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Jotted and unrefined observations of the Pentecost Rainbow Gryphette.

At some point I might put all this into a readable and organized format. Until then, this is mostly for my own benefit so I don’t forget all this detail I dreamt up.

The Pentecost Rainbow gryphette is a species known as much for its cleverness, curiosity, and industry as for its bright and colorful plumage. Of all known gryphette species, the rainbow variety is among the most intelligent and crafty. It is not at all uncommon to see a rainbow gryphette concocting Rube Goldbergian contraptions to acquire food, building materials, or other objects of interest. They are able to recognize themselves in mirrors, express empathy, and count to around 15; they even know how to play pranks. Rainbow gryphettes have a broad vocabulary consisting of nearly 1,200 identified words and they construct complex sentences. Current science contends that they even name each other. A rainbow gryphette whistling the same song to different family members will premise the song with a certain sound depending upon who the song is directed at. This species has a dense neural network and a highly developed prefrontal cortex, the most likely explanation for its considerable intelligence relative to its small size (a little larger than a raven).

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A big male rainbow gryphette might weigh 8oz and have an 18 inch wingspan. Sexual dimorphism is striking with the female being smaller and brown with accents of gold and rusty red. Rainbow gryphettes have opposable thumbs on all four feet and never fail to make use of them for various sorts of mischief, the most common being pilfering assorted nicknacks from humans. If a button has disappeared from a blouse, a shoe has lost its laces, or a belt seems mysteriously buckle-less, it is quite possible to have been lost to a rainbow gryphette. They use pilfered artifacts as a sort of pseudo-currency. Individuals have been observed exchanging objects for food and materials. The ostensible value of currency is primarily based on utility with string, cloth, cotton-balls, and paper being among the most “expensive” items. However, they are also quite fond of iridescent blue or green objects such as the glass baubles people line their fishtanks with.

Rainbow gryphettes construct massive nest complexes in the understory boughs of old growth tropical rainforests. This provides them protection from terrestrial threats while affording decent cover from rain, winds, and aerial predators. Being a gregarious species, a rainbow gryphette nest complex may harbor a colony of up to 300 individuals. There are approximately 5 females for every 1 male, each male having his own harem. Social grooming is a very important aspect of the rainbow gryphette’s life. Individuals who do not participate in social grooming appear to have a lower survival rate and decreased immune response. The females are responsible for socializing and schooling the chicks while the males’ principal responsibilities are gathering food and protecting the colony. Females who age beyond fertility often go out and participate with males in protecting the colony and hunting.

Females will not mate unless the males perform their courtship rituals which consist of methodic flapping, twirling, hopping, fanning, and poofing. Each male has a unique dance and corresponding song that he will perform for his females who will then be receptive to his advances, assuming they are impressed with his display. Any females unimpressed may leave a male’s harem and join another, though they usually don’t unless the male is unhygienic or otherwise displeasing. Females lay 1 to 3 fawny-speckled eggs. Chicks reach maturity at 8 years of age and may live to be 35 in the wild. In captivity they can live even longer.

Rainbow gryphettes subsist mainly on soft seeds, berries, fruit, and insects though the males have been known to pick at fresh carrion when it is available. Being small and conspicuous, they are often predated by falcons, tree-climbing cats, and snakes. Their best defenses are superior intellect and numbers. Occasionally they can mob a predator into submission or tactically dispel an attack. They may also employ a stunningly shrill cry loud as a trumpet to scare predators away.

Rainbow gryphette behavior becomes markedly different and varied when raised by humans. Depending on how they are raised, they may pair-bond with a specific human or with an entire family. Males bond easily where as females are more suspicious, requiring greater efforts to earn their trust. Despite their high intelligence, it can be very difficult to keep them from stealing fancied items. This can be remedied by keeping a robust supply of string, and beads (preferably blue, green, and any shades in between) laying about for them to pirate. Rainbow gryphettes can be house-trained, understand a wide variety of words, and can make great pets but they do require constant attention. One should not endeavor to own a rainbow gryphette unless they are prepared to have a constant companion taking up residence in a pocket or on one’s head. Rainbow gryphettes love to sing and can only be made quiet with food, attention, or putting them to bed – sometimes one will simply have to cope with the fact that rainbow gryphettes are very, very talkative. They like to be petted, scratched, and tickled but especially enjoy preening their humans’ hair.

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Pentecost Rainbow Finchgryph by *Bobbie-the-Jean- the time and effort put into this painting is incredible, and you can tell it took real talent to make it. the details make you stare in wonder, wanting to know how the artist did this. everything else in this artists gallery is equally as amazing ( Suggested by Laynisample and Featured by archanN )
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh! Thanks for letting me Know. ^___^
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Fella Heart Kiss  Love  By Ehsan M-d7vsy63 by HILIF 
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Brownie-frito Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All the colors are stunning!
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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fantastic Clap 
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Thanks. ^__^
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My pleasure!Hug 
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Thanks for the very extravagant compliment! I appreciate it. :)
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Fella Heart Kiss  Love  By Ehsan M-d7vsy63 by HILIF  You are most welcome ladybug F R E E S T U F F by AStoKo Fella Heart Kiss  Love  By Ehsan M-d7vsy63 by HILIF 
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B.w by 4LadyLilian  Hug 
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Thanks. :)
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Youre Welcome 2 By Maria Schreuders-dabehvj by 4LadyLilian  
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InkFey Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't use photos do you... *dies of amazement* No wonder your paintings take over 20 hours each! That's great time for all the details you cram into them. Well done!
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. ^__^

I don't use photos because I don't want to run into copyright issues. Most of the stuff I paint could not be photographed anyway since it doesn't exist. I'm not really a big fan of painting things that can just as easily be photographed anyway. I'm much more of a fantasy-lover. 
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InkFey Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course! 

Yes, I would never expect to find a photo you could use to reference your entire painting, they are beautifully unique. However, it is possible to use references for individual elements like flowers or an animal's face. The fact that you have the ability to paint in such realism without the use of references in this way is astounding, but I suppose that comes with painting things so many times you memorise them. 
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Edited Dec 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I don't incorporate photos into my work but I do occasionally look at references. Coincidentally, I happen to have saved the reference that inspired this painting: bjpentecost.deviantart.com/art…

When I look at a reference, it's usually for anatomy or just for inspiration. My paintings almost never end up resembling the references I look at. Case in point, this image: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/5… inspired me to paint this: bjpentecost.deviantart.com/art…

Most of the time I don't need references because I've been doing this so long I just automatically know what things look like but sometimes, for complicated structures or complex anatomy, I do need to look at a reference. Also, sometimes I make my own references by sculpting them in Zbrush. I might sculpt an arm and rotate it to a certain angle I need or I might sculpt a piece of furniture.

 
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I admire an artist who has such a handle on free handing basic anatomy that they only need a few basic inspirations and specific references to create a complex fantasy or Sci Fi piece in a hyper realistic style. Zbrush sounds like a fantastic resource. I have just recently been getting into modeling on Maya, and it's proven quite fun, however render maps leave me trumped. 

Thank you for sharing your process and inspiration, it has been very insightful. It's always refreshing when a professional artist takes time out of their schedule to chat.  
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No problem and thanks. :)

I'm always up for a good chat. Honestly, I'd much rather have 20 questions than 20 "nice job" and "good work" comments. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to be complimented but questions, answers, back n forth, chatting- that's much more interesting and stimulating than repeatedly typing up different variations of "thank you" to people for paying me a compliment that took them 5 seconds to think up, type out, and send.

Zbrush is AMAZING. It's very deep and difficult to learn but I heartily recommend it if you can afford it. It is a bit pricey, though, there is a cheaper version called Zbrush Core and a free version called Sculptris. It is very useful being able to essentially sculpt up my own references. That way I can get exact angles/perspectives if I need them. It's also a nice way to start a painting. Getting started is often the most difficult part for me and sculpting kinda frees me up to play around with ideas.
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InkFey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is true, trying to come up with a million different ways to say thank you is rather exhausting. I believe good artwork deserves in depth critique, and many people don't have the attention span to give it. 

I might have to try out the free version. Plus nowdays 3D modeling is becoming a must-have skill in order to get any sort of concept job, and that is what I am interested. If I may ask, how many years did it take you to learn z-brush? Did you start with the free program? 
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I just jumped right into Zb straight away and to be honest, even 8yrs later, I'm still learning it. They're always adding new things so there's always something new to learn.
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anyavuk68 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
Aaaah, oh my Gosh, this is soooo beautiful and stunning! I am in love with this picture! Such amazing skills.
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Thanks! :D
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PestdoktorMiasma Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks absolutely stunning! The colors and the details are incredible!
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :) Kind of you to say.
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ilmarinenPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Its so colorful and beautiful! I love it. I like this one over the revamp actually.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :3
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Popotita Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
love it
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Luna-Soresodthe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A kind of moving and wonderful detail Heart 

but it is exquisite beauty. :D (Big Grin) 
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Thanks. :D
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Doyleplop Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Beautiful, I absolutely love the colours :-)
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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bigartisteArt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As a biologist I can only appreciate the effort you've put into the description! :) It reminds me of a bird I once dreamed of myself.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
<3 My favorite science! I love biology. I was very close to going into biology. <3 What is it that you do specifically? :) If you don't mind my asking.
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bigartisteArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No I don't mind at all. I'm still a student majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology. My favourite topics are social behaviors and their evolutionary base. I find it very fascinating.  :) What about you? What are your favorite topics in biology?
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! :boogie: My interests are not too far from yours actually. I am absolutely fascinated by evolutionary biology and while psychology is generally a little too soft for my liking, I still find evolutionary psychology to be very interesting. I am also utterly transfixed by genetics and the biological/evolutionary aspects of transhumanism. Generally I am extremely interested in science but biology is my favorite and deeper still, evolution. <3
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bigartisteArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great! It's really nice to hear someone else is interested the same kind of stuff you are! Have you studied any of that or you read at home?
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Alas, I am merely an enthusiast. I am a very enthusiastic enthusiast, but still just an enthusiast. I frequently listen to youtube lectures and documentaries, I read articles and (when I have the time) books. I've read a biography on Darwin, some Dawkins (he's kind of an ass sometimes but I like reading his work) some SJ Gould, and a little bit of this and that. I kept up on the Dover debacle and am sad to see we're still fighting to keep science in science classrooms.

Biology is my favorite but I also very much like technology. I'm familiar with Michio Kaku, L. Krauss, ND Tyson, Eugienie Scott, and of course, the old classics, Hawking, Feynman, and passingly, Einstein. <3 Science. If I had my way, I'd put SO much more money into science, technology, and education.
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bigartisteArt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well even though you're "just" an enthusiast you really know your scientists. (I agree with the Dawkins comment.)
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Rocketeer-Raccoon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, this is beautiful. :aww:
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. ^__^
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Your welcome. :)
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Holy Crap! La la la la 
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Neil-Macleod Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic !! :)
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
*favorite*
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Ginko-333 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :3
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JS-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Digital Artist

Excellent work.

Just lovely.

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So beutiful colors. I like youre artwork a lot!:happybounce: 
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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