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A V S TURNER

A V S TURNER

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The International Palaeontological Congress, 2014

Great news this month – my reconstruction of Koumpiodontosuchus asprodokitii & Neovenator has just won 1st prize at the International Palaeontological Congress in Mendoza, Argentina!

The piece has subsequently been bought by the Dinosaur Isle Museum on the Isle of Wight, to sit by the holotype specimens in their permanent displays.

Grateful thanks goes out to the International Palaeontological Association and the Staff at the Dinosaur Isle museum.

Science Uncovered

Big day on friday (28th sep) – I’ll be attending the ‘Science Uncovered’ event at the Natural History Museum in London in my current capacity as volunteer with the Human Origins group!

As well as helping the public create a massive cave-painting on a temporary wall, I will also be presenting the work I have been doing behind the scenes over the past four months.

I invite all available Bubblers to come on down if you can make it and participate in our enormous cave painting!

Love & Chocolate Dinosaurs,

Alice

Volunteering at the Museum, Part II

Just a quick update to announce that the first phase of my work with scientists at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington is sadly now at an end, but this is where the really interesting stuff starts!

In addition to the vector-based work I have been doing, they have kindly also asked me to knock up a few scenic restorations too! These are really exciting for me, as they are a chance for me to really think hard about how these people lived between 11 & 12,000 years ago.

As these preliminary studies are not for sale, I shan’t be posting them here, but you can view the first two here in my blog:

http://avsturner.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/homo-sa...

I shall be personally presenting all the artwork (and animations!) done thus far with the amazing folks in the …

Published work

Even more good news this week! My Giganotosaurus crolinii appears in an article in this season’s edition of Prehistoric Times magazine:

http://www.prehistorictimes.com/

Plus, my Amargasaurus cazaui is to be included in the autumn edition in September.

Grateful thanks to all the staff and fellow contributors at PT!

Work in progress

Well, I promised a new digital painting this March. It’s now June and I’m still only half finished! Sadly, what with my seven-year-old mac finally biting the dust, I’ve had to take a break from painting, but hopefully my new system should be all set up soon, upon which I can get stuck back in!

In the meantime, I thought it might be nice to post a kind of time-lapse image to show how the painting has progressed thus far. It’s not terribly detailed, but it does give a pretty neat indication of what my process involves.

I hope you enjoy it and feel free to share any similar images you may have showing how your own work evolves!

http://www.redbubble.com/people/avsturner/works...

Volunteering at the Museum!

Well, when I first applied for a voluntary post at London’s Natural History Museum I didn’t dare get my hopes up about getting it, but the dinosaur gods must have been smiling upon me that day because last Friday was my first day of volunteering at the museum and I loved it!!!

So, every friday for the next couple of months I’ll be there, offering my graphic skills to the palaeontology department as part of their ‘human origins’ project. I can already tell it’s going to be great fun and a fascinating experience.

Once the project is completed, I’ll be posting a little mini-diary of my experiences there, which will be sometime around late July.

Everybody take care until then!

On competitions...

So, my entry for The Big Sleep at SXSW comp didn’t win, but that’s not the end of the story. I thought this would be a good opportunity to share my musings on why these challenges are useful and why I love taking part in them:

I have to say, with so many amazing tee designs in the mix, my humble offering didn’t stand much of a chance of actually winning (big congrats to those who did win – your victory is thoroughly deserved!), but then, at the risk of sounding like a Christmas special here, that’s not really the point in doing these things. Even though, admittedly, there’s no point entering a comp with anything you don’t really believe could win, you still have to be realistic: with so many great entries, the odds stacked against you at any one time are HUGE.

So, it’s good t…

'Adventures in Comics' Exhibition

Good news this week! My submission to the ‘Adventures in Comics II’ exhibition at the Marine Studio gallery has been accepted and will be appearing in the exhibition, running from Feb 3rd.

The challenge (still open to entries, fellow bubblites) is to create a 2-page graphic story around this year’s theme: Lifeboat. My own personal entry brings together my three great loves – dinosaurs, comics and science fiction. As soon as the show’s over I’ll be making the pages available for all to see, but until then, you can see a little snapshot of my own story, plus some amazing sneak-previews from other artists right here:

http://marinestudiosadventuresincomics.wordpres...

At this point you may be thinking “whuh? I don’t see any comics stuff in he…

Dino-Tourism, Part II!

Well, the latest news is that I’ve just returned from a whistle-stop visit to New York, the sole purpose of which was to encounter the ’World’s Largest Dinosaurs’ exhibit before it closes on Jan 2nd!

This was not my first trip to New York (I visited once as part of a school trip, so that would have been about 10 years ago!), but it was my first visit to the American Museum of Natural History, located on Central Park West. This was immensely exciting for me, as it has been on my list of top places to see since I was a kid and finally getting to see that beautiful Barosaurus in the entrance hall was a truly spine-tingling moment!

But before covering the museum itself I’d like to talk about the special exhibit that lured me all the way across the Atlantic. I sho…