Ok, lets start with the less important stuff. You may have notice that I haven't upload a "Thanks for the 1000 watchers" deviation so far (thanks for all this nice suggestions
). That has several reasons.
Firstly, it needed more time as I assumed to find the right concept for the picture and secondly I notice that I will soon pass the 100000 mark of pageviews, crazy thing.
So I decided to paint and post a picture for both events.
Now the more important, serious and sad stuff.
Thanks to an article at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus [link]
we all know now that the fourth Jurassic Park film will have no feathers.
Arrrgh, I shaken by convulsions and in the next moment heated by the will to construct a missle which fly directly into the Hollywood hills to destroy the script!
How is it possible that a team of three brilliant script writers find no way to update the design of the JP dinosaurs?
How is it possible that a book/film series which brings words like paradigm shift, chaos theory in the public lost more and more of it's progressiveness with every film? Where is the paradigm shift in Jurassic Park?
Other seems to be happy with the news.
Andrea Cau write inter alia:
"I hated the "crested" raptors in JP3 because they differed from those in the first movies. I'm happy dinosaurs in JP4 will retain the look of the first movies: JP is not a documentary, and should not be forced to be "updated" to the "real world". In the JP-verse the dinosaur look is the one shown in JP1 and must remain that one until the end of the saga."
Sorry Andrea, but this sounds nearly like a intelligent design enthusiast.
No change? Why? Why should the dinosaurs of JP excluded from the laws of the real world.
In JP III, Grant called the raptors of Isla Sorna theme park monsters, created to satisfy public perception. That's right, but in the same movie we see that the design of the raptors have changed, the tails had become more stiff and the males wear a crest of primitive feathers. It seems like live find a way because it's no longer controlled by humans. This way is called epigentics.
My theory is that the genes for producing feathers were switched off, by accident or because feathered raptors wouldn't, again, satisfy public perception. So what happend with the JP raptors is what Jack Horner want to try with chickens... but different around in a way...
And I didn't need to mention that feathers give so much advantage for birds and dinosaurs, so the packs with feathers would survive more likely.
I don't say that they should change the whole, how David Orr called it, visual identity of Jurassic Park but I would welcome a change. Not only to satisfy the perception of the dinosaur enthusiasts, Paleo freaks and Dinophiles like us, but also to change the picture of dinosaurs in the head of "normal" people. A. Cau is right, Jurassic Park is not a documentation, but many, too many people still have the the JP dinosaurs in mind when they think about prehistoric animals, and most of these people would never watch a modern dinosaur doc. to update their knowlegde.
Movies like Jurassic Park form the public image of dinosaurs and, in my eyes the makers of such films have a responsibility, especially JP because when the first film came out it was cemented that THESE dinosaurs were the most up to date reconstructions ever.
p.s. I don't forget the frog DNA, but you must know that they not only put amphibian DNA into the dinosaurs, the book also mentioned lizard and bird DNA.
p.p.s. "Among the many worries from fans for Universal's Jurassic Park 4 was the possibility that we could see dinosaurs covered in feathers, as opposed to dinos in their classic form", are feathers a sort of scientific fashion?
p.p.p.s. Another quote: "Jurassic Park showed how science and cinema could collaborate to create something truly majestic. That's why it's so disappointing to hear the the next Jurassic Park sequel is going to turn its back on a critical aspect of dinosaur lives. In Jurassic Park 4, the film's director has stated, there will be no feathery dinosaurs." Brian Switek
But I should stop at this point. More friendly things now.
I want to recommend you to google two artists who produce some of the best reconstructions of ancient live I ever saw and who aren't specialized on dinosaurs.
Carl Buell is a illustrator, recently known for the reconstruction of the Obamadon, a cretaceous lizard.
This is one of my favorites: [link]
the second is Peter Trusler, a artists who is best known for it's fantastic reconstructions of australian mega fauna from before and especially after the K-P event.
Another favorite: [link]
Aaaaaaaaand another edit: Today I get a copy of Prophet issue 1, the comic which was partly drawn by Simon Roy
and as a fan of his art it was a must have for my bookshelf.
Well, I love it
I just can recommend to you all
That's all for today
All the best