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Anchiornis huxleyi by vasix Anchiornis huxleyi by vasix
This was my first use of the leaf brush, and I don't know whether to laugh or to cry at the sight of this picture. Having not drawn a maniraptor for a long time, and wanting to draw mist as part of my background, I had challenged myself with drawing one of the few dinosaurs known from its true skin colors, thanks to the preservation of its massive embarrassment of feathers. It's got ass fluff (which this old male is fluffing up to maximum while calling shrilly into the misty forest), a big red crest, and red on its face. I used a picture in a National Geographic magazine to ref the colors and the feather arrangement.
The white and black feathers on the wings are actually on the upper wings, but not the under (maybe, and this guy's showing off the underwing. I idiotically didn't think of that. It was all like, "Screw this shit, I'll just go for it." And I did.

Anchiornis huxleyi (Huxley's near bird), honors biologist Thomas Huxley, and yet, this piece of work was not even suited to fly even a yard in its tiny life. Its feet were all wrapped up in feathers, its tail was all feathers, it was clearly all a little showboating narcissist in the forests of China (living 161-160.5 million years ago, Middle Jurassic, Tiaojishan Formation), a zone famous for tiny little freaks like its possible arch nemesis (species of Darwinopterus), a mammal (Juramaia) and a feathered ornithischian (Tianyulong).

This fellow is the smallest theropod, the most embarrassing feathered dinosaur, and the most revolutionary, and was barely even able to run on the ground due to all those feathers. It was 13 inches long, and weighed 3.9 ounces.
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Durusoraptor Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
beautiful! :)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you 
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Just epic.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous :)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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sniperwar10 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
cool.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks:)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks:)
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Sinande Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Aw, don't make fun of him, how else is such a tiny thing to survive in such a dangerous world? And I bet he bites if you call its bluff! :D

Also, this is a beautiful restoration. I love watching you grow as an artist :worship:
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I guess he's actually bluffing right now with the open-mouth hissing thing :) And thanks a lot for the compliments once again :D
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is really an improvement in terms of texture, feather especially. The head especially is wonderfully rendered, and I love how very fuzzy the feet are. The branch texture is also really nice.

I do have an issue with the arms, and I'm pointing out only because the rest of it is so good. The first thing is that they're raised too high above its head. This is a "birdlike" gesture that deinonychosaurs and basal birds would have been prevented from doing by the shoulder gesture. This is explored more in Senter 2006. The proportions of the arm and wing also look off: Anchiornis had a very long hand, and its forearm and upper arm would have been roughly the same length as one another. [link] In yours, it looks like the hand is fairly short and the upper arm is far longer than the lower. Anchiornis also had very wide, almost squarish wings, which we can see preserved in several specimens. [link]

Nice work otherwise, though. I'm definitely digging all the texture!
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the references, and the constructive criticism :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
*shoulder girdle
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Zimices Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Really impressive, congratulations! :)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)!
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Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably the most unique Anchiornis I've seen in a while.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful!
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks!!
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anemchan41191 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I love too how you make the feathers and the natural faces of your animals
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are part of nature, and must look so as well :) Thank you
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anemchan41191 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Ok ^_^
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D of course!
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful lovely feathering
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In its actual preserved coloration as well :)
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw nice no idea what it means but it looks fabulous
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meaning that we know this guy's actual feather colors
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw how awesome
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of a very small list of little feathery dinos known for their true coloration
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice details! :omfg: Well done! :nod:
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: Thanks a lot!
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:iconjwartwork:
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome, my friend! :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) No problemo!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! =D
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Thanks, my first Anchiornis!
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BOBirec Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Very good, comment [link]
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)....I um....don't have a site of my own yet though
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