Critter of the Month: Camarasaurus

Meet Bella. She’s big, she’s loud, and she’s really happy to see you! She’s happy to see anyone really, except Alfred, but can you blame her? There’s about a-bazillion years of conflict going on there…


There she is! She is the most accommodating of Pete’s very large camarasaurus herd- voted least likely to accidentally trample the equipment. They can be an excitable bunch, and don’t always pay attention to what they’re bumping into. I’ll just say that when Pete finally got her separated from the herd there was a tractor, some flags, an air horn, and a rubber chicken involved…

These Camaras are more closely related to the smaller wild species, C. lentus (there are 3 🙂 ), which are only about 49 feet long. But that’s still a lot of sauropod on the move, especially when you multiply it by 80!

Why so many?

Paleontologists may call Bella the ugliest sauropod, but they’re pretty popular for anyone with plenty of pasture. Their friendly and calm, cow-like attitude makes them an easier alternative to the larger giants like Elmer.

If only they weren’t so loud! But some may call Bella’s singing endearing. It’s lovely to hear their chorus far out to pasture.

Have the video play in the background while you look at Bella above, I can’t help laughing at the mental picture of 50 or 100 of these fat, happy sauropods calling to each other constantly. In a herd of such large animals, you don’t really need stealth. 😀


Making progress…


Dippy has an update, woohoo! 😀 I’ve been working on this big guy for a while now, and he’s happy to see you!






If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ve seen some of my progress there, but I’ll go ahead and share my process here. 🙂

Step 1: Sketch


Step 2: Reference model

Part of what took me so long on this one was the ref model’s fault. For some reason even though I’ve drawn Dippy very easily in a simple form, I couldn’t really get his form right in clay form. Eventually I decided to stop piddling around with clay since it was enough reference to get the light and perspective I needed. #progressnotperfection right? ;P



Step 3: Drawing


Step 3: Color!

I always start with base colors, then use my clay reference when painting light and shadow on separate layers. Being able to paint in separate layers is by far the biggest benefit of digital paint. 🙂

dippy base color.jpg

Dippy shadow.jpg

Dippy light



Complete! Now I can turn it into all sorts of cool things on Redbubble. I think I’ll get a notebook (as soon as I fix the image to make it available 😀 )

Thank you so much for stopping by! It truly means a lot to me, and I hope to have more to show you next month. 🙂


Coming Aug 1st…

These two love making new friends, especially if you have a treat…

Share your guess in the comments! They’re a couple of critters over on the critter page. 🙂

8 thoughts on “Critter of the Month: Camarasaurus

  1. Dippy got a new look! It’s interesting to see the progress. So the unfinished model did help, after all! Good to know. 😀 I like his pattern!

    Will Bella be getting an update also, or will she stay as she is? I like her “freckles.” 😛


    1. Hi Brownie! I’m glad you like Dippy’s new look. ☺️

      Bella will stay mostly as she is, since really she just needs a little more contrast, and perhaps a better background. We’ll see. She’s not really high priority since I mostly like her how she is. I could always add a new critter to the shop instead ☺️


  2. I am LOVING Dippy’s “redesign”,it just feels…..much more majestic,grandiose!

    Camarasaurus is probs one of my most favorite sauropods,up there with my childhood favorite Apatosaurus and the teeny tiny Europasaurus! Camarasauruses are not ugly definitely!

    COTM is….Copper and Daisy!


    1. Hi Kaprosaurus! I’m glad you like Dippy’s update, I had a lot of fun with him and I like how he turned out.

      Camarasaurus are among my favs too, along with Camptosaurus. I guess I always end up rooting for the under appreciated “plain vanilla” sort of critters when it comes to plant eaters. A lot of people are into the newest weirdos on the block. 🙂

      If Europasaurus is a Jurassic Critter, I could add it to the shop! It’d be interesting to have a small sauropod available for adoption. I know Amargasaurus is Jurassic…and Shunosaurus…

      I hope you like sauropods 😀 I think it’s time I introduce a new critter to the shop at some point 😉

      Hmm…I wonder what Copper and Daisy are up to?


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