Iguanodon Dinosaur Paleo Art

Behind the scenes look at watercolor painting a realistic Iguanodon dinosaur.

From Dinosaur Train to Jurassic Park dinosaurs are coming to life!

Beautuful art made with heart to welcome you home with a laughing good roar and true dinosaur style!

  Dinosaurs!  It doesn't matter if you are 8 or 88 years old – dinosaurs are fascinating creatures! The size of dinosaurs big and small, their adornments in the form of frills, horns, and/or beaks that helped them thrive for millennia as masters of adaptation and perseverance.... the mystery of how they moved, ate, and slept.... How they survived and thrived for years beyond our true reckoning... All these wonderful questions and ideas form a feast of delights for the imagination and a curious mind. :)   Iguanodon  dinosaur watercolor painting by Kristen Girard.   © Kristen Girard at Girard Illustration.

Dinosaurs! It doesn't matter if you are 8 or 88 years old – dinosaurs are fascinating creatures! The size of dinosaurs big and small, their adornments in the form of frills, horns, and/or beaks that helped them thrive for millennia as masters of adaptation and perseverance.... the mystery of how they moved, ate, and slept.... How they survived and thrived for years beyond our true reckoning... All these wonderful questions and ideas form a feast of delights for the imagination and a curious mind. :) Iguanodon dinosaur watercolor painting by Kristen Girard. © Kristen Girard at Girard Illustration.

Dinosaurs!

So much to discover!

So many questions to answer!

So much dinosaur inspired adventure and discovery to delight the mind and fuel the heart of professional and amateur paleontologists alike.

Iguanodon angelicus is one of my all time favorite dinosaurs. (Okay, okay! I admit they are ALL my favorite dinosaurs!) I first fell in love for Iguanodon in the fourth grade when I learned that Iguanodon was the second dinosaur officially discovered in the early 1800's. Mary Ann Mantell spotted the teeth shards in gravel. The gravel had been mined in England from quarries in Tilgate Forest. Her husband Gideon Mantell, a family doctor and amateur geologist, had purchased the gravel. Gideon Mantell went on to study the Iguanodon teeth, and later publish papers about his wife's find in 1822.

Mary Ann Mantell was the first woman's name I had heard of to that point in relation to dinosaurs. Until then it seemed to me as if only old guys, in uncomfortable looking suits associated with big museums, discovered dinosaurs. As a fourth grade girl already aspiring to be a paleontologist, being introduced to a real life woman in history such as Mary Ann Mantell and her Iguanodon teeth discovery was liberating. Women before me had studied dinosaurs, and I certainly could study dinosaurs, too. Perhaps that is when dinosaurs started to represent strength of character to me.

It's not easy to go against convention, to insist that you and your mind is the equal of anyone else's, yet if we are willing to be strong and forge ahead, a world of discovery, adventure, and dinosaurs awaits!

Check out the excellent reference book Dinosaur Encyclopedia by Don Lessem and Donald F. Glut, published by the Dinosaur Society via Random House Press for more information on Iguanodon.