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Skull Island Critters :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 155 24 Gorgosaurus sketch :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 76 12 Morrison Kimmeridgian Environment Diagram (sketch) :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 106 12 Hell Creek maniraptoriform sketch dump :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 103 13 Beaked Camarasaurus sketch :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 67 23 Evading Ratite Forteller :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 78 12 Aerodactylus portrait :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 75 7 Sketchy Yutyrannus :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 70 12 Velociraptor 2016 :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 83 18 Sketch Time :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 136 25 Ievers' Shield Saurian :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 45 8 Jurassic Park 2016 - Tyrannosaurus (feathered) :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 129 23 Jurassic Park 2016 - Tyrannosaurus (featherless) :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 63 12 Jurassic Park 2016 - Dilophosaurus (feathered) :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 85 18 Jurassic Park 2016 - Dilophosaurus (scaled) :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 56 4 Jurassic Park 2016 - Gallimimus :icontomozaurus:Tomozaurus 92 14


Tsaagan :icondinomaniac:Dinomaniac 428 24 Breeze :iconrosuuri:Rosuuri 4,998 78 Tyrannosaurus rex :icontuomaskoivurinne:tuomaskoivurinne 590 59 New Look Triceratops? :iconkirbyniferousregret:KirbyniferousRegret 230 64 Yutyrannus Huali :iconraph04art:Raph04art 465 23 Jurassic Park Rexy speedpaint :iconraph04art:Raph04art 447 19 Psittacosaurus sp. (SMF R 4970) :iconolorotitan:Olorotitan 221 28 Dapingfangornis sentisorhinus :iconleaubellon:Leaubellon 152 8 Changyuraptor yangi :iconleaubellon:Leaubellon 328 36 Barosaurus :iconfredthedinosaurman:FredtheDinosaurman 686 113 Dinosaurs vs. Beasts :iconarvalis:arvalis 4,464 568 His Vision Is Based On Movement :icondamir-g-martin:damir-g-martin 236 73 Haliaeetus albicilla :icondangerousluke:DangerousLuke 134 3 Pokemon - Twenty Years :icontwarda8:Twarda8 1,464 62 New Artbook Commission Slots :iconlighane:Lighane 635 78 Life on Earth :iconandrewsarchus89:Andrewsarchus89 81 37




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Tom Parker
Artist | Student | Varied
Known as Tomozaurus or Tomopteryx in online circles.

I am a biological science enthusiast with a particular interest in birds, crocodilians, evolution, phylogenetics and the reconstruction of extinct animals + ecosystems. I am currently studying Zoology and Animal Science aiming towards a future in animal research. On the side, I am a freelance scientific illustrator specializing in life reconstructions of stem-birds. I have a degree in Computer Science and have dabbled in game design in the past, focusing on level and environment design. I am a developer for the indie video game Saurian, reconstructing the ecosystem of Hell Creek and bringing it to life using Unity 3D. In my spare time I am also a devotee of Australian rules football and heavy metal music.


Skull Island Critters
Seeing Kong: Skull Island, plus all the "realistic Skull Crawler" illustrations floating around in the community inspired me to tackle something else in this territory: a full menagerie of grounded skull island creature designs. The concept is essentially to illustrate a plausible ecosystem of megafauna for a hypothetical south pacific island. I made the mistake of doing these all in the same day so the quality got worse with each illustration (I went Kong, V. rex, Meiolania, snake) and the Photoshop cleanup is a real hack-job. I might clean it up and re-upload at some point.

The idea behind the island is based heavily on New Caledonia, Komodo Island and the Galapagos Islands. An ancient slice of Gondwana isolated from mainstream continental evolution populated by holdover taxa and sea-drift arrivals.  Each animal also exists to take the role of an animal from the original 1933 King Kong film. From left-to-right in this illustration are:

A giant matsoiid snake, takes the role of the "Elasmosaurus" from the 1933 film
Kong himself (a relative of the giant stem-Orangutan Gigantopithecus)
The "V. Rex" (Varanus rex) an enormous monitor lizard close to Megalania and the Komodo dragon, take the role of the tyrannosaur
An giant skull island species of Meiolania, a large stem-turtle from Australia and New Caledonia, takes the role of the stegosaur

Other ideas I had but didn't illustrate included a giant crocodile to fill the role of aquatic predator taken by Brontosaurus in the original film, small arboreal mekosuchine crocodiles, a giant herbivorous iguana, a giant frugivorous monitor lizard, moa-like birds and a Haast's Eagle-like bird.
Gorgosaurus sketch
Usually I do palaeoart to explore or communicate some scientific idea. Sometimes I just want to sketch a gnarly, badass tyrannosaur. This was one of those times.
Morrison Kimmeridgian Environment Diagram (sketch)
I don't have much time to do full pieces at the moment, so here is another raw scan of a basic sketch.

This diagram represents the basic layout of the Kimmeridgian aged middle Morrison formation, about 154 million years ago. A semi-arid "savannah" of ferns and bennettitales covered much of the land. Forests on Ginkgo and relatives grew along the waterways which snaked across the plain and forests of cheirolepidiaceous conifers grew in elevated areas surrounding the proto-Rocky Mountains. Large salt plains existed in areas where the Western Interior Seaway had retreated earlier in the Jurassic. The climate was warm, with notable wet and dry seasons, the latter of which could result in long periods of intense drought.
Hell Creek maniraptoriform sketch dump
A selection of Hell Creek maniraptoriform sketches, to scale.
Scale bar = 50cm

Taxa include
Anzu wyliei, scaled to CM 7800
"Styginetta" lofgreni, scaled to MOR 2918
Acheroraptor temertyorum, scaled to ROM 63777 & ROM 63778
"Struthiomimus" ?sedens, scaled to 
BHI 1266


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Sekley Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
I don't know if you've looked into it, but what exactly is the status of the Nedoceratops specimen? Is it firmly it's own genus? A new species in a preoccupied genus? An unusual T. horridus, T. latus, or T. prorsus?
GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for faving my "Tavern" Tom :)
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Student General Artist
You're quite welcome, it is a great piece!
Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
SkarmorySilver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Happy Birthday! :D
AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday
DinoMarioZilla Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :)
Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
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