STL Science Center

STL Science Center

11 November 2016

A Cheeky Image

The images shown this week are all serious reconstructions of the small maniraptoran dinosaur Yi qi. Those reconstructions are all as scientifically accurate as possible with the scientists and artists working together. The majority of the illustrations show the dinosaur in stark high definition with feathering finely illustrated and the sharpness of the image finely tuned for the most realistic habitats possible. John Conway went down a slightly different path in his illustration. This image uses soft colors and a lack of sharpness that captures the dinosaur perfectly while leaving enough of the detail muted that we can interpret some of the fine details for ourselves. Additionally, Conway made his version a little more frumpy looking and a little less angry, as Yi qi tends to look in most other reconstructions.
©John Conway

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