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Caudipteryx with Chicks by EWilloughby Caudipteryx with Chicks by EWilloughby

One of the new full-color paleoart pieces featured in my & Agahnim’s new book on the creationism/evolution controversy, God’s Word or Human Reason? I’ve been waiting to share this one for ages, as it is probably my favorite of my artworks right now.

This snapshot from the Early Cretaceous Yixian of Liaoning, China, depicts a Caudipteryx zoui mother and her two chicks darting across a shallow riverbed to the safety of denser cover beyond. In the background, a pair of shaggy tyrannosauroid Yutyrannus try to decide if they ought to be interested, and a pair of Changchengornis, a confuciusornithid basal bird, glide by. Together, the three genera represent a wide span on the continuum of feathered dinosaurs and of feather complexity: from hulking, filamentous carnivore, to ground-bound, display-feathered oviraptorosaur, to flight-capable bird.

This illustration, along with 11 other full-color paintings of feathered dinosaurs, appears in chapter 4 of our new book. If you haven’t already bought it on Amazon, you can order a signed copy directly from me for $40 via PayPal at e.deinonychus(at)gmail.com, personalized with a sketch of a bird or dinosaur of your choice! (International orders are totally fine, but please include an extra $5 for shipping.)

Many thanks to Jonathan for his critiques and suggestions on this piece, as well as to Doug Henderson, my favorite paleoartist, for his undeniable stylistic influence on the composition.

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Beautifully composed and painted, Caudipteryx with Chicks by EWilloughby showcases amazing realistic details. ( Featured by lovelessdevotions )
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TakingLiberty Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Lovely, adorable, and captivating. 
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ThePaperMage Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
!!!!!!!!!! congrats on the DD!! you deserve it holy shitt
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Owlbaskingshark Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
at long last, THE QUEEN OF PALEOART HAS POSTED!!
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing details.
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Appetitive-Soul Featured By Owner 3 days ago
How does she come to have two chicks that are different ages?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
They're not different ages--baby birds often mature at different rates when one is fed more than the other. Hence the concept of the "runt" of a litter.
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Appetitive-Soul Featured By Owner 2 days ago
ingenious 
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Dinopithecus Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
I remember when I was younger and found Caudipteryx a little less than aesthetically pleasing after looking at one reconstruction from a book. I didn't detest it, but it was just, ehhh...

The Caudipteryx here are perfect. And the two Yutyrannus make this piece even cooler.

As for the book, I feel like I should check that out.
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Congratulations on the DD, and best of luck with the book, which addresses a very important topic.
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just way too cute :D
What a great depiction of a prehistoric animal I knew nothing about. Thank you so much for sharing, and educating us :heart:

Congratulations with the totally deserved DD :clap:
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LeviaDraconia Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
:deviantart: Congrats on the DD! :heart: :clap: :deviantart:
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CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Exquisite work!
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XStreamChaosOfficial Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adorable! <3
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JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so beautiful. :love:
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ChaptorCho Featured By Owner 5 days ago
They look so adorable!
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:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner 5 days ago
It's Chicken Little! With children!
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:iconvolgadraco:
Volgadraco Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cute, definetly need to check this book.
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Valia2305 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Simply amazing!
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martythezebragod94 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, love all the details in the environment. 
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Wonderful to see some work from you again!  The book sounds great as well.
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Bleskobleska-Yandere Featured By Owner 6 days ago
That's absolutely flawless, it looks like a photo *.*
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JD-man Featured By Owner 6 days ago
In the book itself, is the "wide span" stuff mentioned in the caption? Just wondering.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Nope--I actually produced a slightly different version of this for the book, which depicts a pair of small pterosaurs in place of the birds. Jonathan was concerned that creationists would be confused by birds and non-avian dinosaurs appearing together before the chapter explained more about their timing and evolution. This is the version I vastly prefer, though.
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JD-man Featured By Owner 5 days ago
"This is the version I vastly prefer, though."

Me too. Shame on Jonathan. ;) :P

BTW, something I've been meaning to ask: Any plans to review Naish/Barrett 2016? I just figured since you sometimes review books & this 1 features a lot of your work. Plus, I like reading about how awesome my favorite books are.
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Maxrunn Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
love the perspective
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Ceratopsia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I absolutely love the composition and atmosphere of this piece. By the way, these are the most adorable Caudipteryx I've seen.
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Stolpergeist Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
Oh, my! So cute and poofy!
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't just like this piece
Because it is new
I like this piece of art
Because I like you

<3 Happy belated Valentine's Day and wow, this is a wonderful piece of art. <3
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
SO CUTE!
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
YIIIIIIIEEESSSS!! Moar artwork!
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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FlameAngelofFandoms Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
It looks really nice! I wish I had the money to buy the book especially since I'm doing a project on the controversy for school and need credible sources by next week
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DanneArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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Michael2K17 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
'S beautiful.
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microraptorgui Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute!
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Norski Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work. Splashing water is not easy to (draw? render?).
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
Really lovely! I wonder if the juveniles had larger rectrices. The youngest Similicaudipteryx specimen is only slightly older than a hatchling and already had quite well-developed ones.
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Kana-hebi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
Really great as per usual!
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful scene.
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Sontine Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017   Digital Artist
Beautiful as always. Love the dinos in the background.
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leptoceratops Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazingly beautiful, it is awe inspiring 
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
Yes! Beautiful artwork!
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TheUnknownPlanet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
cute!
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Oxalaiaq Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2017
Just gorgeous :la:
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
reminds me of when i see a duck or swan with it's chicks and they are all so dam adorable :meow:
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zipclaw Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, a new artwork! :D

It's like you could hear the splish-splash of their little feet in the water.
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ACPre Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
This is amazing !
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MajkaHarolds Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute Woohooooo! 
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