Brachiosaurs, Kazuhiko Sano
Brachiosaurs pass through time decelerated, as if they were wading. Heads arc slowly, perched on swaying necks that seem like bending birches. Below the necks—mountains of flesh, houses for thumping hearts that beat deep within just as millstones grind within windmills. The bodies vibrate with each measured step, echoes of footfalls rippling through the frame. But louder than heartbeats and thunder-tread are their songs. Brachiosaur choirs sing long notes that begin deep in the sierras of their bodies and slowly unwind, pitches that reverberate along their necks, through their noses. They are like monstrous cellos with tones drawn long from the strings, held in the diaphragm, and then released to make room for the next lingering drones.
Oviraptor, Sammy Hill
He was eighteen years old. He had raised almost as many broods, watched them grow and become mothers and fathers themselves. He was clam-fisher and crab-catcher, nest-builder and egg-keeper. He’d faced skulking velociraptors, puffed and squawked at rummaging protoceratopses, and dodged the crushing feet of nemegtosaurs. He knew to follow the termite-loving, spade-handed Shuvuuia so he could plunder the lizards attracted to the digger’s insect nest destructions. He was Hermes via Quetzalcoatl.
But now the old tom had lost some of his luster: his once-cerulean wattle was dusty gray, and his plumage had gone pale under the Mongolian sun. Regardless, he still clucked and strutted, watching his grandchildren gather by their mothers in the sand along the arroyos.
A very quick painting/illustration of stylised dinosaurs for 30 Day Dino Challenge that I’m incredible late with. It’s day 11: a dinosaur family. Or something like that. Of course the pic is stylised… :V I don’t think I will finish this challenge before December. I want to do the pokemon challenge again, in December.
I’m back! I have an MFA degree and a sunburn from a wonderful week in Disneyworld, and I am looking forward to all that life offers a bird-crazy illustrator!
I have posted a few of these, but I thought it would make sense to have them all in one post. This is the result of my final project for my MFA—a series of recently extinct birds. Someday I hope I can make this into a full-fledged (pun unintended) book! It was a great learning experience and I look forward to continuing work on it.
i’m definitely going to do more stuff like this, it was so fun aa
Ferruginous hawk (North America - Discovery Channel)
A female Spinosaurus slowly trades along the waterways of cretaceous North Africa, casting a shadow that attracts some fish including a bigOnchopristis.