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Leaping raptor by tuomaskoivurinne Leaping raptor by tuomaskoivurinne
acrylics 2010.

This is what we thought Romanian theropod Balaur bondoc might have looked like, at the time of its discovery. After more recent studies, it has been suggested that this more likely a flightless bird. So, I guess, this either stays as reminder of our first impressions OR just portrays another dromaeosaur.

A good example of the things paleontologists (and paleoartists as well) have to deal with.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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acepredator Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2015
I have to say I see this as a slow ambush predator (theropod analogue to Smilodon except it's the claws that slit the throat) rather than an omnivore or herbivore.

Still no apex predator thanks to a big-game hunting pterosaur (yes this has been proven and by Mark Witton no less)
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Nevermind, If this was a dromaeosaur a slow ambush predator was going to be it, but it isn't a dromaeosaur meaning its talons don't work that way.
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
now this is a hunt. Baluar look's like it through the rhabdodon in the air, playing with it like orcas do with their food, and is about to make the killer blow
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Such a very dramatic scene you show here. 

 

Theses are very interesting colorations they both have. 

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Bronto-Thunder-Zaur Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
The colors suit the Balaur perfectly as well as the juvenile iguandont.
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BrianGenda Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First thought on seeing this: raptor is grabbing hypiliphodon by volcano, slips and falls into lava.

Even if that's not what's happening, I like this.
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00BlacKBerrY00 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha :) Balaurul Bondoc is very cute ;)
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beatebasner Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I like the colours. And the whole scenerie isn't very different to hunters preys today.
I can understand that you was inspired by a leopard and gazelle.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
WTF is going on here?
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Indeed.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Two words... Beautiful composition! The whole artwork looks just perfect: movement, animal's behaviour, environment and atmosphere, etc. I'm glad to see that you didn't go in wild speculations and reconstructed Balaur as carnivorous animal.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
Hmmm... Carnivorous? Isn't that exactly what I did? :) Assuming you mean the speculation of therizinosaur-like herbivorous behaviour?
Thanks for praises, most people here seem to find the composition a bit odd.
BTW, thank you very much for the favs also.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
You're welcome. :)

I guess I didn't express myself very well. I ment that there are many people who are claiming Balaur was probably herbivorous animal without any good evidences in support of this hypothesis, and that's why used the phrase "wild speculations". You reconstructed Balaur as carnivourous animal which is in my opinion the more probable depiction. Atleast with our current knowledge about this animal.

Oh and don't listen too much to those who say the composition is odd.The composition is fresh and unusual, just like the dromaeosaurid it shows. That's something I like about your artworks. ;)
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you, and I understood what you ment :) There's two ways to interpret the sentence in your first comment, and I got the wrong one.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I'm sorry for the misunderstanding. I didn't realize that my words could be interpret in two different ways. I still need to improve my English a lot. :lol:
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's alright :) And English isn't my native language either, so there's two of us...
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Fantastic picture.
I love the colorand motion.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you :bow:
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Whoa, awesome! Love the motion and the range of colors. Great work.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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hyphenatedsuperhero Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive! Very, very impressive.
Love the background, even if it doesn't necessarily connect with the animals' habitat, it fits very well their actions and dynamic posture.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I think I was after some sort of John Gurche-like work with the background.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree tht the composition is a bit odd, but I like it. My one critique is that the context isn't really clear--while detailed background would get in the way, perhaps a bit of faded environment would not go amiss. That said, it's a fantastic, energetic rendering and I love it. That iguandont's expression is priceless.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you and thanks for the critique :)
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Brad-ysaurus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
What is the rhabodontid doing, falling into a pit of fire? Although the composition is odd, I really like the colours and texture of the Balaur. My favourite image of it so far.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
I was inspired by a museum diorama of a leopard and gazelle leaping VERY high in the air.
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Brad-ysaurus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Was the gazelle upside-down?
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
Actually, if I recall correctly, it was sideways (?)
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