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Caught - Daspletosaurus and Ceratopsian by Tyrannosaur17 Caught - Daspletosaurus and Ceratopsian :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 6 2 Dawn Over Neptune by Tyrannosaur17 Dawn Over Neptune :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 0 0 Daspletosaurus Chasing Dinner by Tyrannosaur17 Daspletosaurus Chasing Dinner :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 24 1 Queenskell Peak by Tyrannosaur17 Queenskell Peak :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 1 2 Light and Shadow Reference: Brachiosaurus by Tyrannosaur17 Light and Shadow Reference: Brachiosaurus :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 1 0 Moose Silhouette by Tyrannosaur17 Moose Silhouette :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 2 0 Ava by Tyrannosaur17 Ava :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 5 0 100th Deviation - Spinosaurus and Giant Eel by Tyrannosaur17 100th Deviation - Spinosaurus and Giant Eel :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 13 2 Albertosaurus Sarcophagus by Tyrannosaur17 Albertosaurus Sarcophagus :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 2 0 Spinosaurus - Finished Work by Tyrannosaur17 Spinosaurus - Finished Work :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 8 2 Trees at Sunset by Tyrannosaur17 Trees at Sunset :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 2 0 T. Rex Dream -- Watercolors by Tyrannosaur17 T. Rex Dream -- Watercolors :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 2 0 Tarcryss - Cover Art for Arrivers: Alliance by Tyrannosaur17 Tarcryss - Cover Art for Arrivers: Alliance :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 4 0 Calling for Reinforcements - Carnotaurus by Tyrannosaur17 Calling for Reinforcements - Carnotaurus :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 7 0 Tiny Landscape by Tyrannosaur17 Tiny Landscape :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 2 0 Finished Carnotaurus Painting by Tyrannosaur17 Finished Carnotaurus Painting :icontyrannosaur17:Tyrannosaur17 4 0


Decanter by kward1979uk Decanter :iconkward1979uk:kward1979uk 6 2 Tree Study by KrenathArt Tree Study :iconkrenathart:KrenathArt 7 3 Three Sisters by KrenathArt Three Sisters :iconkrenathart:KrenathArt 6 0
7 Sorts of Character To Avoid in Your Novel
7 Sorts of Character To Avoid in Your Novel
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 2 “Bad Character Types”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Last we talked about the Types of Character you could add to your writing. But there are also character types that you want to avoid as much as you can. Using the following types of character is usually the result of creating them only to move the plot along. And while moving the plot is important, it is equally so to create an organic world that mimics the originality in the world around us—especially in the complexity and uniqueness of every human. I encourage you to go through your novel or cast of characters, and either eliminate or improve e
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6 Tips for Mapping a Fictional World
6 Tips for Mapping a Fictional World
Anybody Can Write a Novel Version 2.0  
Chapter 3 “World Building” – Section 2 “Maps”
“I wisely started with a map, and made the story fit (generally with meticulous care for distances). The other way about lands one in confusions and impossibilities, and in any case it is weary work to compose a map from a story.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
If you've ever read or written a story that seemed unintentionally ethereal—where the descriptions did not paint a vivid picture of the setting but instead a more vague dreamscape that the characters meandered along aimlessly—then you know the problem of not having a real and tangible setting for your story. The problem is not simply that there isn't enough description for the r
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10 Tips for Writing Fantasy
10 Tips for Writing Fantasy
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 1 “Genres” – Section 2 “Fantasy”
With Links to Supplementary Material
As you might have noticed from the Outline, my section on Story Genres is rather bare. And so during the following few weeks, I will be remedying that&
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Desecrated River by andreasrocha Desecrated River :iconandreasrocha:andreasrocha 1,003 16 MTG - Shadows Over Innistrad - Basic Land - Island by andreasrocha MTG - Shadows Over Innistrad - Basic Land - Island :iconandreasrocha:andreasrocha 1,549 35 Patreon IP11 - PaintingA (Update) by andreasrocha Patreon IP11 - PaintingA (Update) :iconandreasrocha:andreasrocha 1,412 21 Enchanted Forest II by andreasrocha Enchanted Forest II :iconandreasrocha:andreasrocha 2,365 42 Small Town by andreasrocha Small Town :iconandreasrocha:andreasrocha 1,419 28 The Master Returns by andreasrocha The Master Returns :iconandreasrocha:andreasrocha 1,810 30 Monster Island Expanded: Mokele Mbembe by Trendorman Monster Island Expanded: Mokele Mbembe :icontrendorman:Trendorman 10 16 Claybourne Brook II by Aenea-Jones Claybourne Brook II :iconaenea-jones:Aenea-Jones 397 5 Seaside IV by Aenea-Jones Seaside IV :iconaenea-jones:Aenea-Jones 374 4


Caught - Daspletosaurus and Ceratopsian
I've consulted with the wonderful paleontology crew at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. They made this incredible skeletal mount of Pete III, a Daspletosaurus, biting the neck on "Ava," a new Ceratopsian that hasn't been given a scientific name yet. I just had to make a painting based off it.

I'm pretty happy with the result. Hope you enjoy it too!
Dawn Over Neptune
Acrylic on a 12 x 12 inch canvas.

Neptune's blue clouds roil and rise, faintly illuminated by our distant sun. A tiny spaceship hovers above the intense winds, carrying humans farther than they have ever ventured before. Up in the sky, the crescent of Neptune's largest moon, Triton, smiles on the brave voyagers.


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John K. Patterson
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Artist and sci-fi/fantasy author living in Colorado Springs. Lover of nature and most of all, nature's Creator. Passionate for dinosaurs, space exploration, zoology, and coffee.
I only dabbled in acrylics four years ago, for a month or so. Then I left it by the wayside, until September 2013, when I decided to pick up a brush again and see what I could do. It has taken off way faster than I thought it would. People bought some of my mini paintings to hang as ornaments on their Christmas trees. My work is going up at a local coffee shop, and I just finished a landscape that turned out better than I thought it would. As soon as I have a good quality scan, I'll post my latest works for everyone to see.

And now I'm wondering about how to take this further. Particularly about payment and commissions, and the possibility of turning my artwork into a career that can feed my writing habit. I'm also very curious about the possibility of doing my own cover art (at least for self-published work, but if I get a book traditionally published I might ask to do the cover).

Any advice? I'm kind of teaching myself and trying to see where else I can go with painting.
  • Reading: The Paradise War, by Stephen Lawhead
  • Playing: Gears of War 3


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Pachycephalosunshine Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your dinosaur silhouettes! I've never seen anything quite like it! ^^
Tyrannosaur17 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I hope to make a lot more of them. :)
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
Thank you for the fave, partner :D
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fave. :)
Sollaw Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for faving smaug!
r-dario Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
thank you
kenobirob Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch ;)
Celem Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav: on my stream and rocks pic :)
KariLiimatainen Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:!
InaWolfsimage Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool to meet someone else on here from my state! Awesome Gallery!
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