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The Dinosaur Artist

Updated on February 6, 2017
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This particular dinosaur sculpture took Musy only three months to create.
This particular dinosaur sculpture took Musy only three months to create. | Source

A Closer Look at The Dinosaur Artist and his Work

An artist with a lot ambition, Mark Musy has been creating dinosaur artwork and sculptures since the 1980's.

Mark Musy works at his home studio in Western North Carolina, sculpting life-like models of carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs. Dinosaurs have been his passion for more than thirty years. His favorite of all the dinosaurs is the massive meat-eater Tyrannosaurus rex. It is interesting to know that Mark is not just a dinosaur artist, he is also a landscape painter and a technical illustrator. After graduating with a fine arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Mark began work as a freelance technical illustrator in 1973. Since then, he has created impressive images, working primarily for advertising agencies and corporations. He also does photo retouching.

Mark's dinosaur models are impressive. The sculptures are approximately 3 feet long, and they are representations of extinct dinosaurs nearly 50 feet long. It takes about four months to complete a sculpture. Mark draws, sculpts, molds, and paints his dinosaurs. A combination of clay, wood, plastic, and aluminum wire are used to create his artwork. Once the creative aspect to his dinosaur project is done, Mark will then work on the assembly process. The dinosaurs are created in sections, they will eventually fit together like puzzle pieces.

When looking closely at the photo images of Mark's dinosaur sculptures, one will find the smallest of details, down to the skin texture, the sharp teeth, and the beady eyes. While viewing these dinosaur sculptures on Mark's website, at markmusy.com, most will surely believe these sculptures will roar and growl. They are comparative on a small scale of course, to looking at dinosaurs that really lived millions and millions of years ago. Another fact about Mark is that he has written three eBooks about his dinosaur art. After reading these eBooks, the most impressive part to them are Mark's superb illustrations and images. A criticism I would say of them, would be that the writings are not for the common reader, one would have to have a background in paleontology and dinosaurs to really enjoy what he is talking about. But again, the illustrations and images are excellent.


Musy's Traveling Dinosaur Art Exhibit

Noteworthy enough, Mark does not just create dinosaur sculptures and then stores them away, he has his own traveling dinosaur art exhibit, which features such dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Kronosaurus. His traveling dinosaur art exhibit consists of dinosaur sculptures, art panels, and descriptive plaques. Many of the art panels show the creative process to Mark's dinosaur art. Something to note that is somewhat controversial in the dinosaur art world, is that Musy's Tyrannosaurus rex sculptures are displayed with their upper teeth and lip not protruding and overlapping. There are other dinosaur artists who have clearly depicted Tyrannosaurus rex with its upper teeth and lip protruding and overlapping so much that its upper teeth touches the lower lip and gum area. Musy claims that the upper teeth of a Tryanosaurus rex could not have possibly been so protruding and overlapping as most have thought because the skull of a Tryanosaurus rex is comparable to skulls of lizards we see today. The skulls of lizards we see today are much smaller of course, Musy goes on to say, but again he claims today's lizards have the same jaw structure as the Tyrannosaurus rex's that once lived millions of years ago. Other interesting facts about other types of dinosaurs can be found in his exhibit. Musy's traveling dinosaur sculptures and artwork have been exhibited in museums in Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. More images of Mark's dinosaur sculptures can be seen below. To see more of his dinosaur art and sculptures, please visit markmusy.com.

Musy's Tryannosaurus Rex Sculpture

This is another of Musy's Tryannosaurus Rex sculptures. Notice the upper teeth and lip do not protrude and overlap. Most in the dinosaur art world would find this somewhat controversial.
This is another of Musy's Tryannosaurus Rex sculptures. Notice the upper teeth and lip do not protrude and overlap. Most in the dinosaur art world would find this somewhat controversial. | Source

Other Sculptures from The Dinosaur Artist

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Images Of Musy's Dinosaur Art eBooks

 About The Theropod Art E-book Theropod ART includes photographs of sculptures and drawings by Mark Musy describing how he created some of his carnosaur sculptures including Tyrannosaurus rex, Acrocanthosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Albertosaurus.
About The Theropod Art E-book Theropod ART includes photographs of sculptures and drawings by Mark Musy describing how he created some of his carnosaur sculptures including Tyrannosaurus rex, Acrocanthosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Albertosaurus. | Source
About The Pliosaur Art E-book Pliosaur ART has photographs of art and drawings by Mark Musy describing the creative process involved in making replicas of pliosaurs for his adjustable traveling dinosaur art exhibit.
About The Pliosaur Art E-book Pliosaur ART has photographs of art and drawings by Mark Musy describing the creative process involved in making replicas of pliosaurs for his adjustable traveling dinosaur art exhibit. | Source
About The T-rex Art E-book T-rex ART has photographs of sculptures and drawings describing the creative process involved in making some of more than twelve separate Tyrannosaurus rex sculptures.
About The T-rex Art E-book T-rex ART has photographs of sculptures and drawings describing the creative process involved in making some of more than twelve separate Tyrannosaurus rex sculptures. | Source

More about the Artist

Mark Musy is originally from Washington D.C., he has lived the last seventeen years in Cherokee County, North Carolina. Some of Musy's most recent landscape paintings are of mountain scenes found in the Tusquittee area in Hayesville, North Carolina. Presently this artist is working on finishing another dinosaur sculpture, which will be added to his traveling dinosaur art exhibit.

T-Rex Art by Mark Musy

Theropod Art by Mark Musy

Pliosaur Art by Mark Musy

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