T-Rex of Paradise

Sometimes an image just takes you by the neck and won’t let go. Case in point was when MadArtLab contributor Emily posted this on twitter:

Bird interrupts David Attenborough–link to video

I mean c’mon, who doesn’t want to imagine a t-rex with that kind of plumage? I had to draw it. Here’s the quicky 15 minute sketch I did right away.

Ok, good, I thought, got that out of my system, now on to other things. But, the image stuck in my head and my quick little sketch became less satisfying. The feathers just weren’t luxurious enough, and I’d drawn one of the arms at a weird angle that didn’t make sense. I could do better.

And so here’s the version of my t-rex-of-paradise that I polished up instead of watching the Vice-Presidential debate. I feel like this was a good life choice and regret nothing.

Now just imagine the dinosaur doing the same kind of dance moves as the birds-of-paradise. This thought has given me entertainment for days.

Celia Yost

Celia Yost is a graphic artist and painter by both training and trade. She's also prone to ill-advised craft projects and yelling about politics.

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