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Velociraptor Pair on a Hunt by EWilloughby Velociraptor Pair on a Hunt by EWilloughby
Pair of velocies on a mid-morning Cretaceous hunt.

Velociraptor mongoliensis, done with Prismacolor pencils.

[Edit] I wanted to add to this since some people seem to be confused about the "hairy" look of the raptors. It's not fur, it's proto-feathers. Yes, raptors were most likely covered with a fine layer of primitive feather-like structures, and this idea is reinforced by closely-related dino finds, mainly from China, with obvious feathery imprints. Sinornithosaurus is the best example, and is VERY closely related to velociraptor.

Other feathery dinos include caudipteryx, protarchaeopteryx, sinosauropteryx, and archaeopteryx - all of which have been found with feather imprints. Secondly, some raptor skeletal features are REMARKABLY similar to those of modern birds, like the hip structure, pelvis and hand bones. Most paleontologists are pretty sure that modern birds descended from dinosaurs like velociraptor. I encourage everyone to read up on feathered dinos. Because, you know, knowledge is power and all that jazz. [link]

Also, the coat pattern is derived from that of an ocelot.
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Given 2005-04-01
Velociraptor Pair on a Hunt by ~Ferahgo-the-Assassin is beautifully rendered, full of impressive details, and definitely worth a closer look! ( Suggested by TheWeasil and Featured by twosilverstars )
Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
This piece shows that even outdated Dinosaurs can be beautiful!
Sauron88 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
guaaaaaaaaaaaaaaau impresionantes colores me encanta!!
Last-Alexiel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Darknarak Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
WoW! very skilled with those pencils. Love Velociraptors :)
ericcartman2546 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
those are mario mushrooms! :D lol very good!
Loyane Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Student Filmographer
wohhhh that's beautiful!!!
awesome job!
abominator345 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
velociraptor = epic killing machine
WayraHyena Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
I like all the little details in the immediate background. I like the "furry" look of the protofeathers and the thick scaled legs. I can't say I've seen this type of patturning on the raptors before, very interesting.
starlite-decay Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Eyes ignite with wonder.* <3
keight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
I, too, enjoy this one very much, and I've a question that Idon't think has been answered. What size is this piece?.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's an unusual size and shape, cut down from a normal sketchbook sheet. I think it's something like 9 x 10 inches in real life or close to it.
LordStormpaw Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
You the best
zombiegiraffe Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing you must have a lot of patience lol
i love it
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Great job on this! Beautiful! Great painting! :clap:
Liamythesh Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best Velociraptor depictions i've ever seen!

Latest thing I saw even suggested the presence of "wing" like primaries on the forearms as a carryover from their possible ancestor microraptor, being used in tandem with a cluster of tail feathers to steer.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
I drew this when the concept of reconstructing dromaeosaurs with feathers was still fairly new to me, so I was at the time unaware of the specifics. Nowadays (as I'm sure you've noticed from my gallery) I draw all of my dromaeosaurs with remiges attached to the second digit as they've been preserved in Microraptor etc.
Liamythesh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, and you do a good job too!
SandGypsy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
I'd hate to be the sucker that's being hunted by that! Great work on the colors and detail :D
Saxophlutist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the camo-feathers! I've never seen this feather arrangement before, I've seen black, brown, and even *Odly enough* purple.
no-saving-grace Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is amazing, pure and simple. One of the best works I've seen for Velocies on DA. *claps and favs it*
WeirdBugLady Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
Awesome! Velociraptors are my favorite dinosaurs and it's great seeing a different interpretation of what they looked like. Does seem very likely indeed that they would have feather like structures. And so many people portray dinosaurs as bland gray or brown... why not be spotted? Looks fantastic.
Jaws22 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
MoreSerotonin-Please Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
The detail and colouring in this is increeeedible. Love the poses of them too, they look like they've been caught in movement.
RaptorArts Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Meeep! OMG! Awesome! Keep up work like this and you will end up having your artwork in a paleo museum somewhere! WOWZA!
NitronNinjaApple Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
I wish I could make money doing those kinds of things.
NitronNinjaApple Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007

This thing?

I have no life.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Professional General Artist

You actually kind of win at life. My roommate looked at this thing for an hour and couldn't find it, haha.
NitronNinjaApple Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
You are amazing with coloured pencils! I also like the mushrooms in the background. (You HAVE to add shrooms, don't you?)
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I also added a pot leaf... see if you can find it! ;)

Thanks for the comment.
Scarlo-hara Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
The fluffy little feathers!
(looks so soft, wouldn't wanna pet a raptor though!)
OwossoHarpist Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definetely the BEST!!!!!
Spinokki Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
WOW what AMAZING pic!

Those raptorīs are so cute and great <3
Archaeopteryx-Ix Featured By Owner May 24, 2006
oooOOOooohhh! I love his spots!!! :heart: *sneek sneek* *pounces on the shroomys*
WarpHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
JamesRocket Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005
Interesting! I like the fur pattern. :hug:
stegosaur3 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
Love the leopard design you used. Makes great camaflouge!
Ragnarokdragon Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
This is a sweet piece of art! Plus, I love raptors, so automatic +FAV from me! It's good that you know a lot about dinosaurs and whatnot. Me too; I remember ever since I was a kid I would sneak into the library and read dinosaur books in the corner. Well, um...yeah...^^;
Anyways, great piece of art. Congrats to you!
masterscribble Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
0007metroid Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
Raptors are my favorite dinosaurs!:P
anima-pteryx Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
wow, i cant believe thats color pencil! I love the head, I have such a hard time with raptor heads. And the foilage, must have had green/brown marksall over yur hands, lol.
kitkatcathy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
Ah, you get better by the drawing. The plants are -amazing-! And although those feathers are a bit aggrevating when you've grown up imagining dinosaurs as 100% reptile, that's just a pet peeve of mine.

I like the pattern. I knew it was ocelot straight away.
ShortSharpShock Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
Hello :) I'm a Paleobiology major, so this obviously caught my eye. I'd like to start by saying that you're artwork is impressive, and the outcome of your work is beautiful.

I see you've done your homework because you got a lot of things right in this piece. The feather thing, of course continues to pop up in science magazines every once and awhile, and you did a lovely job creating a look of 'downy' over their bodies. The hands have the correct digits, and are proportioned properly; the feet were also done very well.

I'm no Paleobotanist, but I recognize that you've chosen mostly gymnosperm plants which are perfect for the period. Like I said, I'm not a plant person, but there's two plants I might take for angiosperms, but once again, all is well there because it's the Cretaceous. Still, I'm proud of you for not trying to throw a bunch of flowers or grasses in there. I'm also impressed with the skull and teeth, as well as the slight indent visible where the antorbital fenestra is. I'm also proud of you for the hip structure and long rigid tail you've drawn here.

The pattern you've chosen for the downy is interesting :) I may be a little skeptical as to whether that pattern actually existed, but still, very creative on your part, and entirely possible. If I were the talented artist you are I might change a few things though.

The first thing I noticed is that the dino you've drawn seems remarkably big. It's size is very reminiscent of the Jurassic Park velociraptors, and velociraptor was much smaller, it may have come up to about your waist. This seems much too big to me in comparison with the surrounding plants.

Another thing is, velociraptors had a huge orbital opening, much bigger than their antorbital fenestra, I would have liked to see the eye much larger. Two other things about the eye. One, you've chosen an elliptical pupil for this, which is fine, it's ancestral, however, birds have circular pupils, and since this is a cretaceous period dino, I would expect it to have the circular pupil like the birds which are a closer relation (I also normally see velociraptor reconstructed with a circular pupil). Considering the color of the dino's ancestral relatives' and descendent relatives' eyes, I would also suggest that the eye color be a yellow, to golden yellow.

Now, granted, you've done a beautiful job with this forest as far as talent and accuracy goes, but velociraptor isn't known to be a forest dino. While some of it's close relatives were forest dinos, velociraptor liked arid sandy habitats, more like a desert. That was really my biggest problem with this. Also, velociraptor is notorious for being labeled a pack hunter, I'm wishing there were many more velociraptors in this piece (:) ;) perhaps I just can't see them from my viewpoint).

Altogether though, you are very talented, and I can see that you didn't just decide to draw whatever popped into your head and call it a velociraptor. I'm very impressed with the amount of details you got correct. I'd like to apologize number one for such a long comment. And also, if you know everything I've just told you already I'm sorry if I've been sounding condescending, it wasn't my intention (I'm just a dino person :blushes:). I'll be adding this to my favorites, because I love dinos, and because I'm impressed with your talent.

If you'd ever like my input or advice on drawing dinos in the future you are welcome to it. Also, if you like drawing dinos I'd invest in "The Dinosauria", it's basically the dino bible of sorts. I'm going to go through your gallery now and see if there's more dinos to look at :D Once again, I'd like to stress that I'm more impressed with this than hung up on the few inaccuracies. Excellent job.
nyctopterus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
I disagree with you about the eye size and colour. The eye doesn't fill anywhere near the whole orbital fenestra, and the eyeball itself is partly covered with eyelids, so it seems about the right size in this picture. It is a very common mistake - even among very experienced palapeoartists - to make the eye too large. As for the colour, I'm not sure what you mean; birds and reptiles have a wide variety or iris colours.

Also, I don't think there's any evidence that Velociraptor was a pack animal.
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you, the advanced and knowledgeable critique is most appreciated!

Yes, I understand the problems with the background, and didn't do my research on the floral composition of prehistoric Mongolia. Also, you seem to be the only one who noticed the size problem, which has bugged the crap out of me ever since I noticed it, too. (The trees are just... er... very small.)

I'm more or less a novice at drawing paleoart, and still have a lot to learn. :) Thanks for your help!
ShortSharpShock Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
I think you could really excell at paleoart, I'd like to see some of your work in my books someday. If you're looking to be a paleo major, may I suggest the University of California Santa Barbara. This is my school, I choose it for my major because the department is so awesome. As far as I'm concerned it's a really good place to be for a paleo major.

Hope to see more work from you :) At least if you don't mind me adding you, and my long comments. =P
ResHumanae Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice :thumbsup:

I really like this one. After watching for a few minutes I notice that the left paw of the velociraptor in front looks almost glued on, and not a part of it's body. Like muscles around it, breastplate (I can't call them shoulderplates, since they are at front, if I remember correctly). Anyways, keep up the good work!
aspidel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats for the daily dev, Ferhago. Nice background.
Drk-Angel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
WOW! you know a lot about dinos! and this picture....the detail is just amazing! I don't know what else I can say about this piece; it is just simply amazing!!!! Wonderful job!
Nighteyes-De-Dracul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
Verra nice! I think that the colour on the rainforest plants individually is incredible. I would, however, suggest two things: One, the background should look more moist and green; it's just a tad two yellow. And two, the proto-feathers, while beautifully glossy and with a well-picked ocelot pattern, end too suddenly on the faces and limbs. I'd suggest a subtle decline into the scales as opposed to a sudden halt and swap.
But still...
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