ByVasika Udurawane, writer at Creators.co
A history buff and budding writer, a Sri Lankan poet, through and through
Vasika Udurawane

Let's face it...last time's interview with Brian Engh was a fun post. It gave me a chance to speak to one of the great paleoartists of our time and get his views on Jurassic World's fictional dinosaur, the infamous Indominus rex. You know, the white carnosaur that looked totally like some other actual dinosaurs that might evolve naturally instead of something that came out of the minds of mad geneticists with a Napoleon complex?

Well truth be told, and this is something I've been harping on since I began these few posts, Indominus is not the most creative monster in what is most obviously a monster movie. Fanart here, fanart there. Then again, maybe JW is quite fun on the whole...

So first to soothe your soul, music by Brian Engh!!! While I go scout the internet for pictures from the Twitter campaign, that is...

From there onward well, I have no clue what I must write about! And that's simply because I've run out of things to say about the movie and the franchise in general. So I'll just keep on going like a crazy person and introduce more of these glorious fake dinosaurs which look more creative than anything cooked up at Universal Studios. This time there will be multiple entries from a single person, simply because some of these artists are so prolific and were so excited in taking on this task.

Especially from this especially creative guy, Nic, who proves that you CAN go over the limit when you do this kind of thing. This is the single person who has dedicated his time on this blue dot to creating fictional theropods, so you don't have to! Nic's image of the so-called Flyrex is up there as the title pic. It's what happens when people go crazy...quite likely and it's definitely what I call nightmare fodder too.

Look at those insectoid legs sticking out of its back!! The hole in its lower jaw -technically it's an extra insect eye-the little gossamer insect wings, all slapped onto the ugliest theropod in nature! Hey, I just realized, this image is like two Jeff Goldblum movies rolled into one!

Fear the Rasper!!!
Fear the Rasper!!!

Now for the artworks! Entry number one is by Joschua Knuppe, the subject of this incredibly creative post on an alternative Jurassic Park. You know, something where there is no running. screaming and going insane with power and playing God to create a monster. It's a predator with a massive rasping tongue so it seems...to...well, the artist explains that Umbrahalux is supposed to stalk you through the dark forests and rasp your face off. The lankiness of the animal gives a uniquely sinister look, almost like a feathered serpent with limbs.

Now, before you think that that looks like an impossible kind of tongue, just go Google up the tongues of geese...yeah. I can see your reaction from here. That is a medieval torture device. In fact the whole goose is a medieval torture device, vicious, aggressive and intelligent. Now let that sink in before you go and anger a goose on your grandma's lawn. And if a normal avian dinosaur that feeds on aquatic whatever, can have such a monstrous organ, imagine what that of a carnivorous theropod might be like!

Look ma! I come from Geiger's nightmares!
Look ma! I come from Geiger's nightmares!

And that's exactly what our boy Nic manages in this picture! It's the Triplejaw!!! It's...a Deinonychus...um...you know, Deinonychus? The actual JP/JW raptors? The guy that started a massive revolution in dinosaur science during the 60's and 70's, thus contributing to the idea that these things were active, warm-blooded birdlike beasts?

The poor things went bald in the movies thanks to some genetic tomfoolery and their hands were also deformed, but this concept actually looks like what a real Deinonychus might be like! It's the right size, has feathers, the right look, everything. So you now know how scary a feathered dinosaur can be? They leap on you, pin you down with their talons and eat you alive, yeah. And a tongue to scrape off all the flesh off its pitiful prey's bones. That tongue, ye gods that tongue!

Round the bend I go! I SHALL EAT YOUR SOUL!!!
Round the bend I go! I SHALL EAT YOUR SOUL!!!

Oh...my...every deity I know...Alexander Lovegrove is back with his incredible painterly style and mastery of traditional media where most would prefer a tablet and Photoshop. So this beastie here is the Quilled Slasher, which is basically a, well, a Megaraptor (not a raptor, no but as it happens, a primitive tyrannosauroid) lookalike with feathered quills all over, which I do believe have the same function as porcupine quills. And look at the energy in this picture! Look at that intense bodily angle! That poor biker! He needs to get the hell outta there fast! And I love, love that black, glassy eye there. Now that's the look of a proper monster predator, no less!

That tongue looks like it wants some action, but I doubt it's very useful besides just lolling and panting...sorry...

THWACK!!!
THWACK!!!

Tongues will be a bit of a cliche here, albeit an interesting one! This feathered predator is the Sagittario! And...no all I have to say now is...OUCH!! Once again, our friend Nic delivers with style and tongue-in-chest precision.

Who called me sucker?
Who called me sucker?

The artist's nightmares also include this peculiar scansoriopterygid, or scansor for short. Normally these would be sparrow-sized, long-fingered climbers with short faces and showy display feathers. And they preyed on insects. Well...this sucker-footed monstrosity scales walls, crawls over the bedroom ceiling, drops in among the covers and kills you in your sleep. So how do you feel? Don't be afraid of the dark, children...don't be afraid...

Welcome to the land of twisted mollusks
Welcome to the land of twisted mollusks

Now here is one of the most unusual, or...no wait THE most unusual concept I've ever seen! And I've seen a lot of otherworldly madness on my quest for a better fake theropod! Renato Filipe Vidal Santos brings to us a bipedal cuttlefish!! Yes, a cuttlefish, no more and no less, posed as a theropod! Or, is it a theropod posed like a cuttlefish...or...wait no, it's a giant bipedal cuttlefish...but then again these things are intelligent animals, capable of manipulating any object with their tentacles. They are also quite capable of squeezing into tight spaces and changing the color and texture of their skin. Don't you recall that Indominus rex had cuttlefish DNA already? This seriously takes the cake! I mean it would be such an effective hunter, lying camouflaged and invisible, until THWACK! The tentacles are whipped out...and they find their mark...the prey is...you...

But...but...you're a...vegetarian!
But...but...you're a...vegetarian!

Whoever told you vegetarians were gentle, must have a screw or two loose! I mean, you can't just walk up to a large herbivore today like an elephant or a rhino and expect it to lie down for you to pet it! Joschua's usage of a herbivorous animal is incredibly genius. I mean nobody would expect that, would it? That's how a good monster creature should be, defying all expectations. You'd walk up to this massive creature, thinking that nothing would happen...but you'd, pitifully enough, wind up impaled on those claws...sad, isn't it, how stupid people are?

From the drug-fueled nightmares of artists I come!
From the drug-fueled nightmares of artists I come!

This has got to be the most psychedelic, trippiest design from the whole lot! I mean, just...just look at that! Marty Kevil of The Coprolites Podcast brings us this...whatever...this is...oh wait, Indominus used to be called Diabolus...I'd almost forgotten that. But the concept itself is quite impressive. It looks like some monstrous mashup of a jungle gecko, a pit viper and, for some reason, a praying mantis! Ohhh wait...those grey grasping things work like squid tentacles...just...just crazy, crazy, crazy.

Grrr....I an a sum of all parts horrifying!
Grrr....I an a sum of all parts horrifying!

Hybrids are the name of the game, and it should be pretty obvious that this savage-looking Gorgon-Rex is part Tyrannosaurus and part this guy right here. Ildar Gismatullin brings us a rather unconventional but still downright fearsome combo of our favorite dinosaurian predator and this brutish-looking ancestor of...well, or at least a relative, of the ancestor of...mammals! Inostrancevia was a gorgonopsid or, well gorgon for short. It was a grizzly bear-sized beast that ran around Russia about 250 million years ago. That's before the dinosaurs evolved, with its and its relatives' extinction paving the eventual road for the Mesozoic Era. Oh and the artist adds that some of this is also in the combination. Another, yes, another of our long-dead ancestors, no less...

AND THE DAILY AFTERTHOUGHT IS...

I'm a motherf@%ing T.rex!!
I'm a [email protected]%ing T.rex!!

Also, you might have noticed the profusion of feathers on the majority of these inventive little concepts. Now, let's see...someone said that feathered dinosaurs were not scary. I'm not sure how true this is! This is an image of the most powerful carnivorous dinosaur ever, an animal that had bone-crushing jaws and a body packed with massive muscle...and a coat of bristly, cassowary-like feathers. Before you tell me that cassowaries look stupid, go search online. They're the most dangerous modern dinosaur and are still nothing compared to the enormity of a T. rex! Now tell me again, who said feathered dinosaurs aren't scary? The talented J.J.M. Page introduces her rendition of Tyrannosaurus!

Wait...no THIS is the real afterthought. Robin Liesens, a talented paleoartist with an eye for clear lines and bright colors shows off his tutorial to those would-be drawing types. Check out that beautifully accurate Velociraptor!

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