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Archaeopteryx-lithographica-A by aspidel Archaeopteryx-lithographica-A by aspidel
Our good ol' Archie in the Jurassic night. Restored with vestigial hind wings.

This piece is my gift to and it has a strong symbolic meaning. It's an illustration of the expression: YOU CAN'T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT.
That means I didn't choose who I am, I didn't choose my destiny. I just have to accept it. Understands who wants to.

Also, it can be taken as an illustration of an extinct species. Why and how did it get extinct? Maybe we'll never know for sure. Paleontologists dig scattered remains, but if one day, we find 1/1000 of those extinct species, IMHO it's very much. And each time a new fossil is found, answering some questions, it asks even more new questions.

* The good ol' Archie gets back to the Jurassic. *
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EleriDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006
Oh wow this is beautiful, I love Archaeopteryx And the detial on the feathers here are wonderful, and the detail of the surrounding area is so awsome!
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aspidel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, and thanks for the fav.
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EleriDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
Your very welcome! :D It deserves to be faved!
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
Very, very beautiful picture you have here and I like your little bit about an extinct species. Excellent work!

But uhm... you sorta took "you can't fight the moonlight" out of context.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, and thanks for the fav. I know the anatomy is a bit off, but I've drawn it when angry - I begun it in August and finished it in October.

As for the moonlight thing, I've discussed it with ~Xaxoqual and I've preferred to refer to the original meaning and differents interpretations of it. Without obvious reference to a certain purple dog.

Yeah, you can call it mesozoic philosophy... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Sainte-Vincient Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great composition. The stark contrast is wonderful.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks, Daniel. But it's the last upload here. For more dinos, check the Dinosauricon.
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KaxantheDragon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004  Student General Artist
good as ever. Somehow it seems awkward though. Not quite sure what it is, but I'll tell you when I figure it out. ANd no, its not the feathers.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh well. And no, it's not my best piece. I was bored when drawing it.
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KaxantheDragon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004  Student General Artist
That could be it...*rubs chin*
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004  Professional General Artist
The contrast is superb. Another :+fav:.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment, and thanks for the 3 fav's. Much appreciated.
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eerin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2004
Amen.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav, Eerin.
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swandog Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh WOW!!! :jawdrop: :eyepopping: I never imagined you'd be going into THIS amount of detail when you hinted at doing such a pic! O_o I'm deeply impressed and grateful, hon; thanks for all the kind words of support you've given me throughout that moonight mess and beyond. *clings, slurps and nuzzles*
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always put details in my drawings, cuz it's the way I see.
Thanks for your kind words. I've been where many otherkin are, so I know how it can be difficult some days. I had to do that.
And thanks for the fav, Swandog.
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Khaan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004
Very nice work Luc. I know you preferred I posted some critique, but I couldn't find anything to be corrected. :)
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks, Pedro, and thanks for the fav. And apologies for the crap.
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Khaan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004
You don't need to apologize for anything. You over-guilt yourself, really.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Pedro.
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MsMergus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Very wonderfully detailed. Personally, I feel there is a mystical mood to it. =)
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's almost it. It's strongly symbolic. I needed something like this to close the account. And thanks for the fav.
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Isdrake Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2004   Digital Artist
Adorable. :aww: ^_^
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Isdrake.
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004
It amazes me how you can show the contours of the objects in your pictures with lighting, the way you did in this and your Microraptor picture. [link] I especially feel that way about the foliage, in both pictures--you manage to show its texture just from the way it's lit.

I have a few suggestions, though:

1.) If the moon is in front of this Archaeopteryx, shouldn't its outspread wings be casting a shadow onto its upper legs?

2.) Should the texture of the sky be so grainy? All the tiny black specks in it are kind of distracting.

I'm not usually this critical, but I'm trying to be as much as possible for a deviation that says "Advanced Critique Encouraged".
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav, Aggie.

1- I suppose it's rearing, like when some birds are flapping their wings. Such effects are easier with colors.
1- True, I've messed it up a bit when erasing a first attempt that was kinda crap.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004   Traditional Artist
Very powerful image... when also reading the description. Maybe only moments later, some sort of accident happened and she fell into poisonous European lagoon and became one of the most beautiful and most debated fossil in the history of paleontology.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh... Who knows? ;-)
Thanks BTW.
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Deino-saurus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004
I lke the contrast between black and white, the shining of the moon great :nod:
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Deino. And thanks for the fav.
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zipclaw Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! It's great! Sometimes I wonder how you make these pictures...
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aspidel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's pencil on Bristol paper.
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