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January 4, 2013
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Oviraptorosaur Tails by WanderingAlbatross Oviraptorosaur Tails by WanderingAlbatross
As promised in my last journal entry, here is the important piece I was working on. I think that in light of today's news reports, everyone will understand why I could not post it until now. :)

I was commissioned to depict a pair of Ajancingenia yanshini for a paper on Oviraptorosaur tails (go read it!…, illustrating how they might have used their tails and feather fans as display mechanisms. Here a male gestures to a prospective and clearly intrigued mate, who is resting in the shade of two Araucaria saplings, which are common in the Nemegt formation of Mongolia where the scene takes place. We decided on fairly muted plumage colours, and I took some of my inspiration for the overall pattern on the more striking male from the Painted Sandgrouse (Pterocles indicus). As the banded tail fan is preserved in other fossil Oviraptorid species, Mr. and Mrs. Ingenia get them too.

The picture itself went through a series of drafts and revisions until it was just so. I used coloured pencils, as well as a bit of acrylic to add both highlights and shadow in certain places.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous, certainly gorgeous (though the lady doesn't look really impressed) 
JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist

Girls havent changed a bit :(

But the Dinosaur is nice!!! and everything else too.

Dennonyx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Simply beautiful, but now the description should be updated with the new official name Ajancingenia :)
RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Wonderful details! masterfully done!
WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :)
Carlosdino Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
By the way, reminds me of this old work of mine :P [link]
WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha, well what do ya know? :) It's funny because originally I was going to draw the male in the foreground and female behind him, but we changed it to this because it keeps the focus on the male's fancy tail.
Addictedto-Life Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Gah wonderful as always!! This is amazing <3 You do not dissapoint! <3
JD-man Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I had no idea you were making paleoart for peer-reviewed papers until now! In any case, I really like this drawing. It's both very striking (given Ingenia's coloration/patternation) & very easy on the eyes (given your style).
WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like their plumage; I think the male was definitely successful in the end. And yeah, I kept it under wraps. Surprise! :P
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