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California Condor Egg

By MissNysha
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This is one of the projects I did for Pinnacles National Monument - to illustrate a cross-section of a baby California Condor chick in the egg just before hatching. The style is more graphic so that the chick doesn't look so much like an alien old man!

Here I also show the process steps in its creation, and you can see the main reference they gave me was the x-ray image at the top left, which I studied for many hours and used as a base for the illustration. I had to adjust and rearrange some body parts, like the wing, to show certain features better. I also referenced a ton of other photos for the colors and textures. The process was very long and tedious, but was a fascinating study too.

I'm glad they like it!

Art copyright me. Also property of Pinnacles National Monument. Do not use for any purpose.
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narutosdad's avatar
beautiful work, i like it a lot
meihua's avatar
Amazing illustration! I really admire your ability to do scientific illustrations like this, extrapolating from a reference to get a high quality and accurate depiction :D
MissNysha's avatar
Thank you very much!
And yeah, that's pretty much the essence of doing a lot of science illustrations - many times you also have to merge several references together like Frankenstein to get an accurate base! XD
meihua's avatar
Haha yeah, I tried it a couple months ago with an endangered tragopan - couldn't find any good and free photo refs so I just put together a bunch of photos in my head :x
QuorraBrittany28's avatar
awwww I love all the carnivorous birds! Not only the eagles
MissNysha's avatar
X3 Me too! Glad you like it. :)
megashell's avatar
That looks incredibly gross!

HAHA! But you amaze me with your skills! Great job

You are master
MissNysha's avatar
XD You should see photos of the real thing!
JRigh's avatar
You did a fantastic job! :love:
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