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Acheroraptor by EWilloughby Acheroraptor by EWilloughby
Here's my rendition of the new Hell Creek velociraptorine dromaeosaur. It's known only from the maxilla and dentary, so I decided to only draw the business end of the animal (that, and I didn't really have the time for a full reconstruction). It's depicted staring at a hispine beetle, of which there is abundance evidence (Johnson et al 2000) from Hell Creek ichnofossils.

The animal has been known from teeth for many years, and was only recently finally given a name, Acheroraptor temertyorum, after the underworld Acheron of Greek mythology (Hell Creek reference and so on). Phylogenetic analysis recovers it as a velociraptorine, the most basal member of the group containing Velociraptor, Adasaurus and Tsaagan.

Photoshop CS4, ~2-3 hours
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thatdrawinguy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
You have successfully made my favourite raptor paleo art ever. This is amazingly well designed . Colouration is beautiful and accurate, the detail in the feathers are amazingly well done. I can almost count each feather. 100 out of 5
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Kinkorhyncha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The non-lipped version looks ridiculous
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Winter-Alpha-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible do you take trades?
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Frednuttin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
how is it different from Dromaesaurus
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
It lived later.
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FeatheredTrex Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
it is a dromeasaur i think
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SansIsntReal Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
This is truly and amazing piece of art! 
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TakingLiberty Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
So well done, I want to reach out and pet this fluffy cutie! 
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have seen this picture a LOT of times well done on the famous paleoart :D
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Animalme Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely picture, I've actually seen this before! It's actually a picture on Wikipedia.
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Icthyodont25 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Exactly, she's a pro at the arts.
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Animalme Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool ^^
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Icthyodont25 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Such arts...
Much Emily
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Animalme Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh-huh...?
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Icthyodont25 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Doge must live on :D (Big Grin) 
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Animalme Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IN OUR HEARTS HE WILL
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Icthyodont25 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Everywhere he will XD
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Icthyodont25 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
It's a meme
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reptilian-bird Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
You wouldn't BELIEVE how famous this already is!!!
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CreepyWarriorPony Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
Absolutely amazinngg! There's so much detail, it's incredible!
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Pulsarium Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student General Artist
My favorite!
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alvaro84 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2015
Reconstructions of prehistoric creatures often look clumsy unrefined prototypes of their modern successors, but this one is a complete, beautiful animal in its own right. So real, so ready to run off the screen!
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FluffyPlesiosaur Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
Stunningly beautiful. Thank you for also showing a non-lipped alternative. Which version do you personally think is more likely, if I may ask? I want to sculpt a raptor for my next project and simply can't decide.
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chinmoy808 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would say the lipped version. The teeth are protected from wind, dust, branches as I think it was semi-arboreal, and insects if lipped. It's up to you though. Sculpting would also be easier. But, the fanged appearance would be appealing too. I draw my raptors with lips.
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John-Smith-Guanlong Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
My goodness, the lighting on this is gorgeous!
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Spirit-Shade Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
I love it! Modern day birdlike plumage in dinosaurs makes them more real in my view. 
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
IT IS VERY FANTASTIC!!!
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The original raptor of Jurassic Park.
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where was thing photo taken??
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Gothhound Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
it was drawn.
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know
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JOSGUI Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
The Archeoraptor don't exist, no ? It's a fake.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
That's Archaeoraptor--this is Acheroraptor. ;)
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JOSGUI Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
It's that I thought
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JD-man Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2014
Something I've been meaning too ask: What do you think of the other Acheroraptor reconstructions ( cdn.escapistmagazine.com/media… ) ( cdn.escapistmagazine.com/media… )? I'm having trouble picking a favorite between yours & Dufault's: On the 1 hand, yours is more beautiful & life-like in an obvious way; On the other hand, Dufault's has a more "field guide" feel (like GSPaul's art in PDW) &, at the same time, reminds me of Kokoro's Velociraptor (which is 1 of my favorite dino models).
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Csotonyi's would have to be my favorite--the Dufault piece has beautiful technique, but the lack of primary feathers on the hands and scaly throat and deep fenestra put me off.
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JD-man Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
"Csotonyi's would have to be my favorite"

After yours of course, right? ;) In any case, I prefer the eyeball-eating version in Csotonyi's paleoart book.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's gorgeous!  And do I see a bit of Northern Goshawk influence in the plumage? :3
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, and yes indeed! I'm happy someone noticed. 
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Penumbraldecay Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite. :D
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80sDeinonychus Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I love the how the light shines through the fluff around the mouth. 
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wildman1411 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i really love this, it have successfully portrait the raptor as a majestic cross-breed between reptiles and avians, which is probably the most accurate. i don't get how people could possibly says that feathered dinosaurs are ugly after seeing this?
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37CatCats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
nice workClap 
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great reconstruction, especially the lighting is excellently done! :) The lips look very appropriate here. Also, if I may ask, how do you make feathers that look so real?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! As for the feathers, without putting a lot of time into the detail, lighting is key for realism - pay attention to how light and shadow look on a smooth feather coat of a bird, and reproduce the values without the details. :)
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DarthGojira Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Fantastic!
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Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the details!
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Sinornithosaurus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Rendition"

Haha, nice try. We're not that gullible ya know :P

Tell me, where is your time machine and what have you done with it?
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chinmoy808 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I want the time machine to show my classmates a dinosaur and change their views of dinosaurs. And I want a Compy as a pet.
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Boogalood Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Plumage is brilliant especially the detail on breast. Woodchat shrike inspired dress?
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