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Storm Birds by jconway Storm Birds by jconway
Pteranodon sternbergi, a 6-8m wingspanned pterosaur from Late Creataceous North America soars over a choppy sea - generating lift from wind over the waves, just like an albatross.

By the way, while you're here, I've decided to join the blogoshere, with the appallingly stupidly named Philosophica Neopalaeontographica [link] . If you've got a blog on palaeo/science/philosophy, let me know and I'll subscribe.
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brenton522 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
You don't happen to be using David Peters as a reference, are you?
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TheOtherTheropod Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
This was painted years before Reptile Evolution and Pterosaur Heresies. Narrow-chord wing membranes were Conway's idea.
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Taintedsilver Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Yours are some of the most beautiful and convincing renditions of pterosuars that I think I've ever seen:)
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PatGoltz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Wonderfully dynamic painting!
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Konsumbrot Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Your pictures really make me feel like you have actually seen these creatures going about their lives. You really capture them and their world so well. I love it :)
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TheMysteriousK Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
I featured this work in a news item ([link]), I hope you don't mind. :-)
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jconway Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
Thanks, nice writeup. One quibble, pterosaurs aren't dinosaurs, and may not even be closely related to them (controversial subject!). But yeah, thanks again.
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TheMysteriousK Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
No problem, and thanks for the info... I remember having my doubts when I wrote that down. But writing a feature like this takes a lot of time so I had to cut some corners.
I look forward to more work from you. :-)
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TheMysteriousK Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
There's something pleasingly un-emphatic about this painting - not like "look, I drew a dinosaur, now be happy with it". If these had been albatrosses and not pteranodons, it would still be an interesting painting. :-)
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jconway Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks, that's what I aim for!
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:iconthemysteriousk:
TheMysteriousK Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
You're welcome. :-)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional
you do very nice work
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Just beautiful... really brings them to life in an everyday situation (well for them anyway^^).
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Ego-Trap-graphics Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Awesome background
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WarrenJB Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
This is the kind of thing that I would like to be able to produce, some day. Superb!
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Moonkelpie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
I like the almost monochromatic color-scheme used, jconway; it's remeniscent of an Encyclopaedia Britannica illustration. Also, the pterosaurs' black and white markings, and how their legs are spread like avian tails, make me think of giant terns.:-)
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weaselfish Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
I have no idea how you created this but I think this is really beautiful....and will check out your blog to see what else you are up to.
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Gorgosaurus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Inspiring, as always.

Spike.
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful painting
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TehFuzzyDuck Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Beautiful scene :)
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work, as usual! :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Like a soaring needle.
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unlobogris Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Absolutely amazing, like the rest of your pterosaur scenes.
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Lovely! The black and white color scheme works very well...
Are those females, by any chance?
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
can I steal your brain?
just the parts where you create these magnificient paintings.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
This is how I remember the dance moves we pulled off at the Roxy that night... Top stuff!
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Steveoc86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Awsome :), interesting angle as well, not the usual view you see pterosaurs at.

these seem to have a reduced crest, are they the ones thought to be female?
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