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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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SpongeBobFossilPants Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Uh, the link to the Caudipteryx pic doesn't work... other than that, good stuff!
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank for letting me know! The link should work now.
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:iconthelittleone:
thelittleone Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Its too bad you had to redo the coloring, but how cool is it that they actually know that stuff now?!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very cool indeed! :)
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OliveTheBreloom Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I love this picture and its accuracy and I *am* a creationist. There is no reason why God should be restricted to making dinosaurs as stupid, scaly ,lumpy things.... the feathers just show His creativity in my opinion.... aren’t melanosomes very useful? So long to the days where paleontologists sadly said “we will never be able to know the true color of dinosaurs” and “They were old dumb lizards…” Hello to the days of “Wow! They are fluffy and fast and smart and colorful!” Again, I like this picture… and don’t particularly want to start a flame war on creatioin VS evolution, so please….
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thomcomstock Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very good. Although you have a different style we seem to share a love for traditionally rendered dinosaurs and fine detail.

Excellent work.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much, and for the watch also. You have a beautiful painting style yourself!
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:iconthomcomstock:
thomcomstock Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, too a love for anti-creationism. More power to you. How so many still believe in make-believe is a mystery to me
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dFoidl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
A gorgeous piece of art! ;)
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:iconflockie:
Flockie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love your work. You honestly inspire me to no end and I hope I can eventually paint/draw these lovely prehistoric creatures as well as you
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Zerictardusted Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Really beautiful and wonderfully detailed.
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Aosaizh Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
I would imagine that the colouration of the creatures would have varied like birds today, and that one wouldn't be the standard for them all, but never the less it's wonderful the see Anchiornis huxleyi in a proven plumage. It makes the long dead animal that much more closer.
Of the image itself, I am amazed by how much detail you have put into the artwork. The forward plantation and the log are very intricate considering the medium used. To repaint the Anchiornis would have been an interesting experience. Once again, another painting of yours that looks like a photo. Beautiful.
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GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The definitive Anchiornis!

Spectacular! You show how the dramatic colours still work in their environment.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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ShadowFoxxx Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I really love how you mystify everything with your oils! Hey can be a pain to work with. :nod: And how you take time with the background! It adds a lot of character to the entire piece.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hah, yeah, oils can be a lot of work, and a massive frustration when they're not doing what you want them to do! And thanks. :)
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010   General Artist
Absolutely beautiful! I love the transitions from lights to darks, the fine details, and the richness of color.

That, and a dinosaur is involved XD Hooray early birds!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Maicreations Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing! XD
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BrokenMachine86 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was working in a Microraptor illustration when the study about the Anchiornis colors was published. I still have my Microrator in line drawing, afraid that it could happen the same that happened to you =P

Beautiful work by the way, the background looks great, and that Anchiornis is among the best I've seen ;)
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
" I still have my Microrator in line drawing, afraid that it could happen the same that happened to you."

Good call...
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BrokenMachine86 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
But I can't wait to paint it!!!!
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BloodyCherryBerry Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
he looks so awesome... =D
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SinopaRapax Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
incredible :)
this is the finest (and most correct!) painting I've seen of Anchiornis, ever.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) :heart:
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful work! I especially enjoy the environment you have included.
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The environment definitely took the longest.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But definately worth it! The whole series is great! :)
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gaypurpledinosaur Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work. And it's amazing that we now have an idea of the colours of some of these guys.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I can understand the feeling of discouragement, but once that passes it will hopefully be replace by the delight that we actually know the color and patterns of some non-avian dinosaurs. And major props for soldiering on and updating the work after the paper came out!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's true. :) At the moment I'm happy that (to the best of my knowledge) this represents the first illustration of Anchiornis with true colors that has a fully-detailed background.
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draculahunter7 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I think this may be your best one yet!
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draculahunter7 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
maybe
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Lovely.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Looks great! :)
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MattMart Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work on the revised colors! Just make sure gets that book published asap, I expect full descriptions of the coloration for the rest of these guys isn't far off. Sinornithosaurus is probably in press right now :O
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) And yeah, we're trying! Unfortunately, the one remaining thing we're waiting for is more or less out of our control - it's an essay on radiometric dating that's being written by a guy that Jon knows. Other than that, though, the only thing that remains is putting everything together.
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jamew85 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As for the picture: it is so beautyful and detailed! Thats amazing! Especially the woods in the background remind me of my great grandfathers chalkpen-drawings. *sighs happy*

As for the study: firstof thank you for sharing this! Its so fascinating! When I was a kid, books still believed only solid stuf like bones and shells could fossilize, but over the years they learned it aint so. Feathers, soft tissue, and now even pigments! Nature never fails to amaze and surprise, does it?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) It is a pretty awesome study. I can't wait (yet at the same time, I dread, because it will likely render old artworks of mine inaccurate) to see what other fossils have fossilized pigment organelles.
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keight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I think this actually makes the piece stronger.
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