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Age-12 Raptor by L-Spiro Age-12 Raptor by L-Spiro
Itís a blast from the past, and not just because this is a drawing of a dinosaur, but because I drew it when I was 12 years old.

Here is the history.

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Once upon a time, Jurassic Park came out.
I was 11, in the 6th grade at that time, and of course I was into dinosaurs. I did not draw them as much as one would suspect but about a year after it had been out I suddenly got the urge.

I was 12 years old then and already had sleeping problems.
I was lying in bed unable to sleep. I had a trading card for Jurassic Park that I had scored from a pack of gum (I had many but only one of them is relevant here). On the front was some picture of a raptor and on the back was a bunch of text about raptors and in the upper-right corner was this picture, which I had always admired as being very very detailed and realistic. I decided then to draw that picture.

I turned on only my nightlight to avoid detection from the mother species and grabbed that card and a pencil (not a colored one yet).
The reference area for this drawing was only 1 inch by 1 inch and I was drawing in the dark, my room lit only by a poor nightlight.

At first I did not expect to get great results under those conditions. I was drawing in a 6-by-6 area from a source that was only 1-by-1 and I could hardly see it anyway. But I decided I would draw my rough outline and if that turned out well I would continue.
I remember doing the teeth last and when I put all the teeth in I remember thinking, ďAwesome, I got all the teeth in without having to distort any of them.Ē
I was really ready to go by this point.

I filled in the rest of the raptor, scale-by-scale, fold-by-fold, all with regular pencil. The pencil I do not remember but I believe it was a normal #2 pencil we used in school.

I drew it all in pencil first, but then I decided I wasnít done.
My colored pencils from school were on the floor or somewhere near my bed where I was drawing, so I decided I would color this one.

I had never colored any drawings before, so once again I was not sure how it would turn out. But I was so excited about it I just kept going on.

I finished the whole thing extremely quickly. It might have been the fastest drawing I have done in my life.
I remember that I started near 9:00 at night. I donít remember exactly how long it took, but I know I did it all at once and I got enough sleep for the night, so I think I finished around midnight.
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The paper is really dirty as I did not use any ďadvancedĒ techniques such as putting another paper under my hand.
I had never read drawing books or watched others draw so I did not know any of these types of things.


I drew this 13 years ago, so the details are not entirely clear, but here they are.

Paper: Sketching Paper.
Pencil: I think #2 for school, followed by some kind of colored pencils also for school.
Time: Not sure but I think 3 hours.


Although I was just a kid when I drew this, and the content is not so popular anymore, I hope you can enjoy it.


L. Spiro
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:iconjohanahylandart:
JohanaHylandArt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing <3
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
Thank you.


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Moonsunthing Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You where 12 when you drew that.... - throws drawing books everywhere - I'm 13, I've wanted to draw ever since I could hold a pencil and yet I'm not as good as this yet? Infact my arts going down instead of up. I have my own art style now, don't know hoe, but I am stuck drawing like that now. It feels impossible to get away from this art style that's stuck to me like glue. My best friend who is good at art, infact perhaps better than me... She made fun of my style, saying they have square heads... So I've given up.... I wish I was this good...
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
If it is what you enjoy then there is no reason to give up.  It won’t help you get better.


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Moonsunthing Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
*how . Dammit auto correction! Dammit laggy keyboard!
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ecury Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice Raptor!!!
I loved to draw and paint dinosaurs!
Artists like Mark hallet, Charles Kinght were my inspiration.
congratulations for your work!
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Thank you.


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angelkinart Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool :)
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G4MM43T4 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i remember when Jurassic park came out
... good times
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Lyrithen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!  This was drawn when you were 12??  That really blows my mind.
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Thank you.


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ella-ablaze Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible!! :) Never stop doing what you love
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Thank you.


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miamary123456 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Amazing work! Simply fantastic!!! :iconluvluvplz: How old are you now? :love: :painter: :pencil: :heart:
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Thank you. She is about 29 now.


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miamary123456 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're Welcome! Tell her I think she is awesome!!! :iconluvluvplz:

Hey can you check out my artwork? It's not that great, I turned 13 in late February (as if my age should be an excuse for the poor quality!) Haha.
Thanks so much! :painter: :jedi:
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   Digital Artist
very nice
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KTLasair Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is stunning!
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Sarahpie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thats really good!
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DolphinChild Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
YOU WERE 12 when you drew that ? i m not sure i could draw that at 12 , and it that time i already had 2 years of art class.

U HAVE TALENT !!!!!
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THE-ART-OF-CHAOS Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I wasn't originally going to fave this, but I read you're story behind it, and it touched me because it reminded me so much of what I did and still go through as an artistic night owl type. :D <3
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Always glad when I touch a stranger.


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:iconthe-art-of-chaos:
THE-ART-OF-CHAOS Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Is it weird that I enjoy being touched by strangers? :D Knew it would sound silly saying I was "touched" lmao
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tcwoua Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your entry has been level up to a+gallery at :iconbestdrawings: keep up the good work! :dance:
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Thank you.


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Mariew-chan Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student General Artist
wow amazing! you drew this when you were 12? sweet! :) just totally awesome!
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Thank you.


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Mariew-chan Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student General Artist
you're welcome. :)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011   Writer
I "concur[e]" with a current quote by Banksy now used in my sig line.
He also says something like "People who do art just for fame aren't famous. They must have something they do that results in fame." It's on my profile page if you want to read it and see lots more going on in the dA community. I wrote stories at age twelve. I still do. Your point is easy to agree with. Thank you. :+fav: ... (:
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AureiPecan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Amazing, I had an affinity for dinosaurs at that age, but then it eventuallly morphed into dragons, then morphed into wolves. Although, I had always drawn freehand I detested having to look at something to draw it...haha when my teachers try to get me to do still life I refused. When my teachers told me to do structure drawing I refused and when my teachers told me, "Shade completely with your 2B then switch to your 4B." I, once again, refused.

Mind you, I didn't have a legitiment art teacher till about 3 years ago, I still don't do any of those things though; it frustrates my teachers. I sometimes do it in the means of pleasing them and it looks exactly the same as my other final product would have been if I jumped straight into contour lol.

I have to admit, I don't think I was anywhere near you as far as my freehands went at that age, hell I don't know if I could do that now. XDDD
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Thank you.
No need to conform. I meet tons of women here in Tokyo who played piano as a child, but all told the same story: The teacher was mean and kept telling them to “do it this way” etc.
The result? Did they become better at piano?
No, they simply quit and now none of them can play. Teacher did much more damage than good.

In some fields there are “right ways”, but not in art.
Do what works for your style, and tell any teachers who try to shove some “right way” crap down your throat that they are not doing their jobs as teachers.


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AureiPecan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Haha, I adore you, you are extremely knowledgable and worth taking advice from. Also, you have hard evidence which is is another thing I enjoy.

I do not like to conform because I don't want to be like everyone else and I'm mixed, but must people consider me African American and it frustrates me that there are people out there that believe I want to be exactly like the ignorant people they compare us too. This is partly the reason I draw because I want to have something to show that I'm not out in the streets doing drugs or that I'm with a gang...that I don't want to conform. It is also the reason I try to learn as much as possible so all of those people, who assume I was just like the ignorant people they have met in their lives, get a slap of reality to the face...no body is exactly like another. :/

Sorry for venting; I kind of get pushed into it when I hear about conforming @~@. Haha
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CyroGurl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
12?! Im 13 and i still cant draw that good! thats awsome! so faving!
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stevenrf69 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
so how many raptor yrs is 12 human yrs?
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VyToR Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
wow what a great surprise I also drew that raptor head pic when I was pretty youngh like 13 years old and it was myfirst serious realistic pic, I got insired by a JP book but I like yours more [link]
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GenkoFox Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Student General Artist
-ish in shock- Oh Wow! This is talent! -purrs-
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Typical-Trick Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Great job!
And the memories make it even better! <3
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BladedMako Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Impressive, it looks just like one of the ones from the movie.
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oldartdude Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Nice work... the eyes REALLY have "it". I like the way the colored pencil floats on top of the graphite. Good thing you did this at twelve years old before anyone told you it can't be done.
Best Regards
WES
P.s. I liked your acknowledgment of the difference between stippling and pointillism. I agree with Seurat the step up from pointillism is chromoluminarism. I'm starting a new group. It should be up soon, check it out Di-Visionists-Vision
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Thank you.

I have checked out the group and your profile. You have some impressive works given how they were done.


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oldartdude Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Thanks.
It's kind of a new angle of expression. I really like the opportunity of collaborating with creative photographic artists, introduce a new media for outputting there work as original art. There may be those that don't agree. That's part of pioneering within the environment of Art and Technology. But pointillism and divisionism color theories are getting more recognition. It's slow change in a fast moving field, but I can't find the stop botton. and that light energy we call color is still right there emitting radiance. Thanks for the comment.
Best regards
Wes
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SSBfanboy42 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Never knew a 12-year-old draw that.
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pyramidrus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist
good god you make me sick with envy
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
My pleasure. :altermind:


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jhdragonreader Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome.
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Stitchfan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Student Filmographer
If that story is true, then you have to be one of the most gifted people on earth. This looks amazing! If I could draw like that at twelve... I'd own an animation studio by now :giggle:

Truely amazing. Keep it up! :w00t:
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Embodia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
:O you drew that at the age of TWELVE!?!?

Gah, now I'm feeling inferior.
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Neinbock Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
This is a complete lie. It's copied from [link] - you could at least have cited reference.
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
I cited the reference quite clearly and accurately. It is from the back of a Jurassic Park trading card obtained by buying a pack of gum from my local convenience store when I was 11 (not to be drawn until a year later).
I have never seen that book before (until your friend Vuzzle posted his own versions of your accusations), and if I had I would have used it as a reference instead (and cited it as so). It has a much clearer and larger copy of the image that was on the trading card.

Sorry, but I don’t read your obscure German books and there is no way or reason I would have ever heard of that book.

All you and Vuzzle have done is provide definitive proof that the author of that book used a copy of the same image I used for my own reference.
Do you really think that author had that image made specifically for his book?
It came from Jurassic Park. It is a famous and widely publicized image and can be found on trading cards, posters, and apparently a random German book.


On another note, nice gallery. Your cartoons are of professional quality. Nice style and executed well.


If anyone still has the Jurassic Park trading card with this image on it, do feel free to post.


L. Spiro
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Neinbock Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Wow. I feel stupid now.

"I had never read drawing books or watched others draw so I did not know any of these types of things."
...is just what really left me puzzled. I guess I got you the wrong way here.

I sincerely apologize for my really inappropriate reaction. Thanks for taking the time to clarify.

Also, props for this great work then! I remember messing proportions up quite bad when I was 12 and not nearly daring to use as strong shading as you did, so this is really amazing.
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