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Quetzalcoatlus sp.

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This is Quetzalcoatlus sp., the stork or hornbill-type ground-predator, ala Darren Naish et al. ([link])

This is dedicated to Glenn Brown, the first person to beta-read my book (the World's Other Side:[link]) from beginning to end. Yes, I stand by my promise. Dinosaurs for everyone!

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This one was made partly in paint tool SAI, which has a very cool watercolor brush. It's still not as easy for me to use as Photoshop, but it definitely has some extra possibilities. What do you think?

Done while listening to: Stainless Steel Rat, the Lost Gate
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vinhavatar's avatar
A storkosaur?!? :iconohsnap-plz:
vinhavatar's avatar
A giant storkosaur?! :iconohsnapplz:
bensen-daniel's avatar
Basically, yes. They used to think these things ate only carrion, but the current consensus is that they were more likely to have been all-purpose ground-predators, like storks or cranes.
TheMorlock's avatar
You're welcome. :)
Krookodile0553's avatar
This honestly has to be the best reconstruction of an Azhdarchid I have ever seen; many of the others I've seen are essentially anorexic monsters.
A K-T project that I have in the works includes a crown-group of azhdarchids known as Drocs, and Hatzegopteryx is actually a derived basal representative of the group. The project itself is an island located west of the Alaskan panhandle, so Drocs are going to be even more fluffy then this Quetzalcoatlus.
bensen-daniel's avatar
Thank you. There was some actual research that went into that picture, too :)

I'll check out your project.
Krookodile0553's avatar
I'm refraining from posting anything of my project until I can create the mega-fauna the ecosystem contains and is pleased with it being the final draft.
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A-H-R's avatar
You seem like the type of person who would love dinotopia :P

The fingers are so tiny, could they even support that much weight?
bensen-daniel's avatar
I loved dinotopia when it first came out, yeah!

They didn't weigh all that much. Although Q. northropi could "look a giraffe in the eye," it was probably about a twentieth of the weight (70 kg, versus 1360 kg). And Q. sp (pictured above), was smaller, so presumably weighed less.
indigomagpie's avatar
70kg? Aren't those the old calculations that wound up implying 90% pneumaticity? I could have sworn that Darren Naish estimated them at 200-300 kg.

(Still an awful lot lighter than a giraffe, true.)
bensen-daniel's avatar
You're right. 200-300kg is more believable.
bensen-daniel's avatar
You're right. That really is too low. I'll change it.
whalewithlegs's avatar
Really nice colors, Daniel - they convey a lot of texture. Sometime you'll have to show me how you get that brilliant blue shadow. I agree = I often use a combination of PS and SAI to get the results I want!

The tiny little eye makes it look very alien!
bensen-daniel's avatar
Thanks!
The shadow? I put it in the same purplish color as the lines. Then, after I was all done, I fiddled with the levels.
AmnioticOef's avatar
Fucking awesome! I'd forgotten how crisp and dynamic your work could be, what with all the rough book illustrations. The colors and especially the pose are perfect, and I like the nice thick neck (not something you see on a lot of reconstructions :) ).
bensen-daniel's avatar
I like a nice thick neck on my pterosaurs. Sexy sexy pterosaurs.

Hm. Maybe I should use this style for my humans? This dinosaur certainly took me far less time to do. I think part of the problem is that dinosaurs don't press the same instinctive buttons as humans, so the margins for error are much wider.
AmnioticOef's avatar
Thick n' tasty :D .

What elements of the style are you hoping to apply? Your Amilova piece seems to be at least superficially similar...

Very true about humans. I generally gauge my own artistic ability by my ability to draw convincing human faces. I just hope I haven't learned to draw faces at the expense of everything else :D .
bensen-daniel's avatar
stupid naked monkey faces! I've done the same thing. I think though that I need to work on proportions.
AmnioticOef's avatar
Yeah, proportions are tough. It might help to sketch from pictures of people in dynamic poses, to get a sense of how the body looks from all angles and positions. Basketball players might be good for that.
bensen-daniel's avatar
But basketball players are skinny freaks! :) That would be a good idea.
I wonder if there isn't some flash animation out there somewhere of a 3D pose-able human figure. There must be.
AmnioticOef's avatar
I couldn't find one, but there is this: [link] .
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