Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 7, 2012.

Update #8

Dryptosaurus: progress report

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Hello!

I'm happy to report that I've been making progress on several fronts as I've received all of the pledged funding for Digital Dinosaur: Dryptosaurus. Here are some of the highlights:

I have acquired my new computer, graphic tablet, and the program ZBrush - these were the core requirements for me to be able to execute this Kickstarter project...But I haven't jumped into the digital sculpting process yet, because first I need to have my life-sized, traditionally sculpted Dryptosaurus head surface scanned, so I can import a digital version of the head as a starting point, upon which I'll digitally sculpt the rest of the body.  Schedules have aligned, and it looks like we'll be scanning the head this coming Sunday, November 25.  I will keep you updated on this very interesting part of the process.

Rather than scanning the head that is currently on display at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Il., I have been working on creating a fresh cast of my Dryptosaurus head reconstruction.  I will omit the feathers for now, as these can cause a problem for the scanner, and I will also leave the lower jaw detached, so the scan can pick up all of the details of the teeth and insides of the mouth more easily. 

I've also been getting a head start on quite a few of the rewards that I'll be sending out.  A Kickstarter survey will soon be on its way to collect your shipping and other pertinent info, for as many of you whose pledges I can fulfill with a reward earlier than planned. As well, I've been purchasing the boxes, envelopes, and other shipping supplies that I'll need to pack and send all of the varied rewards. I'm also in preliminary discussions with a company to create some interesting custom packaging for some of the reward levels, in the style of the old Aurora model kit boxes... 

I've had some terrific help producing rewards from a skilled friend, Mark Luchene. I met Mark back in the early 90's, when we were both pursuing special effects makeup; as a matter of fact you can find us listed together on the IMDB website for an independent horror film we worked on called "Dead Meat" (1993).  We'd been out of touch for many years, but working with Mark again is just like old times - only now instead of severed human heads we're casting dinosaur heads! I'm so happy to have him on board and excited to help me complete this Kickstarter project.

There's a lot more to come as the Dryptosaurus gains momentum! 

Happy Thanksgiving, and remember, that turkey you're eating is a little dinosaur!

-Tyler

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      Creator Thomas B Armstrong on November 20, 2012

      I can hardly wait to get my Alioramus head, ok half head.. They look SO cool!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!!!!

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    73 backers

    Thank you! You will receive a digital copy (jpg) of my completed Dryptosaurus digital sculpture! This will make a great memento of your support for this project as your computer's wallpaper, or throw it into your next family slideshow to tout your Kickstarter participation!

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    Thank you! You will receive a signed and personalized postcard from my Paleoart exhibit. This was my first solo art show, and will be a very collectible piece of ephemera! The postcard shows a different dinosaur sculpture of mine on either side. You will also receive the digital copy (jpg) listed in Reward #1!

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    Thank you! You will receive a photo print of my Dryptosaurus bust sculpture, suitable for framing. I'll autograph the front or back, your choice. This is a photograph that I took of my traditionally sculpted head, which was reconstructed for the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois... it's the head that got this whole Kickstarter project going!

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    Thank you!! You will receive a cast of my dinosaur sculpture, Herrerasaurus. This reward really exemplifies the power of using digital technologies: I started with a life-sized, traditionally sculpted head. Next, the head was surface scanned to digitize it. That digital scan was then scaled down, and 3D printed using a prototyping machine. The resulting miniature version of the dinosaur head, perfect in detail and proportion, was molded and cast to create your reward!

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    Thank you!! I've brought back this sold-out reward due to popular demand. You will receive a cast of my dinosaur sculpture, Herrerasaurus. This reward really exemplifies the power of using digital technologies: I started with a life-sized, traditionally sculpted head. Next, the head was surface scanned to digitize it. That digital scan was then scaled down, and 3D printed using a prototyping machine. The resulting miniature version (2.5 inches) of the dinosaur head, perfect in detail and proportion, was molded and cast to create your reward!

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    12 backers Limited (13 left of 25)

    Thank you!! You will get a half Alioramus head, suitable for wall hanging. This an unpainted (off white) small scale resin cast of my traditionally sculpted head of Alioramus altai. This species is a distant relative of Dryptosaurus, and was described by Steve Brusatte. 12 inches long. Extra charge for international shipping.

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    27 backers Limited (13 left of 40)

    Thank you!! You will receive a cold-cast bronze wall hanging of my traditionally sculpted Alioramus altai half-head. In this process, real bronze powder is mixed into resin and cast into a mold, resulting in a replica with the look and feel of solid bronze, and can even be polished to a shine with steel wool! 12 inches long. Extra charge for international shipping.

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    21 backers Limited (4 left of 25)

    Thank you!! You will receive a model kit version of my digital Dryptosaurus sculpture. This will be created by taking the digital sculpture data and 3D printing it with a prototyping machine at a miniature scale. You can assemble and paint this resin model, which will be about 12 inches long when assembled. This is a great collector piece! Extra charge for international shipping.

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    Thank you!! You will receive a painted, finished maquette of my digital Dryptosaurus sculpture. This will be created by taking the digital sculpture data and 3D printing it with a prototyping machine at a miniature scale. I will then assemble and paint the model for you- a combination of my digital and traditional art, and a real collectors item! Extra charge for international shipping.

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    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

    Thank you!! You will receive a painted, finished maquette of my digital Dryptosaurus sculpture. This will be created by taking the digital sculpture data and 3D printing it with a prototyping machine at a miniature scale. I will then assemble and paint the model for you- a combination of my digital and traditional art, and a real collectors item! This model will be in a different pose than the sold-out series of 5 models at this same reward level. Extra charge for international shipping.

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    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    Thank you!! You will receive a cold-cast bronze miniature replica of my digital Dryptosaurus sculpture! This will be created by first 3D printing my digital model file at small scale, about 12 inches long. I'll mold that prototype, and then mix real bronze powder into resin to create a casting for you that has the look and feel of real solid bronze! Extra charge for international shipping.

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    Thank you!!! I will give you a live presentation, showing how I research and create my reconstructions, called "From Fossils to Flesh". I will send you my Powerpoint in advance, and then on our mutually agreed date and time, I will connect with you via Skype, wherever in the world you are! Gather your friends and family, group, class or club, and I'll be happy to take questions after my talk. Good for one year from end of successful Kickstarter funding.

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    1 backer All gone!

    Thank you so much! This is a special request for a true believer in my work: 5 of my full-body Dryptosaurus model kits! This is the 3D printed miniature version of my Zbrush sculpture, in kit form, ready to be assembled and painted, about 12 inches long.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Thank you!!! I will give you a live and in-person presentation, showing how I research and create my reconstructions, called "From Fossils to Flesh". I'll use a Powerpoint show and bring in actual sculptures to illustrate my process. Gather your friends and family, group, class or club, and I'll be happy to take questions after my talk. Good for one year from end of successful Kickstarter funding. Limited to a 20 mile radius around Brookfield, Illinois.

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    Thank you!!! Your generous support entitles you to a very interesting piece of artwork. I will create a half-head wall hanging replica of my life-sized, traditionally sculpted Dryptosaurus head! Approximately 3 feet long. One left and one right profile will be created. Extra charge for international shipping. This is not something I usually offer, and is at a significant reduction from museum pricing!

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    Thank you!!! Your generous gift will allow my project to go so much further! You will receive my life-sized bust of Herrerasaurus, which is a traditionally sculpted head and neck of this ancient predatory dinosaur. This sculpture was originally created as a showcase in the Japanese paleoart book "Life Restorations of Dinosaurs", for the chapter I wrote documenting my process and techniques. Approximately 3 feet long. A great opportunity for serious collectors or museums, as this is available here as a reward at a significant price reduction! Extra charge for international shipping.

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    1 backer All gone!

    Thank you!!! Your generous gift entitles you to a cast of my traditionally sculpted life-sized Dryptosaurus head. Approximately 3 feet long, this is the head that the Lake County Discovery Museum has on display. It will be intricately detailed and painted - for you I can customize the coloration to suit your needs. This will be only the second cast of my Dryptosaurus head in existence! A great opportunity for serious collectors or museums, as this is available here as a reward at a significant price reduction! Extra charge for international shipping.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Thank you!!! This reward will be a very special, one-of-a-kind casting of my traditionally sculpted Dryptosaurus head. This life-sized model, about 3 feet long, will be an ALBINO variation - pink eyes, white scales and protofeathers, pale keratin...I've been wanting to create one of these for a while now, and I think it will be quite terrifying! A very unique piece for a serious collector, and still lower than museum pricing. Extra charge for International shipping.

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