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  • Apr 5
  • United Kingdom
  • Deviant for 13 years
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Matt Dempsey, aka Sketchy-raptor

I'm a palaeontologist and musculoskeletal biologist studying the evolution of dinosaur locomotion, with ornithischians being the main focus of my research. I'm currently working towards my PhD with the Evolutionary Morphology and Biomechanics Research Group at the University of Liverpool and the Fossil Reptiles Research Group at The Natural History Museum, London. I'm also a masters graduate of the University of Manchester's Department of Earth Sciences.

I dabble as a scientific illustrator, using various artistic tools to supplement my research and create anatomical reconstructions, as well as for creating my own palaeontological artwork. Most of the content I’ll be posting here will be dinosaur related, but I do occassionally dabble in other things.

Outside of my career life, I'm deeply interested in films and filmmaking, as well as being an avid comic book and video game fan.

Enjoy my gallery, and feel free to ask questions and leave comments!

Follow me on twitter for palaeontological discourse, more art and other things of interest:

Check out my portfolio on ArtStation for better breakdowns of my more recent works:…

Favourite Visual Artist
Crash McCreery, Ralph McQuarrie, RJ Palmer, John Sibbick, Charles Knight, Stjepan Sejic (Nebezial), Amanda Conner
Favourite Movies
Jurassic Park, Inception, The Empire Strikes Back, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Godfather, Batman, King Kong
Favourite TV Shows
Walking with Dinosaurs, Batman: The Animated Series, The Mandalorian, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Scrubs, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Rick and Morty
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Koji Kondo, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Gorillaz
Favourite Books
The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine
Favourite Games
BioShock Infinite, Mass Effect 2, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC, most Nintendo consoles
Tools of the Trade
Grit, spit an' a whole lotta duct tape
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage here, with some commentary from yours truly: Earlier this week, I stopped by Manchester Museum to check out April the Tenontosaurus! Researching April effectively launched my career. I started out doing basic curation, ID, and outreach work on April during my third undergraduate year at the University of Manchester, before pitching a study on the biomechanics of the skeleton as my final year research dissertation. Since then, April has remained a major component of my current doctoral research. As both an expert on the skeleton and an alumni of the university, I was brought into the project to redisplay the skeleton at Manchester Museum as the scientific consultant. Over the past year-ish, I've been visiting the museum to help guide the mounting process. The conservation team have done excellent work, employing delicate and novel techniques to prepare the skeleton and affix the
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Was never fully happy with my last attempt at a personal Godzilla design - so here's something new.
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Happy early birthday!

Please, if you do a study of the musculature of a patagopelta or any other nodosaurinae, I would greatly appreciate it, as I can't find any scientifically correct images of it. Also, I watch you.

Hi Sketchy-raptor.

Great! ... especially the muscular art which is really interesting to see visualized. Thanks : )

Happy natonial animal day!

Hey I just wanted to say I find your page really fascinating