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Eye Contact by Eurwentala Eye Contact by Eurwentala
A slightly more serious take on the anurognathids-as-potoos idea. Anurognathus ammoni, the tiny Jurassic tree monster, momentarily perching on a branch and giving you a curious look before flying off to catch another mayfly.

Anurognathids had a wide, frog-like mouth, very big eyes for their size and peculiar tufts of pycnofibers (that is, the pterosaur version of feathers) on the trailing edges of their wings. They might have worked like the serrations on owl wing feathers that enable them to fly soundlessly.

I gave this Anurognathus a lichen-toned coloration for camouflaging on tree branches. I suppose it wraps its wings around itself and closes its eyes to slits when sensing danger. Perhaps suddenly opening those huge, bright yellow eyes would also work as an intimidating gesture for predators, much like the eyespots of many butterflies.

Drawn on MyPaint and colored in Photoshop. I really like my new Wacom tablet.

Edit. The lovely young man known as Dinomaniac made a beautiful derived painting of my Anurognathus. Look:…</i></i>
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ArtemisDragonheart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This seriously reminds me of a south african bird called a night-jar. ^w^………
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
That's what it's based on, actually. :) South American nightjars, which are called potoos, to be exact.
These guys:…
ArtemisDragonheart Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh wow cool
you learn something new every day :D

Damn dem eyes are huge!
I looks like someone squeezed them too hard XD
Still pretty interesting birds though
well done
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Wait, you're telling me something like this actually existed? That's fantastic!
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Agreed! Anurognathids are among my favourite Mesozoic creatures.
Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Different as this is from my interpretation, I find it a very attractive and believable look for this critter.  :D
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like the pootoo bird! XD
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Haha. That's the idea, actually.
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool! XD
GrammarshineHyena Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD  It's so cute!  I looks like a cross between a frog and an owl.  c:
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