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Arambourgiania by PrehistoryByLiam Arambourgiania :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 84 28 Deinocheirus WIP by PrehistoryByLiam Deinocheirus WIP :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 40 11 Arambourgiania line drawing WIP by PrehistoryByLiam Arambourgiania line drawing WIP :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 39 12 Hatzegopteryx by PrehistoryByLiam Hatzegopteryx :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 300 91 Spots WIP by PrehistoryByLiam Spots WIP :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 22 9 Hatzegopteryx Head Overhaul by PrehistoryByLiam Hatzegopteryx Head Overhaul :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 53 16 Hatzegopteryx Overhaul by PrehistoryByLiam Hatzegopteryx Overhaul :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 77 15 Jeholornis by PrehistoryByLiam Jeholornis :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 151 13 Saurolophus angustirostris by PrehistoryByLiam Saurolophus angustirostris :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 82 15 Hatzegopteryx Sketch by PrehistoryByLiam Hatzegopteryx Sketch :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 57 26 Charonosaurus head detail by PrehistoryByLiam Charonosaurus head detail :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 81 23 Charonosaurus by PrehistoryByLiam Charonosaurus :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 179 27 Charonosaurus WIP by PrehistoryByLiam Charonosaurus WIP :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 26 10 Diplocaulus by PrehistoryByLiam Diplocaulus :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 528 47 Microbrachius by PrehistoryByLiam Microbrachius :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 69 11 Bothriolepis rex and juvenile B. canadensis by PrehistoryByLiam Bothriolepis rex and juvenile B. canadensis :iconprehistorybyliam:PrehistoryByLiam 111 9

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I am very proud and happy to announce that one of my submissions to Brian Engh's TheSummonENGH2018 paleoart contest, "Wrong Branch", received an honorable mention in the award video!!! It is very humbling to see the technical mastery, stylistic prowess and insane creativity on display in all the entries, and I'm honored to be included among them. "Wrong Branch" was the hardest piece I've done to date in terms of ambition and overall composition. Like most paleoartists I started out doing exclusively lateral or dorsal/ventral views of relatively static subjects, and I still suck at big scenes, landscapes and the like. This was quite the learning experience, being only the second scene I've done digitally- fitting in so many moving parts and making sure all the scientific data is reflected as best as possible was a challenge to say the least. I would like to thank all of you who watch me here on DeviantArt and support my work,  really appreciate it!
Official award video: [link]
(with that being said hit me up with your best advice on scenes/landscapes lol)Wrong Branch by PrehistoryByLiam

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Liam Elward
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Aspiring 22-year-old paleoartist and paleontologist from Chicago, Illinois. Open for commissions!
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Arambourgiania
Just finished my reconstruction of one of the largest pterosaurs ever, the incredibly long-necked Arambourgiania philadelphiae from Late Cretaceous Jordan. While fossil evidence for azhdarchid pterosaurs like Arambourgiania is typically scant, based on close relatives like Quetzalcoatlus northropi a clearer picture can emerge. This was obviously a giant, with one of the most extreme head/neck to body ratios ever developed in vertebrates. While its wingspan has been estimated to be between 7-13 meters (23-43 feet long), this makes it difficult to put onto a size chart so I modeled this one off of Mark Witton and Darren Naish's estimate of Arambourgiania having a neck length of 2.65 meters (8.7 feet!!!) It may look incredibly ungainly and oddly proportioned (which it is), keep in mind that the skull is definitely lighter than it looks. As is probably expected, Arambourgiania had a comparatively weak neck and was likely restricted to preying on smaller animals. This is what makes it so interesting in my opinion, that it and its more ferocious relative Hatzegopteryx illustrate the morphological and ecological diversity present in azhdarchids (my favorite group of pterosaurs - they're hard not to like). I decided to reconstruct this species because after Hatzegopteryx I figured a size chart/comparison of the azhdarchid "trifecta" (Hatz, Arambourg and Quetzalcoatlus) would make for a nice print. 
Pterosaurs by the way are one of the hardest extinct organisms to appropriately color in my opinion- not only were they covered in pycnofibers, an integument known only from the fossil record, but their morphology and ecology means they have no close modern analogues. I did the best I could, drawing inspiration from herons, storks, spoonbills and other birds along those lines. 
If you haven't seen my reconstruction of Hatzegopteryx, check it out here: www.deviantart.com/prehistoryb…

Sources:
peerj.com/articles/2908/
markwitton-com.blogspot.com/20…
markwitton-com.blogspot.com/20…
www.pteros.com/pterosaurs/aram…
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Mika5410 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Every single time I see your drawings, I'm like, "oh cool nice species you created"
And then I'm like "OH GOD THIS THING USED TO ROAM AROUND I'M TERRIFIED NOW HE L P"
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah, no spec evo or creature design from me!
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Mika5410 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Brainstromy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018
Dang, your art is great! I love it!
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I really appreciate that
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Brainstromy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
No prob.
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Brainstromy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
No prob!
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Rudeus-TF Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
I love your paleo art!
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it
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Rudeus-TF Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
it's super fascinating, I'll stick around to follow you :)
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