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Hesperornis by deskridge Hesperornis by deskridge
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Yes, that bird has teeth! Hesperornis was a species of marine bird that lived during the Campanian age (late in the Cretaceous period). That would be about eighty million years ago. So this guy probably had to contend with a few dinosaurs when waddling on land and plesiosaurs when swimming through water. Generally, recreations of Hesperornis give it a penguin-like coat of feathers. I've opted for a more duck-like appearance simply because I think it makes for a better color scheme in the image.

This image uses purchased content. The bird was posed in poser 6 then imported into vue 9.5 where the rest of the scene was composed. Final rendering was done in Vue and took about 2 hours on an intel i5 2.8GHz with 8GB of RAM. Post production was done using GIMP.

A quick disclaimer about my paleoart...

When it comes to paleoart, the images I create favor 'art' more than 'paleo'. While I try my best to depict animals as accurately as possible, I'm make no claim that they 100% scientifically accurate. The same goes for the environment I depict them in. I am primarily interested in creating aesthetically pleasing images. Scientific accuracy comes second.
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DaBair Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought Hesperornis kinda looked like a giant cormorant.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Veggieman Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
See, I read that the Hesperornis was incapable of standing on its legs and so dragged itself like a big seal or something, but I like this much better than what that source said. After all, like loads of people said, what living person is really to say what they looked like?
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Veggieman Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
Well, I wouldn't say "Fail" so much as "artistic license".
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Not him, your statement "what living person" .....and yes I could draw a flying tyrannosaurus and that would be artistic license too. 
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:iconveggieman:
Veggieman Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
As may be, but you needn't be so rude about it.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
I didn't intend to offend , I'm just pointing out that hesperornis sadly lacked the ability to stand in this manner :(
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:iconveggieman:
Veggieman Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
Well, to be fair, you didn't really offend me.  I was just taken aback by your initial response.  As as for Hesperornis being able to stand…you're right: at the very least, it's implausible.
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Ard3113 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificient illustration !
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sallymalene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!! :wow:
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
excellent work!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, again!
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
you're welcome! :)
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orinoor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I love the scene and so impressed by your skills, both in Vue and Photoshop. Those rocks are perfect, great variety in color/pattern/size and the highlights, wow. The painting on the bird is also masterful.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, again!
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Anim8her Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just love your paleo series - they're so fascinating! :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
cool

except Hesperornis moved on its belly in reality
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I just love your terrain and scenes! Not to mention your animals are perfect in posing and all, wonderful work Daniel!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is a cool species. It is a bit odd to see him with teeth, although I would think he would need them to defend himself against all the scary predators that wanted to eat him for lunch. hehe Love how you can see the tiny soft feathers peeking out of his coat. Excellent landscape you have created here as well. Your river rocks looks so real! Awesome and interesting image! Yea! :iconpounceglomp:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your most welcome! :iconwhitecatishappyplz:
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Mari37 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Nice :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Art-By-Mel-DA Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
As always, so cool!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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K-raven Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
so cooooool! :D another great artwork
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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thandav Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
very cool
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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thandav Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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Kimi-Parks Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now how does that dinosaur train tongue twister go? "The happy hyper hesperornis is forever catching fish..."
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deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
hahaha
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Vampyric-Saiyaness Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! I would never look at your art and say, "I'm pretty sure that tree didn't exist in that era." Who cares? Looks genuine to me! Your arworks always look so detailed and bright and I love the little lesson on prehistoric creatures you give with it.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Ep1cShad0w Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Awsome. As oddly proportioned as these guys are, that is one regal looking bird. I have to admit it looks pretty good with duck feathers.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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PeterN64 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Kath-13 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your renders are always so clear. This is awesome!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Awesome, Daniel.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
My pleasure.
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DatNachtmaehre Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Your Hesperornis looks great. I saw a skeleton of a Hesperornis years ago in a museum and in a BBC documentary. There it has a more penguin like color but you are right. With the ducklike coat it fits better to the rest of the picture.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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