The Pa­le­oart of Julius Csotonyi

Dis­cover how the world-renowned di­nosaur il­lus­tra­tor went from mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy to mastodons

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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.

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