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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  Professional Traditional Artist
love it
hibbary Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Soooooo pretty!
angellis3 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Traheripteryx 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 
KingVego Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is quite interesting.
hippogriffon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Good job :) Like it :)
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work! :aww:
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely gorgeous! :D
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very interesting love it :)
SepiaWren Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the composition, the way you feels like you're looking in through the canopy... The ferns, foliage and mushrooms are as gorgeous as the dinosaur itself, which is very beautiful indeed! Great work, well done!
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Pterosaur-Freak Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
This is amazing. I absolutely love everything about it- The concept, the background, and above all the colours. I love how you made them bright and colourful and yet at the same time quiet and unobtrusive. And best of all, it's believably fluffy and yet still sleek and graceful. Adding it to my favourites now.
Angela239 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha this is a first...Jinfengopteryx elegans is actually a species of troodontid I have not heard before! Gonna do some googling ^_^
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors and the concept (totally plausible, IMHO) ;)
Hareguizer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Awe and love! I especially like what you did with the out of focus extreme foreground vegetation - it gives it a great sense of depth of field that just using background bokeh can't match.
UltimateSassMaster Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
hey, i reblogged this on tumblr! absolutely pulchritudinous work <33
RobinRavenmoon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
love th colors
Sejuay Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent! I love the colours and all the detail in the background.
tikos Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
The idea of a tool-using Jinfengopteryx is super, and this piece is great as an art, too.
ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww :aww: .
Apsaravis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's my favourite reconstruction of Jinfengopteryx now :) Awesome!
ADigitalArtist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The color in this is just awesome! :D
ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very kewl
PictureThisDeviant Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I love it!
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, this is simply a masterpiece! The detailed painting and composition is complemented by the sense of movement and convincing detail. I like the way you had the Jinfengopterix (or as I call him, the "Dinobird") open his wings as he brandishes the stick; it adds interest and a sense of balance and weight to the Dinobird's form. Overall, this is simply splendid. Congrats on a terrific picture!
MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous!! colors, background, anatomy, composition, everything is great!
KhoaSV Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   General Artist
Bear Grylls as a dinosaur
bonefish Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Early Cretaceous bird/dinosaur gets the grub.

I like your take on this fellow's plumage. The slight hint of Blue Jay-esque secondaries make his markings "pop".
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Beautiful digital painting, especially the feathers!
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Artist
Awesome drawing on your's.:)
CorusTenebrae Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: nicely done :D
Wordworker Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Beautiful work! You just get better and better!
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooow gorgeous wings! Wonderful piece ^_^
DutchOrca Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, love the colors!
AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful! look at all the detail! i love love love the colors! <3 amazing job.. lol grub is like OH NUUUUUU

I love the mushrooms!and the pose. just this whole thing is really well done. amazing job rah-bop!
sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely delightful, just the sort of paleoart I adore, well rendered and with so much soul as well. Love this.
Psithyrus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Very cool , awesome grub :)
DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Is it bad this makes me laugh? I imagine the bug shouting "Rawr!" at the huge "Caledonian"

But anyway. This Picture is really instresting, I wish i could see more photos and videos of this creature.
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
"I wish i could see more photos and videos of this creature."

Well unfortunately it's been extinct for over 120 million years XD
DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
well...jurassic park could still happen!
BrokenStride Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
What an adorable fluff ball! This is beautiful! And I love the splash of Blue Jay feathers!
wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional
Very well done. Superb work.
Ladymedusa218 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super cool! I'm waiting for someone to show some troodontid using some bark as a sled as a lot of crows and ravens do for fun.

Very nice piece!
Aduxyn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Awesome work! I really like how the feathers are coloured =D
Just one small critique: As I remember, they don't make harpoons, but use the stick as a "fishing rod" and wait till the maggots bite into it to drag them out^^
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