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Hesperornis by the Sea by deskridge Hesperornis by the Sea by deskridge
:buymyprints: Prints are available from my print site here: [link]

Here is a new artwork for my paleoart series. This my second work of Hesperornis art. I have again used the more duck-like coat of feathers that I made for the last one simply because I think it is more visually interesting.

Hesperornis was an aquatic bird that lived at the time of the dinosaurs. Unlike modern birds, it had teeth in addition to a beak. Its name means "western bird"

The usual disclaimer about my paleoart: When it comes to paleoart, the images I create favor 'art' more than 'paleo'. While I try my best to depict animals as accurately as possible, I'm make no claim that they 100% scientifically accurate. The same goes for the environment I depict them in. I am primarily interested in creating aesthetically pleasing images. Scientific accuracy comes second.

Note: this work uses purchased content. The bird was posed using Poser 6 and was then impported into Vue 9 where the rest of the scene was constructed. Final rendering was done in vue and took about 12 hours on an Intel I5 2.8GHz with 8 GB of RAM. Post production was done in GIMP.
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:iconllolalane:
LlolaLane Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU deskridge... for approving "Hesperornis by the Sea" to our NEW DAZimals Group :)
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AlexSone Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! How you have done the feathers? Have you used hair particles for it?
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!

Nothing so elaborate for the feathers for this particular. I just painted them in GIMP during the postwork phase using a bristle brush. When I do use 3d to render fur though, like I'm currently doing for a mammoth image, I use ZBrush's Fibermesh feature.
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AlexSone Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the answer!
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:iconsam-gorman:
Sam-Gorman Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing piece. I might buy the hesperonis now XD
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icongjr888:
gjr888 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
woah!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Feb-Gaara Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
good work
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I love the serene lake here just as if one stepped into a time portal and went back in time to capture the moment. Beautiful!
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is not a photography? impressed
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NellWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a truly awesome image. When I grow up I want to make images like yours. Ironically you are only two years older than me =) I better get crakin
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! hehe
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:iconnellwilliams:
NellWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Welcome =)
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:iconmckrauss:
MCKrauss Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
very nice work!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconemilyahedrick:
Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool :D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconemilyahedrick:
Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome :D
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Vampyric-Saiyaness Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is lovely. Really sweet and simple. Love it :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icondave-dk:
Dave-DK Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do this so well!!! Splendid!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconaldwarke:
aldwarke Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I love your paleoart. It's so imaginative and well accomplished,
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Anim8her Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome, Daniel ... Love the way the sea horizon blends into the sky, and the bird is magnificent! :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconk-raven:
K-raven Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
so great new creation! :D so cool
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icondilarosa:
dilarosa Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking for something beyond the horizont and yearning to fly maybe :D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpetern64:
PeterN64 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing!!!!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I really love this, the coat is amazing!!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
You're welcome!
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jhmart1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Beautiful, just beautiful! :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
cool wok!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
you're welcome! :)
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your on such a render roll!! Yea! ;P This is such a stunning piece! I like that you use a bit more fluffy texture on this little guy. He is very cool and unusual looking. You really achieved some amazing realism with this one. I especially like the camera angle you have here! Fantastic job! :iconfurrydanceplz:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your most welcome! :iconkabecat:
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FranciscaHoito Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work as always, looks so real!!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! The details and all are just fab!!! :clap::thumbsup::heart:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
awesome details on the bird as its in some deep trance too!
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