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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2014 Awardees 2014 (Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize) Scientific Illustration - Robert F. Laws  

Robert Francis Laws studied at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College, where he gained a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art. His commissioned works includes portraiture, landscape and still-life subject matter. Over the past eight years, Robert has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom on a  number of scientific illustration projects, which have been used in a range of journals and publications ; some of these include: “The Times” (London), “Palaeontology”, “The Proceedings of the Royal Society B”, “Stone Age Nottinghamshire”, and used by the BBC. His work has appeared on many websites, including “” and his work has appeared at many SVP symposiums. Robert won the Lanzendorf Paleo Art Prize for “Scientific Illustration “in 2011 (which he regards as a prestigious acknowledgement of the contribution his work has made to the field).

Robert continues with this interesting area of work ( one of his many passions ) widening his base of experience to other areas of Scientific Illustration. He enjoys immensely working with the team at the Natural History Museum, in London, and relishes the opportunity to expand this connection with the paleo-scientific community, with other institutions around the world.

The entries for the 2014 award are described below:


A. A set of illustrated views of a specimen of  Puppigerus camperi, a Eocene turtle from the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.
It was created using graphite and gouache as mediums , allowing a naturalistic treatment in graduated tone, which one often sees in the work of 19th lithography plates used in early Palaeontology plate illustration.. The graphite allows a more fluid transition from lights to darks, resulting in more naturalistic presentation.
Part of this set of works was used in a poster for the presentation of the research work and a “taster” for the forthcoming publication, at a previous SVP symposium.
The authors of the work are Sandra D. Chapman, Curator of Fossil Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians at the Natural History Museum in London, United Kingdom, and Richard Moody, Emeritus Professor of  Earth Science and  Geology at Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom.


B. An illustration entitled “Flora and fauna of the Jurassic and Cretaceous” It was drawn using black ink as the medium, The tone created by the overlapping of and contouring of form. The ink medium allows a crispness and clarity for plates in publication.
It will be published in the journal “Earth and planetary Science” shortly. The author is Dr Paul M. Barrett, Head of Dinosaur research at the Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom.