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Dead Velociraptor mongoliensis by jconway Dead Velociraptor mongoliensis by jconway
This Velociraptor is dead. As, in fact, they all are.

Based on *shartman's Velociraptor mongoliensis skeletal at [link]
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:icontrisdino:
trisdino Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
This is certainly the best V. Mongoliensis drawing I have ever seen. Every single detail is perfect, although I kinda wish we could see it alive. 
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:iconspencerbingham:
SpencerBingham Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic, as always.
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:iconjd-man:
JD-man Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
This is 1 of the most beautiful Velociraptors I've seen on DA. Even in death, it still has a sense of elegance.
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:iconchocolatestarfire:
ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The coloration is similar to my character's too... :( Noes...
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:iconchocolatestarfire:
ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:(
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Student General Artist
sad :(
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:iconcyaneus:
Cyaneus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. It feels just like finding a little dead bird.
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:iconmr-author:
mr-author Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Despite being dead in the picture, you have made this animal more alive than most things that depict it moving about.
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:iconmichelle56:
Michelle56 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww it's just sleeping 8D jk

It's so cute, even though it's dead XD
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:icondotb18:
DOTB18 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
I like how you did the mouth. Let me guess; if you were to open this guys mouth, you wouldn't see a fleshy "flap" at the back of the mouth, right? Cuz that area looks like it's covered in skin and feathers. Am I right?

Wow, I said "mouth" alot.
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:iconwhalewithlegs:
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Student General Artist
awesome, & the painting ties in nicely with the texture. Adding a little label would make this whole piece look like a specimen :)
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:iconjconway:
jconway Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
That's actually a really good idea... I might add it.
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:iconwhalewithlegs:
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Student General Artist
ooh!
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:iconguilmon182:
guilmon182 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, but a downer...
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:iconsphenacodon:
Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
It is is no more. It has ceased to be. (Etc.)

Lovely plumage though.
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:iconblllllllaaaargggghhh:
this is an ex-velociraptor!
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:iconoechi:
oechi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's among my favorite animals..
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:iconraptorarts:
RaptorArts Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awww... poor raptor....
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:iconsighthoundlady:
sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
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:iconlun-sei:
Lun-Sei Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Ew. o_O; Wonderful image, but, I think I'd have liked it better if it was alive... we can see dead raptors everywhere (at last, their skeletons :P ).
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:iconbroniszcze:
broniszcze Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
how did you draw the feathers, is it vector ?
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:iconjconway:
jconway Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Nope, it's all painting (well, digital painting).
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:iconscotthartman:
ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
In my best estimation the wing should end by the elbow. Otherwise almost impeccable.
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:iconalgoroth:
Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
End by the elbow? From which direction? Body or hand? Sounds like a stupid question, but that's the kind I often ask.
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:iconscotthartman:
ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The wings start on the second finger and end at the elbow. Non-avian theropod wings don't seem to extend all the way to the body as they do in living birds. Archaeopteryx also lacked the inboard wing.
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:iconalgoroth:
Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the info! Actually, that makes them look more interesting to me...
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:iconjconway:
jconway Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Yeah? I heard something about this a while back, might have been on the DML. Is there a paper or anything on that so's I can digest the argument?
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:iconscotthartman:
ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
In the works; I did a poster on Archaeopteryx at SVP a couple years back showing that it lacks tertiaries as well. And all of the non-avialan maniraptorans with proto-wings lack them...so a wing that is contiguous with the body is a derived character somewhere above Archaeopteryx. Putting one on Velociraptor implies an independent origin.
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:iconrayn-hammer:
Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconcommander-salamander:
commander-salamander Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Or stunned. Beautiful plumage.

I don't know, but did they have tufty tails?
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:iconmattmart:
MattMart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably, the known dromaeosaurs with feather impressions have fan-tipped tails, unlike Archaeopteryx and Jinfengopteryx which have long feathers all the way to the base. Of course maybe the tuft was aerodynamic (like rhamphorhynchid tails) and only evolved in the little guys, but no contrary evidence so far.

Awesome painting by the way John! Don't think I've ever seen a Velociraptor without its second digit hyperextended before ;)
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for that! I was curious as to the evidence.
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:icondinogirl121:
DinoGirl121 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
ohh nice! I like the colors
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:iconchasmosaur:
chasmosaur Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
It's just resting :<
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:iconjconway:
jconway Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
This is an EX-Velociraptor.
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:iconchasmosaur:
chasmosaur Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Why must cute little feathery things die?


Oh god the Yixian formation I am going to be sad for days
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:icontarawynworldwalker:
TarawynWorldwalker Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Student General Artist
Going to cut open this one too? :P

Very nicely done on the colors; reminds me of a <s>raptor</s> bird of prey, though not any specific one, and the desert.
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:iconkirillus:
Kirillus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
I like it's colour:).
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:icondarthsantuzzo:
Darthsantuzzo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Bellissimo!
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