The primary animal of study in the RPR paper is Deinonychus, so that's what I've drawn here. It is shown preying on the basal ornithopod Zephyrosaurus. Though Deinonychus is usually depicted in a dense floodplain environment, here I've reconstructed it amongst some higher-altitude arid North American mountains.
This is my version of a Christmas dinner.
What a way to go.
no offense but if you put darker shades in the feathers and cracks of skin it will look beyond real, it is really intresting.
See, before, a giant screeching lizard slices you with a toe and you're dead. Now, something soundless pounces on you from behind and pierces you with thorn-sharp talons and slowly, bit by bit, bit by bit, you are eaten alive by a giant flightless eagle.
Our perspective of dinosaurs can change so dramatically.
At first I didn't notice but its feather coloration and eye color look simular to my Deinonychus, except mine did not have the whitish color instead.
I based my raptor off my hair color.
Not to mention that, for most people, and all people in case of the smaller, faster species, outrunning one is impossible even with the recent studies.
Hope you don't mind my rambling there. I do have one small critique. The eye of the Deinonychus looks rather flat and two dimensional, I think this is due to the lack of a strong highlight. I see that you've made a small one, but if you extended that highlight over the pupil, that would really give the impression of a moist, living eye.
I don't think dromeosaurus ate their prey alive only restraining it: it is too dangerous to put the head and delicate eyes next to a struggling prey. Modern birds never put their head next to a struggling prey: they can't risk to get kiked in an eye. They kill their prey with their claws alone, keeping their head far away from the kicking prey. They eat it only when dead.
And I'm sure it is pretty difficult to restrain a prey that is fighting for its life: a proof of this predatory behaviour is in the famous protoceratops vs velociraptor: the raptor killing claw is close do the protoceratops' neck, suggesting that raptors probably wanted to kill the prey by cutting the cervical spine, or destroying its brain stem.
Only small animals, smaller than an hypsilophodont, could be eaten alive without too much risk, like mammals or small reptiles, but they are so easy to kill once catched there is really no reason to eat them alive. Today, no predatory bird eat their prey alive: even flycatchers kill the insect by smashing them around!
One animal that eat their victims alive are canids (excluding crocs and co. because they have a strong armor and can take hits without getting really hurt), because they pursue the prey for days till it's too exausted to fight back. Maybe raptors did the same? Who knows! I think they are more similar to birds than dogs, so I prefer to think my first guess is the right one.
Actually, Fowler's paper specifically points out that a lot of modern birds of prey do eat their prey alive, and it's these birds of prey which the pes proportions and morphology most closely resemble Deinonychus. While many falcons and owls do try to snap the spinal cord of large prey to quickly kill it, accipitrids lack the physical specialization to do so. Hawks, however, do have very large talons on digits 1 and 2, and these are used to lock onto large prey tightly while it's still struggling and thrashing around. (Large prey in this context is defined as anything that can't be constricted within a single foot, so rabbits and ducks and stuff like that, rather than mice and voles.) Many hawks begin to feed before the prey is dead. This is basically the same method that Fowler and his colleagues propose for dromaeosaurs. I think they are assuming that dromaeosaurs would not have had the jaw strength to snap the prey's spinal cord - increased jaw strength and a tomial hook are specific adaptations that owls and falcons have to do this, and accipitrids lack these specializations.