perpetualartistsblock:

What better way to break out of artist’s block (for now) than with a newly described microraptorine?Here we have Changyuraptor in all it’s stupidly-long-tail-feathered glory.

perpetualartistsblock:

What better way to break out of artist’s block (for now) than with a newly described microraptorine?

Here we have Changyuraptor in all it’s stupidly-long-tail-feathered glory.

lostbeasts:

dan’s at work so i’m drawing velociraptors… i’m gonna try and colour this now haha ha

lostbeasts:

dan’s at work so i’m drawing velociraptors… i’m gonna try and colour this now haha ha

pixelmechanoid:

Everyone seemed to like the heraldic microraptor, so here’s a heraldic velociraptor. The text is just a place-holder at the moment- The first version of this I forgot the halluces! The scroll and text may be removed/changed!Who would like to see this on a t-shirt?

pixelmechanoid:

Everyone seemed to like the heraldic microraptor, so here’s a heraldic velociraptor. The text is just a place-holder at the moment- The first version of this I forgot the halluces! The scroll and text may be removed/changed!

Who would like to see this on a t-shirt?

nambroth:

Raptor Mask

This is a “generic Dromaeosaur” as it is not modeled after any specific species, nor is it even slightly trying to be scientifically accurate. That said, DINOBIRD AND FEATHERS.
The resin blank that this is based on was sculpted and created by Kierstin - http://kierstinlapatka.tumblr.com/  Don’t miss out on looking at her work, because her beautiful sculpting job is the star of the show here!
I then painted it, sculpted and set teeth into it, painted acrylic half-spheres and set them for eyes, added faux fur, and feathers. This is a fully functional mask, and the wearer can see (quite well!) out of holes in front of the eyes. The jaw is articulated and fluidly moves with the wearer’s own jaw movements.

The colors and patterns were inspired by 1) Golden-Crowned Kinglets, and 2) This old art I made, http://nambroth.deviantart.com/art/Dromaeosaur-Ferns-166320439 and, 3) I had this really cool faux fur that I really, really wanted to use… and,

Her expression changes drastically depending on the angle that she looks at you from. Sometimes she looks doofy and happy, and sometimes she looks .. well, predatory.

pixelmechanoid:

Here have a heraldic charge-style microraptor!I might re-do this with more accurate feather structure, or push it towards more inaccurate but more heraldic-stylised rather than this odd mix in the middle. I don’t know!

pixelmechanoid:

Here have a heraldic charge-style microraptor!
I might re-do this with more accurate feather structure, or push it towards more inaccurate but more heraldic-stylised rather than this odd mix in the middle. I don’t know!

thobewill:

Deinonychus cornering - Final version
probably the best thing i’ve ever painted. 

thobewill:

Deinonychus cornering - Final version

probably the best thing i’ve ever painted. 

supaslim:

or, Why Wings Probably Really Evolved

  1. Controlled Falls: Winged dinosaurs were predators, and would have chased or ambushed prey. Wings would allow them to better control pounces and leaps, as well as slow falls from high places that might otherwise injure them.
  2. Wing-Assisted Incline Running: Wings can be used by their owners to help them climb steep hills or tree trunks.
  3. Mantling: Seen in birds of prey even today, wings are useful for hiding prey items from opportunistic passersby who might steal them. Also useful for hiding vulnerable offspring from sight.
  4. Camouflage: Wings can have intricate patterning that help their owners blend into the background, and also help break up their silhouette- particularly important if your predators have poor color vision, like mammals (and mammals were around long before dinosaurs!).
  5. Secondary Sexual Characteristic: Glossy, healthy, bright wings and other feathery appendages are indicators of good health, desirable in mates. It’s an honest signal to females that the male is in good condition and can pass those genes on to the offspring.
  6. Ritualization: The same sexual characteristics can also settle disputes between competing males (or females, if the sexual roles are reversed) without violence. An individual can visually determine if he has a chance in a fight with his opponent without ever fighting. It increases the fitness of both parties.
  7. Deimatic Behavior: This is defensive behavior, or a startle response. Wings can make a bird (or dinosaur) look much larger than they are, and bright colors and bold patterns can startle a predator and deter the attack.
saeto15:

archaeopteryx lithographica

saeto15:

archaeopteryx lithographica

saeto15:

burd
Anchiornis huxleyi

saeto15:

burd

Anchiornis huxleyi

saeto15:

i stayed up til 2:30 just to ruin this with markers

saeto15:

i stayed up til 2:30 just to ruin this with markers

infinitemachine:

Dinosaur of the Day: Velociraptor by DeEtta
Velociraptor “Speedy thief” Family: Dromaeosauridae Time: Late Cretaceous Location: Mongolia Size: 6.8ft long, 33lbs

infinitemachine:

Dinosaur of the Day: Velociraptor by DeEtta

Velociraptor
“Speedy thief”
Family: Dromaeosauridae
Time: Late Cretaceous
Location: Mongolia
Size: 6.8ft long, 33lbs