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Mantling Dromaeosaur

By Ashere
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A dromaeosaurid mantels a dying ornithopod. This is based on a paper that was just published, speculating whether dromaeosaurid predation resembled the raptors of today. I like it, personally, and I think it's an interesting pose.

I made an effort to emphasize the bird like here, making the predator as fluffy as an excited bird of prey. He'll calm down later, when he's full, and his feather will smooth down and give him a sleeker appearance.
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Ashere's avatar
All I request is that you credit me and link to the original piece! (And send me a link too, so I can see it.) :) 
Ashere's avatar
Sure! if I'd done this sketch this year, I would have. :)
Terizinosaurus's avatar
IT IS VERY FANTASTIC!!!:D (Big Grin) 
sagittariussigner's avatar
I like this drawing !
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littledinosaurarms's avatar
Always looking for good paleoart and yours is just amazing. Wish I had more to say, just in awe right now. +Watch!
Ashere's avatar
Your..icon...can't...look away.....

Thanks! I'm really glad you like it.
Saberrex's avatar
this looks like something out of a naturalist's journal. only one word describes this. incredible.
JD-man's avatar
There are 2 things I really like about this deviation: The scene's realism (In other RPR reconstructions, either the animals look weird or the poses look weird); The dromaeosaurid's birdiness (I really like how excited birds look). I also like your style. IDK what, but something about it makes your drawings easy on the eyes.

BTW, out of curiosity, are the dinos meant to be Deinonychus & Zephyrosaurus? Also, what hawk species did you base the dromaeosaurid's patternation on?
Ashere's avatar
Thank you very much! I'm really pleased with how this one came out, especially since it started as a very, very rough sketch.

The dromaeosaurid and ornithopod are pretty much generic species, although they could be Deinonychus and Zephyrosaurus. Let us say that it is a some type of dromaeosaur that has the exact proportions of the illustration. :) The patterning is roughly similar to that of a red-tail, but for the most part it was basically made up on the fly, if you will.
JD-man's avatar
Are you familiar w/the drawing in the following link? I ask b/c it reminded me of this drawing & I think they're tied for best RPR reconstruction.

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Ashere's avatar
I wasn't, but I really like it. These may actually be better then mine.
JD-man's avatar
On the 1 hand, I like the cleaner lines & details of the other drawing. On the other hand, I like more natural look of your drawing. That's why I think they're tied.
EmperorDinobot's avatar
Well done as usual.
pilsator's avatar
Very nice one!
Ashere's avatar
Thank you very much.
NTamura's avatar
looks very natural. One of the best dromie recons I've seen. Good job! :)
Ashere's avatar
Thanks! Means a lot coming from you. :)
windigofer's avatar
This is probably my favourite so far of the "Dromie hunting like non-dromie raptor" renditions :D Done very well, and looks extremely plausible.

(As an aside, pretty much since we've had hard proof that dromies were likely feathery little beasts with at least strong glider tendencies (with the little ones) and the theories that the infamous claw was a grappling hook...I've wondered if dromie hunting wasn't a bit more "avian" than we give them credit for. Glad to see a formal study exploring this possibility :D)
SageKorppi's avatar
Of all the reconstructions I've seen based on that paper, I think this is more what I imagine the behavior like than anyone else has illustrated. Nice job!!
JD-man's avatar
I think it's a tie btwn this drawing & the 1 in this link: [link]
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