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Mark Hallett, but I can't save the image so I won't even bother asking him, I'll just post a link to it. It's one of those really fun to look at and imagine predator-prey images; click on it, you'll enjoy it I swear. Regardless of that sadness, this last illustration is by no means a fourth place "I guess you get in" illustration. Classic posing of the jaws and of the general body stance, but it has flair. There is some personality in this dinosaur, a little pizzazz, jazz, something that makes me want to have a coffee with this dinosaur. I think it may be the great big smile quality to its open mouth. There are teeth in there, but the facial expression seems to make the Afrovenator appeal much more to the "Hey, you are one happy dude! Let's go to Starbucks and stare at the yuppies." rather than "OH NO PLEASE DON'T EAT ME!" sentiment in me. He's a happy little dinosaur. I want to make him a dinosaur house in my backyard and feed him sheep.
I know I generally keep the writings here pretty serious, but I just couldn't do it looking at that dinosaur's face, I tried, I swear!