What's New

Here's the latest from the Csotonyi studio, updated 6 June 2010. To return home, click here.


On the Drawing Board

For the "Dinosaur Eggs and Babies" exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, Massospondylus carinatus nesting site from South Africa.

The dinosaur-hunting early snake, Sanajeh indicus from India.

Dsungaripterus weii, a Chinese pterosaur.

Cynognathus crateronotus, a mammal-like reptile.

Icarosaurus siefkeri, a gliding reptile.

Tianyulong confuciusi, an ornithischian dinosaur with 'protofeathers'.

Linheraptor exquisitus, a derived dromaeosaurid from Mongolia.

Aardonyx celestae, a bipedal transitional prosauropod from South Africa.

Ardipithecus ramidus, a hominid near the base of the ape/hominid tree.

Anchiornis huxleyi, the earliest known feathered non-avian dinosaur.

Image in progress (check back for updates as dinosaurs gradually populate this landscape): Reconstruction of a paleocommunity from the Wapiti Formation at Kleskun Hill Park, near Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.


Brachiosaurus branchai, one of the tallest dinosaurs.

Cryolophosaurus ellioti, one of the few Antarctic dinosaurs.

Darwinius masillae, the earliest known Haplirrhini primate from Messel, Germany (Middle Eocene).

Hesperonychus elizabethae, the newly described microcraptorine from Alberta, North America's smallest non-avian theropod.

Dunkleosteus and Cladoselache.

Dilophosaurus wetherilii.

Opening May 29, 2009 at the Manitoba Museum, a renewed palaeontology hall features Csotonyi artwork.

Trinacromerum and Champsosaurus in Manitoba's Western Interior Seaway.

Tylosaur and KT event.

Open Sept 26, 2008 to Jan 11, 2009 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science: "Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation", featuring all-new Csotonyi artwork, including one of the largest palaeontological murals ever created, a 64-foot-long mural of Cretaceous Montana.

A series of interpretive signs for the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, to be placed throughout the province of Alberta. Watch for nine new digital ink illustrations featuring dinosaurs and extinct mammals and reptiles. Here are a couple of the drawings:

Illustrations for the Ceratopsian exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. This new exhibit opened 18 May 2007 and was the first major renovation of Dinosaur Hall since its opening in 1985. (Scroll down for more information.)

An initial restoration sketch of a fleshed-out Centrosaurus apertus, for the Ceratopsian exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

A restoration of the head of Centrosaurus brinkmani, for the Ceratopsian exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

An initial restoration sketch of competing ideas about the postures of ceratopsians, for the Ceratopsian exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

A restoration of Psittacosaurus for the Ceratopsian exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

More featured pieces of Julius' digital artwork follow. Most recent works are completed digitally rather than traditionally using paint or pencils.

Archaeotherium mortoni and Poebrotherium.

Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis and a small marsupial mammal.

Mammuthus primigenius.

Allosaurus fragilis and Stegosaurus armatus.

Brachylophosaurus canadensis and Daspletosaurus torosus.

Acrocanthosaurus atokensis and Sauroposeidon proteles.

Sinosauropteryx prima.

Mei long.


Latest Pieces


Up and Coming

Royal Tyrrell Museum website

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is introducing a redesigned website, for which Julius has created the opening mural featuring a paleontological timeline. Watch for it to appear soon.

Manitoba Museum

Opening on May 29, 2009, several images appear in the Manitoba Museum's (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) rennovated paleo gallery, illustrating life in the Cretaceous Period, focusing on the Western Interior Seaway.

Canadian Museum of Nature Guide to Canadian Mammals

The artist contributed a series of illustrations of living Canadian mammals to a recently completed comprehensive guide to mammals of Canada, in association with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Project

Commissioned by the Houston Museum of Natural Science (Houston, Texas, USA) to create several large murals (including one of the largest palaeontological murals in the world, a 64-foot-long wrap-around mural of Montana during the late Cretaceous) for a new exhibit called "Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation". This exhibit centers on "Leonardo", an extraordinarily well-preserved mummified Brachylophosaurus canadensis that is a Guinness World Record Holder as the world's best preserved dinosaur, with nearly 90% of its skin impressions intact. The special exhibit shows at the HMNS from September 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009, and then tours North America.

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology Interpretive Signage Project

Commissioned by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (Drumheller, Alberta, Canada) to create nine illustrations for new interpretive signs that will be placed throughout the province of Alberta to highlight paleontologiclly significant sites. Watch for nine new digital ink illustrations featuring dinosaurs and extinct mammals and reptiles.

National Geographic Projects

Commissioned by the National Geographic Society to illustrate the cover of the book entitled Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs and to contribute to creation of dinosaur computer models for the documentary, "Dino Autopsy", which aired Sunday, Dec 9, 2007.

Museum of the Red River Illustration Contest Winner

The piece entitled Acrocanthosaurus atokensis recently won "best in show" in an illustration contest sponsored by the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma, to popularize the recent declaration of Acrocanthosaurus as the state dinosaur of Oklahoma.

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology Dinosaur Hall Renewal Project

Commissioned by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (Drumheller, Alberta, Canada) to illustrate their new Ceratopsian exhibit. This redevelopment of a corner of Dinosaur Hall opened in May 2007 and features 27 new Csotonyi illustrations.

LiveScience Website Project

Julius' work is featured in a gallery on the educational resource website called LiveScience.

Scholastic Inc. Projects

In May 2006, a project was advised by Dr. Matthew T. Carrano (Curator of Dinosauria, Smithsonian Institution), for Scholastic Inc. (New York, USA) on a series of ten children's books on dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, called the 3-D Dinosaur Discovery Series.

Canadian Museum of Nature Project

In April 2006, a project was completed with the Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) to update their educational online resource called the Natural History Notebooks. Watch for the new images to appear on the CMN's website (www.nature.ca/notebooks) in the next few months.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Project

A project was completed in February 2006 with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, NC, USA). NCMNS has a wonderfully preserved Acrocanthosaurus skeleton, which is on display in their "Terror of the South" exhibit. Regretably, however, it seems that most visitors confuse the beast with the more familiar Tyrannosaurus. The project involved highlighting the differences between the two animals using illustrations of Acrocanthosaurus and Tyrannosaurus in similar poses. When the display is finished, it will stand next to the Acrocanthosaurus skeleton.

Anness Publishing Ltd./Lorenz Books Ltd. Projects

Julius' work has appeared, and will soon appear, in the following books by authors such as the well known and highly respected dinosaur book writer Dougal Dixon:

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs (ISBN 0754815730). This book is already in print. It may now be ordered through amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk or chapters.indigo.ca.



The World Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures (ISBN 0754816303). As of June 2006, this book is still in production, but watch for it (and it may also be preordered through amazon.co.uk).



Julius also paints extant wildlife, and some of his work, featuring whales, will appear in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals of America (ISBN 0754816176), by Tom Jackson and Michael Chinery. This book is already in print. The book may now be ordered from chapters.indigo.ca, amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.co.uk.



A fourth book project with Anness Publishing features living sharks (for The World Encyclopedia of Marine Fish and Sea Creatures). This book is already in print.



Prehistoric Times Projects

The artist's work repeatedly appears in the periodical Prehistoric Times, edited by Mike Fredericks.

Read the article "Paleoartists Speak", in which Julius and 11 other leading paleoartists comment on trends in paleo illustration and provide advice to newcomers to the field, in the summer 2006 issue of Prehistoric Times magazine.



Julius was interviewed for issue #76, (Feb/March 2006) of Prehistoric Times magazine.



The artist's work, featuring the ancient shark Cretoxyrhina and the mosasaur Clidastes, appeared on the cover of issue #77 (April/May 2006) of Prehistoric Times magazine.








All artwork copyright (unless otherwise noted): Julius T. Csotonyi. It may not be stored, displayed or used in any other way without prior written permission from the artist.