Lost World Studios
Camarasaurus

How the juvenile Camarasaurus was created for the UNDERFOOT- Prehistoric Babies, museum exhibit.


Camarasaurus

Above, well known paleoartist, Keith Strasser, sculpts the original form. The body was carved from foam blocks and the details cut into the surface. After some effort, it became obvious that we were not going to get a realistic skin texture on the surface with this method.

Camarasaurus

We then decided to cover the whole model with a 1/4-inch layer of clay and impress a very detailed, elephant-like skin texture onto the surface. Tools had to be created to impress the skin texture into the clay.


Camarasaurus

With our tools made, we began adding the details, after much time and effort the Camarasaurus begins to come alive.

Camarasaurus

Much of the skin and wrinkles were made using shadows to highlight the progress.


Camarasaurus

After the entire model had been detailed, I began the long process of making the mold and then making the parts from the mold. After the parts were assembled, it was detailed and painted.

Camarasaurus

After months of work, a juvenile Camarasaurus, made of durable fiberglass, arrives at the San Antonio Botanical Garden for exhibition.