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Dakotaraptor's Ornithomimus Dinner by EWilloughby Dakotaraptor's Ornithomimus Dinner by EWilloughby

And here is my second illustration for DePalma et al's new giant Hell Creek dromaeosaur, Dakotaraptor, and the one I personally prefer. :)

Early on in the process I suggested the team include a bit in the manuscript about the possible use of Fowler's "raptor prey restraint" hunting strategy in this taxon, as this would be the first giant raptor discovered since that study. And isn't it fun to imagine what kind of prey a dromaeosaur this large could RPR? Additionally, I'd always wanted to draw a dromaeosaur ripping the feathers out of its prey before digging in, as a falcon would do to a pigeon. How fortuitous that the new Ornithomimus paper came out so recentlyso rather than the Dakotaraptor vs. T. rex meme that's started up since yesterday, have a bit of Halloween-appropriate nightmare fuel as Dakotaraptor enjoys his dinner. (Can you find the Ornithomimus's baby?)

Thanks to Agahnim and others for critiques/suggestions on this. Anyone who wants to is welcomed to repost this in blogs or articles on the new genus, but please credit me. A signature on the image itself is not enough. I shouldn't have to restate this, but apparently I do—respect artists.   

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mynameisnotdave23 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bottom. Right.
transpaleoartist Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
mynameisnotdave23 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Traumatized babby.
Nature-essence Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what brushes did you use for the river?
Frednuttin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017
found the baby
JacoBaryonyx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017
How did that ornithomimus get all the way up there?
ThatCoelurosaur Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't mean to cause an upset, but Duane Nash was ragging on you and Conway for "piggybacking" on the whole clean cut raptor look. Modeling dromaeosaurs on birds of prey like eagles and Falcons, with the feathers cutting off at the snout, leaving a sort of proto beak.
Evodolka Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i completely forgot dakotaraptor is the size of a man so i was wandering why the ornithomimus was so small :D
IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Wow! Emily really does the best dromaeosaur reconstructions out there.
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another wonderful masterpiece, i love the use of shadings and blending plus i love the expression on Dakotaraptor's face :D truly badass :clap:
ApesFangs Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Fanboy:Feathered Dinos ain't cool!Not scary!Not Badass! *Ignoring the fact that Roosters are scary and that Raptors are cool and badass*
LennyIsATomato Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
I wouldn't call roosters scary. 
Large birds of prey can be, but birds are usually not very scary in general.
I think the reason alot of people prefer scaly dinosaurs is because reptiles are very different when comparing them to mammals and birds. It's very alien like. Fur and feathers are very soft and welcoming, scales are not. Ever looked at an alligator and thought "it's so cuddly, i just wanna hug it"? That's what someone would maybe think when seeing a kitten or duckling.
It's not like people go watch movies like jurassicworld, expecting it to be a documentary.
If people aren't a fan of feathered dinosaurs then let them feel that way. The same goes for someone that doesn't like scaly dinosaurs. I personally don't have a problem with either scales or feathers. Of course in science it doesn't matter what someone's opinion is, but everything isn't about science.
9Weegee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Not even documentaries portray feathers right! it just looks like shit at the end of the day. 
Kagansaurus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
The reason for this is probably, when humans first evolved in Africa, we had to learn to fear furry and scaly predators, rather than feathered ones. So the trait has stuck with us today.
acepredator Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Except that crowned eagles hunted hominids.
IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Interesting, I guess, but I've been chased by an emu and I can assure you that feathered dinosaurs are scary in specific situations. And imagine these dromaeosaurs will actually try to kill you and eat you alive.😬
Kagansaurus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
I believe any anything can be scary if portrayed right. It's just somethings take more effort to make scary. Feathered dinosaurs can definitely be scary.
Yeah, but the problem with media is that unfortunately most people are not familiar with feathered dinosaurs,and when they hear they have feathers they for some reason forget that these are still dangerous predators and instead think. FEATHERED DINOSAURS!,! And they immediately start comparing them to little cute birds or something. Bird=not scary. Which is pretty stupid because animals like cassowarys have killed people.
Tigers have the same skin covering as cute rabbits, yet tigers are one of the most feared animals on the planet.

but I think the best place to show accurate dinosaurs is a Remade walking with dinosaurs style documentary, because what  
WWD did was they showed these creatures as actuall animals and not unstoppable relentless killing monsters.
Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are right! People just ignore scientific facts :(
william023 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016
Feathered dino on feathered dino action, nice.
Utahraptor93 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of my favorite pieces of art. It's so beautiful! You're an amazing artist, and have been one of my inspirations to pursue art and animation!
Megasupream Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this on Wikipedia!
PeteriDish Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
look at that face! what sinnister look in those eyes! anyone who says feathered raptors are not scary is out of their mind. :D
Keehsay Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
T-Rex would kill everything. not just one little bird
Dakotsie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
Let me guess, you passed biology class with a D-?
Dr-XIII Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017   Digital Artist
I wouldn't call "D-" a Passing Grade.
diebruder Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TheBilghtedOvum Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
Amazing work Emily! The shear realism in your art is stunning on its own. You draw these creatures exactly how they would look in real life!
Camacaw Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
\(^o^)/ Praise this man!
FloofyDinoLover Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Looks amazing! The wings seem a bit short but that is just because I'm used to modern birds.
dilophosaurus65 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A true mesozoic horror movie scene... :o (Eek) 
Wyatt-Andrews-Art Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The turtles are my favorite part! JK It's probably how you did the bloody feather falling off of the log. Great detail as always!
crisalex-armijo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
Your illustrations are exactly jow I picture dinosaurs in my mind... I love this 😍
pilsator Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Heavily) belated congrats on your Dakotaraptor illustrations. I like this one even better than the one featured in the DePalma et al. paper.
HadrosaurHero Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Wonderful art.
Question, have you done art for Austroraptor? I've heard about it being a piscovore and wondered if there was any proof/art of it.
Dinodc98 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is so freaking awesome. I like how he brings his kill into the trees.
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Given the surprisingly lean and agile build of the Dakotaraptor, it would
make sense if they pounced onto their prey from a easy to get to branch
in the style of modern birds of prey.
AVCDPS Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
OMG! This is the best Dakotaraptor I have ever seen. You've really outdone yourself Willoughby.
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So cutie-patooty! :meow:
UmbreoNoctie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
You are amazing. You're inspiring me so much. When I heard about this new Raptor (thanks to my friend :icondjigr:), I was so happy yo see new work from you. <3

Poor little baby :'(
FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous work Emily!
Tarturus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The baby at least seems to have remained out of sight. Sadly, its future may be grim now that its been left on its own.
Norski Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting - particularly, for me, the scale of that downed tree/stump: and the job D. would have had, getting the prey up there.
ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning work here, the composition is amazing and very life-like! 
SpinozillaRex Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
my question is tho, how would dakotaraptor void adult tyrannosaurs if it ere to run into one? would it run? climb? fight? so many questions....

But awesome drawing!!!!!
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Run or climb.
AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The larger dinosaur, belive it or not, would actually be hesitate to attack because even small wounds could lead to a nasty, even life-threatening infection (remember in the wild there are no band-aids or doctors). So I think both predators would probably make threat displays (growl, snarl, roar, puffing up, mock-charges) until one or the other backs down and leaves. And whoever was in whoever's territory, the raptor being in the rex's territory or vice-versa, would never come back knowing they wouldn't want anymore beef-or, Triceratops flesh -you get the idea!
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