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Sinornithosaurus by EWilloughby Sinornithosaurus by EWilloughby
This is the fifth in my series of feathered dinosaur illustrations for mine and ~Agahnim's upcoming book on evolution, Sinornithosaurus millenii. If you haven't seen them already, please take a look at the previous four: Jinfengopteryx, Microraptor, Archaeopteryx, and Velociraptor.

This animal was a feathered dromaeosaurid from the early Cretaceous of China. It is very similar to Velociraptor, though of around half its size, and is known from two fossils, both of which preserve a full covering of feather impressions.

It is perhaps most famous to the general public through the NGMC-91 specimen, a juvenile dubbed "Dave", which is exquisitely preserved. However, in recent years it has been determined that "Dave" is probably more likely to represent an animal more similar phylogenetically to Microraptor.

Thanks again to ~Agahnim and the Gondolendians for their anatomy critiques and discussion.

Oil on canvas.
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Neranella Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
It's beautiful.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to look at the fossil, but "file not found" =/
Once again,. I have to repeat myself in saying how much i love your work, the result is, of course, basolutely fantastic. The compostion and execution ar beyond belief. I really enjoy the atmosphere of this picture!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for pointing that out! Though in recent years, it's been established that the NGMC-91 "Dave" is probably not Sinornithosaurus after all, but probably represents a creature phylogenetically more similar to Microraptor. In any case, here is the fossil I was originally trying to link to: [link] :)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks! I think I've seen that photo somewhere a few months ago. =)
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TheCapeWildMan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Nice. i like the way you created the light reflecting off the water.
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HermansB Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
This is definitely your best one from the Evolution Book, the water is just amazingly done and the Sinornithosaurus looks very pretty and bird-like, let's get to the point: Your Paleo-Art looks way better than mine, keep it up my friend !

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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I appreciate that! This is one of my favorite of my recent works, too. Oil paint is a bitch to work in, though - I prefer digital. xD
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HermansB Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
If i have to be honest, i don't like digital art that much as Traditional, if i like a digital art, than it should be very good !
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HermansB Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Haha

I'm planning to do acryl soon ! :)
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davonne Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist
AWESOME!
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DragonRaptyr Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
They figured out the coloration for this dino too. The pics and info are on National Geographic.com
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Maicreations Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow! Amazing! XD
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Xinorbis Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
The painting seems to have pretty low temperature, since the background itself is a cool forest. You even catch every last details of the background, especially the dinosaur's feathers.

Keep up the great work! :D
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Is this a form of raptor? I've never seen it before. I really like the composition in this, you have excellent anatomy skills. :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks!

Yes, Sinornithosaurus is in the dromaeosaur (raptor) family. It's very similar morphologically to Velociraptor, only it's about half its size. Here's the Wikipedia article on Sinornithosaurus: [link]
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Sounds sweet! I'll go educate myself with that link, thanks so much! :)
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LordKaizen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Very wonderfull. If I'm not mistaken, you showed me this long ago, before you added the animal.
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jinfengopteryx Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
very beautiful!Love this bird-like dinosaur and the dreamlike lake!
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TrevelyanL85A2 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Very impressive detail, especialyl with regard to the animal's muscles and the ripple effect from the water. beautifully done :)
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kayla-silvercat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Wow, very beautiful! The environment looks so real, I almost thought it was a photograph. Very well done!
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WayraHyena Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Simply amazing. I love your attention to detail. Very stunning, it almost looks like you could go on a hike somewhere and see this little guy hopping around the water's edge. As always, I love how you've done the feathers. ^-^
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felix-leg Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is very similar to Velociraptor, though of around half its size
For first look I thought it is a Velociraptor. Half of size...you mean a few inches? So it is as small as a chicken :wow: :D

Curiousome question: if all we know about dinosaurs comes only from fossils, how we know about their colors? :confused:
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Velociraptor was around two meters (six feet) long, though a large portion of that length is due to its long counterbalancing tail. Sinornithosaurus was in turn around a meter (three feet) long, so not a mere few inches, though its body size (without the tail adding to its length) is about the size of a big chicken.

It is impossible for us to know what colors dinosaurs had just from their fossils. Most paleoartists make assumptions of their colors and patterns based on their ecological niche: that's why very small, birdlike dinosaurs are often given bright colors like modern songbirds, and larger predatory theropods are often given muted colors due to the nature of most large predators to need a certain amount of camouflage when hunting.

However, due to the preserved melanin in some fossils, it is possible for us to glean a small amount of knowledge of their patterning. Such is the case with the dinosaur Sinosauropteryx prima, the fossils of which have been found to have a banding of light and dark areas of melanin on its tail. [link] Owing to such banding, the animal may have looked something like this in real life: [link]
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Cheddarness8 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Gorgeous! I really enjoy your paintings. The water in particular looks really spectacular. :3
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm still learning about the nuances of oil paint, but it is fun.
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SinopaRapax Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
the log and the sticks are.. superb.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :D
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FelldohTheSquirrel Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful painting. :)
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BiggyXpect Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
haha that's awesome, love the feathers on the tail and 'wings', nice work, background too
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me3009 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist
wow, i can't believe this is a painting! Awesome job!
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zipclaw Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, cute. *g*
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draculahunter7 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Very nice.
Oh, feathered dinos. reminds me:
have you seen this guy? [link]
Feathered Ornithischian. Thing.
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Sontine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   Digital Artist
The water looks very good.
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Saxophlutist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very impressive! Your art has improved!
Pretty water!
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RaptorArts Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautifully done! :)
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