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Martinavis cruzyensis by MattMart Martinavis cruzyensis by MattMart
Two enantiornithes of the species Martinavis cruzyensis off the coast of France during the early Maastrichtian age. Named for paleoornithologist Larry Martin, who passed away this morning.

Quick digipainting. As his species is known only from wing bones and a possible partial tibia, this is mostly speculative, but based on my hypothetical Yungavolucris from the Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds. Also my first attempt at drawing water, as you can probably tell. I "cheated" a little an incorporated an old photo I'd taken of the ocean taken in Queensland for a texture boost.
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bhut Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Looks very natural!
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vasix Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful lighting
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheetar!!!! I really like it, and well timed.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lovely homage to Martin.

I personally don't consider it "cheating" per se if you took the photograph yourself. Different skills by the same person. :) In any case, I think you did an excellent job painting over the water texture and integrating it in a way that doesn't make it look like a photomanipulation at all. I don't think I'd have been able to tell if you didn't point it out.
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MattMart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Emily! Actually I had painted over it so heavily and turned the opacity on the photo so far down that the difference seems to be purely the lack of a subtle texture when I turn off that layer. So I guess it's no more cheating in this case than applying a slight canvas texture over the whole thing to help blend all the elements together.
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous celebrative work and R.I..P Martin
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
R.I.P Larry.
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yoult Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I "cheated" a little an incorporated an old photo of the ocean taken in Queensland for a texture boost.

I know that, water is so damn hard to paint. But I always like your minimalistic style. Always nice to see some work from you with actual background!
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