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A Little Paleo-Art Director

Professional paleo-artists often are given the tough task of painting scenes of lost worlds for museums, magazines and books, but what if their work was critiqued by a four-year-old? It sounds like a bad pitch for a TV sitcom but it is not far from what artist Bill Zeman does. On his blog Tiny Art ...

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An "X-Ray T. rex" from The Tiny Art Director.


Professional paleo-artists often are given the tough task of painting scenes of lost worlds for museums, magazines and books, but what if their work was critiqued by a four-year-old? It sounds like a bad pitch for a TV sitcom but it is not far from what artist Bill Zeman does. On his blog Tiny Art Director, Zeman posts illustrations commissioned by, and ultimately critiqued by, his four-year-old daughter.

Many of the illustrations include dinosaurs, from a dinosaur taking a bath (that was ultimately rejected) to a motley collection of " silly dinosaurs" (which was approved). One of my favorites, though, is a Dinosaurs Attack!-like painting of a Tyrannosaurs (albeit with three fingers) being x-rayed, accompanied by this background information;
The Brief: A dinosaur in a X-Ray The Critique: I just want to see a little mousey in his tummy Job Status: Approved (after addition of mousey) Additional Comments: That's what kind of bones dogs like to chew on. Dinosaur leg bones.
There were not mousies like we know them now around in the Cretaceous, but there were some mouse-like ancestors of early primates. That makes the painting even scarier.
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Brian Switek

Brian Switek is a freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. He writes regularly for National Geographic's Phenomena blog as Laelaps.

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