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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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It's beautiful.
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palaeorigamipete 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 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 Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks! I think I've seen that photo somewhere a few months ago. =)
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:iconthecapewildman:
Nice. i like the way you created the light reflecting off the water.
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HermansB 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 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 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 Jun 19, 2011
Haha

I'm planning to do acryl soon ! :)
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davonne Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist
AWESOME!
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