Natural History Illustration

Burnetiamorph Fossil Illustrations

Clients: Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum of Natural History

Medium: Pen and Ink

Audience: Paleontology researchers

Date: March 2016

Project Details: The illustrations were created for a future research journal article about, at the time, an undescribed Burnetiamorph skull fossil found in Zambia. Graphite sketches were initially created and, from them, stipple pen and ink illustrations were made. Special attention was given to depicting the skull’s suture lines (shown as dotted lines). Plaster cast portions of skull are denoted with a line outline but with no stipple marks. The fossil specimen and stereo photos were used as the references.


Process Work

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