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Deinonychus antirrhopus by OldDocHudsonandCO Deinonychus antirrhopus by OldDocHudsonandCO
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Note: There are a couple of major inaccuracies such as tail flexibility and the neck a bit short. The tail flexibility is intentional for a more dynamic effect, while the neck's shortness was a mistake. Minor details include arm length and feather positions.
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DimiLine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Amazing
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OldDocHudsonandCO Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really great pose! That definitely stands out the most on this. It's realistic and consistent (in other words, it looks like a real animal which is always a plus with paleoart!). A few minor critiques if you're interested:

The metatarsals are probably a little too long. Dromaeosaurs (especially the more robust ones) had surprisingly short ankles, probably because they were RPRing and shorter ankles gives them more leverage! I also see that you're missing the primaries here, which should be attaching to the second digit of the hand. You've got a nice row of secondaries going down the arm and ending at the wrist, but the animal needs another entire "plane" of feathers to have a full wing (look at bird wings). The second finger should also be by far the longest, and it looks like here the first finger is the longest.

I'm actually a little ambivalent about whether the tail is shown as being too flexible here. Dromaeosaurs certainly had stiffened chevrons along the tail, but that doesn't mean the tail was totally inflexible - it would definitely have had a certain amount of "whip" to it, like a fishing pole, especially when the animal is in movement. So I could easily imagine it rapidly flexing its tail for balance while in a jumping maneuver like this, which would result in a tail that looks - at a snapshot - far more bendy than it'd be at rest.
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OldDocHudsonandCO Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
As always I love the critique, and thank you! I will say on the tail was more or less intentional to add a little dynamic to the "movement" of the drawing, but the tip about the visualizing it as a fishing pole is very helpful XD
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome pose!
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OldDocHudsonandCO Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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BrandonSPilcher Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful feathering and dust effects!
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OldDocHudsonandCO Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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