Since a few days I'm working on this small cycle which is the third work of the Jurassic Germany project.
Here is the story behind the pictures.
154 million years ago, Westfalen (edit: now it's really the Netherlands, Germany had no vulcanos during that time) , near the border to what will be the Netherlands. Here, a small vulcanic island, just a few kmē big, blows steam into the air. Between two eruptions sea water irrupt into the crater and evaporate to clouds. It's a world full of life. The vulcanic ashes manures the soil and brings plants of all kinds to flower. But it's a part time paradise. Since a few weeks the rain shows traces of surlfur and sometimes the earth quakes. And one morning the vulcano come fully back to life. With an deep roaring voice the mountain explode and throws out a fontain of of dust, rocks and toxic gases.
It's a catastrophe for the biosphere of the island. Nearly all plants around the vulcano die and only animals which can fly or swim away have a good chance to survive.
But the gray desert which remains isn't liveless. Some animals even migrate over long distances to reach this hell on earth. After a few days the sky is full of high croaky calls. They signal the arrival of an swarm Pterodactylus antiquus. It's a pterosaur with no more than 1m wingspan, small pointy teeth and an ceratinous crest on it's head. These are all females and they are pregnant. A small group of this pterosaurs comes every year at this place to nest, but the last eruption have distributed the ashes in all wind directions and woke up an old instinct within the flying reptiles. The dead araucaria and tree ferns now no longer shade the soil and the fresh and warm ashes are prefect to breed the eggs. Shortly after landing the animals begin to search for a suitable place to lay their eggs. like deathdealers they stalk silently over the devastated landscape always looking for the soil with the right temperature, a task they only interupt to pick from time to time at the cadaver of a lizard or small dinosaur. When a female found the place where she wants to raise their flaplings, she begins to dig into the ground. Therefore she use her poverfull arms to balance and their big feet to shovel the ashes away. It's a modification of the quad launch posture. When the hole is roughly 0,5 m deep she lays here egg into it. It has a soft leathery shell, similar to that of crocodiles.
The mother cover the egg with loose warm ashes. After she had handed over it's offspring to mother earth she lost most interest for it and after a few days she leave the island.
Time goes by. The rain washes aways some ashes and dig the riverbed for many small streams which flows down at the flanks of the vulcano. A marine crocodile, a Machimosaurus swims through this new habitat attracted by many cadavers which the water brings in his range.
One month later, suddenly, the ashes at the foot of the mountain begin to move at several places. Finally the earth open and give birth to an small dirty creature. A baby Pterodactylus stretches it's wings and blink into the sun.
Pencil, watercolor and Gouache on paper
A film which inspire me (german) www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5GdT_…