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Microraptor gui by EWilloughby Microraptor gui by EWilloughby
NEWER RENDITION IS NOW HERE: [link]

I've been working on this thing for ages and it's finally finished. It's the second of a series of feathered dinosaur drawings for ~Agahnim's evolution booklet to refute the claims of the Kentucky creation museum. Here's the first in the series, Jinfengopteryx elegans.

Microraptor gui was a small dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the early Cretaceous of Liaoning, China. It is unique in that several of its described fossil specimens are preserved with a very distinct covering of feathers, including long flight feathers on its feet and hind legs. It probably used the combined effect of these four wings to glide or "parachute" short distances.

Microraptor's similarity to modern birds is rather striking in terms of morphology, which is why it's included in ~Agahnim's booklet section on feathered dinosaurs.

I have several people to thank for help with this picture, including the fine folks at Gondolend for their masterful anatomy critiques, especially *shartman but also ~dracontes, ~MattMart, Quilong for skeletal reference, and as always, ~Agahnim for his compositional and shading-related help. Much :heart:.

This was done in conté crayons, which are pastel-like chalks.
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Stegoraptor Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amzzing. can't believe you drew that! :D
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RainyhawaiiV2 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
You've been featured: [link]
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DynastyCoco Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student
nice traditional work <3
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wiinterrr Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Simply perfect! Hope to see you do the Linheraptor soon! LOL Maybe you already have and I haven't gotten to it yet. Regardless, you are my favorite artist on DA. Sending you a huge smile for bringing so many to my face. :-P
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nope, never done a Linheraptor yet, but I wouldn't mind trying one someday. :) And thank you for your kind words, it made my day. :heart:
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DSil Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student General Artist
You captured the dappled forest light very well. Not an easy task!
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Aosaizh Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
You have great understanding of the use of colours. The environment of this image caught my attention immediately while browsing your gallery. I particularly like the details of the moss covered rocks and forward plantation, and the Microraptor Gui is beautifully imagined. From a distance this artwork looks like a photograph. Brilliant.
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TyphlosionGirl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
well, I just love the fact that this site is so huge you can type in the TOTALLY RANDOM "microraptor gui" and GET more than three results!


great work!
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly it was a dead end... i really would love to see a 4 winged bird!
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liliensternus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Really like this one, though the head should be level with the body unless it's getting ready to land.
I see im not the only one getting a headache while painting the background, actually ive spent more time painting foliage than dinosaurs.
Gorgeous atmosphere throughout
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