Good evening, I am John Conway, and I make art of very old things, and of new things I have made up. I have a podcast about animals with Darren Naish, and have written and illustated two books with Darren and C.M. Kosemen. My art is funded by people like you through Patreon.

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All Yesterdays

Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals

Cryptozoologicon: Volume I

The Biology, Evolution, and Mythology of Hidden Animals


The giant Patagotitan emerges from the a patagonian river, sometime in the middle of the Cretaceous, about 115 million years ago. Some pterosaurs and birdy dinosaurs forage on the shoreline.

This painting is (yet again), ispired by an Ely Kish painting.


Two vulcanodons take a mountain path in Early Jurassic Zimbabwe. A small heterodontosaurid looks for goodies in the undergrowth, and some pterosaurs fly by behind.

The colur and setting is taken from the back cover of the album Felt Mountain, by Goldfrapp.

Dicreaosaurus hansemanni

One dicreaosaur annoys another in Late Jurassic Tanzania. The crocodylian Bernissartia sunbathe next to the water. Dsungaripteroid pterosaurs and a (speculative) small birdy dinosaur are in the background.

Baby Brachiosaurs

Some baby Brachiosaurus scuttle through the forest. Very young sauropods are not found in the trackways of sauropod groups, so there is some question as to how baby sauropods lived.

After a painting of Archaeopteryx and sauropod by John Gurche.

Crossing the Flats

This painting is a re-imagining of a classic work by Mark Hallett, of Mamenchisaurus"Crossing the Flats" – that graces the cover of Dinosaurs Past and Present: Volume I.

Mark's work is long and flat, fitting for the great mamenchisaur with its unbelievably long neck held horizontally, which was the thinking at the time. We're now swinging around to a more vertical neck pose for these animals, perhaps surprisingly so, and it got me to wondering what such a painting would look like now. So here it is.

Based largely on a skeletal by Scott Hartman.


Some of the dinosaurs Tendaguru formation gather in the most naturalistic way I could make them.

The little black and white ones are Dryosaurus, the spikey one Kentrosaurus, the long-necked ones on the left some sort of Barosaur (possibly)*, foreground long-neck are Giraffatitan, and behind them in the distance, Dicraeosaurus. In the foreground is the strange theropod Elaphrosaurus.

This painting shares similarities with another painting I did of some sauropods, but this one actually came first.

*This is based on a painting I did in 1998, so it includes animals that have changed taxanomic status somewhat.