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Acheroraptor by EWilloughby Acheroraptor by EWilloughby
Here's my rendition of the new Hell Creek velociraptorine dromaeosaur. It's known only from the maxilla and dentary, so I decided to only draw the business end of the animal (that, and I didn't really have the time for a full reconstruction). It's depicted staring at a hispine beetle, of which there is abundance evidence (Johnson et al 2000) from Hell Creek ichnofossils.

The animal has been known from teeth for many years, and was only recently finally given a name, Acheroraptor temertyorum, after the underworld Acheron of Greek mythology (Hell Creek reference and so on). Phylogenetic analysis recovers it as a velociraptorine, the most basal member of the group containing Velociraptor, Adasaurus and Tsaagan.

Alternate non-lipped version here

Photoshop CS4, ~2-3 hours
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JD-man Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2014
Something I've been meaning too ask: What do you think of the other Acheroraptor reconstructions (… ) (… )? I'm having trouble picking a favorite between yours & Dufault's: On the 1 hand, yours is more beautiful & life-like in an obvious way; On the other hand, Dufault's has a more "field guide" feel (like GSPaul's art in PDW) &, at the same time, reminds me of Kokoro's Velociraptor (which is 1 of my favorite dino models).
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Csotonyi's would have to be my favorite--the Dufault piece has beautiful technique, but the lack of primary feathers on the hands and scaly throat and deep fenestra put me off.
JD-man Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
"Csotonyi's would have to be my favorite"

After yours of course, right? ;) In any case, I prefer the eyeball-eating version in Csotonyi's paleoart book.
windfalcon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's gorgeous!  And do I see a bit of Northern Goshawk influence in the plumage? :3
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, and yes indeed! I'm happy someone noticed. 
Y-Limes Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite. :D
80sDeinonychus Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I love the how the light shines through the fluff around the mouth. 
wildman1411 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
i really love this, it have successfully portrait the raptor as a majestic cross-breed between reptiles and avians, which is probably the most accurate. i don't get how people could possibly says that feathered dinosaurs are ugly after seeing this?
37CatCats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
nice workClap 
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great reconstruction, especially the lighting is excellently done! :) The lips look very appropriate here. Also, if I may ask, how do you make feathers that look so real?
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