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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857685848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857685841
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 12.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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'An absolute pleasure to pore over, and almost every page is a window into a vanished world....the lavish art and interviews will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of great paleoartists...." – Smithsonian

'Alas, there were no photographers around to record the gruesome events. Fortunately for us, there are some highly skilled paleoartists who can provide a realistic look at dinosaur predation ...' – Huffington Post

'Dinosaur Art and the artists whose work is displayed within its pages are a feast for the mind, the senses, and the imagination. It strives to illustrate not only the dinosaurs, but the art and science that bring them alive for us all.'  – Red Orbit

'Magnificent, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing… words truly can’t describe the level of artistic mastery showcased in this collection. Bottom line: If you’re a dinosaur aficionado, regardless of age, you need to experience Dinosaur Art. This is a book to be savored, shared, and cherished.' – B&N Book Blog

'In his new "Dinosaur Art" book, paleo-artist and comics editor Steve White reveals the beauty, brawn and mystique of these giant beasts that walked the Earth millions of years ago.' – Live Science (www.livescience.com)

'Titan Books, publishers of this coffee-table book that is sure to be a phenomenon amongst paleontology enthusiasts, outdid themselves splendidly and an extra round of applause should definitely go their way!' – Killer Aphrodite

"Perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about Earth's history, or just wants to escape to a world of giant monsters who happened to be real." – io9

About the Author

Steve White has drawn dinosaurs since he was four, for fun and professionally.

Mauricio Anton has created artwork for museum exhibits worldwide.

John Conway has worked on projects for the Discovery Channel and the American
Museum of Natural History.

Julius Csotonyi has produced work for 25 publishers and museum exhibits, including National Geographic.

Douglas Henderson was credited as a 'Dinosaur Specialist' on Jurassic Park, and his artwork can actually be seen hanging in John Hammond's room in Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World!

Todd Marshall is best known for his collaborations with renowned paleontologist,
Paul Serono.

Raúl Martin's stunning oil and digital paintings have also appeared as murals in museums across the planet.

Robert Nicholls' illustrations, murals and 3D models are exhibited all around the world.

Gregory S. Paul has renamed several dinosaurs, and has been active in such fields as dinosaur physiology and thermodynamics. He was heavily involved in advising the filmmakers of Jurassic Park and several TV series.

Luis Rey illustrated Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages.

John Sibbick has been an independent illustrator for 30 years.

Customer Reviews

Anybody who is in to dinosaurs will love this book.
Aaron
If there is one negative, it's that you will probably have seen many of these images before, simply because this is a "greatest hits" package of paleoart.
Ulrich
This book is loaded with great, full color depictions of beautiful, sometimes stunning, artwork.
mikeinLA

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ulrich on September 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book collects virtually all of the best modern paleoartists into one spectacular volume. *Every* heavy hitter is here, and they range from digital artists to black and white "point" drawings; the publisher must have worked awfully hard to get so many top-notch artists into one volume. It is a definitive collection, and will probably remain THE definitive collection of paleoart for many years. Not only are the artists all extremely skilled, they show considerable ingenuity in the scenarios they depict ... for example, two giant Quetzalcoatus defending their flamingo-like nest against a much smaller juvenile T. Rex. And all the art is consistent with and informed by the best current paleontological research. As mentioned by the other reviewer, the art is not limited to just dinosaurs, which is a plus, despite the title. There are also prehistoric mammals, tetrapods, and such.

If there is one negative, it's that you will probably have seen many of these images before, simply because this is a "greatest hits" package of paleoart. Therefore if you have previously spent any time reading books on paleontology that include great artwork, then you will have run across a number of these images before this collection. But there is so much content overall that you will surely have seen only a fraction of it. Not only is the art great, but the text is very interesting as well.

Fun fact: The cover picture with the crocodilian attacking the T. Rex is epic (which you can see in the Amazon picture), but if you take off the dust jacket, there is also underneath a rather amazing image of two silver dinosaur skeletons battling against a black background, all done in very technical and precise anatomical detail.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Hobbyist on November 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Buy it.
Without reservation, buy it.

Not every illustration is excellent, and there is one I would describe as quite poor. However, most are absolutely outstanding and more than outweigh the (few) disappointing illustrations.
If you are even vaguely interested in paleontology, buy this book, the artwork gives a amazing new perspective on extinct life (not just dinosaurs).

One of the best books on ancient life I have encountered, a comment I make from the standpoint of quite a substantial collection of such books.
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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Coopernicus on September 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Dinosaur Art". Excited to hear it and simultaneously I was put off by the simplicity of the title. Couldn't the author or publisher come up with something more imaginative? More all-encompassing considering there's more than just dinosaurs here? I know the reason - search engine purposes. Dinosaur Art is so broad it's bound to turn up and lure buyers.
To subtitle it "The World's Greatest Paleoart" took some moxy considering with ten artists they just scratched the surface. Anyone thinking this is a critical overview or covers the comprehensive evolution of paleoart is mistaken. No such book exists (not even books by Rudwick, Davidson or Debus). This project was a paleofan's wish to compile his current favorite artists in one book, and probably have an excuse of speaking to them. So what you have is contemporary dinosaur art padded out with some basic Q & A.
I found the selection too Eurocentric. But what do you expect from a UK publisher? If you have wondered, where are the North American giants Mark Hallett? Larry Felder? James Gurney? Michael Skrepnick? Bill Stout? Karen Carr? Bob Walters? David Peters? Carl Buell? What about the Southern Hemisphere - Jorge Blanco? Peter Trusler? Some of these and others were approached by the author but there were space limits and disagreements about licensing/payments/royalties.
Let's hope a second volume can be produced with those or others, if Titan feels this one is successful. Dinosaur art books are always risky. Until then you have your Prehistoric Times interviews to fill in much of the same profiles.

Busy busy Phil Currie seems to be the first call paleontologist on these art books (see Dinosaur Imagery) and his foreword this time out seems generic, canned.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mikeinLA on September 5, 2012
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This book is loaded with great, full color depictions of beautiful, sometimes stunning, artwork. This is a nice, detailed introduction a number of accomplished, extremely talented artists, with lots of examples of their (very good) work. The artwork is not limited to dinosaurs - it includes prehistoric reptiles, and there is a section with pretty incredible art by Mauricio Anton depicting prehistoric mammals. I just got the book, so I have not read all of the text (there are a lot of interviews with the artists, etc.), but even just a quick run-through tells me that if you enjoy looking at pictures of what these animals probably looked like (OK, colors are anybody's guess, but you have to decide on something), you will love this book - it is a great value just for the number and quality of the pictures alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Andrew Terrill on September 10, 2012
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As noted by other reviewers, this artwork is both beautiful and diverse. Some of it is so realistic it almost appears photographic. Some is a little stiff, almost like a still life with dinosaurs. Other art included here verges on fantasy art with dinosaurs portrayed in deeply intense colors. There are also some terrific fold-out landscapes of prehistoric life. No one is going to like all of these styles equally, but anyone who enjoys the portrayal of dinosaurs and other prehistoric life should enjoy most of them. If you read a lot about dinosaurs, some of the images will be familiar, but I also realized that pictures I had seen in other books had often been truncated and I was now looking at the complete artwork. I am also delighted to see paleo-artists get some solid recognition. Most of the best modern artists of prehistoric life are represented here, and many of these people know as much about dinosaur anatomy as hard scientists. At least one of the artists has a sense of humor in naming his work (T-Rex Enjoying Seafood). I was also surprised at the very reasonable price for such a beautiful book. This belongs on the same shelf as Richard Milner's stunningly beautiful recent book on pioneering artist Charles R. Knight. [ASIN:0810984792 Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time]]
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