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Anchiornis - new version by EWilloughby Anchiornis - new version by EWilloughby
Here is the long-awaited final illustration for ~Agahnim's anti-creationism project, Anchiornis huxleyi. This dinosaur was not originally part of the lineup of feathered dinosaurs that I needed to illustrate, but the new specimen described in December of 2009 made it clear that it needed to be included, since it was a beautiful example of a feathered troodontid older than Archaeopteryx.

I ran into an unfortunate predicament with this painting that I hadn't yet experienced in my artistic career. Right when I had completed it, a new study was released that described in fantastic detail the coloration that this animal's feathers would have had in life. I was extremely discouraged by this news, but since this painting is going to be published and needed to be as accurate and reputable as possible, I painstakingly repainted the animal to reflect the findings of the new study.

Here is the old version of the painting.

I am now finally finished with all of the illustrations for this book, and I must say it's a huge relief. I just hope that it hits the shelves before yet another important discovery is made. =P

Lots of thanks to ~Agahnim and the Gondolendians for their help with anatomy and shading.

If you're interested in the rest of the feathered dinosaur illustrations I've done for ~Agahnim's book, you can see them here:

Jinfengopteryx
Microraptor
Archaeopteryx
Velociraptor
Sinornithosaurus
Epidexipteryx
Sinosauropteryx
Caudipteryx
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:icontherealmaestro:
TheRealMaestro Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
This is my new phone background. It's beautiful, accurate, and centres nicely on the screen ^ ^
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eJcalado Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent!
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BFG8800GTX Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
tom and jerry....the anticipation scene. :D
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sDoost Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you have nice artwork! :)
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YYHyasha Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness, your shading and attention to detail are impeccable! I wish I could shade with colors like that.

The fact that it depicts a chase makes me think that the composition could have been more dynamic, but that's just a nitpicky thing. =P It's suitable for depicting the dinosaur's feathers, anatomy, and stuff.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I appreciate that. :) Thanks for the watch-back, too! I would totally buy one of those Anchiornis necklaces if you made them in bulk, haha.
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YYHyasha Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome! And thanks for the offer. xD Well I don't get many buyers of anything, so maybe I could spare some time to make one...
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
It's proved that I had those colors? Because I find it so in all illustrations.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes, it is proven that Anchiornis had the colors depicted above, using detection methods for fossilized melanosomes. [link]
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
MYYYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOODDDD! I the first time I see that! Thank you a lot! Finally the real colors of a dinosaur, I hope in a future we can know how looked a Therizinosaurus or a Deinonychus ^^.
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