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We are the Crystal Raptors (and Others)

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So I heard that people like this show. I had intended to include more characters, but I didn't want to spend too much time on this one, so I restricted myself to the main four and a couple others who I thought would be most interesting to design. In addition, I initially wanted to have the main characters to be wielding their weapons, which I scrapped for the same reason. There's an undescribed specimen of Anzu nicknamed "Pearl", so I was tempted to draw Pearl as one, but troodont was a no-brainer all other things considered. Peridot's touchscreen is formed out of her detached rectrices.
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OtusArt's avatar
I absolutely love this as a fan of both Steven Universe and maniraptoran dinosaurs!

In fact, I could make fan art out of this!
Albertonykus's avatar
Thank you! It would be an incredible honor to see your take on this. :) (Smile) 
SpinoInWonderland's avatar
Bird mom just turned literal...not really, but close enough :XD:
Albertonykus's avatar
Yep! XD I've seen other fan art even closer to the mark.
SpinoInWonderland's avatar
Yeah, and considering birds are also maniraptorans, Pearl as an actual bird fits here too.

BTW, this just gave me the idea of depicting them as sauropods or something...
Albertonykus's avatar
That could be fun!
Jurassiczilla's avatar
What about the other characters?
Albertonykus's avatar
See the part about me not having time to include everyone I wanted to. :P (Lick)
bh1324's avatar
Just finished watching the first season...

It was... Surprissingly good?!
Albertonykus's avatar
Yeah, I feel it takes a while for it to gain momentum, but it gets interesting once it does.
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The-Nerdinator's avatar
I thought Jasper could be a ceratopsian or something, and her gem would be her nose horn. Because there are more to dinosaurs than just maniraptors (I know this because I'm a Brachiosaurus myself).

And the fusions besides Garnet...that would be weird.
Albertonykus's avatar
In this conception they are all maniraptors. You are correct that there are more to dinosaurs than that, of course, but I've got to leave some things for other people to draw. =P I concur that Jasper would make a good ceratopsian in an AU that was more inclusive of other dinosaurs.

The fusions would look pretty crazy for sure, but I get the impression that they're meant to look somewhat monstrous even in the original show. They'd still be better hybrids than Indominus rex. XD
The-Nerdinator's avatar
I am not trying to offend you. Keep in mind that I am a sauropod, and I am not used to human mentality.

Still, Opal as a Zanabazar with Nothronychus claws would be pretty terrifying.
Albertonykus's avatar
No worries, I wasn't at all offended.
Tyrannotitan333's avatar
connie should be whatever maniraptor has been found in india like that troodont or hypothetical rahonavis cousins lololol #BoredRacistTrashWhoActuallyFollowsTheLogicOfManyFansWithAUs
Albertonykus's avatar
 :rofl: In my conception, she's a dromaeosaurid as well, but with a different color scheme and body shape.
Tyrannotitan333's avatar
Makes sense, I guess. Dromaeosaurs (or Eudromaeosaurs, given Lapis?) = humans, it sounds like.
Albertonykus's avatar
I like to think that there would be other maniraptors taking human roles too (and they'd be actual dinosaurs, not constructs like the Gems), but the main human characters would be dromaeosaurids.
80sDeinonychus's avatar
Haha these are all perfect! Good Job Nod 
TheLOAD's avatar
What are each of them?
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