2010 Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize Recipients

Two-Dimensional Art — Julius T. Csotonyi

Julius T. Csotonyi

Julius T. Csotonyi is a freelance natural history illustrator and biological sciences graduate whose passion has been drawing dinosaurs since the age of three. He has collaborated on projects with renowned museums and publishers from around the world, working closely with scientists and drawing on his own scientific background. An MSc graduate of Ecology and Environmental Biology (University of Alberta), and a PhD candidate in microbiology (University of Manitoba), he has published scientific papers on mutualisms in Utah and unusual bacteria at alien-looking deep ocean hydrothermal volcanic vents. Julius' scientific background has impelled him to strive to restore as realistically as possible the curiously alien environments that earth has hosted in its deep past. His style spans the gamut from pencil and ink line drawings to watercolour, pastel, 2-dimensional digital illustrations and 3-dimensional digital models, and his subjects range from dinosaurs and prehistoric species to diverse living organisms and ecosystems, astronomy, science fiction and fantasy.

Image by J. Csotonyi

Julius' paleoart career began with work on two dinosaur encyclopedias with UK author Dougal Dixon. His largest project to date was the panoramic 64-foot-long mural commissioned by the Judith River Foundation and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, depicting a Late Cretaceous Montana ecosystem and a mummified Brachylophosaurus ("Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation"). Julius was awarded the honour of illustrating the 25th anniversary exhibit of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (Drumheller, Alberta, 2010). Some of his other projects have included the ceratopsian exhibit for the Royal Tyrrell Museum (2007), a mummified Edmontosaurus for Phillip Manning's "Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs" (National Geographic Books, 2007) and an African Massospondylus nesting site (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 2010). His work is repeatedly featured in the periodical Prehistoric Times. In addition to book and museum projects, Julius also accepts private commissions of artwork in a wide range of digital and traditional media. His Web site, http://csotonyi.com, features a growing portfolio of his work.

Photo: Julius T. Csotonyi
Image: "Corpse of mummified Brachylophosaurus" by Julius T. Csotonyi.
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mage courtesy of Julius T. Csotonyi.

View the 2010 Three-Dimensional Art, Scientific Illustration and National Geographic Digital Modeling and Animation Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize Recipients.