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The Raptor Red Snow Sled by amorousdino The Raptor Red Snow Sled by amorousdino
"The Raptor Red Snow Sled"

Raptor Red (Utahraptor ostrommaysorum). A digital painting I did for a class assignment. A fan of the book, I chose to use it as a semester long assignment I have to do, which is basically to produce five digital illustrations for my portfolio using a specific book as source material. 

I'm posting this from the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Dallas. I just met Dr. Bob Bakker himself yesterday and gave him a postcard size print of my Raptor Red portrait Melancholia by amorousdino. I also donated a 1:1 sized print of the painting to the annual silent auction, which is set to take place tomorrow night. Along with that and a few others, I donated a high quality print of this snow sled scene on Wednesday.

This is one of the most iconic scenes from the book thanks to Luis Rey's rendition of the scene years ago. I tried my best to make mine as different as possible and looked to Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes snow sleigh strips for ideas. Calvin and Hobbes crashing into the snow was the first thing to come to mind when I was figuring things out. 

Completed on the 5th of October 2015.

Done using Photoshop CS6, Corel Painter 2015 and pencils. 
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Epic illustration!

I'm a big fan of raptor red- and you brought back my memories in an awesome way!

The Dromaeosaurs are skillfully illustrated: almost everything about them matches what we currently know on Dromaeosaurs biology. You even connected the lacrimal portrusion! My only nitpick is the Utahraptor's tail: while the feathering is up-to-date with modern discoveries, Utahraptor tails are rather short, and more akin to Oviraotor tails. The wings might also need to be bigger. :)

The art-style reminds me heavily of some of the more recent D&D art, and more than matches it in quality!

In short, keep up the good work!

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Incredible piece!

I read this book on audible and found it absolutely riveting! I can say the exact same about this drawing! The perspective and color schemes are gorgeous, but I think the feathers on the back of Red could have some work done in texture, but it's not like I could do any better XD. Another thing I love is the color of the snow on the cliff side and the trees. The blue reflection is stunning! It is nice that you are up to date on the feathers with with the primaries on the wings, and the feathers going past the eyes to form a beak like snout. I give this piece a 9/10 keep up the amazing work!- Snugglesthedinosaur
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ThePrimevalArtist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Where can i get the book?
Dinosaurguy10 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016   General Artist
if those 2 raptors wre in the air then, RKO
McTalon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Excellent rendition
Keehsay Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
awesome. a surfing raptur. but watch JP and wwd man. rapturs arent feathered
Yu-Gi-Nos Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Student General Artist
I love Raptor Red, always glad to see another fan! You did a superb job!
Tarturus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good portrayal of this scene. ^^
Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
nice!!!! :)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was definitely one of the weirder moments in the book. :XD:
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
kfaber97 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
My favorite book as a child :)
YutyrannusRex Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I saw this book on the library shelf, and figured it would feature clones of Jurassic Park "raptors"...
I guess I should give it a read!
warrior1944 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Truly epic and so amazingly well drawn and painted picture there of two raptors :D You are one of the best artists I know in this genre :D
orange-eyed-serpent Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is incredible. :D I really hope that you'll depict some of the scenes involving the Acrocanthosaurus from the book. This was also one of my favorite scenes in the book though. Great work! That's wonderful that you got to meet Bob Bakker himself too,
Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is simply magnificent! The perspective is perfect, and I can just feel the adrenaline rushing through this piece! 
anatotitan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
My favorite scene. Wonderful!
Blade-of-the-Moon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That's awesome! I love the Calvin and Hobbes influence!
Bleedingraptorclaw Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I need to read the book again. I don't remember this part.
Dinoal188 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! I wold really like to read these books!
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