Friday, March 4, 2011

The Terror Bird Gallery

Welcome to ART Evolved's March Gallery: Terror Birds!  
(Click on any image to enlarge!)

If you want to add your piece to the Terror Bird Gallery, send in your art to!

Terror Bird Attack sketchpaint by Glendon Mellow

An Unusually Tender Titanis by Trish Arnold

Dapper Phorusrhacos by Trish Arnold

 Hypothetical Juvenile Phorusrhacos by Taylor Reints

Late Miocene Patagonia by Bill Unzen

During the late Miocene, a pair of Devincenzia pozzi dominate the carcass of the giant sloth Pyramiodontherium scillatoyanei. The scene attracts assorted scavengers including the adjutant stork Leptoptilos patagonicus, the giant teratorn Argentavis magnificens, and the sabre-toothed metatherian Thylacosmilus atrox. All species represented are known from the Messinian (Montehermosan) Age of Argentina approximately 6 million years ago.

Devincenzia pozzi by Bill Unzen

Patagornis marshi by Bill Unzen

Kelenken guillermoi by Bill Unzen

Kelenken guillermoi by David Tana

This phorusrhacid lived in Argentina around 15 million years ago during the Middle Miocene.  With one of (if not) the largest bird skulls known, this animal was an agile, active hunter, but probably wouldn't have turned down a free mean if it stumbled across one. Created in Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. 

Terror Bird! by Craig Dylke

A Sketch and Colour Version of Paraphysornis brasiliensis by vultur-10

No More Feathered Terror Birds by Albertonykus

Read Albertonykus' rant on feathered terror birds here!

Terror Bird Classroom Sketch #1 by Peter Bond
(sketching without references = nostril in the wrong place!)

Terror Bird Classroom Sketch #2 by Peter Bond

A Really Really Big Bird by Peter Bond
Phorusrhacos longissimus by Mo Hassan
Digital illustration created using photograph and MS Paint.

 Terror Bird by Christopher Hutson

Kelenken by Sarah Snell-Pym

Kelenken is one of the largest of the heavy set meat eating Terror Birds, found in Argentina. The bird dates from 15 million years ago. The drawing is a just a rough out line of what I think the bird looked liked.
Terror Birds by Smnt2000

 (left to right) Titanis walleri, Kelenken guillermoi, Dromornis stirtoni and Gastornis giganteus.

And there we have it, ladies and gentlemen!  The end of this month's Time Capsule: Terror Birds!  

The next gallery opened will be Hadrosaurs on May 1st!  We expect a massive turn-out for this popular dinosaur group, so get out the paints and pixels and send in your Hadrosaur Art to!


Albertonykus said...

Lots of good artwork (as always), but somehow there doesn't appear to be as many submissions as past galleries.

Glendon Mellow said...

Terrific gallery. Bill Unzen, where have you been hiding? Links to a gallery please! Dude!

Bond's Big Bird has destroyed my childhood. Thanks Peter.

Albertonykus: quality over quantity I'd say.

Brian Switek said...

Great stuff. I'm glad to see the terror birds getting a bit of attention.

Just one little paleo nitpick: I notice that a few of the terror birds have claws. They shouldn't. This idea was based upon the idea that Titanis might have had a big thumb claw, but has since been tossed out (see my post here:

That aside, there's some great stuff here. I especially like Trish's tender Titanis family! :)

Brian Switek said...

Missing word in there: "hand claws." Obviously they had formidable talons on their feet!

Anonymous said...

Great stuff from everyone involved!

Rachael Revelle said...

Amazing stuff. Really like Bill Unzen's haunting drawings. What media are they done in Bill? And also,as always, found great delight in Peter Bonds sketches.

I'm annoyed that I did not have time to finish my bird. I just couldnt get it right this time. I have been a fan of terror birds since I was a child and somehow cant seem to top those old text book paintings I grew up with.

I'm inspired by the gallery to carry on though. Thanks chaps.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comments,

The head profiles are pencil with a digital hue, and the carcass scene is pencil colored with pencils, paint, ink, and digital.

I drew these phorusrhacids about a year ago and they were the first drawings I had done since high school. I haven’t accumulated enough to justify a gallery at this point.

davidmaas said...

Great stuff... Couldn't be left out!
Fought my collapsing infrastructure to get at least a paint out...

Dinorider d'Andoandor said...

Late Miocene patagonia looks really cool!

Anonymous said...

Very nice drawings. Haven't seen this kind of stuff before. Thanks for sharing:-)

Bird of Paradise said...

And these big birdies were at the top of the foodchain but still they were probibly tender parents toward their chicks