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Moa by Dubhghall Moa by Dubhghall
Dinornis maximus or Dinornis robustus - one of 10 species.

Once native to New Zeland, the Moa are thought to have become extinct about 1500, although some reports speculate that a few stragglers may have persisted in remote corners of New Zealand until the 18th and even 19th Centuries. They were a sight to behold, as females of the Giant Moa species often grew to 13-14 feet tall and believed to weighed upward of around 700 pounds.

Closest living relatives: Australian emu and cassowary. Not the kiwi, like was once thought.

Natural enemies: Harpagornis (a.k.a. Haast's Eagle), the world's largest eagle and largest known flying bird, which is also now extinct.
Female Haast's Eagles weighed in at 14 kilograms (30 pounds), and males at about 10 kilograms (22 pounds). They had a wingspan of about 3 meters, which is short for a bird of the Haast's Eagle's weight. But thats for another time :D
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Nice work!
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DarkPrince2007 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn it maories! If there weren't for them, the moa still alive and the fauna in New Zealand would be more interesting than in these days.
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SSgtFox501st Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
The Moa in Halo:Reach on planet Reach are based off of this. you can get a Moa burger for 7.77 credits in New Mombasa...
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Brookcresent Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful drawing and yes PonchoFirewalker01 you are correct :)
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I heard that the Moa's DNA is more like that of the tinamou of South America.
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Red-Tatsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
That's a wonderful picture! I like the texture of its feathers.
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:iconred-tatsu:
Red-Tatsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
That's a wonderful picture! I like the texture of its feathers.
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:iconred-tatsu:
Red-Tatsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
That's a wonderful picture! I like the texture of its feathers.
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iwilltank Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
man, picture it if they were still alive, they would be our chickens
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Giant chickens. Ones that we could ride into battle!
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iwilltank Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
rofl!! chocobos???
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Only better!
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gloriouskyle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006
You're kidding! I was just thinking about drawing a moa...
Great color, and nice to see all that info too- gld you know what you're drawing about.
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006
Nope! I kid you not! :D
thanks! i am totally facinated by exctinct megafauna, so i tend to go a little overboard with the info. But i am just doing my part to educate the public, lol!

if you do a moa, ill be sure to check it out :nod:
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Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006
Mmm, lunch. This is remarkably well done. I love it. :) I'm very fond of extinct New Zealand avians. The style with the coloring, the framing, and line work reminds me a little of William Stout's work. :D
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006
oo! thanks :D I too am fond the extinct giant avians of new zealand....

who is this William Stout of which you speak? Sounds like i might enjoy his work
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Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
PS: You will also want to check out the Fine Art section, there's some paintings of prehistoric Anatarctic beasties in there. :)
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
thats some pretty damn fine work he does there O_o
I dont know why, but his art strongly reminds of The Lord of THe Rings. Must be becaue his style seems very fammiliar. I wonder if he once illustrated a Tolkien book.

But eitherway, thanks for the link! :D i really enjoyed this
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Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
Oh you will, you will.... [link] :D
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Wisker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
probably one of those somewhere in the field behind my house.
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
that would be awesome :D
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Higalack Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Wow, thats amazingly done, love the feather work. The textures on its amazing.

Can i bother ya for tips on this?
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Higalack Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
Thanx more thorough than i thought XD
and the student can become the master, even if its only part time.

I defintely wouldnt mind adding more to my tablet repetoire.

Cause of recently lose of access to a high quality scanner,
Im stuck with a device that kills the grey tones and textures on all my traditional pencil sketch studies, bleh

Ill definitely be saving this somewhere.
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006
sorry for the delay,

But yeah after a while you will find your own particular way of doing things and you wont even notice the 'tween steps. I try to keep my own method as simple as possible because I am so damn impatient when it comes to coloring. I have a great book suggestion if youre interested. I found it full of great tip and tutorials from a man who knows the technology. Heres a link: [link] . Thats where i learned the method to paint that eye in my gallery :D His methods work fine with Photoshop 7 too

( OR other suggested reading could be [link]=pd_bxgy_img_b/104-3318041-5975945?ie=UTF8 )

Bummer about the scanner :/ Hope you can get a replacement soon.
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Thanks for the compliment. It means alot ^__^

Tips you say? Hmm...well, I use photoshop and for this particular piece I had the help of various tutorials i found online. I will see if i can dig them up for you :)

So for now, the only tips i can give without showing you firsthand are:

- never paint on a white backgound. Even if you are just filling in line art. pick a canvas color that contrasts the edges to give good definition. (a light grey or blue is normally all you need at the begining.)

- make use of layers and layer opacity. You can "merge down" the layers when youre done if memory is an issue. Just be sure to keep track of your layers O_o

- keep the color scheme for that particular area to about 3 or 4 related colors ( i.e. orange, dark orange and brown, not including white for reflective edges and high intensity highlights)

- white and black are good for general highlights and shading. Just use a low opacity and flow brush.
- for shading keep the opacity>flow and vary each depending on the depth/intensity of shadows or highlights.

- Burn and Dodge tools. Gotta love 'em. I normally use the default settings. burn for deepening the darker areas, dodge for lightning the highlights.

- layer the strokes, as in paint on a color, paint some shadows, then paint on the original color again...you can often repeat this to get a nice blending effect (all with a low opacity/flow brush). Tho, there are better ways to blend.

- the 'eye dropper' tool is your friend.

- experiment, experiment, experiment.

Sorry I couldnt be more specific. For me, its usually played be ear and I'm normally the one asking for tips, lol!
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tonifasic Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
Mai GAWD it's a Moa! o.o Wonderful structuring, although for a dinornus maximus its neck seems slightly short. xD
Awesome drawing man. The long, feathery look is well-done and the colours are spot-on! Well, how it's supposed to look like, anyway. :D Forgive me; I'm being a geek. Never thought I'd see a Moa on DA. ;)
Definate fave~! :heart:
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
lol! Thanks! I appreciate the enthusiasm :D
Yeah, the neck is kinda short. I think the proportions call for the neck to be as long as the body itself (sternum to tail), or slightly longer. They also had 4 toes :XD: oops.
But yeah...they must have been a SPECTACULAR sight.

Bet they also made for one hell of a bbq O_o

Thanks for the fav!
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tonifasic Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
:giggle: It's been a while since I've been to a museum, so I forgot all about the toes. Or the specific proportions.
Standing next to a skeleton of one of those guys is awesome in itself!

No probs. :)
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
boo ya!

Speaking of skelletons!! if you ever end up in the 'States, and you happen to be in the Chicago area - make sure to stop in at the Filed Museum and see "Sue", the BIGGEST and most complete T-rex specimen EVER found. O_O

now THAT would have been cool to see alive in real life (...from a distance)
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Shadren Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
A Moa??? wow i didn't know many people knew of our tiny countris history etc.
well you did us proud because i LOVE this pic!!!
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
of course! Moas totally rock the jazz-ass! your 'tiny island' was home to some truly amazing creatures.

thhanks for the compliment! :D
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Shadren Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
Thats cool!
im glad that you are promoting the awsome-ness of the moa!!
(too bad some of the 'locals' decided to eat them huh?)
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Shadren Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
Thats cool!
im glad that you are promoting the awsome-ness of the moa!!
(too bad some of the 'locals' decided to eat them huh?)
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
^__^
(i hear they tasted like chicken ;))
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Shadren Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2006
You may WELL have heard right..... but did you also hear that the'locals' also ate the flesh of the ORIGINAL inhabbitants of NZ??
(also now extinct)
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006
O_O Really? cannabalism?
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Shadren Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006
YEAH!!!!!!!
you see, they aquire a taste of something, and so the finnish what they start!
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Tsuki-lime-chan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2006
woah!!
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:icondubhghall:
Dubhghall Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
;)
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Tsuki-lime-chan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
i wanted a chicken but my mom told me that i cant ToT
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Chicken.

buk-KAW!

i would advise a parakeet. they make for cleaner pets ;)
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Tsuki-lime-chan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006
oh yeah! i really know how to treat chickens, my grampa had a farm...and i went to his farm like twice a week when i was younger, they are sooo cooooool!!! oh and also soooo dirty! they poop everywhere! i usually steped on poop, that was sick! but i took the crap out with a stick, so i never touch the thingie:D
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Tsuki-lime-chan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
well at least not at home..hehe
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Captain-D Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you're compiling these into a book. This would make a great educational thinger for kids. Also...money money money.
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
ooooooo! not a bad idear....:paranoid:

maybe i can get into childrens books. I mean, i do have a wealth of trivial knowledge like that :XD:
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Captain-D Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly! Turn your useless facts into $$$!! Oh yeah, and educate kids blah blah blah.
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p-korle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't it that birds that were good to eat became extinct?
that sounds suspicius :P....

you're really good at drawing various species :)....
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2006
Totally. I mean, imagin having one of those at Thanksgiving.

hee hee...
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p-korle Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
well, my extended family is rather big XD.... so it would save some chickens....

now that you mention it, I'm curious how did ostriches survive till now...
(now they're doing fairly well... like chickens...)
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Dubhghall Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2006
haha, yeah. i can imagine the campaign: "SAVE A TURKEY: EAT A MOA"

The main difference between the ostrich and the Moa is that the ostrich used to inhabit most of africa and a big chunk of asia and the middle east. They are locally extinct there now. But that GINORMOUS range was key to thier survival. The moa only lived in forests on New Zeland, a much smaller range to share with humans.
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