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My first ever try at a Caudipteryx.
One thing that bothers me with a lot of dinosaur art is that A) they tend to look anorexic (like, you can see every bone jut out under the skin) and b) often when feathered they look like the feathers were glued onto that skin-over-bone base. Like they don't quite belong to the animal in question.

Now, I'm not saying I do any better, I'm a complete beginner at this more or less and for all I know my anatomy may be way, way off - I don't know the technical terms, don't have access to good reference materials usually (and when I do I usually view them on my phone so very small size etc). Hell I don't own a single dinosaur book.

BUT I do try to make them look like real animals. Like, have muscles and a thicker layer of feathers and so on. I draw much of my inspiration from my pet birds and my mom's pet chickens. So my guy here looks a bit fatter than many renditions I've seen of these fellas.

If you notice any glaring mistakes and such, do let me know, of course. Personally I think the neck looks a bit too long in proportion to the body - my (bad) excuse is that the heavy covering of feathers makes it look larger than it is, and part of the legs are hidden in the body feathers which make them look shorter...? XD

Oh and the colours are based on one of my RL pet birds, cookie points if you recognize it...

PS. Is it just me, or does it appear to be a dinosaur meme to "always" make these guys blue? lol. Not ALL are of course but a disproportionate amount of depictions show these guys as blue... Maybe because of the Carnegie model of it?
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Like the concept, however, it did not have a full wing