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Vladimir Nikolov
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Bulgaria
Current Residence: Plovdiv/Sofia, Bulgaria
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The first book I have illustrated was just announced on publisher's website. The book is titled "Excavate! Dinosaurs", and authored by Jon Tennant, who is British paleontologist currently working on his PhD. It contains about 80 original artworks of mine, commissioned specifically for this project, some of which can be seen in my gallery here (with others to be uploaded in the following months). "Excavate! Dinosaurs" will be published this October and will cost 12.99 pounds.

Don't forget to zoom the preview images to see the art in better detail. ;)

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Some of my artworks are also available as prints, here on DeviantArt. Check them if you're interested.

Link to my paleontography website - vladoraptor.wix.com/nikolovpal…

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Some great paleoartists whose work I like:

:iconalexandernevsky: :iconarchosaurian: :iconbrokenmachine86: :icondibgd: :icondinomaniac: :iconzombiesaurian: :icondustdevil: :iconfelipe-elias: :icongorgosaurus: :iconjconway: :iconkahless28: :iconkyoht: :iconmaniraptora: :iconolorotitan: :iconpaleo-king: :iconpaleoaeolos: :iconpaleopastori: :icontuomaskoivurinne: :iconqilong: :iconrsnature: :iconapsaravis: :iconscotthartman: :iconsputatrix: :iconsteveoc86: :iconunlobogris: :iconyoult: and many others. It's obvious that I can't include in this short list all of the artists I'm watching, so please don't send me angry messages. If I'm watching your gallery then be sure that I like your art. :)

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:iconrikitikiwiki:
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.
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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! :)
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:iconrikitikiwiki:
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!
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quantumuniverseX8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Hey, is Jurassic Park: Revelations still up, or has it been taken down?
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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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Harry-Botter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hello are you open for request?

I have some cool Request ideas.


1.
an sexy woman or other normal woman/mann (other?)  slays an pack of werewolves or lizardman

she/he stand on the top of the dead monster mountain with an winning position or sit on some dead monster body.


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if you dont like to draw werewolves ?

Dinosaurman or lizardman would be awsome too.


lizardman concept here  www.file-upload.net/download-9…

werewolf concept here  harry-botter.deviantart.com/ar…


2.
If you dont like it im would be really happy to see this Werewolf in some cool position

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or in other color

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3.
if you dont like werewolves , the lizardman from heavy metal 2000 would be awsome too ^^


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It would be so nice when you find time & interest on one of this Request .
Im not an good Artist but have some nice ideas ,it would be so fantastic when an wonderful Artist like you can do it.


Have an wonderful nice day
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Hello,

I don't do requests. I do commissions though. But even then, I am not really interested in any of those concepts/ideas.

Have a great day! :)
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:iconharry-botter:
Harry-Botter Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hello ,ah okay have an wonderful nice day and an fantastic weekend
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Andorou-Khan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Thanks for the fav!
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello again. how are you doin. I gonna have a exebiton with my dinosaur art, non-Jp of course and this Picture is one of them, its not perfect but im proud of it.

hellraptor.deviantart.com/art/…

What do you Think.

Best regards Hellraptor
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