T rex vs titanoboa

T-Rex vs Titanoboa

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A tyrannosaurus rex has wandered into a swamp and found himself at odds with the largest snake ever known to exist.  The massive titanoboa coils around the king of carnivorous dinosaurs and rears up, mouth open.  The t-rex is no push over though as the turns up to face the snake bringing to bear his massive mouth full of sharp teeth. 

Such an encounter is a bit anachronistic, but it was fun to make.  Tyrannosaurus lived in North America during the late Cretaceous era around 66 to 68 million years ago.  Titanoboas lived during the Paleocene era, after the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs, in what is now Columbia around 60 million years ago.  The two were separated by around seven million years.  I did a bit of Googling to see if any giant snakes existed in the Cretaceous, but could not find any.  Though I do wonder a bit at the evolutionary history of the Titanoboa, did it really evolve from the rather small snakes of the Cretaceous to be that big in just  seven million years? For now, this will just have to be a "Skull Island" fantasy scene.

Thanks for looking!
Daniel Eskridge

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About Daniel Eskridge

Marietta, GA

Daniel is a forty-something living in the Metro-Atlanta area, and he is one of the few people who was actually born and raised there. He is also married and has two sons and a daughter. By day, he works as software engineer at a small company. By night he is an artist producing realist works depicting scenes of American wildlife, farm animals, fantasy scenes, extinct animals, and images of the "American Wild West":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Frontier.

Daniel has dual degrees in computer science and fine art from the University of Georgia. Given his education, it would seem only natural for him to combine the two by producing art using a computer. Daniel practices a new form of art called "3D Rendering":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_rendering, a form of virtual sculpting with a computer. This form of art is utilized by film studios for special effects as well as animated movies, but it can be used to make stills as well. "Check out this video of Daniel creating a 3D rendering!":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvoSvRhYPr4

Daniel’s interest in art began when he was young. As a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, he became particularly interested in the works of the illustrators that appeared on the covers, such as "Frank Frazetta":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Frazetta and "Michael Whelan":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Whelan. In college, he discovered the work of the "French Realists":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(arts), the "Pre-Raphaelites":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood, and the "Hudson River School":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_School, which further influenced him and put his work on a course where nature was the dominant theme.

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