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sand tiger and baby terror bird by Psithyrus sand tiger and baby terror bird by Psithyrus
A cute little thanksgiving day picture for my folks. This paleo fantasy scene shows a sand tiger (tiger beetle larva) in his burrow offering some nuts to a Phorusrhacos chick (baby terror bird). He's not so terrible though:). The picture was originally a pencil drawing, which I will upload to my scrapbook; color was added using photoshop CS. Hope you like these two cute goofy pals.

Thanks :)

Blair
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:iconpokemonlover9999:
pokemonlover9999 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I thought those little sand bugs were antlion (not from half life) larvae
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Hi,
That's the problem with common names for insects. We here in Mississippi call antlion larvae "doodlebugs" and tiger beetle larvae "sand tigers", They are from different insect Orders (antlions are Neuroptera, and tiger beetles are Coleoptera), but they have identical ecological roles. Larvae of both insect groups are voracious ambush predators that lay-in-wait for prey to stumble past their earthen burrows.  Tiger beetle larvae are just the most monstorous looking critters when viewed up close. I made the larva as cute as I could in this picture. Thanks for the question and all the best,

Blair
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QuorraBrittany28 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks adorable I want one as a pet! :icondragonwant:
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute!!
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Craig-Larsen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This work has been featured here [link]
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
And to believe that it would grow up to be one of the most dangerous predators that ever lived.

But then though, it seems every predator that people consider awesome start out cute.
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love your general style and every critter you portray, but this caught me because of the tiger beetle larva! You don't see those drawn every day, and I believe it's the first portrayal I've come across on here.
My favourite insects often happen to be the carnivorous, hunting kind, or the con artists. Tiger beetles look pretty and fearsome at the same time, and their young are oddly fascinating to me. A mix between ugly, different and powerful. And it's even more fascinating that the tiger beetle larva is hunted itself- by a slim, specialized wasp, or rather; her offspring.

You give an adorable charm to anything in existence- from dinosaurs to ticks! :)
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NorbertKocsis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh very nice! :)
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wordeea Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i can "feel" his little feathers. so much details and character!
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CaptainDashund Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg i love the cute derpy eye X3
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Inky-Slinky Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Digital Artist
D'aww... This is the cutest terror bird I've ever seen!
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this is so cute and cuddly!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Ahhh, thanks Mina :)
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PotatoPou Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
nice ^^
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Thanks Potato :)
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
The details on this are just incredible. How long did this take you to make?
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Thanks meowmix,

It took about 3 days to complete, roughly 5 hrs work in total. I'm glad you liked em :)
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
You're welcome.
I always like art that is both visually stunning and seems to tell a story too.
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Keko-Illustrations Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW this looks fantastic! I love the way you illustrated all the textures and the feathers on the bird :)
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Thanks Kerryanne :)
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Keko-Illustrations Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
any time. your work is wonderful!!
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Laxmi-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a stunning job you did :wow:
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Ahhh, thankies :)
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Laxmi-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:dance:
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Bolbec Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Really cool! :D His eyes look amazing!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Hi Colin,

many thanks :)
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Bolbec Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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jookami Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Your attention to detail in your painting and even your pencil sketch are spectacular. I could just eat that cute little birdie up!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Thanks Jookami :)
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Bakaloulou Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:O

This is very beautiful and cute ! :D You did a great work ! :D
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Thanks Baka :)
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Bakaloulou Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome ! :D
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
the chiks scares my self
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Hi Jose,

he'll be much scarier when he grows up :) hehehe

thanks,

Blair
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
no when he´ll be grow culd be epic, but his huge eya are the fear
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TetrisFerret Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Aw so cute!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Hi Morgan,

Many thanks and I love your deviantID name :)
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TetrisFerret Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Your welcome and thank you. ^^
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siyeh75 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Really cute
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Hi David,

Many thanks for the kind words :)

best wishes,

Blair
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MBPanther Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness this is beyond adorable. You gotta love those terror birds. I love how you make the insects just as adorable as the other creatures in the pic^^
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Thanks Stormbreak,

Your new deviantID is very adorable :)
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MBPanther Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome^^

Oh and thank you so much <3
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PatrickLaMontagne Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ha, that's great, Blair! Nice colors and lighting!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Thanks Patrick, that means alot, I'm amazed by your portrait of Rocky Balboa, I can't stop staring at all of the details :)
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ToxicKittyCat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww it looks so curious and enjoyable, I nhope he'll find wonderful friend in this sand tiger!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Thanks Natalia,

They are very close friends :)
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IRONMAN1942 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
THANKS BLAIR FOR THE PICTURE WHAT CAN WE SAY BEAUTYFUL AS ALWAYS LOVE YOU MOM & DAD
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Thanks guys :)
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Nupho Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Great job as always :)
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