C. M. Kosemen
Istanbul's own researcher, illustrator, historian, and artist: C. M. Koseman.
Originally from Turkey, Kosemen is a creative and inventive explorer. This talented artist blends elements of evolution, mythology, biology, natural history, and the EXTRAORDINARY. Kosemen's work is not only beautiful, but informative. Each drawing is a true interpretation of what the creatures may have looked like, where they lived, and how big they were.
Creatures to come—get ready to pronounce some Latin nomenclature!
Kosemen often draws a well-known animal next to the extinct animal so that you can gauge how big the extinct creature was. SO helpful!
This award-winning author wrote a book of visual history, Osman Hasan and the Tombstone Photographs of the Dönmes, which researched old portraits on the tombstones of a unique crypto-Judaic section of tombs in Istanbul. Check it out here!
An artist's tools: Kosemen uses acrylics, ink, and watercolors while painting. For more realistic drawings of fossil animals, he uses a mixture of pen, ink, pencil, and digital techniques.
Q: So, with all your insightful research . . . aliens?
"Yes, but not in their pop culture incarnation. I don’t think alien life will resemble humans, or anything else on our planet."
On top of all of this work, Kosemen also has a series of abstract paintings that weave elements of mythological environments and imaginary spirits. Kosemen wants all of his work to come from meaningful and imaginary places. He strives to make his own "kind of work."
Kosemen has studied and lived in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Italy. He spends his days working diligently at his studio, and spends his nights with his family watching movies and resting.
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