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Pterodactylus request series 1 by symbion-pandora Pterodactylus request series 1 by symbion-pandora
Random Creature Request Series No. 1, improv sketches selected from an assortment of suggestions. Refreshing... need inspiration... I liek dis idea GO ME :iconbakacirnoplz:

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As usual for impromptu sketches, no specific species is intended, it's a basic amalgam of fossil photos, skeletals and reconstructions that I looked over before starting. Pterodactylus is one of the best known pterosaur genus, with several complete fossils of multiple species, age groups and sexes, along with preserved soft tissue, muscle and pycnofibers. I drew an adult with developed crest here.

Pterosaurs in general are a really good exercise in learning anatomy IMO, it's not the usual skeletal morphology we see today... when you study it, you will LOL at the old idea that they could snatch things out of the sky. Have you SEEN those pathetically slender ankles and tiny claws not to mention the diminutive pelvis lolol.

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Jane-doe123 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
yey!!! thanks he looks wicked! now draw him with magic crayons so that he can come alive and be my pet. I will love him and squeeze him and call him george :)

[link] (I loved that as a kid and now i lol because "just you watch and see" sounds awfully malevolent.

ps I always thought of them as bug and fish eaters but i guess some of the bigger ones could have eaten other flying dinos...tho your right they must have caught them by mouth.
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Maarika Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011   Digital Artist
It's so cute. :> If they're fuzzy then I'd like to pet them.
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Ultima-Matrixed Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Avian features are sex. O___O
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mean Ornithodiran features! :icontenshitrollfaceplz:
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Ultima-Matrixed Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed.
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Abridgenator Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Am I the only one who finds it amusing that of all the ancient reptiles who were now believed to have feathers, it's the pterodactylus who are considered to be feather free? XD

Nice sketch, though! The focus of movement on the wing-limbs was a nice touch.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Writer
* pycnofibrils, I mean.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Writer
They didn't had feathers, but integrument known as actinofirils, which is more fur like.
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Correct. more like fuzz or something.
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, it is sort of ironic. Pterosaurs were 'fuzzy' or hairy at the most... and not at all closely related to birds.
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Abridgenator Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Reminds me, I saw Humida's comment on the journal leading up to this and had lulz aplenty after wondering how long it'd take for you two to debate this point. XD
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just can't resist >_<
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Abridgenator Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
In his defense, dinosaurs ARE pretty reptilian in the skeleton; feathered reptiles today are such an alien concept. OwO
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maniraptorans look strikingly birdlike, though. and birds have a few reptilian features, like scales on the feet. ALso a lot of dinosaurs had air pockets in the bones much like birds do, even larger dinosaurs like sauropods.

Seeing as birds came from reptiles just like mammals do, I don't think it's very weird to imagine some sort of transitional 'reptile' with feathers. It just comes down to whether you think that reptile was a lizard, an ornithodiran, or a dinosaur or whatever else. (and at this point you can consider 'reptile' to be a rather artificial or paraphyletic grouping, Archosaurs in general were quite different from crocodilians, lizards and snakes that we now think of as reptiles...)
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Writer
Obviously it was a dinosaur. The people who support BAND (birds are not dinosaurs) rubish are usually reffered as "BANDits" for a reason
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BANDits provide me with many lolz.

PS your username looks really familiar, do you post on some other forums somewhere? :?
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Laughing-Rune Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Nice one.
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CruxianAzelf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, what a charming little beast here. c:
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
that's quite a nice piece. a young one i assume?
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Meant to be an adult, they think the crests developed as they aged altho some theorize it was males having display crests...
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
ah. just the overall look of it gave me the impression of a younger animal (i'd say around a teenager) who is just learning to forage on his/her own.
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see that. they were pretty odd looking animals... maybe you expected a larger crest like that of other genus?
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
larger crest, more severe look. more predatory. this one still looks cute and innocent to me.
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
funny, pterosaurs in general were not fierce and terrifying. At the most they probably ate small reptiles, fish, and in the case of very small species, insects. Altho the largest azdarchids could stand as tall as a giraffe... they still had no teeth and didn't eat huge prey or anything.

the ones witht he creepiest teeth probably used them for fishing or sieving other water creatures...
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
yeah. funny, any time i've thought of dinosaurs even the more herbivorous ones i think of more agressive predatory animals. thus rat's view on my raptor who was resting was "he looks genuinly evil" i wonder if my old books and movies had anything to do with that.
still... i do enjoy your terosaur pic here. quite a beautiful specimen.
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
older art tended to make them all look grotesque and lumbering and dangerous. The majority were herbivorous and/or not even all that large. I love how a lot of old dinosaur toys show stegosaurs or ceratopsians with sharp pointy teeth, lolol.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Oh, pterodatyles... those were some pretty cool animals :D

Man, you art looks amazing on this one. You should draw animals more often.
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Animals are actually easier for me to draw than humans... yeah I will draw a lot more of them, it's really my main interest. Just so uninspired lately due to all the stress.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Well, it looks very good. I look forward to seeing more :)
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your interest is appreciated, hah sometimes it is a little discouraging how much more interest fanart gets :P (understandable though... to some extent)
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
I know what you mean... original work just doesn't seem to get much appreciation on DA, even if it's good (unless you are a super famous, big time deviant).
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's pretty much truth.

TBH 'hooking' people with fanart is... kind of a useful strategy to some extent. It has a built-in audience and from there you can pull out people who also have another interest.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
It's a fact of life. If you want to be succesful, make fan art of an incredibly popular series, then when you have a fan base, begin mixing in your own and you might have a few watchers who are genuinely into what you do.
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gizmohollow42 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Honestly, I would've drawn this a little differently. I don't really know much about animal anatomy... ^^; Are you going to draw more pteros and dinos?
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How so? Check the research on that page if you're interested in them... it's really fascinating.

Of course I will. Just been totally slumped lately cos my life got so f'ed up.
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gizmohollow42 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Waaaaaaaaay over-exaggerated. My vision of a pterodactyl had a long, swooping neck, longer upper-arms, a longer and more concave abdomen, longer, sharper beak, etc.

It's nice to see your drawings again. :)
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, it's possible you were thinking of another pterosaur family, they had some different anatomy... I did base this off real fossils and researched skeletons, so it's BASICALLY accurate but not meant to be exact (i.e. I didn't measure the ratios of humerus to tibia, cervical vertebrae measurements, etc etc :lol) just a sketch.
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gizmohollow42 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, my image of pterosaurs is based off of what I saw in those CG Discovery Channel documentaries, which I watched when I was a kid. We've learned a lot about prehistoric creatures sonce then, so my vision is probably way off.

I still have an image of scaly beasts. :lol:
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unn... pterosaurs aren't known to have scales, but many of them had 'fuzz'. There's been a lot of fast moving research on that group recently, too. Like the 'terrestrial azdarchids' theory and reclassification of different species as merely age and gender variations.
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gizmohollow42 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, I still remember seeing them "skim-feed". :P

I love leqrning qbout dinosaurs and pterosaurs and other prehistoric life! I went to the Museum of Natural History recently and I spent so much time in the dinosaur hall. :lol:
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symbion-pandora Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
which museum? have you been to the Smithsonian? I could have spent a week in the geology/fossil areas, lol
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