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Velociraptor Pair by EWilloughby Velociraptor Pair by EWilloughby

Fourth of the series of feathered dinosaur illustrations I'm working on for ~Agahnim's book on evolution. The previous three can be found here, here, and here.

This is the famous Velociraptor mongoliensis in its native late Cretaceous Gobi Desert. Velociraptor was a small dromaeosaur, or raptor dinosaur, and contrary to its most famous depictions was almost certainly feathered from head to tail. This is no longer based merely on phylogenic evidence, either - as of 2007, reanalysis of the fossil has shown that its posterior forearm contains quite obvious quill knobs.

As is typical for these illustrations, a lot of work went into this and I take a lot of pride in it now that it's finished. Again I appreciate the help and critiques of ~Agahnim as well as several of the Gondolendians.

Oil paint on canvas.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
What's with the demonic face ?
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Because it's arse. See the updated version here:…
tomtomat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Have you seen a Magic The Gathering card by the name Skitter of Lizards? I always think of this when I see it, and vice versa.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haven't heard of it, but I looked it up and there is an interesting resemblance!
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This really is a great piece! wonderful! =)
Ikineko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I love the velociraptor :) And your painting is absolutely wonderful!
ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I still think it looks cooler without the feathers. :P

But awesome depiction nonetheless.
Algoroth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ummmmmm.....hmmmmm...... Nice pic and excellent colors. I have to disagree on several aspects of the anatomy, integument, and perspectives, but that would be just my opinion. However, I AM missing a sense of motion. The closest Velly to us needs some ground to step on and some ROOM to move. In uddah woids, him be too close to the edge of the painting....
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
There are a lot of things about this painting that I'm not too thrilled with, and I may redo it sometime in the future. I liked the background though. I agree that the anatomy and perspective could use some work, but what's wrong with the integument?
Algoroth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nothing! As I said, just my opinion, but I think the feathers would look a lot less ruffled. That background is beautiful! And, since we believe these are vain...vein????---VEINED???? pennate? feathers, I think they would look a lot less soft. But!!!! I don't really KNOW that, so's is my opinion!!! The jaw line looks kinda weird for either a bird or reptile. I don't know of any kind of these animals to have mammalian cheeks hiding the jaw closing muscles. BUT! I do not know that...
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