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This is a group whose purpose is to offer the best collection of accurate deinonychosaur art on Deviantart. This will include only high-quality and accurate illustrations of any dromaeosaurid or troodontid dinosaur.
Founded 12 Years ago
Jul 24, 2011


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333 Members
525 Watchers
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Rules for submissions

For more complete rules & regs, see here.

  • Anatomy must be reasonably accurate. Follow skeletals, look at original fossils, read original papers about proportions. This includes things like correct skull shape, no pronation of hands, accurate placement of pubic boot, accurate leg proportions, and realistically limited tail flexibility. Violation of any of these major points is grounds for immediate rejection.
  • All deinonychosaurs are feathered. The extent of the feathering is open to some debate. Bare legs and neck, as in ostriches, is permitted (though not preferred) for larger deinonychosaurs. For those where the feathering is directly known from fossils, there is very little wiggle room. Primaries always attach to the second digit of the hands. Deinonychosaurs, especially the smaller ones, likely had a very birdlike body plan in terms of plumage.
  • Use common sense. No inaccurate environments or settings, no crazy colors or patterns, no anthropomorphization whatsoever, and no anachronistic species interacting (unless it's clearly a cartoon and therefore belongs in the fun stuff folder).
  • No images that were not created by you. No "meme" images. If you use a photo, a skeletal, a 3D model, or a free-use image in your submission, please cite your reference (unless you made it yourself, of course).
  • About the fun stuff folder: this folder is for cartoons, caricatures, PSAs, comics and joke-y stuff involving deinonychosaurs. While this folder isn't intended to be strict paleoart, submissions must still be reasonably accurate. Correct feather placement and avoidance of common mistakes is a must.





Thank you for your input on the last journal entry, about whether we should allow non-feathered submissions. Much to my relief, the community's overwhelming reaction was a resounding "hell no!" In light of that discussion and also of external communication with a couple of concerned members, I have decided instead to be stricter about accuracy and more selective from now on in terms of what I'll allow here. This doesn't mean that every submissions has to be absolutely perfect, but the bar is slightly higher than before. For an updated list of our rules, please see the front page on Deinonychosauria.

However, there is a caveat: at suggestion from babbletrish, I have decided to open up a new folder for deinonychosaur cartoons, PSAs and the like. However, these must still be accurate. The primary focus of this folder is one of humor and of educational value, not strict paleo-art, but I will not sacrifice accuracy for the sake of humor (i.e. feathers can still attach to the correct digit in a cartoon!). Of course this does mean I'll be more lenient about anthropomorphic expression and behavior in this folder.

With this in mind, I have two questions on which I'd appreciate some input from the community:

1. Is the "fun stuff" folder a good idea? If there's an overwhelming consensus against it, I'll ditch it. Suggestions for additional guidelines are welcomed.
2. Spec evo: Yay or nay? Whenever I come across amazing stuff like this I sort of want it here, but it doesn't count as realistic paleoart so I'm not sure.

Thanks everyone!
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TheNERDofDINOs Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2022
Hello? 😐.               😕
Orphydian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2021  Hobbyist General Artist
Our brand-new group has a certain affinity with your group scope. Ofc there is a lot of filtering and selection going on like there should be on any group

ArsRapax | DeviantArt
ProjectOWL Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had a question I figured someone in this group might be able to answer - I’m not hating on anyone’s interpretations, and I love feathery dinos, but why are feathered raptors almost always drawn with long, full wing feathers? In flightless birds, like penguins and flightless cormorants, I’ve noticed that they either don’t have wing feathers at all (penguins) or very raggedy wing feathers (flightless cormorants).

Is the cleanliness and fullness of dino wings just played up for aesthetic? Do they have an evolutionary purpose? I get that some small raptors could be closely related to or evolving into birds, but would a raptor as big as a utahraptor really have a need for wing feathers?

(I’m no dinosaur expert, I’m just curious.)
TimTheDragonRider Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There’s a theory that they used the wings to help them turn while running, like Ostriches
DiggerShrew Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Diantimony Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hey everyone, I'm offering some paleoart commissions!
Here's my info:
Commission Info by Diantimony  

And a few examples of my work:
Brontothere by Diantimony   Ceratosaurus by Diantimony   Maisaurus Commission by Diantimony   Spinosaurus by Diantimony  
12monkehs Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Diantimony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hey there everyone! I am going to begin working on an up to date designed dinosaur coloring book, and need suggestions for species to be featured in it! What kinds of dinos would you like to see? I'm open to any. c:
JemDarpole Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Dakotaraptor for sure 
FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Still open? How about,
Diantimony Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
I actually just finished the book a couple of days ago! Here's the full thumbnail list of the dinos that are in it
And here's a link to the journal with more info on it

However, if I ever get picked up to follow it up with a second one, I'll take these suggestions to mind! Thank you! c:
FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dawwww they're all so cuuuute! Love it! And especially the floofy kuliandromeus :0
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Droemar Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
I was wondering since you guys are a group, if you could spread the word:  I'm doing a Kickstarter for my dinosaur novel Mark of the Conifer on Sept 1st. You can see more art for it here:…
Hope to see you there!
Megalotitan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

Im making a stop-mo film involving velociraptors. I want my critter to be as accurate as possible. So, I got some questions on raptors:

1. Does the wing connect to the middle finger, or bottom finger?
2. Are the middle and bottom finger connected? I saw this on an anatomy sketch, I was wondering if it was true.
3. Aside from restraining its prey with the sickle claw, could it also kick its prey to puncture them, like a cassowary?
I hope you answer my questions. Thanks.
Kelston Hubler
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist connects to the middle finger dude ^^

2.No, i saw it too, bot thatwas only the silhuette of the feather

3 i think it could on nearly dead prey, because if the pray moves quick, the claw could break. its a claw, not a heathardened steel knife.
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an old comment, but thanks. :)
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem dude
5aurophaganax Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist
Hello!Could you take a look at my Utahraptor drawing?Would be such an honor for me to it be featured here!
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