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Dilong and Sinornithosaurus by EWilloughby Dilong and Sinornithosaurus by EWilloughby
Phew... finally done with this. Talk about a very long and arduous piece. My hand still hurts.

Anyway, this is a colored pencil reconstruction of two Lower Cretaceous dinosaurs found in the Liaoning province of China, Sinornithosaurus millenii and Dilong paradoxus. Sinornithosaurus, the orangish winged beasts in the trees, are small maniraptors. Here, the female is protecting the nest while the male (with his distinctive bright red head) is attempting to lure the predator away.

The predator in this case, Dilong, is a somewhat recently discovered basal tyrannosaur. Both of these animals have feathers, and they are non-speculative, as both have had skeletal imprints unearthed with very obvious and precise feather patterns. These animals have not been found together but their location and time period suggests they may have been contemporaneous.

I guess that's it. This thing took me freaking forever. I was going to try to get it into next month's issue of Prehistoric Times for the "Feathered Dinosaurs Revisited" section, but I obviously missed the deadline. Oh well, you fine DA folks can enjoy it instead.
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
I like the attention to detail here, both with the dinosaurs (the accuracy on D. parodoxus is commendable, most people don't get it right), and with their surroundings - the mushrooms in the corner are amazingly well-done.
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SangheiliArtist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
I can't believe I haven't :+fav:ed this.

Excellent job though:

Reasons are for the coloring style, the effects and details added in order to fit well with the stunning side of life, and most importantly, the dinosaurs are in a fine sense of movement and expression with the addition of illustrating enough of the right parts contained from each animal you use.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!

Though I do tend to think I've improved a lot since this - it has a sort of cartoony, stylistic quality that I'm not terribly fond of nowadays.
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SangheiliArtist Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
Have you seen any images much more disturbing than some of yours? I think that Totoro who ate the girl's father was impossibly gruesome...(seeing how she's guilty for shooting him and letting the monster eat him!)

And no problem....now go ahead and bomb someone from the inside. :p

Anyways, the picture is vibrant and intricate for it's lines.
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
XD I guess I should be flattered that you think some of my images are almost that disturbing... though this one is fairly friendly in nature, considering. :D
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SangheiliArtist Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
correction: NOT ENOUGH BLOOD ON THOSE LAST TWO PICTURES!
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:iconsangheiliartist:
SangheiliArtist Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
Yeah...violence doesn't bother me one bit, hopefully not even in real life....sometimes it angers me.
Besides...there's not enough blood in your gallery! Gore cannot withstand the audience without barrels and barrels of pure blood!:lmao:

remember these?
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The last two of these contain enough blood IMO, but they're nicely detailed.

Those are truly horrifying.

Anyways, I adore your coloring style. In case you want to make a violent artwork, PLEASE boost the level up to NC-21+! I'm willing to see some dark, and highly realistic shit this time! :chainsaw:
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Those are interesting, but I rarely draw gore just for the sake of gore - it's always naturalistic and somewhat realistic gore, like two Deinonychus slashing some poor unsuspecting herbivore to bits and then eating it. =p
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SangheiliArtist Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Try some shithead crushing up an innocent puppy's eyes, then slicing it's throat to silence it's shrilling screams to it's bloody bits, then finally annihilating the body into the most disturbing way possible.

Another nightmare can be when 100 bodies, explode in shrieking terror as the blood drips mercilessles.

Next thing you know it, your mind will lash out and you will end up killing people to the worst possible angst in real life.

Rated NC-30+.
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Musquash Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Nice job, I like all the details and the colors are wonderful.
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DinosaurianDude Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
And enjoying it I most certainly am :+fav:
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TehFuzzyDuck Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
The feathers in particular are amazing. But this is wonderful all around! :)
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werewolf-skin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
They look so cute and the detail is amazing!!! That'd be so kewl if they became friends, two different species with two different eating style. He looks more like he finds the mother fascinating and beautiful and maybe also a little glad to see eggs like that, to admire.
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bohemian-folly Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
Wow. I can't believe I've not seen this before.

Anyway, I love the detail and colors in this. The texture in the feathers and plants is amazing. This is a beautiful piece.

I saw windigofer's comments about creationists, and I couldn't help but mention that I am a creationist, myself. ;)
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Skana-orca Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006
great job!!!!!! I love your art! fabulous!
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes, I've seen that one on the Dinosauricon. Schmick!
Great work with the landscape and the vegetation also.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) Other than the problem with the orientation of the Dilong's hands, I was pretty pleased with how it came out.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Re: hands. Yes, I was aware about that detail. Mike Keesey has judged it anyway.
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Graecomaniac Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006   Writer
Wow, this is beautiful. The varied range of colors that you've extended throughout your drawing works very well and is absolutely exquisite, not saying anything of the scenery and the dinosaurs themselves.

Once again, exquisite. :)
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SunIce Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful! I love it <3
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SabreX20 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005
You draw the most AWSOME art!
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JOTC Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005
Lovely. Vivid color.
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Knightraptor Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005
awesome!:D
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Evil-Weasel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
"Dilong"'s Chinese then? Wouldn't that be against the rules for the naming of animals I would think that they would have had to put it in latin.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005  Professional General Artist
The rules don't state that they have to be Latin. Plenty of scientific names have Greek roots, and a substatial amount are named after their discoverers, like Drinker, and a lot are named after their location, like Saltasaurus.
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Evil-Weasel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
Ah! But "saurus" is latin. In any case, dinosaurs are almost inevitably called by their scientific name...I always thought that that had to be latin. Would you know the full two-part name for this dinosaur in question?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005  Professional General Artist
No, it doesn't have to be Latin, but it often is.

Which one do you want to know the two-part name for? Dilong is Dilong paradoxus, Saltasaurus has at least two species... maybe more, I'm tired... S. loricatus and S. robustus, and I can't think of the binomial name for Drinker species off the top of my head.

So yeah, the names are mostly/usually Latin, but it's not a totally inflexible rule and has plenty of exceptions.
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melissajane Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
I envy your background/landscape skills! I have such a struggle forcing myself to put in backgrounds - this is absolutely stunning. Great details and awesome use of colour!
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anima-pteryx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
amazing mind boggling detail! no wonder your hands hurt! love the 3 little mushrooms on the bottom, I dont think ive ever seen 'shrooms in any paleoart scenic piece.
-Dilong is a funny name for a theropod... :p
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it sounds... sort of dirty, somehow.

It's actually a Chinese word. I'm pretty sure it means "earth dragon" or something along those lines. :)
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anima-pteryx Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005
yeah XD
oh, its chinese...well now it seems to fit better...
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CheeseBun Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
That's gorgeous!
Sorry to hear about missing the deadline.
For some reason, I really like those dragonflies. Lots of detail in this piece, I love it.
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ezranay Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005   Interface Designer
This looks amazing! =D :heart: Awesome job! Wowza.
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windigofer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
Oh, I like. I LIKE :3

(What's actually very funny is on *another* thread I've been specifically speaking about Dilong and Sinornithosaurus in regards to feathered dinos and the latest discoveries (re an art someone did of a feathered deinonych) :3)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005  Professional General Artist
Yeah... Kyoht's, right? I am saddened by how many people had no clue about theropods and feathers. Oh well, you get an enormous :thumbsup: for educating people. :D
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windigofer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005
Yup, that would be the one. (And actually, I'm not so surprised, because when Jurassic Park came out people were thinking "Oh, dinosaurs are old and slow, that CAN'T be right, that's all HOLLYWOOD"...even though Bob Bakker had only been writing books about it for about *ten years prior*, Greg Paul's books had been out for a while, and Deinonychus itself had been known since about 1969 or so).

Hell, in the US (where I'm reading this from) you still have people wanting to give Biblical creation equal time with the theory of evolution and our science education sucks in general, especially in regards to biology :P
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
Also being in the US, I share your sentiments in that respect. At least I haven't had creationists comment snidely on my feathered dinosaurs yet...
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iguanaking10 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
good colouration :D you won a :+fav:
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Rainfeather Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Student Photographer
Awesome colors. O_O
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XRGO Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
great job, a lot of details, its amazing
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DigitalDaniel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
Fascinating artwork and you're comment is very interesting to say the least, what a find.
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secrecy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
wow, it looks great!
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