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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.

painting: three trilobites

December 2, 2010

Trilobites were prehistoric anthropods that existed in the waters during early the Cambrian age (525 million years ago) to the Permian age (250 million years ago). Mainly, bottom-feeders, their diet consisted of plankton.

My watercolor painting illustrates three trilobites passing each other in the shallow ocean floor. Naturally, the only evidence of their activity appears in fossil form, but I wanted to depict them as alive. After all, the trilobite species reigned on the Earth for hundreds of millions of years.

Here is sea full of prehistoric creatures including amphibians, fish, trilobites, and a Eurypterid, a descendant of the horseshoe crab. The collage-style composition is inspired by exhibits at the Natural History Museum. This is a print of my original pen and ink drawing, color painted digitally. Prints are available for sale in my store.

drawing_carboniferous_sm

My pen and ink drawing of sea life found in the Devonian period, 416 to 359 million years ago, during the Paleozoic era.   A print of this is for sale at my shop.

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