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Jinfengopteryx

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Drawing of Jinfengopteryx elegans, a troodontid from the Qiaotou Formation of China. For the uninformed, it's a very small (55 cm long) feathered theropod related to Troodon. This animal's taxonomy is slightly uncertain - originally described as an archaeopterygid, it's now thought to belong to Troodontidae based on features like the enlarged second toe and specifics of the teeth.

This was done entirely in Prismacolor pencils. Lots of love to ~Agahnim for his masterful help and advice on the shading.

This was drawn for ~Agahnim's booklet-in-the-works on evolution to be explained to creationists, specifically intended for the section on how birds can be shown as descendants of dinosaurs.

I am rather proud of this.
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Atlantis536's avatar
I wonder if had the powers of gravity control 
and could create things with its mind?
SpongeBobFossilPants's avatar
Could this thing fly?
EWilloughby's avatar
Probably not. Like many (but not all) troodontids, Jinfengopteryx had not-extremely-long arms and fairly long legs (which lacked long feathers) which indicates it may have led a mostly cursorial lifestyle. It probably could have clambered around in trees, but I doubt it would have been doing much gliding and definitely no powered flight.
PeteriDish's avatar
wonderful likght and shadow! I love it!
That is the pinkest troodont I have ever seen :-)
It's such a cute little creature that I just wanna hug it! I have always loved Archaeopteryxs....and this is an epic picture.
Piatnitskysaurus's avatar
awesome. awesome awesome awesome.

did i mention it was awesome?
CanisCerberus's avatar
This is absolutley amazing. I love how you captured the whole atmosphere. It's serene and has subtle hints that action can happen at anytime. The colors are working so well together, it's perfect.
EWilloughby's avatar
Thanks very much. It is one of my best pieces, I think.
RedThrall's avatar
Wow, this is very beautiful. The shading, the colors, all of it. I think I'd actually prefer this color penciled, rather than digital art. Instant Favorite! =)
EWilloughby's avatar
Thanks. I don't usually do digital art; I feel like traditional art has more personality.
Evil-Weasel's avatar
Cool lighting effects with the sun!

Been a while since I've gone through your gallery (or anyone elses for that matter).
EWilloughby's avatar
Thanks, I put a lot of effort into the lighting.
SangheiliArtist's avatar
Nice names, nice color blendings, and awesome stroke patterns on the leaves and fur.
Emchromatic's avatar
If you press harder with the prismacolor pencils, you can get some exceptionally vibrant colors. I can tell you did it a bit light from the graininess. Still, it's a beautiful piece.
masterofhobbiton's avatar
And proud you should be!
Sketchasaurus's avatar
Awesome, there's a nice range of colors, good use of shading, and cute little dinosaur. =D
Khaotico's avatar
Beautiful colours =)
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Sinande's avatar
Such a little beauty :D This is the sort of drawing that should go in kids' dinosaur books instead of the loads of rubbish I've seen in some of them. I'm really not the one to comment on accuracy, but it does look a hundred times better than most of the restorations I saw in popular books.

With all those vivid colours, lights and shadows, big mushrooms, the perspective, it really looks like an image from a fairy tale to me. Really attractive.

I should probably say this on ~Agahnim's page, but since I'm here already, it's here I'll wish him good luck with that booklet. I'd really love to see some or all of it when it's finished. If possible, of course.
teh-mogget's avatar
OMG YOU COLORED A DINOSAUR PURPLE.

ROCKS FALL, THE WORLD ENDS, EVERYONE DIES.
EWilloughby's avatar
It's more of a... dark red sort of color, really. =P
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