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Quillion "Quills" Highglider is a character I've been developing for 's forum "Panthalassia" at [link] . He's a tempermental Microraptor courier who takes great pride in his work and abilities, so enthusiastic about his duties in fact that he's annoying to some. Microraptors had both fore and aft wings, thus the drawings detailing both designs.
The light yellow feather tips gradiate (blend) into the warmer golden yellow body instead of a straight border between the colors, like the purple to yellow and red to yellow.

The scarves Quills wears signals whether he's off-duty or on-duty, and what sort of duties he's performing, to those who watch him pass by. Though a red scarf means on-duty, a saurian can flag down a courier wearing a red scarf to deliver an additional message. With a black scarf on no saurian can demand a message be delivered until the courier removes the black scarf. There's a courier guild at each city in Panthalassia and any species can be one (though avians, gliding raptors, and pterosaurs are preferred as they move faster and can go longer distances than a runner). The Courier Guild acts as Panthalassia's postal service and, though not government run (which would be silly as Panthalassia is split into various feuding territories), is as reliable as one.
Because of Quills's small size and limited 'flying' abilities, he's restricted to local city-wide deliveries (though if there are trees and high points between one destination and the next he can move a little further out).

Microraptors weren't quite full-birds as they were incapable of powered flight (their chest muscles were puny compared to a pigeon's), but they are gliders and most likely lived in trees swooping down on prey. They also weren't very large, maybe the size of a chicken or turkey.

Regarding the ultraviolet bit, modern birds see in ultraviolet light (also known as "bee-purple"). If you had ultraviolet vision, like a parrot as example, a macaw's plumage would be ten times more beautiful. Other birds, such as avian raptors, use this ability to spot trails of mouse urine winding through a grassy field. Since the urine reflects UV rays, a falcon or hawk can visually follow a mouse to its destination. Since some dinosaurs had feathers and studies on their brain cases show they've vision like a bird's, I infer they could also see in ultraviolet. So Quills's feathers would shine a little brighter than iridescent purple to any dinosaur onlooker.

Created using Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Illustrator CS2
Concept art of Quills [link] [link]
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:iconwhipping-b0y:
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
How cute :aww:
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NivitiFox Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
I love that purple! The lighting you used on it was perfect, oh my gosh. ;-;
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AlysaTaladay Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
CUTE. :D
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fastenjaw Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
The gradient effect and color combinations used on the eye makes it look odd... Other than that, everything else looks really good! :)
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fastenjaw Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
I'm a dunce... The image is over 3 years old!
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Alyeskabird Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Awww, hes adorable!
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grfik Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
:) nice
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trexmaster Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   Traditional Artist
I agree with you about the dinosaur vision thing. It is a pity that it is difficult to imagine how ultraviolet light would really look, since we can't see it.
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DemonicFruitLoop Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Student General Artist
that is awesome!
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:iconhoolai:
hoolai Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
oooo, adorable! I love the colours.
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shadowcatGC Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
What a beautiful character, and a wonderful idea, I am sure Whitedeath will love him.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Professional Filmographer
A lot of him was Dinotopia inspired, I adore Gurney's work and even the fan-novellas set in his universe are great.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Phew, the movie BUTCHERS the original storyline, so if you liked the movie, you'll LOVE the book. Dinotopia and Dinotopia:The World Beneath are the two you should get. Both by Gurney. You might find it on amazon.com if you do a search.
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Xenonthehedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
This is so cool! You're both extremly imaginative! Great work!
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dragontamer363 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
A great quirky character- greta personality. love it *faves*
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CamaroMaro Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
OMG that is awsome! I love his colors they just pop!!! I like his overall design, he is very cute! I love raptors!!
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myuutsuCMCE Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
:) Looks, very kool, it goes to my :+fav:s...
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DragonLvr2k5 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
He's great! I'm speechless XP
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:iconsteeljaw:
SteelJaw Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Great character concept, and a great rendering. I love unique species. :>
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:iconputti-plush:
putti-plush Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
This is one of the coolest character concepts I have ever seen! From one Theropod lover to another, a tip of the hat!
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:iconyami-bakura-itemri:
Yami-Bakura-Itemri Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
My first thought was that it was a hyrid Chocobo. :P Looks awsome
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GeoSonic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
Nicely done! Can I download this and fool around with the colors a bit? I won't take credit for it if I put it up here, which I probably won't do for it will stay on my computer more then likely. Anyways, keep up the good work! Cheers!
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Filmographer
So long as you don't post it on the internet, I don't mind.
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GeoSonic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
OK, sweet! Thanks! What if I post the results here and I put a link to your page in the deviation description? Anyways, I might not even get around to doing what I say. :lol: Laterz!
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CrazyJetty Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very awesome character, and has a very dinotopian vibe to it.
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Oscelot Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
neat charachter! and very detailed/interesting backstory!
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kyuketsuki45 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
microraptor! xD *dances in circles until she faints* :boogie: :faint:

and a gorgeous one at that *nod* o.o
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
that is so cool! Where did you find all the info on microraptor gliding capabilities?
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Lun-Sei Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
What is Panthalassia? It only opens a log in screen...
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ThePhantomDragon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Student Filmographer
'tis fanart time!!
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:iconfablepaint:
FablePaint Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Yay! *sits crisscross applesauce and claps hands happily*
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ThePhantomDragon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Student Filmographer
<(^.|=.^)> *runs and gets more paper*
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Kunzai Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
This character really stands out to me! I really love his design... amazing work, I'll fav!
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That's amazing! great idea and i love the colours of his back, the anatomy is really believeable :)
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MistressVixen Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2006
Microraptor! I love the colors. He's so cute... can i have him? XD
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Szelenbaum Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006
pretty cool :)
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Tygarii-Razil Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2006
Awesome colors and antomy. I can relate to the mail service stuff from another forum I participate at, but the only downside I see to the scarfs is the black one. If they're wearing that, wouldn't that not only scream 'screw off' but also 'I'm carring something secret!' And what if they're not wearing one at all?
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2006  Professional Filmographer
The scarf is more protection than anything else. One would not want to mess with a message carrier possibly working for a mafia don. Kill him, and he'll do worse to you.
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Tygarii-Razil Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006
Ah, That makes sense. :) Thanks for clearing that up.
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cpmtiger Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
Wow...I love the anatomy and all that jazz! Very cool ^^
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Lady-Hawk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006
Wow your character is bloody awesome! ^_^ The lone art, colors, and over all creativity are outstanding. :clap: Great work.
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ACynic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006
TOTALLY AWESOME.

Seriously, unbefreakinlievable.
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Droemar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006
Neeto! I like the way his harness fits; you bought some real thought into it. His concept work rocks, too. Is this board open to anyone?
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Whitedeath's not mentioned restrictions of any sort. The only thing is you have to sign up to view it.
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
LOVE the design!!!
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The feathers on the wings look fantastic... each one perfect, wit its own shadow and perspective.. *envy*
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Darksoul-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
it rockz! ^.^
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