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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D300S
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Mar 30, 2014, 1:54:01 PM
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Ichthyornis dispar by WanderingAlbatross Ichthyornis dispar by WanderingAlbatross
I had a short break just long enough to get a non-commissioned drawing in of a bird I hadn't done before; Ichthyornis dispar, a late Cretaceous Ornithurine from the Western Interior Seaway of North America. Seeing as it loosely resembles a gull or seabird of some type, albeit with a set of toothed jaws, and may have fulfilled a similar ecological/behavioural role, I took my inspiration from those that can dive at shallow depths in search of prey items.

I've been wanting to do a marine scene for a long time now! Coloured pencil on blue paper (Many of you may know very well my love of black paper, so I decided to try something a little different!)
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Troodos Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Almost perfect, the only problem is that the feet should be lobed, not webbed
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WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Members of Hesperornithes had lobed feet, but I'm not aware of any studies that suggest Ichthyornis did as well...do you have a source?
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Troodos Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Sorry, I was thinking of hesperornis
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WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Phew, it would suck to have to edit in lobed feet!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! a booby with teeth! :D
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comixqueen Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student
This piece is just stunning!
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dancingfoxbird Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
That's amazing. Nice work!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful, love the pose and how you did the water, looks so real!
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WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Water is tough! I just googled a couple of photos to use as a base reference to get a feel for how light plays on the surface. Then go in lightly with a pencil. :)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really beautiful drawing, especially the texture of his feathers :)
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