Exquisite dinosaur artwork by Jeff Dee and Talzhemir, and a dinosaur sourcebook for Cavemaster(tm) - the Stone Age RPG!
COLORING BOOK! As we've had so many requests for this... *All* Backers will also receive a .PDF (download) of the Dinosaurs of the Lost Valley coloring book! These will be versions of the pictures with slightly thicker lines, perfect for crayons 'n' colored pencils 'n' watercolors.
The canyon is a mysterious place, lush and green. Unfamiliar sounds reach you through the mists. Looking about, there are plants you only recognize because you have seen fossils. Suddenly, an impossibly large creature steps out from the palms and cycads. The hairs on your forearms and nape prickle.
It towers over you, three times your height. Its weight is measured in tons, not pounds. It welcomes you to the Lost Valley with a rumbling roar that you feel from your collarbones to the soles of your feet.
Eureka! At last you have discovered the
SIGNED ART PRINTS
We're creating 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" autographed art prints. The initial funding goal covers twelve drawings: six herbivores and six carnivores. Some of our illustrations depict humans alongside dinosaurs, yet we put great care into making the dinosaurs anatomically accurate.
DINOSAURS OF THE LOST VALLEY: THE BOOK!
The softcover collection of all the drawings from this project is also an expansion for our paleolithic role-playing game, Cavemaster. It includes two playable saurian character races: the armored herbivorous Graa and the carnivorous claw-fighting Kar Shee!
Backers at "Team Herbivore" level receive the Camarasaurus drawing when it's unlocked. Backers at the "Team Carnivore" level also receive the Dimetrodon drawing when it's unlocked. Backers at the Complete Set level receive ALL of the unlocked stretch goal drawings!
$3500 Europasaurus (6m)
$4750 Camarasaurus (15m) - Team Herbivore Bonus!
$5500 Dimetrodon (Archosaur) - Team Carnivore Bonus!
$5750 Utah Raptor
$6000 Apatosaurus (23m)
$6500 Plesiosaur (Archosaur)
$7250 Sauroposeidon (30m)
$7500 Pterasaur (Archosaur)
$8250 Revueltosaur (Archosaur)
$8500 Amphicoelias (40m)
$9500 The Dinosaurs of the Lost Valley book (pdf and print versions) gets an exclusive, all-new cover painting!
$9750 Dracorex hogwartsii
THE EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION LOST CANYON CLAW NECKLACE
Our high-end Backer Reward features a necklace. This picture shows the master for its focus bead: a 2" long replica of a carnosaur claw, sculpted by Talzhemir. The final version will be cast in resin.
ABOUT THE MAKING OF THESE PICTURES
We're drawing creatures that no longer exist... Even with the most famous dinosaurs, accurate illustrations and sculptures are hard to find. Displays at major museums are loaded with unfortunate inaccuracies. To counter this, we tend to stick to the fossils and do our own research, rather than copycat what other artists speculate.
Here's how it was applied to the Triceratops. The skeleton was traced using the program "Adobe Illustrator". A cross section diagram was constructed to ensure its chest is accurately barrel-shaped. The positioning of the limbs was taken from a tracing of a trackway. We discovered that triceratops walked with its hind feet closer together and its forelegs a bit farther apart.
The basics of the outline and anatomy are sketched on computer screen. This foundation work is printed out. The final drawings is made on heavier art paper, using a grid. First, it is penciled. Then, it may be inked and the original pencil lines erased.
What comes out is a lovely drawing, great for framing and hanging on your wall, suitable for office, classroom, bedroom. Hang one in the bathroom to inspire you when you first get up in the morning. Put them up everywhere. You just can't have too many dinosaurs in your life!
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We will be producing up to 38 drawings. Each picture is exhaustively researched.
We've therefor scheduled homework time to research each of these creatures. Luckily, there's no shortage of enthusiasm. Few creatures in the world are as exciting to draw as dinosaurs!
Furthermore, the workload is shared between Jeff and Talzhemir, who are both experienced artists who have worked closely together many times before.
These illustrations are mostly done "offline", but they also require computer time for research. So sometimes our work gets held up by thunder storms. Surge protectors can't save our equipment from lightning, and we can't risk losing things to electrical damage, so everything gets unplugged. We've learned to pad our estimates by a few days in case of inclement weather.
There is a sizable set-up fee for each plate. By producing only one size of print, and printing them in batches, this overhead is significantly reduced.
With so many components to a set, a few organizational mistakes are inevitable. In particular, miscommunications with the printer have plagued Jeff's previous projects. We allow extra time to catch and correct these errors.
SOFTCOVER BOOK TURNAROUND
Once the book has been assembled, we'll submit it to yet another printing service. There's some turnaround time here before a proof of the softcover books reaches us. Only after we have seen and approved the final product do we order more to send to our Backers.