Some Amazing Fossil Reconstructions Right Here on TONMO

Discussion in 'Cephalopod Fossils' started by Architeuthoceras, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Architeuthoceras

    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    One of our new members has posted some truly marvelous reconstructions of ammonoids and nautiloids in our photo gallery. I just thought I would start a thread to draw attention to these.

    They are here

    I cant tell if they are sculptures or CG, whatever they are, they are great. :notworth:
     
  2. FPVigo (winter)

    FPVigo (winter) Blue Ring Registered

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    awesome paintings from Erik
     
  3. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Eric,
    What is the medium? Those are so lifelike it looks like they were molded from a living animal!
     
  4. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    Very cool.
     
  5. erich orser

    erich orser Architeuthis Supporter Registered

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    Good job Eric, in fact, pretty freaking amazing. Truly high quality art. Any interest in showing off in person in Monterey in June?
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes! And a good discussion on the number of tentacles on orthocones, works wonders for me :wink:
     
  7. Ericsstudio

    Ericsstudio Larval Mass Registered

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    Thanks for the great feedback.

    I work in several medias to create paintings and sculptures. For painting I prefer oils. I also sculpt using oil based clay and cast in bronze. Recently I started using computer software that mimics sculpting in oil based clay and includes the ability to hand paint the finished digital sculpture. A majority of the images I posted here I sculpted and painted using software. I print them as posters (Most are printed in 18" x 24" or 20" x 16" formats) and I also make them into 3d bronze or resin sculptures that range in sizes up to life-size.

    I would encourage any critiquing as I would appreciate any feedback as far as color or anatomy changes so that they are as accurate as possible. - Please private message or email me. Also Let me know if there are any species in particular you would like to see depicted.

    I'm always open to showings
     
  8. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Your posters are beautiful, Eric.

    So after you create them with this software, do you then create and print the poster, or do you make it into sculpture and then photograph and make the poster? Or both?

    Nancy
     
  9. Ericsstudio

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    thanks, Both - but I prefer to create the poster directly from the digital sculpture.
     
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    Magnificent! I second the suggestion to show them in Monterey.
     
  11. Allonautilus

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    Those are truly beautiful renders. I am speechless. There aren't much paleoartists who would bother to put much thought over an ammonite's possible ecological niche and morphology. Your designs are really awesome, maybe you should try to submit them to Discovery Channel's or National Geographic's next Walking With... installments (if there are any).

    Which software do you use for these? ZBrush? Mudbox? Maya?

    Keep up the good work :)
     
  12. Ericsstudio

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    Hi, Thanks! Ive been using a lot of ZBrush lately, but also mudbox and Maya. A little Rhino as well.
     
  13. Ericsstudio

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    I was thinking maybe working on a book using the images if someone is interested in collaborating.
     
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    I'd be interested helping create a children's book - although there is a member who is already an children's book author, as well as other more qualified people...
     
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    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL work!

    Any thoughts on shell morphology vs. lifestyle? Some of those forms looked WILD!
     
  16. Ericsstudio

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    Im always open to suggestions or ideas
     

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