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Smok wawelski by Apsaravis Smok wawelski by Apsaravis
Smok wawelski, a large archosaur that lived during the Triassic in what is now Poland.

It's an illustration I made for a book.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the natural lighting and high contrast. Really makes it look like a living animal in a real environment.
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Jennyliino Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
OMG!!!IT'S A DINOSAUR!!!
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Magnanimous-Matt Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Expert use of value!
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asari13 Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice art
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Etomo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
The lighting in your paintings are always so true to life--I love the washed out feeling of it.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous, just gorgeous! 
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
Great work
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Ksenon-the-dragon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Amazing..and looks better than this in Kraków :v
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the landscape
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Silvanoxia Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2016
Po prostu przepiękny :)
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mygodlorain Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
A eso le llamo grandeza de DIOS
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JokaJikanda Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
cool notion of light
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perry1214 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
That reember me the Patagonia Argentia :D
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BiteMeFox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great textures!
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Spino11 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really beautiful! I wish I could paint like that :D
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Gorgo-the-Outlander Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
I'm half-Polish, on my mother's side. I grew up on the story of the Dragon of Wawel. I think it's awesome that a paleontologist decided to name a dinosaur from that region after the infamous dragon of legend!
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RobinSuperhero Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great painting! But u know...smok wawelski is just a Cracov legend.
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And it is also a large Triassic archosaur named after that legend...
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RobinSuperhero Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. Sorry! I didn't know that! My fault
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sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Still.. dinosaurs existed even in the regions were Poland is today.... it's probable that the legends arised from stories about these prehistoric beasts, much like the Loch Ness monster might be a reference to a plesiosaur like creature.

After all what could dragons be if not "dinosaurs" if you pardon my using the term generally without dividing it into proper groups of land/air/sea creatures from that time.;)
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RobinSuperhero Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright! :) 
Ps. That's a REALLY nice ''Smok Wawelski''
PPS. I am from Poland,u too?
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sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It is though isn't it! I didn't even know they've named a dinosaur species after the dragon until I saw this art. =P

Yup! =)
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Ornithopsis Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A beautiful painting! I've always admired the way you do shadows, and you don't often see good depictions of prehistoric life in landscapes like this.
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Midnight66679 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE DINOSAURS :D
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely picture! Can't wait to see the book!
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's a great painting, but Smok is a crurotarsan, and this looks too much like a dinosaur.
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Apsaravis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I drew it according to Niedźwiedzki's instructions and in his opinion Smok is more related to dinosaurs. What can I say, I'm not the one to judge :shrug:
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ah. Well...not much you can do in that situation, but it's not a dinosaur.
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Ornithopsis Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, these days dinosaurs are crurotarsans... ;) (Wink) 

Vagaries of phylogenetic nomenclature aside, though--is the consensus these days that Smok is a croc-line archosaur? I thought it was somewhat controversial still.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
If it's controversial at all, it's only to the original authors. Most people (myself included) immediately say that the published remains looked like a croc-line archosaur.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe it lost osteoderms to be lighter?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
But there's no evidence that it lost the osteoderms - it's not articulated enough to tell.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Got it. Makes sense.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Must be a good book =D
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bushidokai Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!
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raptorkil Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2016
holymotherfuckingshitthatssodamngood
ohmygad
wat
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i wanna buy that book now sir, you are amazing
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Yayster Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the shadows here. Looks awesome and realistic. :)
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PineRain Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I always wondered what this creature looked like. Great to see it 'in real life'! It looks amazing!
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