I have little to contribute to the recent reports of a fantastic new paleoart book called All Yesterdays, other than to say – yup, bought it. After all, I still await my hardbound copy to arrive – sorry Apple, how could you not buy this on dead trees?
Some thoughts I hope to add to later:
1) I already feel conservative. While excited and very much anticipating this book, the celebration of odd could-have-beens is dangerously close to snorkeled Sauropods, sockmouthed ceratops and generally liberal interpretations among artists. The key is the artist’s understanding of anatomy and a position within the scientific dialog, I feel and I expect nothing but the best from John Conway. The book also seems to be embedded in textual context… and in my experience, Darren Naish can do no wrong. Just – there’s that nagging feel that the celebration of this approach is in some ways the antitheses to Julia Molnar’s launching pterosaur. Look forward to more after I finish gushing over the pages.
2) I love the idea of independent printing. Kudos to the team for doing this. Previously, I bought a print-on-demand book by Greg Paul. It will be interesting to compare. I’d love to see a brand effect arise from this. It would be great to have a venture like Irregular Books gain public recognition as a go-to place for quality palaeo images and I’d be more than interested in contributing.
Anyway – get yourself a copy, digital or not.