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The first step in creating the dinosaurs for the JP films, is to design the 'look' of the animals on paper. The artists at Stan Winston's studio spend many hours sketching and making changes as the dinosaurs concepts begin to take shape. Eventually, the artist creates a detailed illustration of the creature. In the case of Spinosaurus, SWS went from preliminary sketch to final design in about three weeks.
Steven Speilberg observes and critics them along the way to make sure that they're scientifically accurate, and the team even employ the help of Jack Horner, one of the worlds leading Paleontologists.
Once the designs are complete, colour is then added to enchance the drawings and provide the required reference for the painting of the maquettes. Out of all the colour renderings available for each dinosaur, only one of these will be used for the final model.