New Stout Dinosaur Books! Pre-order NOW!

I am accepting advance orders for my three new dinosaur books: New Dinosaur Discoveries A to Z (a full color hardcover children’s book), Dinosaur Discoveries (a new 144 pp. softcover loaded with new full color Stout illustrations of dinosaurs discovered within the last twenty years) and the Deluxe Edition of Dinosaur Discoveries (hardbound with dustjacket, signed and limited to just 500 copies with an extra full color plate bound into the book). I expect the limited hardcover to sell out very quickly. The Deluxe Edition of my murals book is almost sold out, so if you’ve been procrastinating…

I’ll sign the books (and personalize them if you like). If you order the hardcover Dinosaur Discoveries, I’ll include free shipping, too (along with your book I’ll send you a reimbursement for the shipping charge you’ll have paid; if I was more computer savvy, I’d figure out a simpler way to do this but, frustratingly, I’m not). I expect to receive the books by the first week of December or earlier. I’ll be sending out the advance orders the day my shipment arrives.

Just thought you might like to know all of this with the holidays approaching and all…

(Visit the William Stout Bazaar for more details)

5 Responses to “New Stout Dinosaur Books! Pre-order NOW!”

  1. Rick Tucker says:

    Bill,

    My order for both books is in. I’m looking forward to the deluxe edition of Dinosaur Discoveries! Thanks for making pre-ordering available.

    Rick

  2. Scott Conner says:

    I’ll echo what Rick said, and he actually jogged my memory about it. Many, many thanks to both you and John for putting out such fantastic books!

  3. Jake Capps says:

    This is a great Christmas present…for myself! I can’t wait look through it over, and over again.

    Why did you decided not to do sketches in this deluxe version?

    Jake-

  4. Bill says:

    Hi Jake,
    Oh, I’ll probably do some. I didn’t promise or guarantee sketches this time, though, ironically, because the Deluxes are selling so well. The thought of spending most of my pre-holiday time drawing hundreds of sketches (500 if it sells out before Christmas, which it looks like it will since it’s the only hardcover edition of the book) when I’ve got so much other work to do (plus, wanting to spend some time with my family)…plus, the research involved when someone asks for a drawing of a dino I’m not real familiar with or that takes a lot of time (ankylosaurs)…

    Well, I think you can see where this is going…

    I’m really eager to finish my two covers for my two fantasy art collections that Flesk plans to publish in the spring. Because of the lead time involved in soliciting, advertising and selling books, I think I’m already pretty late on getting these covers done and off to my publisher, John Fleskes. The cover sketches I’ve done for the two books are complex and a little intimidating. I’m treading on late 19th century ground here (Shakespearian subject matter) and I’ve set myself the task of drawing and painting two pieces that I hope will stand up to the works produced by some of my Pre-Raphaelite idols (especially after seeing that Waterhouse exhibition).

    At least that’s what I’d like to accomplish.

    Goals set and goals achieved are often two separate things but I think it’s important to set my ambitions high. If I don’t quite capture what I’m going for, at least the lofty goal gives me much more of a chance of “falling up” in quality than if I’d played it safe and drew something at a level I’ve done many times before.

    Competition, to me, is a funny thing. I think it’s very positive to be competitive. It spurs me to do my best (and, if the other person I’m competing with feels the same way, they’ll end up doing their best, too), sometimes stretching me beyond what I thought was possible quality-wise for that particular point in my career and development as an artist. Obviously, I don’t mean competition is good when executed in a rude or nasty way.

    One young paleoartist had just achieved a particularly important symbol of success. He came up to me at a Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting at the American Museum of Natural History and gloated, “Watch out, Bill — I’m catching up.” I laughed and took this dear boy into the museum’s Akeley African Hall.

    “Sorry,” I said, “you’re not even on my radar.” I pointed to the spectacular William R. Leigh murals in that hall and said, “That’s my competition.”

    I could have taken him into the AMNH’s prehistoric hall and pointed to the murals of Charles R. Knight. Most of my competition died a long time ago. While I love and admire the work of many of my contemporaries (especially that bastard Mark Schultz), I’m mostly competing not with them but with my heroes of the past. I think that the higher one reaches, the higher one climbs. And, ultimately, the only person I’m really in competition with is myself, trying to get better and better as me, defining my own style and visions and establishing my own artistic turf.

    What was the question?

  5. Scott Conner says:

    I had to laugh out loud at “(especially that bastard Mark Schultz)” 😉

    We had that discussion at StellarCon. It amazes me that he keeps getting better and better with every year. I see those centerspreads in the Various Drawings books, and my jaw hits the floor.
    I’m so glad John will be publishing your fantasy art, too!

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