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Vladimir Nikolov
Current Residence: Plovdiv/Sofia, Bulgaria
Favourite style of art: All kinds of traditional art
Excavate! Dinosaurs, my first book as leading illustrator, is hitting the bookstores in just over two weeks! The book is authored by Jonathan Tennant and published by Ivy Press.

Today I got my advanced copy, and despite my obvious bias, I think that it looks pretty nice. (For a moment there I was like "Man, am I really the person who drew this?") Below, I am sharing a couple of sneak-peeks with the sneaky thought of convincing more of my deviantArt watchers to buy the book. :P The second image is kindly provided by Jonathan Tennant.

Opening Page by T-PEKC

Excavate dinosaurs t rex page by T-PEKC

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon UK  and Amazon US.
  • Mood: Joy

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Sketchy-raptor Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey, thanks very much for the fave! 
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
You're welcome!
Qianzhousaurus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! The one thing I've noticed and really feel inspired to see in your art is the depth in realism that is put into each piece, and how your paleoart is very unique. 
Keep up the fantastic work! :) (Smile) 
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Thank you for the compliments! :)
Qianzhousaurus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries! :) (Smile) 
Rikitikiwiki Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, I'd like to say, seeing your work here on Deviantart and JPLegacy (before I quit), I've got to say it's unique. You captivate a liveliness with your work that others can't seem to master-they look like living, breathing animals rather than illustrations.

Second of all-I need to ask a stupid question. How do you do it? Do you use living references to figure out how to do texture, pattern, and colour combination, or have you just got experience with just completely winging it?

I'm asking 'cause I'm really struggling with my upcoming book series. I'd like to draw my creations, which'll be primarily prehistoric lifeforms, a good deal altered to fill specific niches. For example, a possible creature would be something akin to a Protoceratops mixed with a dicynodont, which would probably use its tusks to forage for roots and grubs.

But, as I'm having difficulty figuring out how to execute this,  it's rather discouraging from even writing. So, I'd like some advice from someone who has been at it far longer tha I have.
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
First, thank you for the compliments! Being the artist I am subjective and it is hard for me to evaluate whether my work looks lively and believable, or not, thus I am glad to hear it looks this way to you. I am giving my best, that's for sure.

Second, your question is not stupid. It is hard one to answer though. I honestly don't know how I am doing it. What I know for sure is that I just try to improve on my older work, and strive for both scientific and artistic (in terms of artistic technique) realism and accuracy. If you're looking to produce accurate, realistic, and visually appealing work (of course this doesn't mean strictly photo-realistic art), then things will come in time. Using references is very important, but this doesn't mean to copy and/or plagiarize the work of other artists. One can study the technique of different artists, or draw/paint from photos in order to improve their skills. From purely artistic point of view, to make a quality art, it is very important to learn to convincingly recreate light and how light interacts with objects.. Also, when reconstructing extinct animal (or drawing speculative animal) it is always important to look at it's closest relatives (from phylogenetic/evolutionary point of view), or animals that occupy the same ecological niche or have similar behavior. It is all about reasonable speculation, inference, and extrapolation. 

Knowing the current trends in paleoart, as well as your paleoart memes, is also important when one is trying to create fresh and interesting art.

I suppose this is not the answer you were looking for, but I don't think there is one that will teach you everything at once. Good luck with your project! :)
Rikitikiwiki Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, it helps a lot!

I should've clarified; I meant photo references of real, living creatures. But that is advice to remember, nonetheless.

Interesting. That was the approach I was thinking of going for-using closest living relatives, behaviourally similar, or just occupying the same niche. Thanks, this really validates what I had in mind!

Thanks a lot!
quantumuniverseX8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Hey, is Jurassic Park: Revelations still up, or has it been taken down?
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
What do you mean by "if it is still up"? As far as I can see, it is still on the JPLegacy website.
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