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TWELFTH ILLUSTRATION COMPLETE!!!

The latest illustration for The Kaligen Experiment has been completed. It is a fictional species of small ornithopod similar to Dryosaurus or Othnielia. While it has the same body plan as Dryosaurus, it has a pair of fang-like tusks in its upper jaw, which gives it a vampire-like appearance. I got the idea from Heterodontosaurus, which has teeth that resembled canine fangs. I also drew inspiration for the tusks from the real life vampire deer. To highlight this creature’s bird heritage, I wanted it to be more heavily feathered than normal. The name of this animal translates as “Hickory Lizard”.

ELEVENTH ILLUSTRATION COMPLETE

Another breed of armored dinosaur I included in The Kaligen Experiment was a fictional species of Ankylosaur. When brainstorming its appearance, I based its physical structure on that of the prehistoric armadillo, Doedicurus, which had similar adaptations to Ankylosaurus. Its head is based on Psittacosaurus, but more heavily armored. The name of this beast translates as “Kernel Lizard”.

NINTH ILLUSTRATION COMPLETE

During the Cretaceous Period, hadrosaurs or duck-billed dinosaurs served as a staple in the diets of several carnivores such as raptors and Tyrannosaurs. While writing The Kaligen Experiment, I decided to create a dinosaur that served the same role as the hadrosaurs of old. Like the other dinosaurs in the series, this herbivore is a fictional species of my own design. I envisioned it to have the head of Edmontosaurus, the head crest of Saurolophus, the nasal crest from the unused Malusaurus from Jurassic World, the thumb spikes of Iguanodon, and the back sail of Ouranosaurus. In order to symbolize its status as a new species of hadrosaur, this creature’s name translates as “New Duck”.

EIGHTH ILLUSTRATION

My illustrator has completed the eighth illustration for my upcoming dinosaur book, The Kaligen Experiment: Genesis. This marks the halfway point in our collaboration. This illustration features my fictional species of sauropod or long-necked dinosaur. You can tell based on how big it is to an average human that if it stepped on you, you would become stuck to its foot like an old gum wrapper. This is the largest species of dinosaur in my entire series.

DINOSAUR DEVELOPMENTS

I have been reaching a series of milestones regarding my dinosaur series. My illustrator has completed the eighth illustration, which means we are halfway done with our collaboration. I have also completed the manuscript for a field guide into the zoological nature of my fictional dinosaurs. I will send it to me editor in the near future. I plan to release both the first dinosaur book and the field guide at the same time. I have changed course with my second dinosaur book. Instead of taking place on the mainland, the second book will revolve around an expedition to the manmade ecosystem that tries to uncover the island’s many unexpected secrets. However, the expedition goes horribly wrong and the survivors fight to survive. Overall, I have been experiencing a lot of developments with my dinosaur series and I look forward to what happens next.

SEVENTH ILLUSTRATION COMMENCES!!!

A few days ago, the creation of the seventh illustration of my dinosaur book has begun. This will be the first herbivore illustration to be made. It will feature my fictional species of ceratopsian or horned dinosaur. While this animal will have similarities to the real life ceratopsians, it will have a number of notable differences as well. Not only will this beast have its own illustration, but it will also be featured in the cover illustration. I look forward to seeing this critter in the flesh.

SIXTH ILLUSTRATION (FIRST DRAFT)

A few days ago, I received the first draft of the sixth illustration for my dinosaur book. It features an animal that is not only the smallest predator in the story, but also the smallest species of dinosaur in the entire series. This creature is also the first species of reverse engineered dinosaur to be created in my story’s universe. I am amazed at my illustrator’s ability to flawlessly give my imagination physical form. So far, I would say that my collaboration with my illustrator has been a perfect match for me. I look forward to seeing the rest of my illustrations when our collaboration is over.