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In this illustration from Dinotopia: The World Beneath (center), I tried to imagine how a Tyrannosaurus would look if it were designed in the style of a Chinese parade dragon. The idea was to portray how an unusual subject might have been interpreted by a different design vocabulary.
With that idea in mind, I would like to invite you to enter a GurneyJourney contest: How would an Art Nouveau designer (such as Alphonse Mucha or Henri Privat-Livemont) design a label for an imaginary product called "Lionfish Shampoo?" If you're not familiar with it, the lionfish is a remarkable looking (but dangerous) real fish, but you can take it in whatever direction you would like.
I'll be the judge, and the five best entries will be featured on the blog. First prize is a signed and remarqued copy of the expanded Calla edition of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. Second prize is the ZBS World Beneath Audio Adventure with a signed bookplate. Third prize is a signed Dinotopia map. No fee to enter. Deadline is August 24. Winners will be announced August 26. Your entry can be a quick sketch concept—it doesn't have to be highly finished or rendered. Submit your drawing, painting, or digital art to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line "Lionfish."
Meanwhile, you can purchase a signed copy of Dinotopia: The World Beneath from my online store
Amazon:Dinotopia: The World Beneath: 20th Anniversary Edition
Listen to a sample of the audio adventure
Skull photo from Bone Clones