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Utahraptor at Dawn by EWilloughby Utahraptor at Dawn by EWilloughby
Utahraptor stands in the shallows of the great early Cretaceous inland sea, looking out to the horizon as the sun rises. Utahraptor, though one of the largest dromaeosaurs, was certainly not always taking down large prey in a dramatic and bloody fashion. On this morning, these dromaeosaurs were not hungry enough to hunt, so they combed the beach for shellfish and protein minutiae washed in by the tide. A small flock of ornithocheiroid pterosaurs pass by above.

Considered making this my 'All Yesterdays' entry (a Utahraptor not being a big badass and ripping apart everything in sight? Unheard of) but ultimately decided to do something more original for that.

Commission for an individual customer. Photoshop CS4, 80+ hours.
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:iconwilliam023:
william023 Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
i already commented here. just add the acrocanthosaurus family spying on them. and the kroonosaurus scene probebly inspired the ending of jurassic world.
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william023 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
i swear this is a scene from raptor red.
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william023 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
That scene where she draw's an acrocanthosaurus into the jaw's of a kronosaurus.
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william023 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
reminds me of raptor red.
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SchweetKarelyos Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Wow... I really like this...
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grisador Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Amazing Artwork ! :D

That's astonishingly realistic at the same time

May ı ask; İs the front claws are really this much small at size ?
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squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Digital Artist
what strikes me most about this is how the water is painted... every little detail, the foam of the receding waves and the next one coming, the shine on the wet sand... seeing familiar things like that next to such an unfamiliar organism... it reminds one of the overarching theme of evolution, the simultaneous unity and diversity of all life.  The beach and the sky were the same for the dinosaurs as they are for us.  That's a nice thought.
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BionicleSaurus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful. It's great to see a Utahraptor this bird-like, as so many people still go for the JP look when it comes to this species. 
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have trouble describing how beautiful this (and all of your art) is.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A gorgeous piece. I love seeing art depicting dinosaurs as more than bloodthirsty creatures.
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aReino Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
nice it reminds me of a book i read... but really amazing art 
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Meerkatmatt2 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Raptor red anyone?
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Werociraptor Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
It's too small
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Compared to what? Current information suggests Utahraptor was around 20 feet long, and that's how I've restored it here.
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Werociraptor Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
It looks a bit like an oversized sparrow :P
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, that's how they looked! ;)
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like it when people DON'T show their dinosaurs as blood-thirsty demons!  This is amazing!! :)
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Cxal-kan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Amazing work! loved it!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Beautiful scene! I also wish I could be there ... a beach where there isn't throngs of humans, houses, litter and oil-stained sand ... only a few Utahraptors to be wary of.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
"Only a few Utahraptors to be wary of." Yeah... Only a few large raptors each about as deadly as a grizzly bear and faster than a modern-day track runner to worry about. xD
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
For what it's worth, I think there's a growing body of evidence to support the idea that dromaeosaurs weren't very fast animals. Utahraptor might be one of the slowest of the bunch, too.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
It would make sense. They are very large... But I don't think speed is the problem here anymore. The problem here is who has the most endurance.
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Beautiful work
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itachixsakura7777 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:heart: love it
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful scenery. I like to see dinosaurs doing something different then hunting. And wow, more than 80 hours?! :wow: That's crazy! Although it's no wonder considering the level of detail. I especially admire the sea and the foam the waves are making at the beach. I imagine only that took a lot of time studying the references. I admire this piece so much!
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GuardianWTJ8 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Very original
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very good composition!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)
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JD-man Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
You seem to be on a roll of crazy-beautiful digital drawings. 1st "Low-key Magpie", now this. I especially like this 1 for its scenic beauty. I can't help but wonder if the customer had that 1 scene from "Raptor Red" in mind. If so, then thank him/her for me b/c this is even better than what I imagined.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much. The customer actually had no guidelines at all about the scene - they merely wanted Utahraptor depicted naturalistically, the rest was up to me. ;) I drew no conscious inspiration from Raptor Red, but I wouldn't doubt that the scene manifested itself in my subconscious!
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JD-man Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
In that case, thank YOU for making this is even better than what I imagined. ;)
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NTamura Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Oh wow, this is beautiful! Love the details and realistic tones of the waves and dromie feathers...
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly, Nobu.
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NTamura Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
You are welcome, Emily! I am a big fan of your artwork. You've progressed so much in just a few years... it is simply amazing! :)
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purplemudkip Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful~~
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes want to take a stroll on that beautiful beach and hug those lovely raptors... Don't know if they'd appreciate, though :D
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Utahraptors always appreciate a snack! ;)
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope i taste good, then!

(a bunch of dromies pop out of nowhere, looking hungry)

Wait, what i just saiAAAARGH!!!

;)
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DELIRIO88 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beatiful!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful as always, Emily! The waves are outstanding - no, the entire shoreline is. Astonishing work with the background, and the pterosaurs. The more I look at it, the more I like it.

Just one thing (I noted this in your "mantling" Deinonychus as well): I'm under the impression that the snouts of your dromaeosaurs look just too broad transversely. This might just be a matter of the artwork's perspective, so it would be interesting to hear something on this.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly. I think you might be right about the muzzle being too broad transversely and I'll keep that in mind for future works. Thanks for pointing it out.
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BattlingBeasts Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This kind of reminds me of a few chapters I read from Raptor Red where the pack retreats to the coast during a sudden rise in the acrocanthosaur population.
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CodyVBurkett Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was just going to say the exact same thing.
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes sense that dromaeosaurs living on the coast could make use of the sea's bounty. ^^
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really impressed by the beautiful waves and surf.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks Scott. I'm sure the first thing you thought when you saw it was that it looks inaccurate because of the unpublished material. :( :shakefist:
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heavy coats of feathers can help to cover up a lot (or at least minimize any needed changes). But seriously, the surf was what caught my attention first.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. My only theory about it is that the legs are a lot shorter than previously thought. I really hope that the skull doesn't change a lot though!
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Um... :(
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Can you say anything about what you think of this? (Incidentally, these predictions aren't from me or Emily.) I know you can't give any details, but I'm trying to test a hypothesis about people's ability to make predictions like these.
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