Sep.21, 2012

Award winning Paleoartist Tyler Keillor has been working with many palenotologists and museums preparing fossils, creating skeletal reconstructions, and sculpting flesh models of prehistoric life at the University of Chicago since 2001. For his new project - to create the most realistic, accurate, and up to date life-reconstruction of the predatory dinosaur Dryptosaurus, Keillor launched a Kickstarter project for getting help from the crowd.

His plan is to create Dryptosaurus digitally, to make it editable so he can modify it to create the entire life cycle of Dryptosaurus, from lanky hatchling to grizzled behemoth.

The digital image can also be displayed on a computer screen museum interactive or video, either as a still image or a rotating 3D model. The model also serves as the foundation for digital animation, which could bring the beast to life for a documentary clip. Prototyping and computer driven milling machines can take my digital data, and create anything from a miniature that could fit in the palm of your hand, up to a full life-sized carving of my model.

Keillor will need support to get tools and software such as ZBrush, a digital sculpture program to make 3D models. He will work with Acme Design to create the real-world models. As a reward, backers are offered 12-inch dinosaur models with various finishing. Only the first prototype will be 3D printed, then Keillor will mold that prototype and mix different powder into resin to cast replicas.

His $6,000 goal is almost tripled since he launched project on Sep 7, 2012. Keillor said if his initial goal exceeded, he would use the additional funds to produce a 30 feet long life-size Dryptosaurus, each piece is produced on a FROGMill 4 axis CNC router. The Dryptosaurus will also get custom-created fiber as skin to make it look real.

Dryptosaurus is a mysterious dinosaur because there are not many fossils has been found. Keillor thinks there are a lot of room for artistically interpretations of how a Dryptosaurus looked like. The latest technology allows him to add the latest scientific study on it and frame the sculpture as accurate as possible to bring Dryptosaurus into reality.


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