edit: updated the picture- did some digital editing. I like this version better. Starting work on my final children's book project... which is going to be a full book by the end of the semester. AAAAAAH.
Steampunk dinosaurs. How bout that!
Watercolor and a bit of gouache and acrylic, 9 x 18 in.
YEEEAHHHHHH Pteranodon riding! This is just adorable in so many ways. One note (if you know this already plz disregard) is that pterosaur front limbs/wings were actually digigrade, with the wrist joint located far from the actual toe bones, as in a deer or horse. I think it's understandable that particular detail is ommited in most pterosaur illustrations because it looks quite...odd. But also awesome [link][link] . Just in case you wanted to know :3 I love pterosaurs
and now that I'm looking at it, I think his left wing is almost correct considering that wrist joint. I mostly just need to go back and redefine the shape of the right wing to make this work, if I'm looking at this correctly. but really thank you SO much for pointing that out because I guess I didn't notice when I was looking at references earlier!
Your welcome! Yeah, it depends on the artist and skeletal reconstruction how bent the wrist is compared to the forearm. If it's straight, the pterosaur's fingers look like they're connected to the elbow with one exceptionally long limb bone [link] If it's more noticeably bent and held in line with the wing finger, the fingers can appear to be on the 'wing potion' of the arm [link] So yes, his left wing would actually fit with the 2nd wrist position :] Oh, and forgot to mention this...steampunk dinos = cutest idea everrrrrr. Looking forward to more from this series!
oh man, thank you so much! This makes so much more sense now. And aaah yes! There's a lot more where this came from. I somehow have to get together a 40-48 page book for this thing by the end of the semester. So I'm going to be doing... a lot... of illustrations... xD
OH nonono, that's actually really helpful, thank you! I'm probably going to be going back into this piece a bit more so I'll see if I can fix those anatomy issues. Either way, it looks like I'm going to be drawing this pterosaur character a whole lot more, so it's good things to know regardless.
That's great! Pterosaurs are a difficult animal to get used to drawing Unlike theropods and some other quadrupedal dinosaurs, there's really not much that resembles them walking around today. The more I learn about them, the more surprised I am how different they were from birds :0 I'm still doing anatomical studies to gain confidence in drawing them but I'll def be posting some paleoarts of pterosaurs sometime soon c: