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Reptilian Anteater by Eurwentala Reptilian Anteater by Eurwentala
Because there still aren't enough drepanosaurs around.

Drepanosaurus unguicaudatus, the weird Late Triassic protorosaur that looks like a cross between a chameleon and an anteater. This half-meter-long creature had a bird-like head, huge scythe-like claws like an anteater and a prehensile tail with a weird little claw at the tip. It probably lived pretty much like a pygmy anteater, which it resembles quite a bit. Despite being approximately lizard-shaped, Drepanosaurus was more closely related to such Triassic oddball animals as Tanystropheus and Langobardisaurus.

Drawn in MyPaint, colored in Photoshop. 

On hindsight, the tail might be too thick, as it seems to be referred as "leaf-shaped" in some texts.
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Dinoal188 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's cool! But hr looks so sad.... Like something's about to come down and eat him... Still love it though!
CynderAngelDWOship14 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Apparently a Drepanosaurus-like creature has been found with a skull. It was a poster at SVP, and it had unusual, trilophosaur-like teeth, and enlarged claws in the usual place, and on an opposable digit also.
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Never heard of this guy or drepanosaurs before now. Great piece of art and I get to learn something new! The idea of something with a prehensile tail that sports a claw on the tip is almost unreal, like the sort of thing you'd see in a science fiction film. It's pretty amazing the sort of life our planet has come up with throughout the eons.
JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loks cool :)
TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Not enough drepanosaurs? Makes me want find out exactly who and what they are so I can flood the genre with fanart^^

Tanystropheus is a familiar face at least^^

Now that is one odd little bugger! But a good kind of odd. I really love how you accentuated the chameleon features, it appears so natural. And that tail is plain badass^^

babbletrish Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it!  This just makes me long for a field guide to bizarre, unpopular Triassic animals illustrated by you.
Aerialborne Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful patterns, so well done too! Although I'm more fancy to the underwater Triassic myself, this little guy is awesome!
Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never heard about this. What an odd-looking animal...
electreel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I thought I was the only one using both MyPaint and PS to do a picture :D
Very nice illustration! It's always great to see drepanosaurs around here.
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional
Thanks! :)
On my part, using both is mostly laziness. MyPaint has nice brushes without having to search for them online, and it runs well even when my computer is feeling slow. But it lacks many of the other tools present in Photoshop. Also, I haven't managed to save any file types with layers in MyPaint without it crashing.
Martiitram Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
DinosaurianDude Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love those amazing tamanduachameleonoodpeckers!
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional
Me too. They're awesome and far too obscure.
DrShoggoth Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
It's adorable! I agree that drepanosaurs, and Triassic hellasaurs in general, are woefully under-represented in paleoart.
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional
I agree. That's why I've been drawing them lately. I still need to do Vallesaurus and Hypuronector.
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