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Romanian Enantiornithines by Julio-Lacerda Romanian Enantiornithines by Julio-Lacerda
The illustration I did for the new paper by Gareth Dyke, Mátyás Vremir, Gary Kaiser and Darren Naish

The paper describes the discovery of a fossilized nesting colony of enantiornithines in Romania, at the same formation that yielded freswhater turtles (two dordokids are seen at the riverbank) and crocodiles, as well as the famous Hateg Island inhabitants: Telmatosaurus, Hatzegopteryx, Balaur, etc.

The environment represents a freshwater system composed of floodplains and large rivers, while the lush vegetation consists largely of conifers, palms, ferns and a few angiosperms, as well as aquatic plants.

You can read more about the paper at TetZoo
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:iconjonagold2000:
JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow is that a turtle i see?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say I just stumbled upon your work and I'm absolutely entranced by it, it's awesome!

Oddly enough, considering how ubiquitous seagulls are in my home town of Constanta, on the Black Sea shore and how aggressive they are (they eat everything they can get their beaks on, including pigeons, and they fight cats and dogs for sport) one can argue that Enantiornithines never really went away, just put on a false beak and took another identity... :D
Another amusing thing is that my father is from Sebeş, which is exactly the place where most of these amazing fossils have been popping up.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cretaceous seagulls!!! LOoking real darling, these :)
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MattMart Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome job! I notice you gave them really long, slender legs -- the tibiotarsus figured in the paper looks a lot like the holotype of Lectavis, so I guess the identity of Enantiornis is solved? (as discussed here [link]).
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Aqua-Angel2 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is an illustration? At first I thought it was a photograph!
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:iconromanyevseyev:
RomanYevseyev Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
As always, excellent=) And congratulations for the publication of your Art =)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
BRILLIANT!
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Nemo! I'm very glad to see that you like it :D
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Evenape Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations for the published art :D

Wait, these enantiorniths doesn't have teeth?
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks and they did, but they were already pretty small so it's hard to see from such a distance.
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Evenape Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, OK then, I honestly didn't really think that the teeth will be that small though...

Sir Darren Naish's comments in the article really sums up what I thought about your art, really :D
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice man!
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Tomo! :)
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:icondannelboyz:
Dannelboyz Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
That is amazing! They look so real!
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks so naturalistic! :D Lol, dordokids; that's my new favorite word next to "bombos" (some African instrument).
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks and lol, dordokid is a funny word indeed. Sounds so silly :D
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:iconrajaharimau98:
RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is. I shared your image on my blog (of course, you were credited xD).
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:iconzimices:
Zimices Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist
Great scene, it's a very interesting issue. And my congratulations for your published paleoart in a work of Darren Naish :)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconchocolatestarfire:
ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a lovely piece! :)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconchocolatestarfire:
ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D You are most welcome.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Way cool.
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:iconpilsator:
pilsator Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, finally. Have been waiting to see Darren cover this paper since yesterday, and I couldn't agree more with him on your great job at depicting these animals in a believable way. Just as important, this is insanely beautiful artwork. Amazing job, Julio!
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:iconbabbletrish:
babbletrish Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconiltassista:
ilTassista Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
great job, Julio!
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, my friend! :)
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:iconnolo84:
Nolo84 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally someone draws enantiornithines with actual fluff.
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:iconsharhem:
sharhem Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Man, you are great! Love your work
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha Thank you very much! :D
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:iconmarcoornithodira:
marcoornithodira Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa really? So you actually got published! Massive congratulations and fantastic work with the painting!
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconmarcoornithodira:
marcoornithodira Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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MrCreator3000 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
You know, im sure ive seen these things around today. Good work
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Perfect :worship:
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks mate :)
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:icondeinowilly:
Deinowilly Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By the way, have you use a photo as a model to paint on it?
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not really. I used random pictures of seagulls and other birds for reference, and the landscape itself was actually painted over a sketch made by Dr Naish.
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:icondeinowilly:
Deinowilly Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uau! Really? Well, in that case you really dominate the lightings, shadows and textures ;).
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Deinowilly Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh men I think you would have finally get relaxed for a while!! Seriously, really impresive work, you're still in your amazing rate of improvement haha!! Congrats!!
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and yeah, I will surely take a time to relax now :D
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice work! Saw this on TetZoo this morning and I thought the style looked familiar. ;)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad to see my style is recognizable :D
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AlexSone Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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Andorou-Khan Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
What Dr. Naish commented on TetZoo:

"You'll note that Julio's enantiornithines look... like birds, not like the crazy feathered dragon-monsters depicted by some artists elsewhere."

I think that pretty much encompasses what I like about your reconstructions, they look like true living beings that form part of an actual ecosystem.

Congrats for getting your work published :) :thumbsup:
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Actually, at first I thought they looked a bit too much like modern birds, but according to Mr. Darren (to whom I must thank for guiding me through the process of this illustration) that is not actually the case.. And that's what I like about prehistory in general, the fauna and flora were certainly alien but, in many ways, much more familiar than many people think :D
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Mesozoic0906 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
LOL. I decided to draw these bird's nests in my cartoon about Hateg Island just an hour ago. What a coincidence!
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