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The Velociraptor Hunting Dance by EWilloughby The Velociraptor Hunting Dance by EWilloughby
Velociraptor mongoliensis surely went after larger prey like Protoceratops at least occasionally, as we have fossil evidence that it certainly did so. However, like many modern mid-sized carnivores, its diet probably consisted of a large proportion of much smaller animals, which it may have ambushed or sniffed out of crevices. I imagine such a predation event would have been rather felid in nature, wherein the animal displayed a curious mixture of predatory grace and pure silly ridiculousness as it bounced and flailed after a frantic prey animal. In this case the prey in question is Zalambdalestes, a small shrewlike eutherian from the Djadochta Formation of Inner Mongolia.

This scenario - a pair of Velociraptors on a hunt - is something I've illustrated twice before, the first time in 2005 and the second in 2009. Hopefully the third time's the charm, since the first two are hideous.

This is a digital (Photoshop CS4 + Wacom tablet) and oil paint composite illustration, and will be eventually published in ~Agahnim's and my book on the creation vs. evolution debate. As always, I have ~Agahnim to thank for being a lot of help with shading and compositional critiques.
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trisdino Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
A great drawing, one of the best V. Mongoliensis ive seen. The thing I love about your art is that you are not afraid of making them straight up fluffy. In real life, fur and feathers often fully obscure the anatomy of an animal, but most non-avian dinosaur artists just do not show this.
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Yeah, most artists don't do that. It's too bad, it looks cool. That's why I've been trying to do it in my more recent drawings. And I agree, this is a great drawing, by far one of the best on deviantart :)!
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Velicen Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
These drawings are something special. I really like your much more realistic depiction of them in contrast to the usual huge size and lack of feathers.
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AFlahrman Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
I LOVE VELOCIRAPTORS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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CyFyM Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. Just beautiful. That's all I can say.


And that's saying a lot, because normally I write short essays in comments. This piece just left me speechless


I'm going to stop not being speechless and stare, amazed, at this wonderful piece of art.
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aladecuervo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wooooooooow! :clap: :#1:
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Grays-raptor-flock Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He better get that Zalambdalestes!  I like how you gave them a coloration that would make them perfectly blend into their desert home. 
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PraiseDovahPie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
This is awesome, and very realistic.
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PraiseDovahPie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
...and it's my new desktop.
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the mix between the traditional and digital media :3 Especially the way you can see the canvas' texture in the background. The colours are also very pretty, and I like the Velociraptor's movement. Nice feather-texture C:
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