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Age-12 Raptor
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Published: June 24, 2007
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It’s 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, “Awesome, I got all the teeth in without having to distort any of them.”
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 wasn’t 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 don’t 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 “advanced” 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.


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JohanaHylandArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Amazing <3
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Thank you.


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MoonsunthingStudent 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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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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MoonsunthingStudent Traditional Artist
*how . Dammit auto correction! Dammit laggy keyboard!
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ecuryProfessional 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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Thank you.


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angelkinartHobbyist Traditional Artist
cool :)
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G4MM43T4Hobbyist General Artist
i remember when Jurassic park came out
... good times
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LyrithenHobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!  This was drawn when you were 12??  That really blows my mind.
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Thank you.


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ella-ablazeHobbyist General Artist
Incredible!! :) Never stop doing what you love
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Thank you.


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miamary123456Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Amazing work! Simply fantastic!!! :iconluvluvplz: How old are you now? :love: :painter: :pencil: :heart:
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Thank you. She is about 29 now.


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miamary123456Student 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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SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
very nice
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KTLasairHobbyist General Artist
Your work is stunning!
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SarahpieStudent Traditional Artist
thats really good!
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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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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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Always glad when I touch a stranger.


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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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tcwouaHobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your entry has been level up to a+gallery at :iconbestdrawings: keep up the good work! :dance:
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