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Confuciusornis dui by bensen-daniel Confuciusornis dui by bensen-daniel
The last of a series of paintings I did of Mesozoic birds displayed as if they were dead and stuffed (19th century naturalist style). I had fun with the series---maybe I'll try it again when I get my canvas and paints and scanner and whatnot to my new home. Anyway, this one is my favorite of the series, as well as the last. Confuciusornis dui, with a cute little upturned beak tip that makes this species so much more attractive than boring old Confuciusornis sanctus. I've been out of touch for a while, though, have all the C. species been merged or what?

Daniel Bensen
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babbletrish Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Yes, I'd love to see you continue this series.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thank you. Actually, that might be a good way to approach the next picture I'm planning. Thanks for the idea!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really nice work, love the white spots on the primaries.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thanks. I don't think those come from any real model bird. But I may be wrong.
And has anyone discovered any fossilized pigment for Confuciusornis? Or is this picture still accurate :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
There actually has been a color study done for Confuciousornis which seemed to recover large numbers of eumelanosomes and pheomelanosomes, which would have given the critter hues of grey, white and brown in life. [link] These color studies that have been popping up are both the most awesome and most frustrating things - I've had to redo several of my illustrations prior to publication because of them.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Ug. I know what you mean. I like this picture, but maybe it's time to do another one.
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Massyr Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
C. dui's an old favorite of mine, I like the colors you used, and the whole style is great. like a still-life of a real display.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Yes. Those were fun paintings to do.
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shingworks Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Great work! Love how you have the laid out all Audubon-style :D I used to work in a vertebrate museum collection, looks a lot like the plates they have hung on the walls.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Cool-sounding job you had there. Yes, I was going for a sort of naturalist-finds-dinosaurs-and-draws-them feel. But the particular inspiration was C.F. Tunnicliffe, who was 19th century, and who has a great book floating around written about him.

Anyway, thanks for the comment :)
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