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The Isle-Magnaraptor

By arvalis
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Hey guys its been a while. Here's something I did a few weeks back that I just got the go ahead to reveal.

So here it is, the new big boy for The Isle, Magnaraptor vulgis. As I'm sure most of you know I lean real hard on accuracy in my dinosaur art, so doing an intentionally incorrect monster dinosaur was a really fun exercise. I got to play with some of my favorite lizard traits and make something that I felt was a good twist on the classic Jurassic Park aesthetic. Anyway I hope you guys dig this piece, it took a good while to finish. Also I'm like super pleased with those spiderwebs that I painted.

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JohtoJourneys's avatar

Your artwork here is awesome it has a jurassic park spin to it love it

mynameisnotdave23's avatar
Congratulations. You made a scaly raptor look good. Not many people can pull that off.
Technobro781's avatar
I love the moniter lizard vibe that it has
BoopDaSnoot92's avatar
sooooo beautiful i love this game!
CrowClaws's avatar
I totally missed that you did this picture! I should have known by how well it's done, hah. Even for being a nonexistent raptor, you make everything look believable, like your Pokemon. I'm a big fan of The Isle so I see this a lot.  
Nadrax3343's avatar
Sorry if this sounds harsh, but what do you mean by "intentionally incorrect monster dinosaur"? How is this "incorrect" or "monster-like" in any way? This rendering literally couldn't be any more conservative if you tried. There are no exaggerated teeth, claws, muscles, spikes, spines, or any such thing. Even the posture and body texturing are extremely conservative, and the eyes are very mild and animalian, rather than intense and monster-esque. There is no shrink-wrapping or "dragonizing", and the entirety of the bio-mechanical layout is 100% accurate. The forelimbs are not pronated, the nostrils are correctly placed, the facial integument is reasonable, the jaw gape is not overestimated, and the color scheme is rational. Furthermore, it really holds no resemblance at all to the raptors in "Jurassic Park" (structurally or stylistically) even though you seemed to suggest so. I literally cannot find a single inaccuracy or monster-ism in this composite, apart from the weird hole in the side of the snout. (what is it?)
This leads me to ask: Did you call this concept piece an "Incorrect/Jurassic Park/Monster Dinosaur" based solely on the fact that it lacks plumage?
arvalis's avatar

It has giant komodo dragon scales and no feathers. Thats insanely inaccurate. Yes I did keep it in line with all the other anatomical rules you mentioned but that does not make it not a monster. This thing never existed, no dromaeosaur looked even close to this in life.

Nadrax3343's avatar
I must admit, this is quite a funny conversation. I am emphatically arguing that your drawing is relatively correct, while you adamantly defend its status as inaccurate.

Anyway, back to the point: The scales are far from "giant", and the raptor really looks nothing like a komodo-dragon (in my opinion). I'm just saying -- If you were going for a "hyper-unrealistic monster", I would expect it to look something like this:……

Think about it like this: Your raptor is many times more accurate than the ones in "Walking With Dinosaurs" --  a science documentary. Its' not "insanely inaccurate" if it entirely adheres to the anatomy of known therapods. Granted -- it is a fictional species -- but it's presumptuous and hyperbolic to say "no dromaeosaur looked even close to this in life". Nobody even knows what dromeosaurs looked like dead! There is still an unknown number of dromaeosaurs that are yet to even be discovered. Once again, this leads me to conclude that you're making exaggerated statements based solely on the lack of plumage, which is not nearly as significant as you seem to think. (I apologize if that sounds offensive or aggressive at all).
arvalis's avatar

I think its pretty safe conjecture to say that all dromaeosaurs had feathers. The scale impressions we do have from theropods are very, very small and these scales were photobashed from photos of komodo dragons which have far larger scales. To your point I did make it more accurate than a JP raptor but its still nothing like a real dromaeosaur. I effectively swapped integument entirely. That would be like drawing an elephant with feathers, its very wrong and would look absurd. Considering dromaeosaurs may actually be avian dinosaurs, it would be pretty weird to draw them without feathers imo.

Nadrax3343's avatar
I entirely understand where you're coming from, but I tend to be skeptical of most broad-sweeping speculations in the field of science as a whole. I agree, It would be absurd to depict elephants with feathers -- but it would also seem absurd to depict elephantids with fur if mammoths hadn't been discovered. I find it highly plausible that perceptions of maniraptoran plumage are subject to sampling bias. It seems like an irrational generalization to apply one integument type to the entirety of such an unfathomably vast and diverse clade of animals -- especially a clade with such an ancient, mysterious, fragmented history. This possibility is emphasized by the fact that there is actually a very small ratio of feathered maniraptor fossils in comparison to those of uncertain integument. Furthermore, these types of prominent phylogenetic generalizations have led to mistaken beliefs many times before. After all -- many people (including myself) believed that all Tyrannosaurs were feathered, until closer examination of the data suggested otherwise.
KarakNornClansman's avatar
Exquisite artwork! Perfect down to the fine cobwebs. You're a masterful artist, and I hope you've got commissions to pick and choose from, living the dream so to say. A happy sight for a lifelong Jurassic Park fan.

Do you only do commission pieces for others out of principle, or do you dabble in volunteer collaborations every now and then? And what do you think Warhammer Lizardmen designs? Would you by any chance be intrigued by the thought of redesigning them after your own head?

Please pardon me asking, but would you by any chance be interested in helping out the volunteer project known as the Ninth Age (T9A for short: )? It is the spiritual successor of Warhammer Fantasy, run by 300+ volunteer contributors all tinkering in their spare time, and it aims to go even further than Warhammer did along the paths of historically based dark fantasy smörgåsbord setting:

The Lizardmen of T9A are known as Saurian Ancients, with cultures and species both in the equivalent of South America and Africa.

Moreover, T9A is always welcoming artists who want to join their art team, and your skill and distinctive designs would be great to have on board (even if for a single illustration), should you ever be interested in joining and help develop this setting by putting your own distinctive mark upon its art pool. If you would by any chance be interested in donating old artworks of yours, then here is a quick guide for T9A gallery upload of art contributions:

I can get you in E-mail contact with the head of their art team, if ever you're interested.

At any rate, splendid artworks! Evocative to boot, and detailed like a dream. Have a nice day. :)
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Do you know anthomnia
Criswolf01's avatar
Wow, very good, :wow:
Kaiju-Borru-Zetto's avatar
A very special boy.
This image makes my soul happy.

Also, you should be super pleased with those spider webs goddamn.
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Totallyahooman's avatar
How long does it take to make these awesome pictures? If you don't mind me asking :P
TwitchingFool0's avatar
I knew I noticed something familiar. In the Jurassic World 2 trailer with Blue and Owen! I think they borrowed your concept. :3
agnes21's avatar
This is awesome! 
Scholarly-Cimmerian's avatar
Spectacular picture, I really like it!
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