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Early Chinese Feather by pilsator Early Chinese Feather by pilsator
Everyone's new favorite cursorial tiny troodontid-or-not. Long in the works (almost since the paper's out), but just recently finished. I don't quite know what to make of the integument, so i followed the brightness of the remiges mostly when it comes to the wings. The "hind wings" restricted to the crus are somewhat more controversial - Emily Willoughby's excellent rendition of this critter shows it with long contour feathers on its legs, while I went for more flight-feathery ones.

The feather texture isn't exactly great. Guess I'm just not used to draw such tiny theropod. And it _is_ tiny, about a foot in total length.
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
IT IS GOOD!!!
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT IS PILSATOR MY FRIEND!
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Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet Job
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pilsator Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Mario!
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Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YW
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute little bugger. I suspect most dinosaurs were much fluffier and less intimidating than is currently vogue to depict.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes - then again, I think that lots of amateur paleoartists are doing their best to make most dinosaurs much fluffier and less intimidating at the moment.
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Straight toe claws, but curved finger claws? Seems like an interesting niche! Unless the finger claws were totally raptorial.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Godefroit et al. interpret the straight-ish, small pedal claws as an adaptation toward a more terrestrial lifestyle than in Xiaotingia and Anchiornis. I'm not really convinced these two were arboreal in any way, but it makes sense that the climbing capabilities of Eosinopteryx were worse than in these.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Great, man. You know, this guy's Wikipedia entry is still without a reconstruction. I'd be pretty tempted to try and get this on there, if you're up for it.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure I am, unless Emily would be willing to share her shot at this guy.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Is it under CC? If so, I'll try and get it up there.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now it is.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nope, go ahead! I'd rather not release any of my serious work under a CC license anymore, since I hope to make some dough off my illustrations these days. ;)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Soo pretty!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, sir!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really beautiful work. The "hind wings" definitely look natural the way you've drawn them here. The whole thing has a very Martyniuk-ish body shape (definitely a good thing).
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I hope for it to become something of a gold standard - both because it's great and because it wouldn't make me look like someone constantly producing rip-offs ;)
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
D'awwwww. Great drawing. Weirdly enough, I hadn't heard anything about this critter before finding this piece. Are we sure the lack of tertiaries isn't a preservational artifact?
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pilsator Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks - incidentally, a print of that "graces" the walls of my previous girlfriend's apartment. So despite the copy&paste MS Paint artifacts surrounding its head, it seems to look quite okay.

I'd be interested where _Eosinopteryx_ will end up in Cau's megamatrix and the one Christian Foth and colleagues erected, once there will be more taxa. It will probably switch from the base of Paraves to the base of Avialae and back again for some time.

//Edit: Damn, two years exactly between both of our comments... :D
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OK, I've just checked pics of the fossils and well, that sure looks like standard chinese dinobird fossil with every detail preserved so probably not the case :D Weird stuff!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, and great to hear from you!

On another note - what tertiaries?
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Fuck, I wanted to write "remiges".
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yoult Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fantastisch! Bin immer wieder beeindruckt über deine Theropoden.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke, Alter! Hat seine Zeit gebraucht, bin aber auch relativ zufrieden mit.
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. Just amazing.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, man!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Is super geworden, gesonders der Schwanz und der Kopf gefallen mir sehr gut :thumbsup:
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sehr danke!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
ken' problem =)
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I have to say, these new birdlike restorations are getting more appealing all the time. How anyone could look at a drawing like this and go "baaww I like the scaly raptors better!" is just beyond me. This looks like an actual *animal*, something that plausibly existed. Nice work as always! :)
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe the scaly raptors knee jerk is due to the felt "emasculation" of an almost exclusively young male group of fans who are now bereaved of their cool scaly killing machines whose coolness now ranks low enough in the mainstream, but enfluffing them in feathers, making them look "cute" or "gay", sure is a mortal blow to one's identity as a raptor fan.</speculation>

Oh, and thanks!
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well yes, I understand that much. I just meant that the mindset behind it so foreign to me.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I would think you would be foreign to that mindset, like most of us, because you aren't a teenage boy, whom most of those in said mindset are.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^ This.
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