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Feeding off a Mirror by Julio-Lacerda Feeding off a Mirror by Julio-Lacerda
If that folded wing looks too messy, is because pterosaur anatomy can be quite confusing :?

A little thought experiment here:
Many people (including myself) like to dress Pterodaustro in flamingo costume - that is, pink all around - as a testament to the similar filter-feeding lifestyle this pterosaur probably had. But when searching for inspiration to do this piece I realized how unlikely that actually is: may the experts correct me if I'm wrong, but by all means pycnofibers worked just like fur when it comes to colouration so it might not have been physically possible to have green, blue or pink "fur" in pterosaurs. In the case of flamingos especifically, the pink colour comes from carotenoids, which can be incorporated by feathers but not by mammalian fur, so I'd guess pterosaur pycnofibers would work the same.
Therefore, this Pterodaustro is inspired by white Ibises instead of flamingos :D

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:iconjillybean711:
jillybean711 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought Pterodaustro kind of got the short end of the stick on physical appearance. xD
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
nice :nod:
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Falken02 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
do you use photoshop??
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DinosaurianDude Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
On an interesting note: flamingos actually have a gland that secretes an oil to keep their plumage from getting wet, but also contains carotenoids to colour their feathers even more vibrantly.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the strangest pteros!
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Writer
Estudos nos aneís oculares mostram que o Pterodaustro era nocturno...
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Eu sei, mas à noite eu não conseguiria atingir essa composição do reflexo no lago.. Licença artística :)
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riotgirlckb Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow i love the colours nice job :D
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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riotgirlckb Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome :D
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Had my white ibis phases with unenlagiines so far, so I can certainly relate to non-pink ctenochasmatids :)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Ibises are good substitutes for flamingoes in this case because although mostly white, they still have those vibrant faces :D
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vasix Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's quite new, nice mirror effect
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it;s very beautiful in its simplicity
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
but...but...I love pink pterodaustros :iconsadplz:
anyway, this is gorgeous
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol too bad! :XD:
And many thanks!
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Zimices Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Excellent as always, I like how detailed are the lower comb-like teeth, but where the upper teeth of Pterodaurstro? :)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I forgot about the upper teeth! Buy weren't they very small? I don't see them in most reconstructions, I thought they'd be barely visible :O
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Zimices Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Yes, very small indeed: [link]
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jennovazombie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's a very pretty and calm piece!
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool.
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like the flamingo colors! :D
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
exceptional! =)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :clap:
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