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.
are you aware this person is using your art to make money?
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?
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.
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).
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.
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: www.the-ninth-age.com/ )? 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: i.imgur.com/dlmQkB6.jpg
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.imgur.com/ORLCncV.jpg
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.