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Yep, it seems like I only manage to write one of these per year these days, so better make it count!

As you've probably already noticed, I've had a bit of a burst of productivity lately. This has to do with two things: 1) my lazy endocrine system is waking up after winter hibernation (unfortunately my body reacts negatively to hormone replacement so I guess I just have to deal with it) and 2) I've finally gotten the hang of using my new Wacom Tablet.

Much of the credit for the latter actually belongs to Joschua Knüppe a.k.a Hyrotrioskjan, who I've incidentally wanted to do a shoutout for for years, especially since I never seem to find the time to give his work the attention it deserves. This guy does some of the best spec evo stuff on DA, and is seriously the sole reason I gave up trying to introduce winged dragons to Magestone. Go give his gallery a visit if you aren't a fan of his already.

Anyway, it's Joshua's recent series of speedsketching Youtube videos that got me to experiment with digital painting. I haven't touched my watercolours or acrylics in years, not really since the whole prolactinoma thing came to a head, but now I feel like I've rediscovered the joy of painting*. My painting time is still limited by the after-effects of diazepam withdrawal like tension neck and persistent ischial bursitis, that prevent me from sitting at a desk for too long, but even then I'm getting more done than I ever expected.
(*trademark Bob Ross & PBS 1983)

Since life has a tendency to throw one curve ball after another I don't know if I can make any particular promises, but if everything keeps going even relatively ok, you can expect a more of Magestone and hopefully some proper paleoart in the future as well. I'm also hoping to take part in the Spec Evo challenge whenever possible. Hopefully that thing really takes off.

Also, as you may have noticed, I decided to change profile pictures after 5 years. That puffindingo has bothered me for several reasons, but I didn't know what to replace it with. Now let's see how long it takes me before I get fed up with this one!
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JD-man Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
Many thanks for the update. I'm just glad to know that you're OK-ish.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see you're getting better. :)

You think the maniraptors should have less feathering on their snouts, though? Like birds of prey?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017   Traditional Artist
Maybe, maybe not. If you look at a raven, basically every part of the jaws not covered in a fully keratinized rhamphotheca is feathery. Eagle owls, like many other large owls, have simple feathers basically covering the mouth when the beak is closed. In accipitrinae the featherless cere seems to be an important signal visual and tends to be brightly colored. So I'm not sure neornithes give us a clear idea of the condition in deinonychosaurs. What we do know is that in some early deinonychosaurs the feathers did go all the way to the nostrils, or at least very close, so it's not that crazy an idea.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, which ones?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017   Traditional Artist
Sinornithosaurus (Dave) is the most obvious example, but at least Anchiornis, Microraptor and Jinfengopteryx had this condition as well. Yi qi too, though it's not a deinonychosaur. Sadly I don't think Zhengyuanlong preserves evidence either way. There are probably others as well, but those are the ones I could think of off the top of my head.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay. Thanks.
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