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dracontes

Of Dinosaurs and Dragons
306 Watchers105.1K Page Views674 Deviations
Artist // Hobbyist // Varied
  • Oct 22, 1983
  • Portugal
  • Deviant for 17 years
  • He / Him
My Bio

I am a skeptically inquiring secular humanist of a materialist and modernist bent with a lapsed Roman Catholic upbringing. Thus, for all intents and purposes, I'm a pragmatic atheist. I am also queer and a furry.


I tend to have a life, now in sabbatical as I prepare for job hunting, mainly in the Earth and Life Sciences areas, and, to my chagrin, I am a procrastinator. Hopefully these will be fixed in the next 100 years, though the latter is something I'm working on constantly.

Finally, I am always interested in artistic advice and if you want use my artwork here's the rules. You can also commission me. Tips via Paypal at Dracontes(at)gmail(dot)com are welcome as well.


These are my contacts:


Email

  • Dracontes(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Dracontes(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • rfvs1983(at)yahoo(dot)com


Skype

  • dracontes | Dracontes(at)hotmail(dot)com


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Favourite Visual Artist
John Sibbick, Gregory Paul, Wayne Barlowe, Daren Bader, Hubble Space Telescope, National Geographic photographers
Favourite Movies
Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Alien, Dragonheart
Favourite TV Shows
Dexter, The Mentalist, Fringe, BBC documentaries, National Geographic documentaries
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
It's more favourite musical pieces really....
Favourite Books
Cosmos, It's a Wonderful Life, Lord of the Rings, Belgariad & Malloreon, His Dark Materials
Favourite Writers
Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, John Tolkien, David & Leigh Eddings...
Favourite Games
Learning new stuff and finding new ideas
Favourite Gaming Platform
Books, the Internet...
Tools of the Trade
sheets of paper, an eraser and a mechanical pencil; a variety of graphic editing programs
Other Interests
Science (Biology & Geology), Literature (Science Fiction), Art (Figurative & Realistic)

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If you mean to say the muscle definition looks unevenly marked along the animal, say neck, flank and thigh, I definitely agree. I make a fine point of laying that out because it often seems people don't know (or don't know how to explain) what they mean by "shrinkwrapped" which I feel, then, is rather unhelpful critique.


:bulletblue:"is there a way where u can make this not shrink wrapped?"

Certainly. However I should say commenting on another iteration of a piece you find offending to your senses, when I've already laid out circumstances that would recommend patience, won't make relevant developments happen any sooner: I'm afraid I do have bigger fish to fry.

Short-Faced Tetanuran Shaded 1

I have my own ideas of how to update the creature design in the future. However do digress on what you'd do differently: I'm always up for talking shop on speculative zoology.

I should point out, though, since this is pencil on a printout of a digital drawing it's a bit difficult to update, unless I'd go about it digitally. With the design changes I'm imagining, it'd become more of a digital mixed media project the result of which I'd be inclined to submit separately to compare and contrast.

Besides, I like keeping a record of my artistic misdeeds. So, if this one does indeed hurt your eyes: don't look at it, maybe it'll go away.

Short-Faced Tetanuran Shaded 1
I know some simplification is necessary for clarity in your diagram, but I still feel it's a good idea to point out that primaries and secondaries do interact with each other as the wing folds and not just overlap rigidly (see these pigeon wing specimens viewed from underneath for instance, File:Hemiphaga_novaeseelandiae_(AM_LB1510-11).jpg , File:Hemiphaga_novaeseelandiae_(AM_LB13591-12).jpg ). It's something that in my discussions elsewhere I've noticed people have good amount of difficulty with, understandably so as it involves many moving parts.
Mini Wing Tutorial
I take it the scenario I propose above has its difficulties. Now that I read it again, I would change up the initial circumstances a bit with the movable ribs first being used more like those of Iberian ribbed newts and the neck vertebrae of pottos. Then we'd go to threat displays and bluffing, this time with a bit more substance to them than just looking bigger.
Icarithere Wing Evolution