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Gallimimus bullatus by vasix Gallimimus bullatus by vasix
Now, I wish to celebrate the new year with a new picture of mine, and this is the one, the one piece of news that I was too slow to catch up on, and so, didn't get to draw a pic of it earlier. The last year was the year of the feathers, with a feathered giant tyrannosaur Yutyrannus, the discovery of Microraptor's true colors and shape, the discovery of Archaeopteryx's wing feather colors, and so on and so forth, I should say. Also of the first North American feathered dinosaur fossil, Ornithomimus.
Now, it's been proven that even the ostrich-mimic ornithomimids had winglike feathers on their arms.

Obviously everyone raced out to draw it, but I had too many other projects before the feathered ornithomimid. Now, the draft for this picture was actually done last year albeit I'd screwed the thing up beyond all means. Yet, I salvaged the draft and tweaked it and tuned it up a hell of a lot. So, this is one of the most famous of its family, and one of the largest, Gallimimus bullatus (chicken mimic with a bulla), but only just. It is about 8 meters (26 feet) according to Wikipedia, and it lived 70 million years ago (Maastrichtian Stage, Late Cretaceous), Nemegt Formation, Mongolia.
The contemporaries included other ornithomimids (little Anserimimus and gigantic Deinocheirus), sauropods (Nemegtosaurus), hadrosaurs (Saurolophus, Barsboldia) and predators like tyrannosaurs (Tarbosaurus) to name just a few.

This formation was once a lush, well-watered, and forested area and not a desert like the earlier habitats that famous genera like Oviraptor, Velociraptor and Protoceratops lived in.
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I noticed that a lot of depictions of Gallimimus just make them look so damn thin (even the feathered ones)!  But I like how you made it look non-anorexic here.

It's also nice to see a Gallimimus engaging in feeding habits that don't involve egg-eating (how did that paleomeme even start anyway).
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The egg-stealing meme...ahhh...I'm not really very sure! Probably somewhere during the line when Oviraptor (which used to be restored with a weird horn on its snout, like WTF) and the ornithomimds were confused with one another by some old artist. Normally, I would read up on the origin of memes (Neave Parker's line-straight Megalosaurus, Bob Bakker's giraffe Barosaurus, the "sparkleraptor" Archaeopteryx, Charles Knight's bird-chasing Ornitholestes, the evil, pin-headed Quetzalcoatlus with cloak-like wings) but this still baffles me...

And thank you too :) Something as large as Gallimimus surely had some mass to it, lean or not
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sagittariussigner Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist
Good drawings !
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much :)
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lilyhosegood Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I like your work :) it's quite illustrative and I do love me some dinosaurs :D I find it strange how raptors are often portrayed in games and films like Jurassic park when in reality most of them were small bird like creatures like this one xP
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the cultural impact of Jurassic Park was just too great...had it been released somewhere during the last few years we'd all say "Feathers ftw!" 
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lilyhosegood Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
exactly x)
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And the "No Feathers" rumor for Jurassic World is exactly why I have continuously lowered my expectations for the movie
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Wings and feathers FTW.
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vasix Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's how we work
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! :omfg: The posture, the detail, everything is stunning! :wow: Well done, my friend! :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Really cool ! :dance:
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thank you!!
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
:huggle:
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok then....:iconglompplz:
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
:tighthug:
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbigheartplz:
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
:tighthug:
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :squee:
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
:blowkiss:
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :iconblushplz:
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
:huggle:
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welll...okayyyy.....:D
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PivotShadow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I knew ornithomimids had feathers, but I'd still always imagined gallimimus like the ones from Jurassic Park...
But I had no idea that they were quite so bird like, with those arm feathers like dromeosaurs..
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a new discovery of last year, based on Ornithomimus edmontonicus
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PivotShadow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Interesting. Well, now I know. Oh, and excellent picture by the way
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D glad to be of assistance
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Did the pennaceous feathers go all the way down the arm? I've read that in maniraptoran dinosaurs they only went from the hand to the elbow. Either way, it's an awesome pic and an instant fav!
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I've seen plenty of restorations of this non-maniraptoran theropod with the pennaceous feathers up the whole arm, actually, and thank you for faving :)
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Fair enough, but I've seen incorrect restorations of maniraptorans (dromeosaurids, specifically) with pennacious feathers up the whole arm. I'm not nitpicking, I'm genuinely curious if ornithomimid dinosaurs had pennacious feathers going up their entire arms or not. And how could I not fav this? It's better than anything I could come up with, that's for sure. ^_^
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did some digging around, and yes, it;s confirmed, they did have the whole arm feathered
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OK, thanks for confirming that! ^_^
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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mst-cl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student
woo, very cool!!
I like this :love:
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thank you!!
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Nupho Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Really nice digi-painting there :)
One question, because seeing it as about to eat a fruit, do you think it would swallow it whole?
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Thank you, and, this fruit has a very hard shell and needs to be broken on a rock to actually get at its flesh
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Nupho Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
It will broke it on a rock and then eat the flesh out of it then?
And you're welcome!
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes :)
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Nupho Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Alright :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes
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Nupho Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I think I will sound weird but, I've always liked drawings of scenes with creatures eating, especially when they're not real (never existed / don't exist anymore).
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really now? That's not strange at all!
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeh
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shadow6914 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
cool
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)Thank you
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