Welcome to the Dinosaur Art Gallery of Contemporary American Illustrator Howard David Johnson, whose illustrations have been published all over the world by distinguished learning institutions and publishers including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. If You love paintings and pictures of Dinosaurs, You've come to the right place!  

Tyranosaurus Rex Hunting Stegosaurus herd dinosaurs Dinosaur Art painting illustration

PRESENTS: A GALLERY of 21st CENTURY DINOSAUR ART 

A Gallery of New Illustrations- Some Scientific and some Fantasy ~ Paintings, Drawings and Pictures of Dinosaurs in Mixed media combining traditional oils, acrylics 2D and 3D digital media in the style of the classic illustrators. New for 2018!

Sauropod dinosaurs  Cetiosaurus Dinosaur Art painting  herd Jurassic Pterosaur illustration

     

                                            

    When I was a little boy in elementary school I had to name six dinosaurs to join the Dinosaur club. Luckily the ones they produced plastic toys of were dear to my heart and I named them with ease. I began my career in the early 1970's as a scientific illustrator for the University of Texas at Austin drawing dinosaurs including the fifty foot azhdarchid pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus. The scientific community was comfortable then with the meteor destruction and evolution to birds theories. Imagine my horror when I found out beloved favorites like Brontosaurus were no longer considered creatures of natural history, but had become mere fantasy. We used to say" today's fantasy is often tomorrow's science". but now "Today's science is often tomorrow's fantasy"...

Dinosaurs~ Science Fact or Historical Fantasy ~ or Both?

 
Dinosaur Art Sauropod dinosaurs  Cetiosaurus  painting  herd Jurassic Pterosaur illustration     As the archetypal sauropod, Brontosaurus [Greek for "Thunder Lizard" ] is one of the most famous dinosaurs, and has been showcased in motion pictures, comic books, adverts,  stamps, and a host of other media. 

When this dinosaur was first unearthed in 1877 it was named Apatosaurus Ajax in an era of fossil hunting known as the "Bone Wars." When a more complete skeleton was excavated in 1879 it was named Brontosaurus excelsus. In 1903, it was revealed the Brontosaurus was an adult skeleton of the same dinosaur. 

, Brontosaurus has not been a valid taxonomic name since the early twentieth century but the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, who usually ruled the oldest name would remain, decided the Brontosaurus name was too famous by then to remove.  

Then it was discovered in 1970 that the Brontosaurus skeleton had been given the wrong skull and that in fact the Brontosaursus as we knew it never really existed. In spite of this relegation from science to fantasy, the US Post Office  issued a new four stamp set in 1989 featuring Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon and yes - the Brontosaurus! The US postal service was ridiculed by experts and enthusiasts.  

But wait! It gets better! The Brontosaurus is back! Dinosaur fossils that were originally described as Brontosaurus excelsus in 1879 and later renamed should indeed be classified as Brontosaurus, a study of dozens of dinosaur specimens in 2015 at the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal concludes. That might not sit well with everybody, but if my beloved Brontosaurus can make a comeback, I can hold out hopes for the planet Pluto.  

"Serene Sauopods" Cetiosaurus ~ Greek for Whale Lizards MMXVII

    Spinosaurus [lower left] is the largest carnivorous Dinosaur we have yet discovered. They were 60 feet long and weighed in at 65,000 pounds. They lived in North Africa. The Raptors Spinosaurus is hunting in this illustration were about 6 feet tall on average and are Dinosaurs famous for hunting in packs. "Theropods hunting Sauropods" [center] This illustration features a much less famous hunter, a Theroipod named Aucasaurus ~ a medium-sized dinosaur standing about six feet at the shoulders. It is the smallest known carnotaurine. The term generic term "raptor" is derived from the Latin word rapere, meaning to seize or take by force and is used for birds as well as dinosaurs. Their Sauropod prey, the Brachiosaurus was one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the earth, measuring 85 feet from head to tail and weighing 45 tons. Although its skeletons are very rare, it is a very famous dinosaur, widely recognized the world over.

 

"The Peaceful Giants" MMXVII

Dinosaur art Aucasaurus pack hunting Brachiosaurus herd Theroipod raptor painting

 

"Theropod Dinosaurs hunting Sauropod Dinosaurs" MMXVII 

Tyranosaurus Rex Hunting Stegosaurus herd dinosaurs Dinosaur Art painting illustration

 

"The Apex Predator" ~ Tyranosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus MMXVII

"The apex Predator" [above right] features the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the king of dinosaurs and the most famous Theropod measuring 40 feet and weighing 36 thousand pounds with six inch teeth. The name comes from the Greek tyrannos sauros or Tyrant Lizard. Tyrannosaurus lived all over North America, on what was then an island continent known as Laramidia. The prey here is the Stegosaurus meaning "covered lizard" in reference to its bony plates. This armored dinosaur lived peacefully with others and had giant spikes on its tail for defense. Stegosaurus skeletons were first discovered during the infamous "Bone Wars". These first skeletons were fragmentary and the bones were scattered, and it would be several decades before our current understanding of these animals, including their posture and plate arrangement, became known. Despite its popularity, mounted skeletons of Stegosaurus were not often displayed in natural history museums until the 1950s, and many museums composited displays from different specimens due to a lack of complete skeletons. The thyreophoran archetype, Stegosaurus is one of the best-known dinosaurs, popular in films, books, advertisements, postage stamps, and other media worldwide.

 Dinosaur painting Tyrannosaurus Rex  attacking Dicraeosaurus paleontological art Paleo art

 

"Dicraeosaurus disaster"  MMXVII 

Dinosaur Illustration Utahraptor stealing eggs Anhanguera pterodon paleontological art Paleo

 

"The Egg Thieves" MMXVII

 

"A Parasaurolophus' Horn Blast" MMXVII 

 

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"Thirsty Younglings" MMXVII "Anhanguera Attack" MMXVII "Tyrannosaurus Rex hunting Kentrosaurus" MMXVII

Featured Dinosaurs include: Tyrannosaurus Rex  Dicraeosaurus Utahraptor Anhanguera Brachiosaurus Spinosaurus  Aucasaurus Cetiosaurus Stegosaurus Einiosaurus Kentrosaurus Tarbosaurus  Monolophosaurus and more...

 

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" Zuniceratops Migration" MMXVII "Mesozoic Mayhem"  MMXVII Spinosaurus Hunting Raptors "The Fall of theTyranosaurus" MMXVII

 

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"Stegosaurus Sunset" MMXVII "Sauropod Surprise" MMXVII  " Einiosaurus Encounter" MMXVII
 

 

 

 

"Tarbosaurus Triumphant" MMXVII " Monolophosaurus on the Hunt" MMXVII "Triceratops Terror" MMXVII

 

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Who is American Illustrator Howard David Johnson?

In one of David's invitations to the Florence Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition, (a partner in the United Nations' Dialog among Nations), UN Secretary General Kofi Anon wrote him: "Artists have a special role to play in the global struggle for peace. At their best, artists speak not only to people; they speak for them. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and an agent of public awareness... Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among nations."

      Howard David Johnson is a contemporary realistic artist and photographer with a background in the natural sciences and history.  David works in a wide variety of mixed media ranging from oil on canvas to digital media. David's realistic illustrations have made appearances in every major bookstore and game shop chain in America as well as magazines and educational texts around the world. 

   Some of David's more prestigious clients have included the University of Texas, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England, The Australian Mint, The National Geographic Society, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, Warner Brothers Home Video, ABC/Disney, CBS TV, PBS TV, The History Channel, Enslow Educational Publishers, Adobe Photoshop, Auto FX, Tree-Free Greeting, Verizon wireless, Apple IPOD, Penguin, Doubleday (Now Random House), Harlequin Top Historical Romances, and the History Book of the Month Club, as well as appearing in periodical publications like Popular Photography and the Wall Street Journal.   

 

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   After a lifetime of drawing and painting, David's Traditional Art was exhibited in the British Museum in London in 1996, ( 3 years before he got his first computer ) as well as numerous American ones since, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

 

    Working in a variety of media David offers his customers a variety of options and more than three decades of experience. As an illustrator he has not only used the computer but has been involved in the development and marketing of software for Adobe Photoshop. Digital art, Colored pencils, Pastels, Mixed media, & also Oil Paintings can also be commissioned for select projects.Digital illustration projects start at $500.U.S. and group rates are available. David delivers custom made copyright free illustrations & old fashioned customer service when he does work-for-hire. To publish existing pieces of his realistic art, David sells licenses starting at only $99.USD.

 

 

                                            

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H. D. Johnson worked as a scientific research consultant for the University of Texas at San Antonio through the 1970's under the guidance of top Texas Scientists illustrating reconstructions of Paleontology and Anthropology, oddly enough, he then worked under the guidance of the world's foremost Biblical Scholars for the Center for Judeo-Christian Studies. The two dramatically different experiences back to back caused him to wonder...

Has Science become a Religion?

a brief essay applying the scientific method to religious studies by the artist

"Believing in God does not make you stupid; Galileo believed, Newton believed, Einstein believed. Going against the consensus of the scientific community also does not make you stupid- they all did! " ~ Howard David Johnson MMX

 

      

     With respect to its great contributions to society, I think it is important to make a case that science is really affecting society more like a religion now than a field of study or a resource base of useful information. Many everyday people do not understand it at all and accept ALL its teachings on faith. Science is supposed to be a tool and a path of study for the benefit of mankind and it is. I love Science and greatly appreciate it's benefits. I feel strongly that many scientists are heroes and deserve honorable mention and some truly deserve places of great honor in the hallowed halls of history. Breakthroughs in medical science are saving lives everyday in ways undreamed of just to name only one of so many valuable fields. 

       Unfortunately some scientists have also been criminals or have brought things into the world we all know about that we would have been better off without such as thermonuclear weapons and pollution. I believe it has also become things it should never have become. I shall briefly try to explain what I have seen that has made me feel that science is really affecting society more like a religion now than a field of study.

          The major criticism of science with regards to The Bible has been that it requires a leap of faith to believe that GOD created the world, yet Science also has several leaps of faith of it's own. The Big Bang theory cannot be proven as world renowned cosmologist Steven Hawking has stated and, if it cannot be proven - believing in it - in Hawking's own words requires a "Leap of Faith"

Until a theory is proven in a lab or in the field, it is Philosophy, not Physics. 

           EVOLUTION IS NOT A LAW OF SCIENCE. Darwin's Theory of Evolution was proposed in 1859 and almost a hundred and fifty years later it has still never achieved the status of a Law of Science. This is because of the Missing Link. There is no proof of a link between man and ape, hence the term "The missing link". This blind faith in Evolution has been taught with religious dogmatism in the public schools for generations and is still merely a theory. The Theory of Evolution, not the Law of Evolution  is a mere UNPROVEN hypothesis, which the dictionary defines as "a mere assumption or guess or a proposition, or a group of proposals, offered as an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena."

          Yet this "mere assumption or guess" is taught to children in public schools and young adults in colleges as if it HAD been proven beyond any doubt.  It was once a Law of Science that the atom was the irreducible particle of matter. At Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1945 the atom was split and the atomic bomb explosion in the desert blasted that Law of Science out of existence.

             Now, if a Law of Science is so unreliable, I ask you, why is a mere theory like Evolution regarded so highly? Simple. It is about political control, not about truth. 

The Missing Link

In 1912 A.D. a respectable geologist named Arthur S. Woodward and a lawyer named Charles Dawson offered their new “fossil discovery” to the London Geological Society. The “artifacts” included a thick portion of a human skull, a fragment of an ape-like jaw, some animal remains and some primitive stone tools. These items found in southern England in a place called Piltdown were estimated to be 500,000 years old.

For 40 years the remains were accepted by the academic community as an important part of our evolutionary development. Piltdown Man was declared genuine and called the “missing link” between apes and man by important scientists of the time. Because of this newfound “proof” men of God were openly ridiculed as ignorant and improperly educated. Piltdown man was debunked four decades later by chemical tests proving the jaw and skull were not the same age, nor very old. It was a DELIBERATE fake. The bones had been chemically treated and thoroughly stained to make them appear prehistoric. Recognizable anatomical features were broken off and filed down.

Why did this fraud by lawyer Charles Dawson fool the experts? For many reasons, but it was never seriously questioned because the scientists of the time were delighted by the way it validated their evolutionist beliefs. For more details of the debunking read: ”The Piltdown Forgery” by Joseph S. Weiner, the classic account of the most famous and successful hoax in science. The new and revised 2002 edition is commonly available. Today, the term “Piltdown” is a term of ridicule, used to label fraudulent research, but the impact on the lives of billions of trusting people has had powerful political implications to this day.

The prover proves what the thinker thinks and prejudice and political power seem more important than the truth or the consistent practice of the scientific method. If truth were important to them, they would use the scientific method when criticizing The Bible but they do not. The scientific method requires going to the source. Yet for these famous disparagements they use the King James version instead of the original Hebrew. Translated in 1611 by non-Christian King James of England for political reasons the K.J.V. is one of the Colossal monuments of English Prose. The King James Translation is not at all accurate enough to use as the sole source for the defense of the Biblical Text. 

         Consider this example: One of the greatest conflicts between Science and the Bible is the teaching that the world was created in six solar days of 24 hours each. The word " yom" in the source, the original Hebrew text, which was translated as "Solar Day" had 56 other choices. Modern English has more than 60,000 words. Biblical Hebrew had 3,000. The average English vocabulary has 6,000. My favorite choice of the 56 other options:" an unimaginably long but complete period of time" harmonizes with science perfectly. Another choice is: "time itself". So as we can see, going to the source and using the Scientific Method brings very different results than not going to the source.

           Getting past this, the order in which life appeared was identical to the theory of evolution's claims in the Book of Genesis, leaving us to discuss the stars, the next main source of conflict between Science and the Bible. The Hebrew text says "a swaddling band around the Earth dissolved, revealing the stars. The Prover proves what the thinker thinks. Here's a fun thought - What if GOD is in control of evolution? What if it's his hobby? What if there is really no conflict between Science and Religion? The scientists cannot disprove the existence of GOD any more than they can prove the Big Bang happened. 

   Albert Einstein saw no conflict between science and religion. Like Galileo, Newton and other immortal greats of science before him, Einstein believed in GOD.

        Therefore, I present to you this idea: Modern Scientific beliefs are based upon a leap of faith in the big bang theory. It has become a belief system based on faith and therefore another form of religion. Scientists, like priests can explain their beliefs but the everyday people accept it all on faith. Scientists and doctors are the priests of this new religion, getting angry and crying "heresy" when anyone respectfully disagrees with them. I once had one of my supervisors in the UT anthropology department explain to me for three hours on a research expedition in mathematical terms how something could have ALWAYS existed, needing no beginning point. When we agreed that the math was good he then made a COLOSSAL leap of faith, saying "This proves the Universe has always existed and there is no GOD." In one second I countered;" I could just as easily jump to the conclusion that this proves the existence of an eternal GOD." It is this "jumping to conclusions" or  as Steven Hawking put it; "making leaps of faith." that infuses philosophy with their physics. Then there is the infusion of politics; a perfect example is 

The Myth of Carbon 14 dating: 

Educated people know that carbon 14 dating is totally irrelevant to the theory of evolution. Scientists never state that carbon 14 dating offers proof for the theory of evolution. Ignorant evolutionists, however, believe carbon 14 dating proves the theory of evolution, and stubbornly make that claim based on faith in what they were told in our learning institutions. They were DELIBERATELY lied to to gain POLITICAL POWER. I will explain; Carbon 14 dating is ONLY reliable for five thousand years as even its creator himself admitted in 1972. Carbon 14 or Radiocarbon Dating was first devised in 1949 by Dr. Willard Libby. It is based on the rate of decay of carbon 14 or its "half-life" of 5730 years. This method offers reliable dates up to 5,000 years ago, but its results require correction since Dr. Libby's belief that the levels of carbon-14 in the atmosphere were identical through the ages has long since been disproved. Volcanoes and floods for example skew the results to the point where guesswork or leaps of faith are required even in dating organic material from historic times. Dr. Libby once expressed his shock when he found that radio carbon dates for human artifacts extended back only 5000 years and older dates were found to be unreliable. [W.F.Libby, `Radiocarbon Dating', (Chicago, 1952), pp. 4-9]  [CRSQ, 1972, 9:3, p. 157] By this time tens of thousands of C-14 dates had been published from tests in laboratories around the world. The textbooks and curriculums have yet to be revised. Instead, a MYTH is being taught in our schools.  There are exciting new methods but wild guesses about the amount of Carbon 14 in the atmosphere do not PROVE anything. Believers in GOD are called foolish and ignorant on the political strength of this deliberate lie that Carbon 14 dating proves evolution.

       The gross disrespect and intolerance I have seen of certain members of the scientific and academic communities and their disciples toward anyone who disagrees with them is just as arrogant and abusive as racial, sexual, religious, or any other kind of prejudice. 

Here's a great example: Around 1910 in educated circles it was considered a mark of ignorance to believe the Biblical record. There was little scientific evidence available then to support the Bible's claims and academic circles decided that was the end of the matter and as the decades moved on, the scientific and academic communities stubbornly ignored tidal waves of new SCIENTIFIC evidence. One excellent example is in what the Bible says about Abraham.  In the early 20th century experts in the field of archaeology insisted that no civilization even existed in UR of the Chaldeans when the Bible records that Abraham lived there. On the basis that no evidence was currently available they declared Abraham a mythical character. 

        20th century evidence however has proven beyond any question the existence of an advanced civilization in UR of the Chaldeans during the 21st and 20th centuries B.C.-That was Abraham's day! Abraham's historicity is also confirmed by ancient inscriptions that bear the names of almost very town mentioned in Ch. 12-14 of Genesis and one even has his father's name. Archeological discoveries also show these towns were in existence until about 2,000 B.C.- but not later! 

No longer can the Bible's critics get away with accusing us of being naive or foolish today when we believe what the Bible says about Abraham like they used to in the 20th century. 

This is critical to the belief systems of the world's great monotheistic religions Islam, Judaism and Christianity who all claim ascendancy from Abraham. Why isn't this commonly taught in schools? Many scientific professionals openly abuse the authority of their positions to push their personal beliefs and ignore the confirmed scientific data to hold on to political power. Other Biblical confirmations from modern Archaeology include: Date and manner of Jericho's fall, The exodus from Egypt, Major characters from the book of Daniel and many others. The SCIENTIFIC proof is all there waiting for you if you take the time to look it up. 

            Certain scientists and academics like to act like they know everything about the origins of the Earth. They don't. Many of our long taught ideas about planetary science have recently been proven completely wrong. Did you know that The Gas Giants on the outside of our solar system and the surface of the Planet Venus are DRASTICALLY different than what I was authoritatively taught about them as a boy in school?  If they can't even tell us reliably how the solar system is today how can we rely on their ideas about its distant unobservable origins? Yet even in the face of constantly changing SCIENTIFIC evidence most scientists are prone to UTTER DOGMATISM about their belief system. Science is supposed to be the sum of the best knowledge we have at the time - incomplete but always learning, always growing- but sometimes making serious mistakes. Why admit things were COMPLETELY wrong about planetary science within the solar system but NEVER MENTION the discovery of the unreliability of Carbon 14 dating or the discovery of archaeological evidence of Abraham being a historical figure? Simple. There is no danger to the foundation of the belief system of this new religion or it's social and political power base. 

         Mankind's only hope for continued survival on this planet is to learn to tolerate each others differences and live in peace with one another and in harmony with the environment. We're all in the same boat...

   I do not believe that scientists should be exempt from this challenge to be tolerant, since they created the very things that could well destroy us, such as thermonuclear weapons & pollution.

We all have a lot of work to do if we are to survive. I write this in defense of my faith and of the faiths of others which have been disparaged by these attacks on the sacred writings of the  world's great religions...If we're going to have a better world we're going to need both better leaders and better citizens.

 I personally believe that any belief in a higher power that must be answered to makes us better citizens than if we believed that we are the ultimate life form in the Universe.

~ H D Johnson 2010