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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.
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!
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really nice work, love the white spots on the primaries.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Yes. Those were fun paintings to do.
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.
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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