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Pteranodon sternbergi, a 6-8m wingspanned pterosaur from Late Creataceous North America soars over a choppy sea - generating lift from wind over the waves, just like an albatross.

By the way, while you're here, I've decided to join the blogoshere, with the appallingly stupidly named Philosophica Neopalaeontographica [link] . If you've got a blog on palaeo/science/philosophy, let me know and I'll subscribe.
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Comments (27)
leptoceratops's avatar
leptoceratops|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your pterosaurs are the most beautiful \i have ever seen, and most accurate (to my limited knowledge) david peters can eat his heart out
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brenton522's avatar
You don't happen to be using David Peters as a reference, are you?
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Taintedsilver's avatar
Yours are some of the most beautiful and convincing renditions of pterosuars that I think I've ever seen:)
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PatGoltz's avatar
PatGoltz|Professional General Artist
Wonderfully dynamic painting!
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Konsumbrot's avatar
Your pictures really make me feel like you have actually seen these creatures going about their lives. You really capture them and their world so well. I love it :)
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TheMysteriousK's avatar
I featured this work in a news item ([link]), I hope you don't mind. :-)
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jconway's avatar
Thanks, nice writeup. One quibble, pterosaurs aren't dinosaurs, and may not even be closely related to them (controversial subject!). But yeah, thanks again.
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TheMysteriousK's avatar
No problem, and thanks for the info... I remember having my doubts when I wrote that down. But writing a feature like this takes a lot of time so I had to cut some corners.
I look forward to more work from you. :-)
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TheMysteriousK's avatar
There's something pleasingly un-emphatic about this painting - not like "look, I drew a dinosaur, now be happy with it". If these had been albatrosses and not pteranodons, it would still be an interesting painting. :-)
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jconway's avatar
Thanks, that's what I aim for!
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TheMysteriousK's avatar
You're welcome. :-)
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bear48's avatar
bear48|Professional
you do very nice work
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dunwich7's avatar
dunwich7| Digital Artist
Just beautiful... really brings them to life in an everyday situation (well for them anyway^^).
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Ego-Trap-graphics's avatar
Awesome background
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WarrenJB's avatar
This is the kind of thing that I would like to be able to produce, some day. Superb!
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Moonkelpie's avatar
I like the almost monochromatic color-scheme used, jconway; it's remeniscent of an Encyclopaedia Britannica illustration. Also, the pterosaurs' black and white markings, and how their legs are spread like avian tails, make me think of giant terns.:-)
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I have no idea how you created this but I think this is really beautiful....and will check out your blog to see what else you are up to.
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Gorgosaurus's avatar
Inspiring, as always.

Spike.
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HellraptorStudios|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful painting
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Beautiful scene :)
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tuomaskoivurinne's avatar
tuomaskoivurinne| Traditional Artist
Great work, as usual! :D
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pearwood's avatar
pearwood|Hobbyist Photographer
Like a soaring needle.
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unlobogris's avatar
Absolutely amazing, like the rest of your pterosaur scenes.
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Sphenacodon's avatar
Lovely! The black and white color scheme works very well...
Are those females, by any chance?
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