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A Message in the Air by CraftyCreatures A Message in the Air by CraftyCreatures
This painting should have failed. I thought it was a bad idea from the start and to hard for me to paint (not like I can take a lot of pictures of these guys in backlight to paint from:))

So I was happy when it actually went pretty smoothly and I don't hate it.

My goal is to paint these creatures as beautifully as I can. I hope to improve with time as I really view these as beautiful animals and keep trying to paint something that non-dino lovers can see and appreciate how gorgeous they really were.

Anyway, I hope you like it. This one was difficult! Take care everyone:)
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:iconteratophoneus:
Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
ver nice :D
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:iconbubblekirby:
bubblekirby Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Crylophosaurus right?
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:iconfrank-lode:
Frank-Lode Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome coloring!!:)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really beautiful. The colouring is awesome. :D
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:iconzombiesaurian:
ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconyoult:
yoult Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Outstanding!
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fagianotyrannus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, really..and the title ...so apprpriate! Looks it is really smelling something in the air!
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:iconcraftycreatures:
CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
:) Thank you so much!
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:iconsadistikknight:
SADistikKnight Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Ahh sweet! That would be a Cryolophosaurus correct? I finished a picture of one myself actually :D Im going to upload it; feel free to comment whenever you got the time...
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:iconcraftycreatures:
CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :) Yep, he's a Cryo. glad you like it!

I'll be looking for your piece! Thanks again:)
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:iconpaleo-king:
Paleo-King Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent lighting and proportions! Love the colors.
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:iconcraftycreatures:
CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Awe, coming from you it means a lot! Your work is excellent.

:)
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ztwarmstrong Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave. :D I have a couple questions for you, if you don't mind. How do you go about painting dinosaurs. I have been trying to start painting lately (in acrylics), but my attempts so far have FAILED. Do you have any tips or suggestions (i.e., types of brushes, canvas, paints, etc...) that could help me get started? (For some reason I have always failed at painting, I have recently done some landscapes..but they are too hard to scan...oh well). Thanks in advance! :)
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CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi there! Love your work:)

No problem in regards to questions, I love talking with other artists about art:)

I also use acrylics for these paintings, on canvas. The tools I use are Liquitex acrylic paints (Heavy Body) in Cad Red, Permanent Alizarin, Cad yellow medium, Ultramarine Blue and maybe some Cerulean Blue depending on the picture and white.

I also use the same colors in a different brand, which may interest you, its called Atelier Interactive acrylic paint. If you use this paint, be sure to buy the medium they have called "Unlocking Formula". This lets you re-open a dried paint layer to remove it and start again. I used it in this painting when I wasn't happy with the Cryo. So I poured it on and scrubbed the paint out and started again. Very useful!

The brushes I use vary from sable to bristle (nothing expensive...I use the cheap brushes and they work the same). I mostly use flats, filberts and liner brushes for small details like the eye.

I use typical good grade canvas, gallery wrap so it can be hung without a frame (no stapled sides).

A great place that I buy from is [link]

Check out [link] too, lots of great stuff going on over there!

I would suggest reading art books dedicated to painting in acrylic and painting animals. the principles are the same, no matter the animal.

I'm going to be doing some tutorials and examples of how I go about a painting if you would be interested in that. I'm also thinking of composing a book of painting prehistoric animals since I've had some interested people. I think it would be fun anyway:)

Just experiment and read some good books, you can always paint over your less successful paintings and try again.

If you have anymore questions, just ask and I'll do my best to answer. Thanks for your comments about my art, I'm so happy you like it! I look forward to more from you and to see you paintings!
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ztwarmstrong Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the advice! :) I would definitely be interested in seeing a tutorial of how you paint a prehistoric animals. Tutorials help me a lot (for painting, at least). I have always had the worst time painting. One more quick question: which size canvas do you use for most of your dinosaur paintings (like how do you get them to scan...) and how long does it take you to complete them on average (i.e. total time spent painting)? Thanks again...
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Ahrkeath Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
A beautiful job! Considering I can't really paint dinosaurs, this is amazing! ^^
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:iconcraftycreatures:
CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much!!:)
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:iconahrkeath:
Ahrkeath Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
No prob! ^^
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amorousdino Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Words can't really describe how beautiful this is :love: but I have a question:
Is that a Cryolophosaurus chick:confused:?
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:iconcraftycreatures:
CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much for your kind words:) I'm so glad you like my work!

As far as is he a chick, no, Cryolophosaurus was reclassified and now is considered more closley related to the Dilophosaurs.

So you'll probably be seeing Cryos painted more like a Dilophosaur now instead of the robust, bulky image of them in older paintings.

I'm not used to seeing them so gracile either. I love William Stout's painting of a Cryo with the volcano. He is one of my fav artists for sure:)

Thanks again! Can't wait for more of your work!
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009   Traditional Artist
Stunning :thumbsup: as usual.
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:iconcraftycreatures:
CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much:)
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:iconbrokenmachine86:
BrokenMachine86 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You achieved your goal, not only with this work, but with every dino-painting you have made.
Awesome and georgeous work! :)
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CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
You are so kind! I am glad I am meeting my goal and glad you commented. It means a lot to hear that from you:)
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous!!
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:iconcraftycreatures:
CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks:)
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:iconstreeaka:
Streeaka Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Beautiful work.
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:iconcraftycreatures:
CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you:)
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
"My goal is to paint these creatures as beautifully as I can. I hope to improve with time as I really view these as beautiful animals and keep trying to paint something that non-dino lovers can see and appreciate how gorgeous they really were."

Admirable goal. You achieved it with this painting, I think.
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CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much for commenting:) I'm so happy to hear that you think I achieved my goal with this one. It was worth the struggle then.

Again, thanks so much for commenting.
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gryphonprince Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!! love the colouring
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CraftyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! :)
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