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The Gorgosaurs by Alexanderlovegrove The Gorgosaurs by Alexanderlovegrove
Acrylic on canvas, 2015.  A pair of Gorgosaurus libratus (Albertosaurus, if you prefer) crash through swampy fen on a late Cretaceous evening.  The flora and fauna shown here are roughly based on discoveries from the Dinosaur Park Formation, with a few hypothetical additions based on contemporaneous fossils.  The large birds fleeing the scene are Vegavis sp, rather shamelessly based on the Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata, a modern relative.  Relatively few birds have been found from this environment, so I decided to speculate on what could have lived there.  A pair of Hesperornis altus also make a dash through the water.  Hesperornis was primarily a marine bird, but there is some evidence that this species lived in freshwater.  There's a turtle (Adocus sp. ) accompanied by a small frog.  Finally, the plants: Bulrush (Typha sp.) makes up the background - another speculative addition, but there is some evidence that this family was present from pollen analysis, and early relatives of grass likely started out in wetlands.  There are also waterlilies (Nymphaeaceae), water crowfoot (Ranunculus sp.) and the ubiquitous horsetail (Equisetum sp.).

Hope you like it!  This is a large painting at 60x75cm so it looks a little different on the computer.
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Atlantis536 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought Vegavis was from Antarctica!
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9Weegee Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
those hesperornithids look helpless
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner May 2, 2017
Yeah, they are very much based on loons.  I wouldn't paint them like this again though, think it's probably not very accurate.
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9Weegee Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yep. i can say some inaccuracies

The beak is too thick and should be longer. It's also debated if hesperornis had flippers, but it was very unlikely. it's also possible that the flippers were actually not present on hesperornis. 
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:icondovahsaurpaleoknight:
This feather pattern looks very accurate on an animal with the size and proportions of a gorgosaurus (plus the climate of it's habitat, obviously), but the head shape appears far more tyrannosaurine like than albertosauine like in this art.

But a very good job anyway.
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Thank you for the thoughtful comment!  I can see what you mean and the heads of these Gorgosaurs do look very bulky in comparison to other artwork .  I can offer some explanations for why I painted it like that: firstly many of the reconstructions of Gorgosaurus that are commonly available seem to show sub-adults or juveniles; the adult skull is a bit deeper.  Additionally, because I opted to go for extensive lips in this reconstruction, the head looks a lot more robust than it would otherwise.  Drawing the line of soft tissue to the bottom of the teeth really changes the appearance of the animal.  Of course, whether such restorations are correct is up for debate!  I am not really sure myself.
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:icondovahsaurpaleoknight:
Due to the proportionally short teeth, lips like these may be accurate.

But it seems that a skull shape like this is not seen in any specimen and that juveniles may actually show higher skulls. Also showing a proportionally shorter snout when the animal is a baby seems to be a pattern for all vertebrates with direct development, while the juveniles have their skulls very similar, if not equal, to those of adults.
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yosoyelhombre Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
cool the hesperornis are moving like grebes on water
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Thanks!  Their pose is based on Great crested grebes and loons :D
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
Great work once again! The arm posture looks very believable for an animal of that size covered in feathers and overall I enjoy the sense of being able to look into the prehistoric past and see all the animals that lived then and not just the dinosaurs. As a special thing, I've extended an invitation for you to join the fan page of a paleontology podcast I cohost with TheNewOldDocHudson on BlogTalkRadio so that you can check out the show and maybe perhaps call in to talk to us about paleo-art and prehistoric life in general. In addition to that, we spotlight paleo-artists who may not be huge household names in our artist spotlights in our Paleo-Fauna of the Week and Prehistoric MatchUp segments. In that group you can also share what work you currently and if need be create new content for specific episodes of the podcast. The link to the page is here prehistory-atg.deviantart.com/

We've already got a lot of DA's finest paleo-artists from Teratophoneus, Hellraptor, JELSIN, EWilloughby among many others.
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Thanks very much for the comment!  I'll check the group out :) . I probably won't have too much time to contribute (busy day job) but I'll see if I can do anything
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
You can definitely help with the show if need be depending on the prehistoric matchup or animal of the week we choose.
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
You can definitely help with the show if need be depending on the prehistoric matchup or animal of the week we choose.
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grisador Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Awesome Job !  Nod 
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Thank you!
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grisador Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Very Welcome ! :D


Amazing Paleo-Artworks  Wow! 
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thedinorocker Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Fantastic !
love the natural pose of Arms covered by feathers
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:iconalexanderlovegrove:
Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Thanks!  I wanted to change how I depicted this type of dinosaur - it worked out ok I think!
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thedinorocker Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Actually based my theory on extant Ratiti (big non-flyng birds) I think this is the most probable posture for feathered animal with small forearms 
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:iconalexanderlovegrove:
Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Definitely agree with you there!
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thedinorocker Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I Will be a diagram in a not so distant future comparig skeletal of extant ratiti and tyrannosaurids to compare limbs proportion and propose similarity on forearms pose 
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
That will be really useful - looking forward to it :thumbsup:
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X-StreamChaos Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Bravo, Alex. This is so lovely and informed. :D I'm not on dA any more, but Marc alerted me to this and I had to leave a comment. ;)
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Thanks Niroot!  That means a lot :D
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Surf-By-Shootin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
I like that you included fleshy nostrils :)
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:iconalexanderlovegrove:
Thanks! I'm constantly updating my designs, it seems that these are the most likely shape.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great looking painting. Probably a bit unfair to focus on them, but the posture of the hesperornithines looks hilariously awkward - probably because they were, during any kind of movement that didn't involve foot-propelled swimming.
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Thanks!  Yeah, they were very weird anatomically and I didn't completely get to grips with them.   I tried to base their posture on similar positions to grebes and loons when they're dancing, like these shots www.photosphrases.com/cpg/disp… www.pbase.com/harpeggio/image/… mikebreedon.com/active/wp-cont… ; I'm not sure if that was a valid comparison to make, but it felt like that provided more of an 'urgency' to their movement.  It's funny that you should talk about focusing on them though, as while painting I think the whole focus of the piece moved from the Gorgosaurs to the birds!
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Edited Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing keep up the amazing work they look really special:) (Smile) ;) (Wink) La la la la Hug Nod I am a dummy! 
and they look cuteMeow :3 
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Thanks very much!
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem and they are so cute La la la la Meow :3 Love 
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Bronto-Thunder-Zaur Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
glorious masterpiece!Clap 
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Why thank you!
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Bronto-Thunder-Zaur Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Your welcome!
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vasix Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gawwwwd!!!! This is fantastic, totally worth the wait :D 
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Cheers!  It took a bit longer than expected :O
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vasix Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 :iconiloveplz: 
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, just gorgeous! 
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Thank you!
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! 
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Great job!
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Thanks!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Fantastic, my favorite painting of you so far! I love it :thumbsup:
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:iconalexanderlovegrove:
Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Thanks!  That's great, I try to improve with each painting :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
me too ^^
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Thank you!
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