencil

Dilophosaurus watercolor illustration by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade Family

Dilophosaurus 6×9 Watercolor and Colored Pencil.

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