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I Found It! It's Mine! by Julio-Lacerda I Found It! It's Mine! by Julio-Lacerda
An Unenlagia finds a dead fish in a shallow lagoon. After several hours of unsucessful hunting, he won't pass an easy meal.

This was more of an experiment in feather texturing. My usual technique works fine for fur-like or shaggy feathers as those on the lower body, but the wings and neck, omg.

The overall idea was inspired by this photograph, by Frank Paul Silye. As a sidenote: for all you paleoartists out there, I highly recommend looking for animal photos, especially birds. It makes it much easier to visualize an extinct animal when you are familiar with the living ones.

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BaryonyxAeygyticus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
It looks very realistic! My mother thought it was a photograph!
Dinodc98 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow I must of accidentally pressed copy or something
Dinodc98 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
We often get the impression from skeletons at museums that these animals are not as intimidating or monster like as we imagine them mainly because skeletons always look scarier the the actual animal this does a great job of dispelling that
shadow-crow Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the way you took a picture of a stork catching a fish and transformed it into an echo of the past!
It's really nice and I find it very... meaningful to look at both your drawing (which is absolutely gorgeous) and at the picture and to think that there was once animals that were acting like our modern birds long ago.
Keep going!
You inspire me greatly and you help my old love for dinosaurs to ressurect! ;)
Ebervalius Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cara, ficou muito bom!

Por que será que a Argentina fica com todos os dromeossauros por aqui?
wildartguy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love it! I really look forward to your work Julio, I find you have a remarkable insight into what these animals might have really looked like, which combined with your theoretical knowledge makes for some of the most interesting and enjoyable Paleoart out there!
I love the way you've adapted the original photo here to produce something with great movement and realism.
More please!
sketcherjak Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
This is simply amazing!
bildbauer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Great image, looks very cool! And very convincing, because it reminds us of the world we know.

Just sometimes I think we should not forget that the world the dinosaurs lived in was another world than ours. Similiar in some ways, but kind of like the lost ancestor of our world. And the ecosystems were so different, just imagine the different Flora and the differences and range of size in the Fauna. I think Paleoartist should keep this in mind when referencing from animals of our century.
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Yes, I think the best way to depict prehistoric fauna is by firstly having an understanding of how ecosystems work, how animals behave, their relationship with plants and other animals in the food chain etc. And then extrapolating this knowledge to create something believably "alien", but still related to us in many ways.
RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like the photographer put a link to here. :D Awesome piece!
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