Demetrios Vital


I'm an artist, illustrator, and scribe always on the lookout for new projects.

Experience Highlights:

2011 - Invited Workshop Instructor – Buffalo State College Art Conservation Dept. – Lecture: The Work of a Jewish Scribe; Workshop: Making a Model Sacred Scroll

2010-2011 - Participant in Jewish Theological Seminary artist-in-residence program and exhibition, "Volumes II"

2011 - Poster Presentation - American Institute of Conservation Annual Meeting - Title: "It Is A Tree of Life:" Traditional Hebrew Scribal Arts and Modern Conservation Practices

2009-2010 - Participant in Jewish Theological Seminary artist-in-residence program and exhibition, "Volumes"

2008-2009 - Torah scribe - Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY

2007-2008 - Torah scribe - Wrote and completed a Torah scroll - Temple Sinai, Atlanta, GA

2004-2006 - Guest lecturer in Paleontological Illustration - Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

2005-Present - Freelance Scholar in Residence teaching Scribal Arts in various communities

2004 - Scientific Illustrator - Science Museum of MN Paleontology Department

2001-2004 - Scientific Illustrator - University of MN Entomology Department

Selected Art and Illustration Credits -

Books and Papers:

• Kristina Curry Rogers, "The Postcranial Osteology of Rapetosaurus krausei (Sauropoda: Titanosauria) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29:4, 2009.

• Steve Miller, Dinosaurs: How to Draw Thunder Lizards and Other Prehistoric Beasts, Watson-Guptill, 2008.

• Andrew Farke et al., “An abnormal squamosal of Triceratops from the Upper Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota,” Bulletin of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science 35, 2006.

• DIG Archaeology Magazine, “Triceratops Battles,” and “Meat-Eating Dinosaurs,” July/August 2006.

• Susan Weller et al., “Empyreuma pugione (Linneaus) and E. affinis Rothschild (arctiidae: Ctenuchini) – geographic variation or valid species? Evidence from morphology and mitochondrial DNA,” Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 58, 2004.

• Ray Rogers et al., “Cannibalism in the Madagascan dinosaur Majungatholus atopus,” Nature 422, 2003.

• Paleontological art featured in national and international news sources, such as Nature ( and National Geographic (

Oral Presentations:

• Susan Weller et al., “Empyreuma species and species limits: Evidence from morphology and molecules (Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Ctenuchini),” annual meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society, 2003.

• Susan Weller, “Evolution of defense, courtship behaviors, and hostplant choice in tiger moths (Arctiidae: Lepidoptera),” U Maryland, Departmental seminar, November 2003.

• Michelle DaCosta, “Challenges of analyzing paraphyletic taxa: Phylogeny of the tiger moth tribe Callimorphini (Arctiidae: Arctiinae),” annual meeting of the EntSoc, November 2003.

• Michelle DaCosta, “Preliminary phylogeny of the tiger moth tribe Callimorphini (Arctiidae: Arctiinae),” annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (EntSoc), November 2002.


• Paul Larson et al., “Morphological review of genus Euchaetes (Arctiidae: Arctiinae) in North America North of Mexico,” annual meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society, July 2003, and EntSoc, October 2003.

• Ray Rogers et al., “Paleoenvironmental and Taphonomic Perspectives on the Late Cretaceous World of the Abelisaurid Theropod Majungatholus atopus,” annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), November 2002.

Other Highlights:

• Created original illustrated Graduation Diploma for Mt. Zion Hebrew Congregation, 2009

• Created original painting in recognition of clergy at Mt. Zion Hebrew Congregation, 2007

• Created original illuminated ritual marriage documents (ketubot)

• Logo design for several small and large companies including the 2003 annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting