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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!…
  • Mood: Big Grin
  • Listening to: Earth Beasts Awaken
  • Reading: Die Flüsse von London
  • Playing: with my sketchbook
  • Eating: whatever I can find...
  • Drinking: water
A few days ago the post brought me my newest acquisition "Beasts of Antiquity: Stem-Birds in the Solnhofen Limestone" written by Matthew P. Martyniuk.…

The description says:
 Beasts of Antiquity explores our ever-changing views about the animals of the prehistoric world - how they were related, how they looked, and how they lived. Stem-Birds In the Solnhofen Limestone details the fossil bird-line archosaur species known the Solnhofen Archipelago of Bavaria. From their history of princes, duchesses, and conquring armies, to the diversity of these spectacularly preserved fossils, Stem-Birds In the Solnhofen Limestone brings the world of these ancient creatures to life. Featuring full-color illustrations of each species as well as photographs and historical reproductions, Stem-Birds In the Solnhofen Limestone offers a complete summary of the history, geology, and state-of-the-art paleontology of the bird lineage in one spectacular Jurassic ecosystem.
I read it within a day and would like to share a few thought with you about it. 
Beasts of Antiquity starts with the history of the Solnhofen Limestone and it's usage... no that's wrong, it begins with the definition of crown and stem groups, in this way Martyniuk courteous because even a few Dinophiles may have problems to see Pterosaur as a Stem-bird, and I must admit that I'm not completely sure if I will use this word from know on when I speak of pterosaurs (when you follow his argumentation even more basal archosaurs could be named Stem-birds (there are evidences for inactive integument gens in crocodiles). But even if this whole naming thing is controversial it definitely change the way of thinking, the author also call ptero-fuzz feathers, and pack all birds and pterosaurs and non-avian dinosaurs in one mindboat. It changes the way you view these animals in a difficult to explain sense.

Enough of that. The History-chapters were some of my favorite chapters, it not only covers the usage of the limestone and the way fossils were seen but also the geological history of this wonderful medium itself. Another chapter tell you about the discovery of the Stem-birds and their way to the highly active and often soft-tissue-crested beasts as we know them. A wonderful graphic shows the artistic evolution of Pterodacylus from the flying marsupial to Wittons version.

One of the most important chapters for me was ecosystem of the Solnhofen lagoon and the small islands which surrounded it. It was especially important for me because the way Matt described this habitats make it possible for me to imagine and depict this place, also because of the brilliant artwork at the end of the chapter and the map. 

Clearly, the chapters all are waiting for are the Field Giude like pages. Like Matts last book, "A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and other Winged Dinosaurs" we get here some basic information about a species, with an graphic to show the size and illustrations of the Animal, often in different growth stages. Beside that a text explains the journey of the animal in the scientific literature (often beginning as some kind of Pterodactylus) it's ecology and niche in the Solnhofen Fauna.
Here Martyniuk shows his talent as a scientific educator, the texts are well and clear written and I'm very pleased that piece by piece the whole late Jurassic in this Part of Germany seems to awaken. 
Not everything is perfect, of course. I'm for example no sure it Compsognathus should be reconstructed with only two fingers, the last time I read about that we were at three, and the next relatives of Compsognathus had all the typical thropod hand (but maybe Compsognathis aren't monophyletic...)

Overall it's fantastic book, the only real critique I have is... THAT I WANT MORE!!!! I really would like to have a book with the whole fauna and flora of the Solnhofen formation, with more of these awesome landscape scenes and even more photos of fossils (I missed the work of UV master Tischliger).
But well, maybe that could be my project...


Before I forget it: I will be in Krakow for one week with the class, so no new stuff until next Sunday.

That's all for now, have a nice day/night,


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MREMILABLE Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The idea:
Some kind of bear. that has evoled to walk on two legs all the time.
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Professional General Artist
Bigfoot is actually a Hoax created by some young werewolfs with humor ;)
Dinofuzz Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Genial! XD
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 54 minutes ago  Professional General Artist
Affenmenschen in Amerika? Pfft! Das ist gegen jede Wahrscheinlichkeit!
Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, hey! Danke für's Favorisieren und willkommen zurück aus Krakau! :D
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Kein Ding, ich hab auch was mitgebracht ^^
Dinofuzz Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... Krakauer? XD
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Leider nicht, ich hatte gedacht das Skizzen sich besser über die  Datenautobahn verteilen lassen ^^
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uncledon Featured By Owner 5 days ago
As a paleontologist I think that your work is truly inspired and quite unique. The manner in which you appear to apply principles of comparative anatomy and reasonable evolutionary progression to develop and express these dragon like creatures is most interesting. Rather than simple flights of fancy following the traditional lines of fiction and mythology you seem to be attempting to endeavor to create creatures that had conditions turned slightly off what really occurred could have evolved to populate the world.
So much for the scientist. Personally I find both your aerial and aquatic 'drakkens' very unique and your style of art is very developed. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :lol: It's good to hear this from a professional =D 
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