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Dakotaraptor's Ornithomimus Dinner

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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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Bottom. Right.
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Traumatized babby.
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Nature-essenceHobbyist Digital Artist
what brushes did you use for the river?
Frednuttin's avatar
found the baby
JacoBaryonyx's avatar
How did that ornithomimus get all the way up there?
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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.
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i completely forgot dakotaraptor is the size of a man so i was wandering why the ornithomimus was so small :D
IThinkOfaNameLater's avatar
Wow! Emily really does the best dromaeosaur reconstructions out there.
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Another wonderful masterpiece, i love the use of shadings and blending plus i love the expression on Dakotaraptor's face :D truly badass :clap:
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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's avatar
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.
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Not even documentaries portray feathers right! it just looks like shit at the end of the day. 
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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.
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Except that crowned eagles hunted hominids.
IThinkOfaNameLater's avatar
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.😬
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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.
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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.
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Rahula87Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are right! People just ignore scientific facts :(
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Feathered dino on feathered dino action, nice.
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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!
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I saw this on Wikipedia!
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