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Microraptor gui by vasix Microraptor gui by vasix
It's been a while, understandably, and I never thought this pic would ever get off the ground, not with all the retries and mistakes I made. In fact, what pissed me off completely was, I think, the fact that the background and the dinosaur itself looked like they lacked something even after it was finished.
This is a purely digital piece with no penciled underdrawing.
Microraptor has been drawn by me in 2011 as a bird-eater (hence I beat the actual paleontologists to the scene, albeit that one was incorrect on so many levels). with two chicks, But now, I wanted to do another one. Everybody's drawing the newly iridescent, blue-black Microraptor, and I am normally the last person to even draw the breaking news.

But I avoided even attempting this thing for a reason. It's the hardest dinosaur to render, with that whole set of feathers. And in the pose I drew the mother Microraptor in, good lord....anyhow, this dinosaur, as we all know, was the top predator of small animals in the Jiufotang Formation of China, slightly under a meter (about 60 or 75 centimeters for this species, M. gui...M. zhaoianus was smaller)

So, here it is. This mother spreads one wing out over two of her babies, while the other, the weakest of the clutch, tries to clamber up onto the branch, squeaking for help. The pic, I think, looks....dark?? on the whole, though. And filled with my two favorite tropes: assorted butterflies and pink water lilies in the Jiufotang Formation as well (120 million years ago, Aptian Stage, Early Cretaceous).
The large insect on the lily bud is an Epicharmeropsis, or at least, a vain attempt at restoring the giant mayfly.

Next might even be Aurornis or Eosinopteryx, I hope...who knows?

EDIT: noticed that one of the water lily leaves hadn't been properly done. Redone version is this one.
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:iconthemightybrachiosaur:
Amazing.
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconbluedragoneye:
bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most beautiful piece fabulously done
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconbluedragoneye:
bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most welcome :)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :)
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Artist
Nice drawing!:)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Artist
You're welcome!;)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem
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:iconredcockatiel:
Redcockatiel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful! Though I would have put her a little higher from the bottom edge.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Higher from the bottom edge eh? Well, something I seriously didn't judge was the size of the adult Microraptor
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:iconredcockatiel:
Redcockatiel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is very pretty anyway. I love the colors.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, after all, I have to work with the actual colors of Microraptor in this pic...
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:iconleahck:
LeahCK Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the colors!
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!! :D :D
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:iconleahck:
LeahCK Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome~
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D no problem
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:iconiltassista:
ilTassista Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fine
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :D
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:iconelectreel:
electreel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Beautiful! :)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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:iconelectreel:
electreel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
You're welcome, man!
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:iconmarsu305:
marsu305 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Whoa that's really awesome! :clap: I like the blue one :D
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Microraptor? :) why thank you
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:iconmarsu305:
marsu305 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah I guess so :D You're welcome of course! ^___^
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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