This 16-Year-Old Boy's Marvelous Dinosaur Drawings Enhance Wikipedia
The "artists restoration" on the Wikipedia page for the Orkorpator looked to me more like a charming character from a Maurice Sendak or Quentin Blake book than a scientific representation of a ferocious carnivorous dinosaur.
It turns out that the illustrator responsible for Wikipedia's elected image of the Orkoraptor, as well as for several other dinosaurs, is Danny Ciccheti. Ciccheti is a 16-year-old Italian student who likes Salvidor Dali and Lady Gaga. And he loves Paleoart - artistic representations depicting prehistoric life according to current knowledge and scientific evidence.
Ciccheti's dinosaurs are all informed by the latest scientific discoveries, yet they succeed in appearing delightfully charasmatic and fanciful too.
Ciccheti uses Plos One open-access scientific journal to study new dinosaur species descriptions and high-res images, as well as revisions, phylogenetic analysis and taphonomic observations.
Wikipedia’s content is user-generated, so Cicchetti uploads his illustrations to the website for peer review. Not all of Wikipedia’s editors are fans of his submissions. Some of Cicchetti’s dinosaurs have been rejected due to perceived inaccuracies, or because users disagree with Ciccheti’s artistic licence in depicting dinosaurs where limited remains are available. Personally, I’m all for demonstrating some imagination and personality when it comes to filling in the gaps in our dino knowledge. Let’s keep dinosaurs fun, you guys.
See more of Danny Ciccheti's artwork on his website.