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! www.app.pan.pl/article/item/ap…
, 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.