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Steps in preparing a scientific reconstruction: 2. Composition

Initial rough pencil composition

Sketch by Mary Parrish under the direction of Tom Phillips

Rough thumbnails sketches of the general scene were prepared after discussions with the scientists. They were used to establish the perspective of the illustration, and to plan the general placement of plant species in the environment.

Thumbnail pencil sketch
Sketch by Mary Parrish under the direction of Tom Phillips




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