A highlight of my younger years were the occasional pilgrimages to the hallowed halls of our local science museum; the specimens within always fueled my imagination, and one of my favorites was the articulated skeleton of Dromaeosaurus mounted as if perched on a Centrosaurus skull.
Dromaeosaurus was a relative of the more famous Velociraptor, though with a more robust skull. It lived in what is now Canada (including DinosaurProvincialPark in Alberta), and its fossils are found in rocks dating to the Campanian age of the Late Cretaceous, about 75 million years ago. So far the recovered remains have been incomplete, so this rendition is somewhat more speculative than usual, and based on other related species. The dinosaur probably massed comparably to a modern day coyote, though with its large claws and robust jaws it may have been considerably more formidable.
After reading the excellent recent book All Yesterdays (by Conway, Kosemen, Naish and Hartman), I thought it might be good to step away from the typical paleo-art of charging, thrashing, monstrous theropods with mouths agape and roaring, and depict a quieter scene of dromaeosaur daily life.
Some relevant links (speaking of All Yesterdays):
If you like Dromaeosaurids, you should definitely also check out Emily Willoughby’s art:
Getting better, but I know I have a lot of learning to do, so constructive critiques welcome and appreciated. I may never draw dromaeosaurs again, though – those feathers were a headache.
I made this using Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom Intuos tablet.
Please do not reproduce without permission.