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Velociraptor Pair by EWilloughby Velociraptor Pair by EWilloughby
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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 ?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Because it's arse. See the updated version here: ewilloughby.deviantart.com/art…
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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.
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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!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This really is a great piece! wonderful! =)
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Ikineko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I love the velociraptor :) And your painting is absolutely wonderful!
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ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I still think it looks cooler without the feathers. :P

But awesome depiction nonetheless.
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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....
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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?
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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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UmbraScythe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Love the landscape here! and those two raptors blends nicely in
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nebulafire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful portrait of the two velociraptors. They were such incredible dinosaurs -- it's cool to me that the small dinosaurs used to travel in packs and tackle their prey as one whole.
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JurassicPark190 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student Writer
Gorgeous. <3
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JD-man Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
I like the illustration overall (especially the realistic color scheme). There are just 2 things I'd change about it.

1stly, in terms of skull shape, the closer Velociraptor looks more like Deinonychus ([link]).

2ndly, said Velociraptor's nostril looks just plain wrong (See the above link).
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LollilovesPop Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Ohmygosh that's awesome. *^* Amazing oil painting skills, great job. C: I love Velociraptors.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :D
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Ah, the famous Velociraptor...but in the not so famous depcition.
Yeah for feathers instead of those outdated scales that appear everywhere!
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felix-leg Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even that I found Velociraptors aren't like in "one famous movie" I still love them :aww:. I'm curios why we didn't know from the first time that they were feathered...:confused:
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Senav Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Feather details=awesome.
Velociraptor was my favorite, when I went through my dinosaur phase. Thanks to Jurassic Park, mostly. They weren't fluffy, though.
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TrevelyanL85A2 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
OMG this is beautiful. The details, the background, everything :D

17/10 stars!
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Xinorbis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Heh, fluffiness in the Gobi desert. Nicely (and lovely) done and good work :thumb:

+1fav
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Mast88 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this super pretty
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RestrainedRaptor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Digital Artist
It really does look like it's come straight out of a history book or nature journal. Great job!
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Sontine Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Digital Artist
It's cute!
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Cheddarness8 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Very nice job with this one! I like your painting work.
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RaptorArts Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful piece! :love:
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draculahunter7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Yes. Y-E-S, yes.
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FelldohTheSquirrel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work. :) Details are sweet. :D
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Saxophlutist Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! Always nice to do a classic!
*Pets teh raptors*
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starlite-decay Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These always turn out so stunning and accurate. :'D
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VinnieVincentChente Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
it took long time?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes, it took quite a while, though it's hard to put a good estimate on exactly how long.
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VinnieVincentChente Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
i must say that is absolutely fantastic work, the details arre awesome.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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