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Velociraptor family day by Psithyrus Velociraptor family day by Psithyrus
This is my first digital painting. I was a little hesitant about using the computer, but when I saved up to buy a pen and tablet, it made it a fun project. I developed carpal tunnel recently, so I may have exceeded my physical limits with rending the fine details in this picture.

The scene is of a velociraptor father taking his hatchings out for their first hunt-- their prey? The very formidable katydid, of course.

Hope ya'all enjoy,

Blair
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:iconreddiamond28:
RedDiamond28 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
i am die from the cute
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HeinztheBlueGiant Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. The best artwork of the Velociraptors i have ever seen.
Really good, that artwork.:) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
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AHathaway97 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this so much.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Wow I was unaware that there Skull's changed so much during their lifetimes that's quite amazing, bravo sir or madam!
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TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE IT!
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SilverFoxThief Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Aaaaaaaaaawww!!! :iconiloveitplz:
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PierreDeLarge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013

It is great to see artists here drawing these wonderful creatures correctly, rather than like the stupid, inaccurate pop culture versions. These are real animals, we do not know 100% what they looked like, but we know the rough look. People should treat the real animal with more respect rather than shrugging them off as not scary and going with the media invention.


Real theropods had feathers and they were beautiful creatures and not just some ugly monster that films always churn out.

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Bysthedragon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
AAAAWWWW The chicks all have pompadours!
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MineCraftBoy551 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
chick 1: hey i want that! chick 2: no i want it (they tug at the same time and it breaks in half) and i realy like the chicks their sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE
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Gneisshist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I wish I was this good
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Rocky-O Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! Beautiful work!!!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Aww, thanks so much :)
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Polihierax Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Aww,many thanks
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BbK2442 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
The chicks appear to be dangerously cute.
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Thanks :)
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LiviuAndrei Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Fantastic
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Awww, thanks so much :)
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LiviuAndrei Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
No really, it's fantastic. And I like how you portrayed them, you can really see their the bird's cousins
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LiviuAndrei Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
*they're :)
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TD-Design Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Like. ^ ^
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Anto009 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
In a few weeks I'll have enough money to buy my own tablet, and with this you just made my anxiety worse. Damn it's just your first one? I was kind of suspicious about the amount of quality you could put with a tablet, but this answers my doubts.
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Darkpanda2008 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your velociraptors!
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terrabird9 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
so cute :iconiloveitplz:
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chameleocoonJ Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha ha! I love the two who are fighting over that juicy katydid leg... mmmmm... :P
This soooo reminds of this...hmm.. thingy from an old TV show with baby alligators catching katydids. the narrator said: Katydid.. katy-dead! *nom*
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student General Artist
YOUR FIRST DIGITAL PAINTING?! IT'S AMAZING ENOUGH AS IT IS!!!! *fave**fave**fave* OAO
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RawrReaper Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry to be boasty, but velocirators are MUCH smaller than the ones in your art. the dad is the size of a deinonychus.
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Thanks Julia,

I've never been one for scientific accuracy in my art, but I had known when I drew this picture that velociraptors were roughly the size of large dogs, I included large grasshoppers to give some idea of scale, but I suppose I made the trees a bit too small, which might give the impression of human-sized Deinonychus, Oooops.

I hoped you liked it, it was my first dino picture I had drawn in years up till that time, as well as being my first raptor pic. I look back at it now and see all of the errors I made. It was my first digital painting though, and so, it will always have a place in my heart:)

Thanks again for the info and all the best,

Blair
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RawrReaper Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its fantastic! its good to see their feathered and not with reptilian scales.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work!
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FooHasMoved Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are the cutest bsby raptors I have seen. Ever.
Carpal tunnel. Sorry, dude.
OH! There's a tablet that can help you with that. It's in the Genius Pen category I think.
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ericcartman2546 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
CUTEST BABIES EVAR!!!!!!
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MickMcDee Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
extremely great!
this surely tooked a long time to draw, respect!
wish I could draw like this . . .
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Elmihy Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
D'AAAW

Amazing job! (this is your first digital painting? Seriously?)

Sorry about your carpal tunnel, but the details are really gorgeous!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Thanks Elmihy,

Sorry for my late reply,

I really enjoy digital painting. It's not much different than traditional painting, there is a lot less prep time, which I like. I still have the carpal tunnel though. I don't think it will ever go away!

Many thanks again,

Best wishes,

Blair
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Elmihy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Don't worry about it, I really usually only get on during weekends, anyway. ^^;

Yeah, mostly I do digital art because of the quickness and convenience. I prefer traditional because I feel that I have more control. But in terms of painting... well, I really have almost no sense of color and have had very few experiences with traditional painting, so the undo button comes in handy a lot (although I've been trying to resist the urge to press it every two seconds, recently...)

Can you try one of those special carpal tunnel gloves? I really have no idea what I'm talking about, but I've seen them around...
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ShadowKiwi Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Fantastic!!!
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Fantastic! It doesn't look like digital art at all, it's like a watercolour! And again, very unique!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Thanks Alexander,

I like to build up a painting with light washes (transparent layers)using more opaque strokes as the picture progresses. It's amazing how similar digital art is to traditional media, but without the mess.

Cheers,

Blair
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ianmsquee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Amazing work! :D
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Steeltalon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I literally went "d'aawww". Those chicks are so cute and fluffeh! X3
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Thanks Nunya,

they were my first Dinos I have drawn in a long time, I thought I would make dinos a little less aggressive. So I tried to make them as cute as I can.

Thanks for the kind words,

Blair
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Tralan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
The Dromaesaurs are probably the most fascinating of dinosaur families. Were they bird like dinosaurs? Or dinosaur like birds? The discovery that they were feathered further blurs the lines. I love this piece.
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Thanks Geoff,

I am not really sure where they fit, I like to think of them as bird-like dinosaurs.

Thanks again,

Blair
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Felipenn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your drawings take my breath away!!!!
They look so natural, just doing what animals do
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Thanks Felipe. Your cartoons and bestiaries are wonderful, You have a great sense of humor, and I learned the etymology of the medical term "Priapism". It sure was a fun way to learn about the condition directly from the faun himself. The censor box makes it even funnier.

Thanks for sharing,

Blair
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Felipenn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe Glad you like it!!!! :D
Thank you for the kind words!
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Kingcobrasaurus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cute. It's nice to see some optimistic paleoart once in a while and not just dramatic predator vs prey fight scenes.
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Thanks for the kind words, Brian

I'd like to think that the life for animals in the Mesozoic was kinda like today, relatively peaceful. I wish more folks would show some of the more mundane aspects of a dino's life. I think they are the most interesting.

Thanks again,

Cheers,
Blair
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Ryth76 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
So cute....

-tears up from the cute, watches family while itching to grab one and cuddle it-

Must resist... glomping... @_@
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