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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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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where was thing photo taken??
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JOSGUI Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
The Archeoraptor don't exist, no ? It's a fake.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
That's Archaeoraptor--this is Acheroraptor. ;)
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JOSGUI Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
It's that I thought
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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 ( cdn.escapistmagazine.com/media… ) ( cdn.escapistmagazine.com/media… )? 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).
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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.
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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.
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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
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, and yes indeed! I'm happy someone noticed. 
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Penumbraldecay Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite. :D
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80sDeinonychus Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I love the how the light shines through the fluff around the mouth. 
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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?
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37CatCats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
nice workClap 
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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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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! As for the feathers, without putting a lot of time into the detail, lighting is key for realism - pay attention to how light and shadow look on a smooth feather coat of a bird, and reproduce the values without the details. :)
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DarthGojira Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Fantastic!
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Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the details!
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Sinornithosaurus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Rendition"

Haha, nice try. We're not that gullible ya know :P

Tell me, where is your time machine and what have you done with it?
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Boogalood Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Plumage is brilliant especially the detail on breast. Woodchat shrike inspired dress?
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JoakinMar Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Magnificent. Is the only word that could describe this illustration!!!!
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YYHyasha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Such painstaking detail. :'D The lighting and colors are beautiful, and the textures really make it look fluffy and soft haha. The beetle is also a nice touch, considering the information you wrote.
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daisaspy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
:iconorlyplz:

Give us a decent explanation.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha ha! Is that so.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Whether or not you personally think that feathers attract from a dinosaur's aesthetic appeal, it isn't a matter of opinion: both fossil and phylogenetic evidence shows that many dinosaurs, including dromaeosaurs and tyrannosauroids, definitely had feathers.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
*detract
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yutyrannus was a 3,100 lb tyrannosauroid dinosaur related to T. rex whose fossil has been discovered with a very full covering of long, fluffy primitive feathers. Dilong, a much smaller tyrannosauroid, has also been found with a covering of feathers.

Feather imprints have not been found on Tyrannosaurus rex, but enough of its relatives have that most paleontologists are at least wiling to consider the possibility that T. rex was at least partially feathered. 
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
There is no evidence to suggest that animals completely lose their feathers or hair as a factor of size. Yutyrannus is a very large dinosaur and appears to have fairly shaggy, long feathers. Even elephants and rhinoceroses, which live in very hot climates that are constantly open to the sun, have noticeable fringes of hair. And keep in mind that hair is considerably more heat-trapping than feathers are, which can act as insulators against both heat and cold.

It's reasonable to predict that Tyrannosaurus rex was not covered in feathers as voluminously as its smaller relatives. As birds get larger, their feather-to-surface-area ratio begins to decrease. But nothing has been demonstrated to lose feathers entirely as a factor of size. In any case, there is still much yet to be discovered about integument in tyrannosauroids, but we know pretty much with full certainty at this point that dromaeosaurs (which is the topic of this artwork, obviously) were all feathered, and you are very unlikely to encounter a paleontologist that thinks otherwise.
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yoult Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Do you know about any skin impressions that definately contradict feathers on those?
I guess no, the only impressions we have from Tyrannosauroids are feathered and that one tiny patch of Tyrannosaurus' underside doesn't contradict that the animal was quite fuzzed on the rest of its body.
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DOTB18 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013

"maybe t-Rex is lizard"


WRONG. Dinosaurs are NOT lizards.

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Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
really beautiful
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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IveWasHere Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wah it looks so real! You did incredible. That's it from now on you're my inspirational sensei for paleo-art! You are just amazing! :love:
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderfully done!!!
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LanexCyteri Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
oh so beautiful I just want to snuggle with it, such feathery softness :)
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa!!!  This is amazing!  :lol: It looks different than your other drawings, in a good way.  The coloration is perfect!  It cannot sad at how good this looks!  Wonderful job, wonderful! 
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Interesting that you'd think it looks different - I tried a new lighting technique with this one that I plan to develop more in future paintings.
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

You're welcome! 


Yeah, it might be the new lighting, but I am not sure.  He just seems... different.  :)  Good luck with the lighting, and I am sure you will create many beautiful drawings with it!  :D 


Oh, and I meant to say, 'It cannot be said how good this looks.'  in the comment above. 

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Dennonyx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student General Artist
100 times better than mine :) simply beautiful
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Really nice! I'm glad it isn't nameless anymore.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting and beautiful work! Congratulations!
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AlexornisAntecedens Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Beautiful work. Looks real!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And now we finally have the proof dromies lived alongside the King :D
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JD-man Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
We already had proof (To quote Emily, "The animal has been known from teeth for many years").
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