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Jinfengopteryx by EWilloughby Jinfengopteryx by EWilloughby
Drawing of Jinfengopteryx elegans, a troodontid from the Qiaotou Formation of China. For the uninformed, it's a very small (55 cm long) feathered theropod related to Troodon. This animal's taxonomy is slightly uncertain - originally described as an archaeopterygid, it's now thought to belong to Troodontidae based on features like the enlarged second toe and specifics of the teeth.

This was done entirely in Prismacolor pencils. Lots of love to ~Agahnim for his masterful help and advice on the shading.

This was drawn for ~Agahnim's booklet-in-the-works on evolution to be explained to creationists, specifically intended for the section on how birds can be shown as descendants of dinosaurs.

I am rather proud of this.
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SpongeBobFossilPants Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Could this thing fly?
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Probably not. Like many (but not all) troodontids, Jinfengopteryx had not-extremely-long arms and fairly long legs (which lacked long feathers) which indicates it may have led a mostly cursorial lifestyle. It probably could have clambered around in trees, but I doubt it would have been doing much gliding and definitely no powered flight.
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful likght and shadow! I love it!
indigomagpie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
That is the pinkest troodont I have ever seen :-)
InspectorKaramazov Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
It's such a cute little creature that I just wanna hug it! I have always loved Archaeopteryxs....and this is an epic picture.
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Good ol' Jiffy :D
TrevelyanL85A2 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
awesome. awesome awesome awesome.

did i mention it was awesome?
CanisCerberus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutley amazing. I love how you captured the whole atmosphere. It's serene and has subtle hints that action can happen at anytime. The colors are working so well together, it's perfect.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much. It is one of my best pieces, I think.
RedThrall Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Wow, this is very beautiful. The shading, the colors, all of it. I think I'd actually prefer this color penciled, rather than digital art. Instant Favorite! =)
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