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Skeletal Drawing Has Never Looked So Good

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Dinosaur fossil mounts can be breathtaking in their grandeur. It’s rare that illustrations of the fossils can have that affect.

The gorgeous banner on Skeletal © Scott Hartman

Scott Hartman has been illustrating dinosaur fossil skeletons for years, and is one of the clearest, most detail-oriented illustrators we are lucky to have describe our favourite, dynamic, prehistoric beasties. And now with his revamped website, it’s like stepping into a museum and wanting to run from exhibit to exhibit, just to see what’s next, and how it’s being displayed.


All art © Scott Hartman and used with permission.

Hartman’s Skeletal Drawing website is how nature and science illustrators should set-up a website. From the social media footer icons, to the eye popping gigantic images, to the crisp clean layout. What a treat.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one of my 2 year old son’s favourite books. When searching for a dinosaur book, my condition for purchase was to find one with feathered theropods. Happy to say after finding Hartman’s ABC Dinosaurs (and realizing who the illustrator was while I waited in the Toys R Us checkout line) this book has entered our nightly reading rotation before bed.

The book page features Hartman's work, as well as that of a number of his talented contemporaries. Click to visit and check out the books!


On September 8 last year, we featured the work of Brian Lindahl and his fantastic Frog Mech.

On September 9 last year, we showed some fine art history, with a pterosaur by Max Klinger who’s anatomy would likely make Scott Hartman laugh and cry.

Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite and is on Instagram. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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