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Jinfengopteryx elegans by rah-bop Jinfengopteryx elegans by rah-bop
New Caledonian crows fashion sticks into harpoons and use them to snag tasty grubs out of holes and rotting wood. I wanted to draw a dinosaur using tools the same way, and I figured if any dinosaur was clever enough to figure it out, it would be a troodontid. So here is Jinfengopteryx elegans, a small troodontid from China that lived around 122 million years ago. This was my first serious foray into paleo art and though I admit I took some liberties with the flora, I tried to be as accurate as I could with the dinosaur. :iconqilong: helped me out a lot with the anatomy (many thanks!)
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You made this dinosaur gorgeous. The colors on the Jinfengopteryx are something I think would be seen on a predator that would need to be camouflaged to survive. I see beauty and also ferociousness all rolled into one. Beauty because the colors that you gave this dinosaur are elegant and attractive to the eye. Ferociousness because as beautiful as this dinosaur may be, he still is a killer even though he is depicted eating the grub. I also really love the warm lighting and the little bits of cool lighting that you have put into this artwork; it gives a natural feel to the whole picture. I like how you have put different types of flora into the picture that might have been around during the time period that Jinfengopteryx lived. My favorites are the ferns and ginkgo leaves. They really are neat, especially the ferns because you gave them a soft, fuzziness that I don't normally see on pictures that include these types of ferns. The detail is beautiful and accurate and I love the colors that you have put on every part of this artwork. I don't think you have done anything inaccurate in this artwork and I really love how well done it is. It's so inspiring to see something like this pop-up in my inbox and I'm sure others really enjoy seeing your artworks and are inspired too. This is a stunning piece of art! Keep up the good work *rah-bop! ^^
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Bobtatnceltbieber Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  New member Professional Traditional Artist
love it
hibbary Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Soooooo pretty!
angellis3 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! I love it!
ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Awesome :D
WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!  I love the feathers!  :D 
Cetaceaphile Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy god damn this is good
Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Found you through paleoillustration on Tumblr. I LOVE THIS IDEA. :D
KingVego Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fist i thought it was ludicrous for this creature to be using a tool but then i thought about how some birds today do this so this is not a big jump of logic at all.

Anyways the picture itself looks fantastic and it also makes you think. Well done.
mutantninja0 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
actually, there is some supposed reported and eye-witnessed evidence that some alligators( or crocs, I dunno) use sticks to lure herons and somesuch to eat them during nest building season.Sherlock Holmes 
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