Long time since the last drawing. A month, more or less. So, with the freshly delivered Tria Markers, I decided to draw one of my favourite pterosaur: Zhenyuanopterus.
I love everything that is weird. And Boreopterids are certainly freaks. With their long snouts, full of needle-like teeth, their huge wings, almost-useless feet, impossible crests and little eyes, they're just irresistible. Poor fellows, and they're so neglected. Well, Chaoyangopterids are even more obscure, but still...It's a shame. They're very interesting. Boreopterids (Zhenyuanopterus in particular) resemble a cross between a pelican and a platanista dolphin, an almost blind river cetacean. I love to call them river dolphins-imitating pterosaurs, because their mouths are so similar that they must share a very similar diet and hunting method. Also, although not blind, boreopterids probablu didn't have a very good eyesight, just like platanistas.I could talk of them for hours, but this isn't the right place.
Abou the restoration: the bony crest probably supported a developed structure, not dissimilar to other pterosaurs. I tried to avoid Matt Martyniuk's shape, but without realizing I almost drew the same thing. Oh well. Also, I had this almost Schoutenish desire to paint a relaxing background and I decided to unload this feeling. I admit it: it's not very realistic. But I like it. A lot.
And that's all folks.
Coloured with: Tria Markers, pencils. Based on: swan, Malacorhynchus duck.
References: Ville Sinkkonen, Peter Schouten.
On my blog too: [link]
Ps: sorry for the colours' quality. Bad scanner.