Dinosaur Drawing

Anatomy and Sketching with David Krentz

Chapter List


Many of us drew dinosaurs when we were kids. Dinosaurs are beasts of paradox. They inhabited the world between monster and animal, imagination and science. For many, dinosaurs were the introduction to understanding the natural world. It is not surprising that many of the world's leading paleontologists started out as artists themselves. In this title, David conveys a strong understanding of dinosaur anatomy mixed with the sheer joy of giving life, personality and motion to these inspiring creatures. He covers a wide range of topics from skeletal structures and muscles, to range of motion and the essential gestures of various body types. David focuses on capturing these elements in the form of quick sketches of both herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs.

Duration: 140 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Chapter List

  • 00. Preview
  • 01. Introduction
  • 02. Head
  • 03. Torso
  • 04. Limbs
  • 05. Vertebral Column
  • 06. Proportion
  • 07. Osteological Neutral Position
  • 08. Muscles
  • 09. Range of Motion
  • 10. Comparative Anatomy
  • 11. Locomotion
  • 12. Body Types
  • 13. Gesture
  • 14. Quick Sketch 1 (Sauropod)
  • 15. Quick Sketch 2 (Psittacosaurus)
  • 16. Quick Sketch 3 (Deinonychus)
  • 17. Rendering Rugops
  • 18. Clean-up in Photoshop

David Krentz

Director, Artist, Storyboards for Live-Action, Animation and Video Games

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, David Krentz graduated from the Character Animation program at California Institute of the Arts in 1993. He was immediately hired into Walt Disney Feature Animation as a Layout Artist. He migrated into a Lead Character Designer position for a four year stint on Disney’s Dinosaur. His love for dinosaurs, anatomy and character proved a valuable asset to that benchmark CG film. After leaving Disney he went on to pursue a freelance career, where he stretched his creative wings doing many different kinds of jobs on many different projects. He enjoys sculpture (digital & clay), storyboarding, creature/character design and concept illustration. He maintains ties to the scientific community, where he often lectures on developing performance-centric creatures for film and recreates new dinosaur finds from the bones up. David is one of the founding members of Ninth Ray Studios, a super-group of story driven concept artists. He contributed to such movies as Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur, Treasure Planet, Spider-Man 2, Valiant, The Ant Bully, John Carter of Mars and Outlander as well as many other live-action and animated films currently in pre-production.

  • "This is the dinosaur demo I have been waiting for all my life. David Krentz has the rare ability to turn science into art, and infuse dinosaurs with soul."

    - Iain McCaig