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Rob Soto

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Class of 2019

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BFA (Illustration) Maryland Institute College of Art, 2013 Certificate (Science Illustration) CSU-Monterey Bay, 2019


The story begins with a toy Stegosaurus gifted to me by my Father, that sparked my interest in Paleoart. Having never seen an animal like it, I became insatiably fascinated by this seemingly mythological beast. The creature’s alien form invited me to discover the time and place it came from and drawing became the only suitable means of exploration. Crayons and construction paper slowly gave way to watercolor and Photoshop; with each tooth and horn I drew, I not only learned of Dinosaurs, but about myself and my creative identity as well. Happiest with a pencil in my hand I doodled and drew them endlessly, in the margins of my school notebooks and have now begun to fleshed them out with color and light. I strive to imbue my work with movement and give these ancient animals back the energy they lost in death. In my quest for understanding of deep time I have developed interests in environmental science, evolutionary-biology, and cladistics for all the stories they can tell. I still draw Dinosaurs endlessly, not from a residual boyhood fascination, but because of all we stand to learn from extinct animals and the stories that echo from the ageless stone.