******************NOTE: ALWAYS OUTDATED. NEEDS CONSTANT REVISION. SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME******************************
Up to date Velociraptor here: www.artstation.com/artwork/WKK…
tail fan also as display and communication. (Ferahgo-the-aAssassin)
EDITED 31/3/2012: tail around the body when nesting. (MattMart)
Byronosaurus added to the troodontinds found in Djadokhta. (gdog00)
EDITED 15/4/2012: length of the tarsometatarsals corrected, metatarsal pads added.
eyes position less stereoscopic. (gdog00)
EDITED 5/12/2012: no lachrymal horns. (Qilong)
EDITED 5/9/2014: Newer reconstruction, changes in color, posture and wing arrangement (2013). About the wing feather arrangement: has made a much much better chart: fav.me/d75foyx and fav.me/d75fpbq.
EDITED 24/10/2014: Supraorbital membrane. How (I think) deinonychosaur eye sockets work (Osmatar)
Speed demons? NO. I didn'd have space to include this, but read it: dinogoss.blogspot.com.ar/2011/…
Thank god for closed mouths.The fact references always show their mouths open has always made it difficult for me to draw their mouths closed.
The "eyebrow" on this guy reminds me of the brow of an eagle and I like it, I think you're right about that.
I find the "raptor tail feathers" so distinctive and aesthetically pleasing, though apprently something of an uncertainty for velociraptors in particular.
More than a critique, this wants to be a lot of compliments from a hyper-enthusiast of paleoart and scientifically correct velociraptors.
First of all, your style is beautiful and a real source of inspiration for "dino-fanboys" like me. This deviation is also pretty much the long-sought source infographic on what is (or was) really Velociraptor. The subject itself is of impact and the silhouette is gorgeous. The background is appropriate and the color contrast that exists between the background and the subject is perfect. Info are absolutely correct and of an enviable precision. If I can give you a very modest suggestion, you may add in the lower left Citipati and Khaan to the oviraptorids (within Oviraptor) and Tsaagan to the dromaeosaurids (within Mahakala).
Your Velociraptor is the best among the 100000000 others "velociraptors" on web for me!
Marvelous, simply marvelous, I have to say tis is on of the best fact files of dinosaurs I've seen so far. You've added great detail, I love the small info on the side, and great job on the feathers. Bu one thing, on the bottom right hand corner, the preening tail picture shows th tail curved to th side of it's body. Remember, dromeosaurid tails were stiff, meaning they weren't very flexible, Oh and also can you make animals in your next one make them interact with other animals please, otherwise you did fantastic, I hope there's more that would be great.
First off, allow me to say that this is incredibly accurate with the facts about Velociraptor mongoliensis. Also, I really like the setup of all of the info boxes, which make it an easy read for multiple groups of people. This would make an excellent poster for classrooms, etc. For the artwork, I can see that a lot of time and dedication was put into this project, especially for the scientific accuracy. I really like the "blue-jay" coloration of the animal, a real step away from the usual darker color schemes used in other works. As a amateur paleontologist, it is something I would used if I need a quick reference on Velociraptor. As an artist, I'm impresses with the creativity. Great job.
I think this is an absoloutely incredible piece of palaeoart, and is one of the most accurate, well drawn dromaeosaurs I have ever seen. Not only is it accurate, the piece is also informarive and true to the fossil evidence, and has been presented in a very original format. I haven't seen an infographic like this in a long time, and I especially like the beige, sepia toned paper like background and slightly more simplistic yet still accurate line drawings of the grooming and resting Velcoiraptor, it makes the piece look like something from a wildlife obsevers handbook, showing one incredibly detailed depiction, highlighting clearly the recognisable details and colour schemes, paired with simpler behavioural obsevational drawings. The proportions are fantastic, and although this Velociraptor is a unique piece, you haven't overblown your artistic license with any over elaborate display feathers, you've kept to the science and restored Velociraptor based on proper evidence, yet at the same time added a unique artistic twist, especially in the colour scheme, which is something I haven't really seen in dromaeosaur art before, but I like it, and prefer it to your older, white Velociraptors, and recomend you stick to this pattern. Overall, I can't say anything bad or ciriticize this piece, and the only piece of advice I would give you is to do more of the lineart behavioural study pieces, perhaps showing the Velociraptor interacting with another species form it's habitiat, something like Protoceratops andrewsi, or maybe another Velociraptor would suffice. and I will leave you with the fact that I am looking forward to similar dinosaur infographics in the future. Well done!
Also, imagine going outside on a 110 degree day with a windbreaker on. Now imagine that you don't have the benefit of sweating. There's a reason animals that don't sweat stay in the shade on very hot days. And you're going to tell me most raptors retained all of their feathers from the common ancestor? I don't buy it.
Birds evolved from basal avialans like Anchiornis huxleyi, a small feathered maniraptoran from the middle jurassic, completely feathered.
-''My position on feathers is that what existed is what we have hard evidence for. Anything else is based upon speculation derived from extremely specialized and well preserved specimens in a specific environment''- Except that we have evidence for feathers in a wide range of raptors. Dakotaraptor steini is a large (5,5m) raptor from a temperate climate and has wing knobs, structures that exclusively correlate with fully formed wings. Velociraptor mongoliensis is a medium sized raptor (2m) from a half-desert climate, also preserves wing knobs.
Then we also have a ton of Liaoning dromaeosaurs that preserve feathers, from tiny gliding Microraptors, to medium sized flightless long-legged Zhenyuanlong. And much more.
It would be very weird if we found any dromaeosaurid without feathers at this point.
Also, my favourite dromaeosaurids are Yurgovuchia doellingi and Utahraptor ostrommaysorum (one of my favourite second names).
But my most favourite dinosaur families are: Basal sauropodomorpha and all other triassic dinosaurs, Abelisaurs and basal coelurosauria.