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Scrrpt Plate by SageKorppi Scrrpt Plate by SageKorppi
Alright, so, I wanted to make a character sheet for Skrrpt the Archaeopteryx. My character sheets are pretty dull, so I wanted to try something completely different.

I really like how *mirroreyesserval's latest sheet came out ([link]) so I wanted to try something like it. But, seeing as how Skrrpt is pretty much just an Archaeopteryx in a guira cuckoo's skin, I didn't have any cool things to add to the sheet like Tiina had...and I'm not as talented as her. So, I decided, "Hey! I really like Audubon's prints ([link]), maybe I could do something like that!" (Which, in all honesty, is something I've been wanting to do with dinosaurs in general; Audubon-like prints of them, but in my own style.)

I'm surprisingly pleased with how this turned out, but then again, I love working with my markers. So, there you have it, little Skrrpts hanging out in a gingko tree. One is irritated, one has a NOM, and the other is preening.

I also goofed on the preening Archaeopteryx's hand. The feathers are supposed to be attached to the second digit, but how I rendered them makes it look like they aren't. They are! I just didn't do a great job showing that.

I added a Step-by-Step of this piece so people can see how I do marker work:


Prismacolor Markers and Micron Pen on Bristol

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Also, for another Audubon-like print of creatures you aren't likely to encounter in your travels, check out *Bailiwick's piece "Natural Gryphon Print", which I adore:
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squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   Digital Artist
I absolutely love your iteration of Archaeopteryx and the idea of composing this like one of Audubon's plates!  You absolutely nailed everything you were going for :)
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconrahula87:
Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This is Art!
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nycsimp08 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
You should sell this...!
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is gorgeous, wonderful job! :D I really love the Audubon dinosaur look and how cute you made this, like they were fluffy song birds. :heart:
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww! They're so cute. They remind me of Guira Cuckoos. <3 Awesome.
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! That's exactly what they are modeled after. My favorite cuckoos!
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I really like the idea and this looks so good!
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JennyParks Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
I <3 this so much, you don't even know...
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your feathers so much! One of these days I'll be able to draw feathers like you. I love them so much I want to punch you, as Jennifer Lopez would say, haha! (American Idol) :XD:
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aetherfang Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Awesome! I love the style, and I'm a huge fan of prehistoric reptile-birds :D
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Vonora Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Oh, the fluffy 1!!!!
I LOLed! :rofl:
Must... hug... fluffy! :glomp:
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gwangi82 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I love this. I always see renderings of early birds and bird-like dinosaurs that look like they just slapped some feathers on it, but these look like actual birds. You did a great job!
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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melanippos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Lovely. And Ginko. How can anyone not comment on a picture with Ginko biloba in it?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! One of my most favorite plants!
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Maxrunn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
fabulous
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
What a floofball! C'mere, ya little floofball.
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Bleuxwolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful piece. :)
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stevie-stevenson Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
their so fluffy
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
I love the colouration.
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electricorat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Naww...

I want one :D
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:icondakknay-sade:
Dakknay-Sade Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student General Artist
I know those little winged beasties would probably be quite dangerous BUT I TOTALLY WANT ONE!!! :D
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ME TOO
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Dakknay-Sade Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student General Artist
:> yay for deadly birds xD
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astercrow Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   General Artist
ooh nice, this is great! i enjoy your leaf selection, seems like you put some thought into that.

i have to admit, i was excited to see the thumb because i thought they were hoatzin birds, but this is actually more interesting.
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blufruit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is really cute
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ToddGreen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Gingko biloba!
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Very nice work.
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Dr-Stain Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Student
:love:
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Jaldithas Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
its great!
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Xenothere Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Yes! Audubon FTW :D
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I love the poofey look, simply awesome art!
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Apsaravis Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it's simply great!<3
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
As a big admirer of your dino art, THANK YOU! That means a lot <3
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Ambiiboo09 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
aww these are adorable in a very weird way lol!
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha thanks. Poofy...but with sharp-pointy teeth ;)
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rydicanubis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
This. I like this. Yes I do.
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Ryd <3
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LunaticMoth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Adorable! =D Unless you're a dragonfly. D=
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, indeed!

Thanks <:
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Digital Artist
Markers? Holy crap, that's good. I thought it was acrylics. D:
I'm seriously going to check out your step-by-step because I can't use markers at all.

Skrrpt has the most awesome design ever. Birds are awesome, the Archaeopteryx was awesome so Skrrpt = double awesome Xtreme!
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, thanks! Acrylics are the bane of my existence. I admire artists who can get them to look good!
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
You did an excellent job on this. You certainly succeeded in capturing the Audubon-esque quality because before I even read the description I said "Heyyyy that reminds me of those old Audubon plates".
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, thanks!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is really amazingly awesome and I love it muchly.

My only critique is that I'm pretty sure there were no ginkgoes in Solnhofen! ;)
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hrm, I see that there were mostly cycads and conifers seen in Solnhofen, but I guess there is scant evidence to begin with? Though ginkgoes did diversify through Laurasia in the Jurassic...couldn't that mean they were possibly present? I should be better at paleobotany than I am, seeing as how I TA for a paleobotanist...and probably should have gone with a cycad (though I love ginkgoes so much). I could also cop-out and say I did this as if Skrrpt lived now, haha ;)

And thanks!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
The thing about Solnhofen, though, is that the conditions there were so amazing for preservation that most paleontologists think that pretty much everything of substance in the environment that existed was preserved there. That includes hundreds of fish, lizards, insects, cycads - and no trees. It's generally thought that Solnhofen actually didn't have any "real" trees at all - just small, brushy, low-lying cycads and some conifers. It's one of the few paleo-environments on Earth that is this well-documented. This is also one of the arguments against the idea of Archaeopteryx being a perching bird (other than the lack of reversed hallux) - it simply had no trees to perch on!

If you're interested in a very comprehensive overview of what the environment of Solnhofen was like, I'd highly recommend the book Taking Wing by Pat Shipman. It's got pretty much everything you could want to know about the evolution and environment of Archaeopteryx. Additionally, this is probably one of the best pics on DA that accurately shows a Solnhofen environment.

Don't get me wrong, though - I don't mean to nitpick your picture, and I like it quite a bit! If you find my paleo-ranting annoying, let me know and I'll stop. xD
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No, thanks! That's really interesting! I will keep it in mind for the future :> And I totally added that book to my Amazon wish list!
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Digital Artist
NuhUH! I'm not more talented than you, we just have different styles. I happen to think you're CRAZY TALENTED and love the way you draw. Your marker skills are drool worthy and this picture is unique (and adorable).
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