Oviraptorosaurs are my favorite group of fossil animals, a fact I do not think anyone doubts. WAAAAY back at the beginning of last year, shortly after ending a somewhat lengthy drawing hiatus of about 2 years (egad!), I decided to test if my skills were too rusty or if the impetus to improve had shown fruit as I put graphite to paper … and sought to be better at what I was doing before. As such, the result, a depiction of the poorly-known oviraptorid Conchoraptor gracilis, was a trial to show a profile of the forward body. He (or she?) seems to be reaching out, but I wanted to provide an ambiguous dynamic, where the lower portion of the image seems in motion but the upper is still. Perhaps he is in display for his mate, or to get another girl to lay her eggs in his nest. I think I succeeded in applying some ideas about reconstruction of the beak, eye, feathering, and general form to this, while keeping a distinctive style intact. Whether I succeeded in achieving “better” work than I have in the past is up to the viewer. I mean, well — it’s not my best, I know, but it is pretty up there and high on my favorites list.
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