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Willo: Dinosaur with a Heart by ctrl-alt-delete Willo: Dinosaur with a Heart by ctrl-alt-delete
Another submission for the timeline project at PixelGala.
Colors: 14

"Willo, the 66-million-year-old Thescelosaurus, was discovered in 1993 on a South Dakota ranch. Willo's heart was the first soft-tissue organ ever discovered to be preserved. It has four chambers and a singe systemic aorta, suggesting that the herbivore was a warm-blooded reptile."

This thing took me 2 months. Some days I'd spend up to 6 hours on it, some day's I'd be so sick of it that I wouldn't even bother. The background itself took forever. There are about 20 other backgrounds sitting in a folder that I'm not as happy with. The bones themselves look better on a solid color because the grainy dirt takes away from the detail in the skeleton, so here's a link to what it would look like alone. Gah! It's finally over! Now I can start on something new! I hope whoever sees this finds it worth their time.

Fun fact: I got to see Willo a few years ago on a school field trip! He's now in a museum in North Carolina, but of course his heart is off in a research lab somewhere. Just his skeleton is on display. I love dinosaurs. Always have.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2005-05-09
A pixel ode to one of the more fascinating discoveries of our time. Willo: Dinosaur with a Heart by ~ctrl-alt-delete is a wonderfully detailed piece showing the bones of this fascinating creature and crafted to a T. ( Suggested by jSepia and Featured by halfliquid )
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TheVinesOfIvyAndOak Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 Willow! <3
(Bleh, not a hearts and love texter...)
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happiar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It looks really good, I can see that you put a lot of effort into Willo :)
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l2ainbird Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Wow. Just... wow. That is amazing. It's hard to find dinosaur pieces, and to find one this good.... :+fav:
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SilvahScales Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
Wow Amzing story and pic
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AnimalHugs2 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Dinosaurs rok! This is wonderfully drawn and was worth the time=D
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Quklis Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007   Digital Artist
Wonderful!

Maybe best that can be done with 8 colors...

:+fav:
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Mairyl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
That's awesome.:heart:
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leeyiankun Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
A lot of effort put in, and it shines for all to see. at 16 colors even! Making it lite and detailed. ^_^b

Thumbs up indeed!
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vampire-bunnies Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006
you... are my hero...
lmfao i am like.
insanly obsessed with dinosaurs.
i always have been ever since i was little.
and this is just so cool.
where did you find this information? i would loooove to read more! :D
question- did you draw this with pixels?
if so,
my god... O_O
you are more my hero now than every
<33
haha
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Popc0rn Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
WOW! :drool:
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Mydian Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006
This is so amazing! Awesome work! I love dinos. Must fav. I love the color choices and the texture is perfect for stone.
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antago Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
Didn't you just use a noise filter after making a rather smoother background? I would think so, yes.
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ctrl-alt-delete Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
No, I only have PSP7, which has a really crappy noise filter. It creates this confetti-like effect where all these randomly colored pixels of all colors of the spectrum fill the workspace, and the color count would have been much hirer than that of the final product. Colorizing the background to brown would have eliminated the purplish tone in some of the darker colors of the soil as well as eliminating all variations of tint and shade, and swapping individual colors still would have done nothing for the high color count, nor would it allow the higher mounds to appear highlighted while the deeper soil appears darker. PSP7’s noise filter doesn't take colors nor tone into consideration, so using such a filter would only give me this random series of ugly dots. Filters are horrid, anyway. They can't add to an image what time and effort can. Honestly, I feel slightly offended by your accusation and would hope that people could appreciate the time and effort put into this piece.
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ctrl-alt-delete Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not attacking anyone. It just seemed as though you were so certain that this wasn't 100% pixel art and that I had cheated in a sense. Either way, thanks for taking the time to stop by my gallery. :)
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antago Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Certainly if you did it by hand you may be offended, but at the same time perhaps complimented.

Furthermore, there are other filters like shattered glass and dissolving features that could achieve the same effect, and with a little closeup work as modified (and with pallettes and replace colors) could absolutely fix any problems with weird colors.

But if you must continue being offended, please do not respond to me because I am disinterested in being attacked.
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ctrl-alt-delete Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not attacking anyone. It just seemed as though you were so certain that this wasn't 100% pixel art and that I had cheated in a sense. Either way, thanks for taking the time to stop by my gallery. :)
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antago Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
Your happy face brings me a smile. You are welcome :-)
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Sabretooth-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cool
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hyena84 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
impressive.its a dino and its a lovely example of why MS paint is still a useful program.it only it had a better airbrush tool it would be like my favorite old oekaki was...
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memod Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Professional
that's a quite unique piece, the idea of it is nice, and the execution is well done :nod: the grainy look really adds to the old feel of this, and makes it look convincing =)
congrats on the DD
daniel =)
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zoanoid Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow that looks amazing dude... You did quite some dithering I can see. I think it's great that people pull off this with so few colors. The only negative point i could find is that it's maybe a tad low contrast,
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LuvLoz Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So very cool! You really have amazing patience. This is well worth the time spent on it though. Thanks for making me that bit smarter too.
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alexisonfire-nl Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
VERRY good job! :)
respect :)
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ZeroRaptor Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow. That's just beautiful. :omg: I admire you pixel artists. This is one of the best pixel pieces I've seen yet. Great job on all the details. It really came out marvelously. :)
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Agati0 Featured By Owner May 9, 2005   Digital Artist
Good to see Pixel Art as a DD. Great work might I add as well.
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jiachengwu Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's a good thing you have the patient's to do this...this deserve's a fav+
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idiotsupreme Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
amazing is true!
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robertmbrown Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
The subject matter is extraordinarily appropriate. That was a huge breakthrough. :) The artwork is painstakingly detailed and the proportion is perfect. I barely even noticed the background, and only thought about it when you mentioned it - it works.

Nice work.

Rob
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PokoFish Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Wow, I never even heard of this! That's crazy!

And this art is crazy! I'm not surprised that it would take so long.

Keep it up.
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FunkyTsuyu Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O this is georgous!
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Salmo23 Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
What a wonderful art piece. I didn't know about this fact either. Fascinating. :D Did you do this in MS Paint?

~ Laura.
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ctrl-alt-delete Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! MS Paint... one of the simplest tools to create some of the most complex pieces of art. Paint rocks. :painter:
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Salmo23 Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
OMGISH, you rock for loving MS Paint, too. :faint: PAINT OWNZ! :boogie:

~ Laura.
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InsaneChaos Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
WOW! that's amazing! :w00t:
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newblood Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
i like your user name, but you may have legal problems because i hear thats what windows are calling thier new operating system.

It amazes me that you would spend so much time on a pixel illustration, you probably could have made a life size matchstick model in the same time ;)
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Yume-Megami Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Holy fuggie muffins (:o 'fuggie muffins'???)
that's amazing, kudos!
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Areia Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Hot damn, that's amazing. Great work! :winner:
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mollysugar Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Ho-lee Krap.

THAT IS FUCKIN' AMAZING.

O_____________________O
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onilukos Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Preserved four-chambered heart? Wow, that's amazing :shocked:
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GreyDazed Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
I know I've already commented on this, but I wanted to tell you congratulations for getting the Daily Deviation thing. ^_^
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Professional General Artist
Amazing job. I'm glad you got the DailyDev for all your hard work. :)
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leeann Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
God, I don't even know how you did that. :D 2 months? I don't find that hard to believe...the amount of detail really is amazing. Pixel by pixel too, and it looks like Willo's smiling at me! Wonderful job!
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constructLogic Featured By Owner May 9, 2005   Digital Artist
spectacular :-o
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stickworlduk Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
You must have alot of patience! i could never do that Well done its really good im adding it to my favourites!
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alluresque Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
i see it... and it's totally worth my time!
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Phlaksius Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing.. and, as far as I can tell, extremely accurate rendition of the skeleton. Great work. :D
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TheButton Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Pixel art is insane. You are insane. Noone can have that much patience. Let alone that much time... Awsome, but I'm almost ready to commit you.
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aoichan1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
THAT. IS. AWESOME.

*inner dinosaur-infatuated child squees until its head pops off*

My God that is incredible. Props, man. Props.
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montycola Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Damn. I'm not much into pixel-art per s, but this is downright impressive. Hats off. :worship:

I hope I'll someday have the determination for something like this.
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RoFox Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Well done on the daily deviation! This is fabulous and well worth the time you put into it.
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