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Joschua Knüppe
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Hi, my name is Joschua Knüppe

In the moment I study free art at the Academy of fine arts Münster and I hope to work and teach one day as a independent artist and illustrator.
My work can be split into three big parts:
1. Paleoart and Paleontography
2. fictional ecosystems, some of them on other planets
3. mythical creatures, especially dragons, depicted in a realistic way

All my work is connected together and form large four-dimensional networks which become more and more dense with the time.
In terms of an classic modernist I'm a concept artist, which means that the idea is for me always more important or interesting than the form of it, I still try to improve myself, and I see that it work, but the construct, the concept behind my artwork is the real art.

I love comments, positive and negative, try to reply each of them and 'm always open for questions.

Projects which are belong together and form large four-dimensional networks:
-Part time humans
-Dragons of the world
-Wegener 2
-Future birds and their world
-Organic technology
-Paleoart (with Jurassic Germany and many more)

Out of this I have two other projects:
-GDM (Global Dinosaur Monument)

This ID cards have a place for interests and hobbys but I'm interested in too much things so I count them here:
dinosaurs, pterosaurs, mosasaurs, birds, dragons, art, art history, paleontology, walking, annoy creationist, writing, reading, drawing, painting, working with clay wood and metal, ants, biology especially behavior, bio technology, bio informatics, fantasy, SiFi, being at DA, doing exhibtions, holding lectures, arguing and many more.

Well, take a look at my Gallery maybe you find something, beautiful, strange, interesting or more positive adjectives ;)

If you want to use my work ask first, I normally don't mind but I want still the controll over my work. Also I don't like to see my work out of it's original context, how I said: the story behind the pictures is important!

Commissions: I normally don't do commissions, exeptions are for scientists who want a reconstructions. In addition I do sometimes sketches for friends and people who ask friendly =)

If you have questions or other reasons to contact me can send me a Note here on DA or mail me under:

I'm now also on Facebook!…
  • Listening to: WWD soundtrack
  • Reading: How the brain got language
  • Playing: with my sketchbook
  • Eating: paper
  • Drinking: Moisture from the air (and ice coffee)
I wanted to write a few sentences about this for quite some time. 

Everything begun when Darren Naish asked me a few month ago if they could use one of my pictures for their new
book about dinosaurs. It was my old Telmatosaurus by the way. 
Of course I said yes and send a few sentences to the publisher. I had not that high expectations for this book, maybe that's because
the German literature in this genre is rather... poor developed (really, really bad stuff happens here).
The publisher thanked me for allowing them to use my picture and asked if I wanted a copy of the book, well when I hear free books 
I can hardly say no. ;)
So a few weeks ago the book landed on my doorstep and after having a mild heart attack from seeing the cover I begun to read...
I must say that I never encountered a stronger case of the "don't judge a book by it's cover" phenomenon. 
The main chapters are:
  1.History, origin and their world
  2.The dinosaur family tree
  4.Biology, Ecology and behavior
  5.The origin of birds
  6.The great extinction and beyond
The book is written in a way that makes it entertaining and very educational for older children as well as adults (something we don't have in Germany). All important clades are explained roughly and then we go on to read through chapters about, anatomy, internal biology, ecology etc.
Latest research is presented and even for someone like me there were some new bits and pieces, and even without them it would be a enjoyable read. In difference to most "dinosaur" books this volume really focus on the Dinosauria, there is no extra chapter about pterosaurs, plesiosaurs etc, But many of these animals are mentioned in the text to make the place of the dinosaurs in their world clear.
Also important is of  course the chapter about the dinosaurs after the great extinction event 66 million years ago, the book is very good in making this transition as smooths as possible which might make it easier for inexperienced readers to accept that birds are dinosaurs.
Also very helpful are the many excellent illustrations in the book (maybe the best can be found on page 28!).
Conway, Willuoughby, Nicholls or Csotonyi are names you can find in the acknowledgements as well as many more. Besides many illustrations graphics and photos of the fossils can also be found in huge numbers and when skeletal mounts show inaccuracies they are pointed out.

In my eyes it's the ideal book for dino-greenhorns, semi-experts like me and interested amateurs of all age. 

As the last sentence of the jacket text states: "A perfect introduction for anyone wanting to find out about how dinosaurs lived and all the latest
dinosaur research", and that is definitely true.

Dinosaurs how they lived and evolved by Darren Naish and Paul Barrett can be baught here:…
And here:…

P.s. When you look on Facebook and search under the hashtag #GiveDarrenABetterCover you will find a bunch of alterantive covers for this book, by me and others, many which show much better the quality of the book you find inside.

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masterchiefsenpai Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
hey,i have a proposition for you
Cristian-Milia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016
Thanks for the fave. From you it's a honor.
Garharh Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016

also deine werke :)
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
Danke dir =D 
PaleoJoe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Hello Mr. Knuppe, do you know about how long until the new giant theropod is published? Anyway, I hope you have a great day.
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Maybe tomorrow... maybe later.
PaleoJoe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you.;) (Wink) 
Hotshotraptor Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist
i would like to thank you for your Nea work inspiring me to do something similar called Nyxa, Thank you <3
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
No problem =)
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