Mick Ellison

Senior Principal Artist
B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art, 1987
E-mail: mick@amnh.org

Mick Ellison studied art at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and received his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He joined the staff of the American Museum of Natural History in 1990, where he is a scientific illustrator and photographer in the Division of Paleontology.

His work has appeared on the covers of The New York TimesNature,Science, and Natural History Magazine. Other clients include National GeographicTimeNewsweekDiscover, IMAX, Nova, BBC and CNN. Mick has also provided illustrations and photographs for a number of books, includingDiscovering Dinosaurs (Knopf), The Science Times Book of Fossils and Evolution (Lyons), and Unearthing the Dragon (Pi), a book he produced with Dr. Mark Norell about their experiences working together in China.

Gobi Desert at Dusk

Oviraptor Fossil

Crow Illustration

Baby Protoceratops Fossil

E. andrewsi

Hand-drawn color illustrations of the heads of two Oviraptorid dinosaurs.

A drawing of a person with straight dark shoulder length hair and a light colored shirt titled, “Pencil sketch of Indian girl.”

Thunder Clouds Over Gobi

Northern Flicker

Pencil Reconstruction of Plaster Lifecast

west-lake hangzhou kiosk

Sinornithosaurus slab


Upper Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Fossil Spider

Fossil Lizard

Reconstruction and Fossil of Small Dinosaur Mei Long

Old Man in Chinese Rural Village

Museum artist Mick Ellison's drawing of the first feathered dinosaur found in China, Sinosauropteryx, as it might have looked in life


Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs

Illustration by Museum artist Mick Ellison of a Warbler Finch on a branch beneath a musical score

Chinese Girl with Fossils

Illustration of 2 fossil crayfish by artist Mick Ellison

Velociraptor Skull