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Saturday, April 20, 2019, 16:12
Ancient creatures get new life
By Zhang Lei
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 16:12 By Zhang Lei

Zhao Chuang works on a dinosaur-themed painting in Shunyi district, Beijing. (CHEN ZEBING / CHINA DAILY)

Zhao Chuang, 34, is a Beijing-based science artist who is mainly engaged in creating images of creatures such as dinosaurs. It is a work combining science and art.

In order to make the dinosaur image as authentic as possible, Zhao had to study paleobiology and even participate in the excavation of dinosaur fossils.

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In 2006 when he was still in college, Zhao's drawing Restoration of Volaticotherium for a research piece was published as the cover of the British Nature magazine.

Zhao Chuang's drawing 'Restoration of Volaticotherium' as the cover of the British Nature magazine. (CHEN ZEBING / CHINA DAILY)

It was the first time that a Chinese artwork was chosen for the cover of the magazine.

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After the publication of the picture on the magazine cover, Zhao won wide recognition from the paleontology community at home and abroad and has become a well-known science artist.

He works with scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to provide scientific and artistic support for their research projects.

A life-sized spinosaurus statue by Zhao Chuang. (CHEN ZEBING/CHINA DAILY)

As of now, Zhao has completed work on more than 1,000 ancient fossil bio-images and the 3D biological images of hundreds of paleontological fossils based on the latest research results of the scientific community.

Zhao Chuang participated in the archaeological excavation of dinosaur fossils in Laiyang, Shandong province in 2013. (CHEN ZEBING / CHINA DAILY)

In addition, Zhao and writer Yang Yang are the founders of the PNSO, an organization devoted to the research and creation of scientific art in Beijing. They compile dinosaur-themed science books, design and make dinosaur model toys, and let people feel connected with the fossils.

Zhao Chuang crayons gently the colors on a dinosaur model. (CHEN ZEBING / CHINA DAILY)

Zhao Chuang with his dinosaur-themed painting. (CHEN ZEBING/CHINA DAILY)

Zhao Chuang carves a dinosaur model. (PHOTO BY CHEN ZEBING / CHINA DAILY)

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