Thank you for stopping by my site. I am a freelance natural history illustrator and biological sciences graduate. My passion has been drawing dinosaurs since childhood, but over the years I have expanded my portfolio to include all branches of scientifically inspired artwork. I have collaborated on projects with several major museums and book publishers from around the globe, including the National Geographic Society and the Royal Tyrrell Museum, working closely with scientists and drawing on my own scientific background. An MSc graduate of Ecology and Environmental Biology (University of Alberta), and a PhD graduate in microbiology (University of Manitoba), I have published scientific papers on mutualisms in Utah and unusual bacteria at alien-looking deep ocean hydrothermal volcanic vents. My scientific background has impelled me to strive to restore as realistically as possible the curiously alien environments that earth has hosted in its deep past. My style spans the gamut from pencil and ink line drawings to watercolour, pastel, 2-dimensional digital illustrations and 3-dimensional digital models, and my work encompasses dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, sharks and other living animals, as well as some space art, fantasy and science fiction themes.
My paleoart career began with work on two dinosaur encyclopedias with UK author Dougal Dixon. My largest projects to date have been a panoramic 75-foot-long mural commissioned for the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), depicting a Late Cretaceous Montana ecosystem and a mummified Brachylophosaurus ("Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation", 2008), and several life-sized dinosaur murals (up to 150 feet long) for the Royal Ontario Museum's 2012 exhibit, "Ultimate Dinosaurs; Giants from Gondwana". I illustrated the 25th anniversary exhibit ("Alberta Unearthed") for the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (Drumheller, Alberta, 2010) and most of the new Hall of Paleontology at the HMNS. Some of my other projects have included the ceratopsian exhibit for the Royal Tyrrell Museum (2007), a mummified Edmontosaurus for Phillip Manning's "Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs" (National Geographic Books, 2007) and an African Massospondylus nesting site (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 2010). In addition to book and museum projects, I also accepts private commissions of artwork in a wide range of digital and traditional media. My web site, http://csotonyi.com, features a growing portfolio of my work, and some of it is also featured on my science blog, "Evolutionary Routes".