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The Silky Serikornis by EWilloughby The Silky Serikornis by EWilloughby

Say hello to "Silky" the Serikornis, the newest member of the paravian menagerie! Published online today in The Science of Nature, I illustrated this guy for Andrea Cau, Ulysse Lefevre & their coauthors in 2015. So, I have an unusually long cycle of review, revision, and resubmission to thank for helping in my struggles to stay relevant in the paleoart community now that I'm in grad school! =p

Despite being over two years old, this remains one of my favorites of my semi-recent pieces. The new dinosaur is related to other fuzzy little paravians like Eosinopteryx and Aurornis, and sports a voluminous covering of shaggy filaments that may've given the creature a life appearance somewhat like a silky chicken--hence the nickname. Incidentally, I first learned about the new find at SVP in 2014 in Berlin, and sketched out a brief rendition of it during the talk. Some of you might remember it!

So anyway, enjoy our sweet little Silky and his delicious meal of an orb-weaver ancestor--which is based on a specimen of Mongolarachne from Jurassic China--amidst a delicious spread of chanterelle ancestors. It almost invites the comparison to a roast hen with mushrooms. Almost.

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ThePrimevalArtist Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Did they contact you or the other way around?
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Trendorman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
you really know you've done it right when you feel like if you actually saw this in the forest it wound not shake you up that much, like this is just a normal animal, Not a monster with porcupine needles. 
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Braindroppings1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!
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DinoswarsRAwesome Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! The level of detail here is outstanding! You've really outdone yourself!
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dinosapien Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Student Artist
Holy shit Willoughby, I'm impressed.  This is incredible.  The amount of DETAIL on the vegetation makes me jealous!  I don't know how the hell you did it but it is executed very well tell me your secretssss.

Totally making this a wallpaper on my computer if you don't mind :D
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LWPaleoArt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This is a simply stunning silky Serikornis. The thing I love the most about this piece is the in and out of focus look you've managed to capture perfectly. This is something I want to eventually try in my own paleoart. The paravian itself is just stunning and beautifully detailed as always. I worried I'd never see paleoart from you again considering how busy you are in grad school, but I'm happy to see I was proven wrong!
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tihsepodemos Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The amount of detail in your art is just astounding and beautiful!
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Mr-Placo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist
Beautiful and adorable.  ^w^
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Volgadraco Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! What an awesome picture!
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MesozoicWild Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and realistic!
I am a big fan of your work=p (Razz):) 
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MommaCabbit Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017   Traditional Artist
I wanna pet the small friend
the samll friend would probably not want to be petted though : (
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pilsator Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! Still remember hanging around with you at SVP 2014 during Lefèvre's presentation when we saw the first photos of the holotype. Your first sketch was awesome, and it's great to see your final painting in the paper ('s supp.). Cheers!
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DanneArt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
<3 <3 <3
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bh1324 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
It's so beautifull. Really one of the best pieces of paleoart I've ever seen.
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ov3 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: :clap: :clap: 
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AntoninJury Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
Beautiful image and very delicate background!!
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kirkseven Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
Nice.
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Soroneir Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful!
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Student Artist
Well, another feathered dinosaur's here. :) That's beautiful.
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Turtledragon2001 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so talented!
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zeSmollestBirb Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
It's so lifelike! You're an amazing artist!
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LazerWhale Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning, miss Willoughby! I always love to see your work.
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seemycriitersss Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
I'll always love to see you upload, no matter how long it takes. It's worth it.
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Dennonyx Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017   Traditional Artist
Beautiful art, definitely one of my favorite pieces from you. Background elements also look amazing. I wonder if Cantharellus actually existed back in Jurassic. Paleomycology is still a very underrated subject.
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DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
that is so cool!!!!!
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Rahonavis70m Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
It's beautiful!
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Steveoc86 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
I'm not sure what I can add that hasn't already been said below; this is truly amazing artwork. I love how potographic you have made it.
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Kana-hebi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Professional General Artist
Beautiful! This has to be one of my favorite pieces you have done! Wonderful!
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
This is the most photorealistic one I've seen!
it's so amazing.
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, this is beautiful! :wow:
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Silvesi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
I thought this was a flippin photograph at first, was thinking ?? Wait, that's not any kind of bird I've ever seen before but nooo
It's absolutely gorgeous, has quite a nice calming vibe personally :")
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dilophosaurus65 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a wonderful new surprise!!!😀😀😀🐦
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paleosir Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing artwork, especially the lighting effects! 
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Emily this work is absolutely perfect - the vibe and the energy are incredible.
I'm not kidding, I'm speechless!
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Oh my god, this is so beautiful *-*
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Stolpergeist Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
The details are such a pleasure to look at
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keight Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
This is beautiful; and very, very, well done.
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PedroSalas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Lightning and details are as delicious as that spider must be. Stunning!
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful creature and excellent attention to detail in this pic. :thumbsup:
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Professional General Artist
Absolutely stunning! Without a doubt one of your best work to date. Lighting, colour, detailing, the use of in and out of focus elements, everything's so perfect!
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Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Student Artist
Wow! Beautiful!
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imaginativegenius099 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's certainly a very beautiful animal, I always have had a soft spot for feathered dinosaurs. 
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Student Filmographer
WOW this awesome and breath taking
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AndreiLlacuna Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I could see this thing running around like a kiwi, very nice!
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
such detail much wow
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TheDiloRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning :D You've outdone yourself on the environment here. 
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CaptFlameSkull Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
simply beautiful
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