Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dracorex Hogwartsia - by Darren Maurer

Paper size 11" x 17"
I paint, draw, and design for a living. My hobbies for fun are fishing and hunting dinosaurs. Hunting dinosaurs???? Yes, that is correct. Some friends of mine started hunting dinosaur fossils back in 2000. I joined the group in 2002 and haven't looked back since. In 2003 some members of our group found something really special. It was a previously unknown species of dinosaur. A complete upper skull was uncovered and it is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Looking at this fossil for the first time was an unbelievable experience. Prepping the fossil took a painstaking 5000 hours of tedious labor. Our group got to help name the new dinosaur which was eventually called "Dracorex Hogwartsia". We donated the skull to the Indianapolis Children's Museum located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Collecting fossils and continuously learning and studying about dinosaurs is one of the most rewarding aspects of my life next to my family. The next best thing to hunting fossils for me is talking about them to others. I have lectured countless times at grade schools, colleges, universities, museums, and anyone else that is interested and has invited us to speak. I completed this pencil sketch of the skull very shortly after the fossil was finished being prepped.

We wanted to announce a new website dedicated to our dinosaur containing lots of information and background on the discovery. Check out the website at Email me and let me know what you think. The pencil drawing is available for purchase as a lithograph fine art print hand signed by yours truly. They are available through the store section at the website or emailing me directly.
I am close to finishing two more paintings I'm doing for the gallery in Hawaii. I will finish one or two more for the gallery and get back into a somewwhat normal routine. I did get a commission job last week to paint an 8'---0" x 12'---6" original oil on canvas. Is it my imagination or is that a really big painting?? I'll keep everyone updated.


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