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Microraptor gui by T-PEKC Microraptor gui by T-PEKC
Another entry for "All Your Yesterdays" contest. Nothing crazy speculative here, just an unusual take on the traditional way to reconstruct Microraptor, the famous four-winged dromaeosaurid from China. Here I depicted an individual who got caught in a wildfire and lost most of the feather coating on it's right side. Having lost two of its wings, it got bound to the ground and acquired cursorial lifestyle. Not that it couldn't climb on trees anymore, just the way back to the ground was not as comfortable as with full set of four wings.

My intention with this drawing is by depicting pathological condition in feathered dinosaur, to show the underlying anatomy (especially the forelimb which forms wing and how feathers atach to it) and how feathers change the basic shape of the non-avian dinosaurs (or birds for that matter).

Refernces:

Xu, X., Z. Zhou, X. Wang, X. Kuang, F. Zhang, X. Du. 2003. Four-winged dinosaur from China.- Nature, 421, 335-340.

Skeletal drawing by Jaime Headden :iconqilong: of Microraptor gui [link].
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:iconfluffyplesiosaur:
FluffyPlesiosaur Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Aww, what a poor little guy! Very original painting though, and beautifully done. Haven't seen a depiction of Microraptor (or any other dinosaur, to be exact) like this one before.
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zajosvk Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice nice nice ... perfect work, omg
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KittyLove1997 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconsadfaceplz: aww poor baby
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Peregrinestar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful.
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:iconmoricemonkey93:
MoriceMonkey93 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. This is another way to draw dinosaurs. I've never seen someone drawing 'toast dinos'!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Thanks! It's always good to have another way of drawing dinosaurs, isn't it? :)
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:iconmoricemonkey93:
MoriceMonkey93 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sooo true! XD
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titanlizard Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
So nice picture, but wheres the third finger from the hands?
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
It's there and it's quite visible if you pay attention to it, connected via tissue and skin to the second finger forming the base to which feathers attach to form wings. This is the condition in birds (2nd and 3rd fingers fused together by soft tissue) and there is no reason to think that deinonychosaurs like Microraptor were different.
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titanlizard Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Oh, now I can see!!! I know that the feathers were connected to the second finger since the Dinosaur Revolution. Sorry I was the blind guy
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Heh, no problems. :) I admit it's a little bit hard to notice if you don't look specifically for it.
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Blackest-Phoenix Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
This is beautiful & a fantastic conversation piece. I plan on ordering some of the amazing artwork here on DeviantArt, this is going to be 1st, followed by beauties like this: [link]
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Thank you for the kind words about this piece. It would be appreciated if you eventually buy print of it.
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:iconemiaka:
emiaka Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning. I really love it. I feel so bad for him, though, poor thing!
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thank you!

One simply cannot not feel bad for an injured dinosaur like that.
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:iconzewqt:
ZeWqt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I first thought it has a parasite or a deasase. Nice concept of an "injuried" Dinosaur btw!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thanks!

Yes, a parasite or diseas could have worked too, but since I have not enough knowledge on animal's diseases and parasites, I decided to go with wild-fire.
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ZeWqt Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
For a parasite, maybe a king of feather mite or something like this. When I was younger my Hamster had mites and the dammages on her fur was really similar to the ones on your drawing, I know a Hamster is a Mammal and nto a Bird but the result is the same.
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Balaur99Dennonychus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Beautiful drawing and amazing concept! My compliments!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Thank you! :)
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bbshrimp Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
aaaah poor singed guy! heheh it sort of looks like he's hiding his face, embarrassed!

What a fantastic illustration! These kinds of things would have happened, so it's neat it rendered. Also, I love how you can see the thickness of his feathery covering!
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FluffySpiderz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely concept, and a beautiful picture. Sigh... I don't stand a chance in the all you Yesterdays contest... I'm terrible at coming up with new ideas D:
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks!

Don't worry, I actually feel the same way when it comes to getting new ideas for All Your Yesterdays contest. Just take your time and find some inspiration. Maybe try to learn more about all the types of behaviour shown by brids for a start?
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:iconfluffyspiderz:
FluffySpiderz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I guess. thanks for the tip :)
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor thing. Hopefully the feathers will manage to grow back to their original fullness.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Doubtfully, but still possible I guess if it survives long enough.
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:( Poor Microraptor. At first I thought it was being super stressed and yanking out all its feathers, like modern birds do (especially parrots), but then I read your description and I got sad. Poor buddy!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
If it had yanked itself, then it has to be one angry or stressed Microraptor. :lol: Just look what things paleoartists do to these animals to make a point about their anatomy. Cruelty!
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL

This is accurate though =p
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Poor raptor.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Poor indeed.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A few more burns and it'll be just like the raptors in the good ol' days. ;P
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Haha, very true! This drawing have a little bit for both nonsensical-naked-pseudoraptor-fans and those seeking accuracy in paleoart. I hope this drawing shows how ugly are unfeathered feathered dinosaurs. There is just something wrong with them.
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i feel sorry for it but its a great reconstruction of the anatomy.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thank you! :)
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ouch, poor thing. Loss of feathers like this must have been them vulnerable.

It is interesting to see the body form underneath the plumage. :)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Very, very vulnerable because until feathers recover to some degree, the animal is forced to change its lifestyle.

It is interesting to see the body form underneath the plumage.

I hope it is. That was the point of this drawing, to show how feathers change underlaying anatomy, how flight feathers attach to limbs, and how ugly feathered dinosaurs may look when lost their plumage. :)
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Er, made, not been. wtf happened
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Silenced-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, poor bb needs some soothing aloe cream ;o;

Very neat idea though!

(Small niggle though is that the feathers on the far limbs seem to be layered in reverse, but that could just be me)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Yeah, some aloe cream would be fine. :lol:

I can't believe I've messed up feather layering on the leg wing! I put so much effort of getting the right number of primary and secondary feathers, their arrangement, etc., but missing this. What's annoying me is that I actually have red about the layering, and yet I did it the wrong way. Ugh! I'm not going to change it though. I used a thick layer of graphite made with 5B pencil to draw the shading, so if I try to erase and re-draw it, it's going to be a real mess.

Thank you for the comment! :)
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Silenced-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww it's okay! I just notice the little things FAR TOO MUCH XD It;s an awesome illustration regardless and I love it :3
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Artist
Feather loss huh, well it a little bit perfect.;)
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Agathaumas Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
It's a very original idea... Something never seen before :)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thank you! It's always a pleasure to hear that you've drawn something never (or rarely) seen before.:)
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Great idea!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks man! :)
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought the poor thin had a skin disease.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Disease is also an option, but since I don't know anything about bird diseases and how they affect feathers, I decided to use fire instead.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not necessarily a disease, but birds tend to mangle their feathering when they are overstressed. It can get pretty bad. Judging from photos I've seen, they usually don't destroy their own ability to fly, but everything else they can reach with their beaks isn't safe.
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tomme23 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the Harvey Dent of the dinosaur world! :XD:
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