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Painting

When it comes to painting the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park, reference is often taken from nature to achieve maximum realism. One example of this is the 'Velociraptor' eyes shown in the image below. Delicate vein patterns are applied to each eye-ball by hand, which will later be coated with a translucent resin to add dimension and a gloss effect.

The colour schemes that had been finalized on the earlier maquettes are used at this stage to provide reference for the painting of the foam rubber skins which will later cover the full size animatronics.

The skin is mostly "painted" before it is attached to the frame. Stan Winston Studio does not use actual paint, though. Instead, a specially formulated mixture that is akin to rubber cement is used. Tints are added to the mixture to get the correct color. Rosengrant says that they use this mixture in place of traditional paint because it bonds more strongly with the foam rubber and stretches with it as the animatronic moves.

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