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Pen and ink drawing painted in Photoshop. Sorry, but this drives me up the wall.

Addendum: Boy have I got some interesting comments on this one. O_o
For the record, I'm angry at the *professional* artists, toy makers, ect. who are still doing this. No offense is meant to the "Jurassic Park" fandom (hell, I'm *part* of that fandom, so yeah). You don't have to stop drawing "JP"-style 'raptors just because of this comic. (But don't knock feathered maniraptors until you draw a few yourself. Feathers are ruttin' easy to draw anyway.)

Do note, there is an Important Addendum.

Also, please please please READ THE COMMENTS before posting. There's a lot of great information down there that couldn't be expressed in a picture smaller than the size of a sheet of paper. Read this article as well, because Brian Switek explains it all better than I ever could.
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Cskxxicssxin Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had always thought of raptors as being feathered, or at least as long as I can remember. I have art from when I was 5 or so years old that is fully feathered, and curiously, with inward curved arms. It was only after seeing Jurassic park that I started drawing them with downward arms. But I don't think I ever bought them being not feathered.
People who think feathered dinosaurs aren't as scary have never been near any cranky birds. When I was little, I was terrorized by a turkey, lovebirds, a crow, and geese.
Seriously, I'm still terrorized by geese .-.
Many ignorant people assume that feathered coelurosaurians are pathetic...

But I can tell you now that it is rather the other way around, scaly coelurosaurians just look bland and boring.
I'll readily acknowledge that real raptors had feathers.  With that being said, my raptor OC is more of a combination of the old and new design.  He doesn't have big wing-like feathers on his arms or the clump of feathers on the end of his tail, but he does have pinfeathers all over his body.  I wanted him to have a semi-realistic appearance while still keeping the essence of the traditional raptor design.  Of course, none of my dinosaurs were meant to be realistic.  When it comes to designing fictional raptor characters, the giant, mutated roadrunner look just doesn't click with me.

Besides, I suck at drawing feathers.  I once tried to draw one of my gryphon characters and failed miserably.
Re-visiting as the movie turns 20. This still holds true. BIRD-LIKE RAPTORS FOREVER!
KritterKid Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But what would you be scared of more? A little Mockingbird or a 23 foot long Saltwater Crocodile?
clubpenguindino Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And what if the mockingbird was 23 feet long also?
KritterKid Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Then you would be in even more trouble.
babbletrish Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
(A) Love that I'm still getting comments on this one.

(B) As far as I am aware, I'm pretty safe from crocodiles as long as I stay well away from the waters in which they swim. They can chase you, but they tucker out pretty quickly. Mockers can dive down at you from any tree.

(C) This is a ridiculous argument anyway, since deinonychosaurs are *nothing* like crocodiles aside from the fact that they are both Archosaurs. It's like comparing a Hyrax and a Manatee.
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