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You might not recognize his name, but you most definitely recognize his art. Its time you know the person behind these stunning images. He has been published in many magazines and books over the years. Most recently, the cover and center of the newest national geographic magazine!!! Entitled, “Reimagining Dinosaurs”.
Davide Bonadonna began his paleo illustration career in 2005, when he fully illustrated his first kids dinosaur book. As a person who has always been fascinated by the natural world, drawing since he was 10. But it was his work in biology, and his work as a medical-scientific illustrator that really helped him with his anatomical and the scientific approach.
When allowed to work with his own creative freedom Bonadonna always tries to find a good balance in the general vision, an original shot and/or dynamic position for the subjects. He likes distorted images, as seen through a fish-eye lens, or oblique shots. But it’s the texture and composition of colors that catch our eye. There is something about the flow of his work, the range of colors and the balance of those colors that really make you believe that this is what the animals could have looked like. Another important note is the attention to detail in the environment these animals are in. The gradients of the water, the texture and colors of the plants and dirt. The attention to time of day and the tones that coincide with that time (For example…hard Shadows for a clear sunny afternoon, or very little shadows for an overcast day).
Personally, my favorite aspect aside from these obvious examples above, is the angle at which he sets the scene. Every illustration looks like it is being seen through the eyes of a nearby animal. Whether it be in invertebrate, a bird, or a rival to the species that is the center of attention. This gives his work an incredibly unique perspective. His latest work with the 2020 Spinosaurs has shown us many different vantage points and anatomical twists and turns. His work with juvenile dinosaurs are bringing recent discoveries to life.
One of my favorite parts about Davide Bonadonna, is where he gets his inspiration. It can be from a single moment, a single frame, a piece of music. And in the proper mood, music can inspire and even change a creative scene.
His dream project:
After many years of hard working I hope to set up a dinopark with models and dioramas under my society control. With the paleontologist Simone Maganuco, my society “Prehistoric minds” manages a travelling exposition called Paleoacquarium and we work with museums and parks for new life-size models. Maybe one day, who knows. I don’t give up and I keep on working hard.
Advice for aspiring artists:
I think everybody should study anatomy so to understand what they is truly doing. Follow your favorite artist and try to replicate his drawing technique, then develop a your own style. Don’t give up because it’s a hard-working field and find a good supervisor, it helps. Mine are Zdeněk Michael František Burian and Douglas Henderson.
Thank you to Davide Bonadonna for all your heard work, dedication and creative eye. You have shown us a world that is both inspiring and wonderous! I am honored to name you one of Jurassic Jabbers Paleo artists of the week.
see more of his work at http://www.davidebonadonna.it/multimedia/
or follow him at https://www.facebook.com/DavideBonadonna1/