The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi
Discover how the world-renowned dinosaur illustrator went from microbiology to mastodons
My first drawing, at the age of three, was a dinosaur,” says paleoartist Julius Csotonyi in this compendium of his work. From this humble beginning Julius studied microbiology, keeping his desire to draw diplodocus on the side, until he was able to pursue it as a profession.
We’re big fans of paleoart and it’s interesting to see compositions designed to expand our scientific understanding of a long-lost creature rather than entertain or tell a story. Which isn’t to say Julius’ images aren't dramatic, and he certainly has an eye for putting beasts together in a way that gives a tangible impression of their size, power and nature. However, sometimes the terrible lizards look too shiny and obviously computergenerated, a little like the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs series.
Although paleoart may not be to everyone's taste, more observant artists will find a lot to love here. Dinosaurs are the closest thing we've had to dragons and Julius’ scientific understanding of poses and anatomy is evident throughout. With Jurassic World coming to the big screen, The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi could fast become an essential tome for those jumping on the velociraptor zeitgeist.
An image created to show the process of making a fleshed-out life restoration from fossilised remains.