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Microraptor Omnivory by EWilloughby Microraptor Omnivory by EWilloughby
Here's my submission to Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs' version of the "All Yesterdays" contest. This version of the contest is differentiated from the original by requiring the artist to illustrate the speculative behavior in a style different from their usual, with a specific emphasis on straying from the hyper-detailed, realistic style that most paleoartists seem to be trying to capture these days. I tried a sort of cell-shaded, pseudo-vector type of look for mine, which I'm sure most of you will notice is very different from my usual fare.

Anyway, this is a little different from most entries to this contest in that while it's speculative, it is something that I genuinely believe is the case (that Microraptor was an omnivore), and I think it's perfectly possible that one of the ~300 undescribed specimens of this animal may preserve plant matter gut contents. Hard to say. In any case, I think that Microraptor has certain features that are consistent with omnivory in maniraptorans, including having somewhat unusual dentition by dromaeosaur standards.

Here I've depicted it munching on a tasty cycad fruit.

I intend to do a more in-depth blog post exploring this concept sometime in the coming weeks. I also hope that my watchers aren't sick of me drawing Microraptors yet... there will be more to come.
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matt-baen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Audubon-like naturalism + boldness of Color Field painting = wow.
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Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute! And very well done. :) And of course I'm not sick of Microraptors, I love them as much as you do. :D
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splat1347 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me encanta
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Grays-raptor-flock Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks very cool.  I like the style in this one. 
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kaileymiller Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
So wonderful. I wish you sold your art as prints. I really love the style of this one. You are so versatile; it's wonderful.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly! I do sell prints via a Zazzle store linked from my website. emilywilloughby.com/store :) You find the print of this one here. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to sell the frigatebird as a print, since the rights to it belong to a museum. 
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kaileymiller Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Wow, that is an awesome store! I would love to have one of your prints hanging on my wall sometime in the future. I am in the middle of a move but a print of yours would fit my inspiration space perfectly.
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RSNascimento Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
So natural, very vivid composition, your best work so far in my opnion.
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like Microraptors :3
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay! They like you too. :>
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