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August 19, 2017

dinosaurs_and_meteor_by_al_lau

What happened on the day when the big one hit the earth millions of years ago? Most likely, life was going on as normal. And then, in an instant, a meteor impacted the Earth so hard that it affected the entire atmosphere, creating a fiery, ash laden sky. Thus wiping out all of the giants.

This coming Monday the 21st, mid-day, there will be another cosmic event – the Solar Eclipse. Eager spectators, along a certain path in the United States, will view it because it is so rare. The last time it happened in the US was in 1979. The next solar eclipse won’t happen until 2024. It won’t be an extinction level event, but it is dangerous to view it with the naked eye, so please be careful and use proper viewing gear when you look up.

sketch: brontosaurus

August 5, 2017

brontosaurus_by_al_lau

sketch: triceratops

July 29, 2017

triceratops_by_al_lau
This dinosaur is on alert. Is there a T-Rex on the prowl?

plesiosaur_vs_dunkleosteus_by_al_lau

The quick and nimble Plesiosaurus encounters the megashark, Dunkleosteus. Both creatures were deep sea dinosaurs from the prehistoric seas of early Earth. Check out my illustration which is available at my store now.

There can only be one alpha predator. Who do you think will win this battle?

dinosaur_footprint_by_al_lau

I did this illustration in watercolour medium. It was fun to do because of all the sandy texture that had to go into it. I wanted to capture the footprints as if they were made recently, hence the sharp nail marks and defined foot pads.

These track imprints in the sand belong to an Allosaurus, or a bipedal theropod, from the Late Jurassic age. The Allosaurus is a carnivorous dinosaur much like its cousin the Tyrannosaurus Rex. All theropods had bird-like clawed feet although their legs were very strong and muscular to chase prey down.

illustration: trilobite race

December 4, 2015

trilobites_race_by_al_lau

Trilobites were early arthropods that existed over 500 million years ago during the paleozoic era, even before the dinosaur age. They ranged in size from under an inch to as big as two feet long. Their body composed of hard-shelled body segments which we can find today in fossil form. Unfortunately, their legs and antennae were much too brittle to be preserved during fossilization.

In my watercolor painting, the trilobites are full of life, scurrying and anxious to find food among the ocean floor.

sketch: mosasaurus

June 14, 2015

mosasaurus

I am ecstatic to see that the Jurassic World movie is featuring the massive underwater dinosaur, the Mosasaurus. The Mosasaurus was the alpha predator in the late Cretacious age and it makes today’s great white sharks look like teddy bears in comparison. This is my drawing of a Mosasaurus. I hope to make it look more menacing, next time.

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