My early sketchbooks (and schoolwork) have always featured prehistoric life. I chose to show them in a natural perspective, operating as part of their environment. It took some time before I learned that my dinosaurs could not be shown eating Hyracotherium left and right, but they were so nicely bite-sized!

When I started my first dinosaur sculpture in 1997, many people told me that I had to make theropods with their jaws open, because that was the fashion. I went ahead and did that with my first two pieces. Since 2001, I have been sculpting and drawing extinct animals as I originally did: going about their business as animals. This is how I see them, even though it's not the most cinematic way of showing them.  Natural history is quite dramatic in reality, especially when you consider the battles, parasitism, and partnerships of plants, insects, and even microbes. With this approach to paleoart, I hope to make the viewers feel as though they have become field observers, stumbling across these animals.

 
Darwinopterus, not a dinosaur, but an extinct flying reptile. This little lady is tamping down her nest, has veins visible through her thin skin wings, and has a worn-down head crest. This is a one-of-a-kind mixed media sculpture. There is no mold on this sculpture.

 
NMV P186069, a basal tyrannosaurid from Australia. This is a one-of-a-kind mixed media sculpture. There is no mold on this sculpture.

 
Contact me via the Commissions page for kit licensing of either of these models.
 
Achelousaurus hornerii is a handbuilt ceramic sculpture. I started with a bag of wet earthenware and pinched and slabbed this critter into what you see here. It has been through three kiln firings, two bisque and one glazing. Total length is 18" and it weighs around 7 lbs. I enjoyed the challenge of restoring a ceratopsian with such an unusual head. Its horns are almost blades, unlike the bull-like horns of other ceratopsians. This piece won a Gold Award at Wonderfest 2005, the first in the dino division to do so in three years. Although this original is not for sale, if there is enough interest from collectors, I may sculpt a fresh one for a kit and ceramic edition.
 

My latest print advertisement, in Prehistoric Times Magazine, designed by Heather Malone-Bogle.

 

Majungatholus atopus resin model kit, sculpted by Kristina Lucas Francis. This is an eight piece kit, cast in our studio by Paul Francis, and sold unpainted and unassembled. The parts include a natural base, hollow cast torso, tail, arms, head, and hind legs. This large model kit (18" long) is attractively priced at $125 plus shipping. PayPal is accepted, please email your zip code for delivery estimate. The model shown here was assembled and painted by Kristina, and exhibited at Wonderfest 2004's Amazing Model Contest; it achieved a Silver Award. The kit design shows an adult with an oral abscess, stopping to scratch it. A full description of the animal, its condition, and suggestions for customization are included with the kit.

Allosaurus fragilis subadult in earthenware ceramic
 

Originally, this piece was sculpted in Chavant plastiline back in 1998, see more about it elsewhere on this page. In January 2003, I made the plaster mold off one of my resin castings. I handle every step of ceramic production. Each casting is cleaned, customized, and decorated by me; each piece is fired at least three times. First, the model and base are bisque fired without paint to create a firm yet porous painting surface. Then I airbrush the piece with "mud" paint, called underglaze, and bisque fire with the piece firmly slipstuck to the base. Next, all of the fine detail painting is completed and the piece is glaze fired to completion. The edition is limited to 10 pieces, all unique custom glazes.

 

#1 pale green and yellow striped, mud splattered, 2003     private collector

 

#2 Abyssinian color, closed mouth customized, "Buster", 2003    private collector
#3 the partner to #2, "Rippy", 2003    private collector
 

 

#4 agouti gene on bay base color    2003    private collector

       
 

 
#5 tropical color female, this is all airbrush underglazes, no cheating with iridescent overglaze    2004    private collector

   

 

The pair of Buster and Rippy, formally titled "Out of Lurk Mode", won a Silver Award at the Wonderfest Model Contest in Louisville, KY, June 8th, 2003

Allosaurus fragilis subadult as a resin kit, also limited to about four copies. The 1/35th scale piece took about 10 days to sculpt, 3 in 1997, and 7 in 1998 (those following first critiques). Model shown built up by Paul Francis and painted/base by Dean Dymerski.

Click here to see photos of armature and first three daysí work.
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