Saturday, 13 May 2017


I'm cheating a bit here: Sadly no palaeo-pics to share right now, as I have had to take a break from painting over much of the new year to fulfil some exciting private commissions, but in the meantime, I have at least been able to finish my Showreel!

You can view the whole thing on YouTube in HD:

Featuring highlights from animation projects I have produced for museums, government agencies and corporate clients, there's a healthy dose of science, technology, natural history and just fun stuff in there. The eagle-eyed viewer may even spy a clip of my Cambridge whale!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Preparatory sketches - scale

copyright A V S Turner 2016
Anasazisaurus, Bistahieversor & Dinosuchus, with a human figure for scale. This scale reference is the first step in my newest life restoration project, set in mid-cretaceous New Mexico. I love this stage of a painting: really getting my head around the scale, presence and even personality of subjects and cementing an image in my head of how I want them to look. Since this image will include three subjects in close proximity, I am keen to work out now how they all occupy 3D space together.

Since Anasazisaurus is known only from partial skull fragments, I have used it's close relative Kritosaurus as an additional reference.

My next step will be to work out the immediate landscape and environment. Stay tuned for more over the coming weeks!

Monday, 22 February 2016

e-Luminate Festival: The Cambridge Whale

Very pleased to announce this week that the animation that I provided for the e-Luminate Festival of Light last weekend went down a treat with local audiences!

This restoration of Cambridge University Zoological Department’s iconic Fin Whale specimen was recreated in vector art from photographic reference. Unfortunately, I was unable to get my hands on any photos of the specimen exactly in profile, so I had to use some spacial reasoning to force the perspective slightly.

Nonetheless I am very happy with the anatomical fidelity of the restoration itself (I only had two weeks to put this guy together!) and the final projected image was pretty much life-size, which is what I was aiming for. I am very pleased also to hear that my whale installation has been a big hit with scientists and curators involved with the study and restoration of the specimen itself – always a nice bonus!

The best thing about creating an animation such as this I think is that it celebrates the medium of light whilst highlighting the environmental impact of human activities including light consumption (the central messages of the festival), but also it provides a very relatable image for audiences to interact with (light is a very abstract subject and whilst I was gobsmacked by all the beautiful installations placed all over the city, I think that visitors also like to see something with a face from time to time too and I feel privileged to have been able to provide that).

I am so proud and thrilled to have been able to contribute to such a unique festival alongside such a talented array of artists and technicians. Everyone has been so complimentary and my heartfelt thanks go out to the organizers, contributors and audiences who make this experience so unforgettable!

To see the animations, please visit: