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The Tutorial on How to Stop Drawing Stupid Raptors by Droemar
The Tutorial on How to Stop Drawing Stupid Raptors
I've looked for a nicely detailed, affordable, ($15-$30) scientifically accurate raptor type figurine these last few weeks, and they pretty much don't exist. I think Carnegie makes one, and it sucks. Even a lot of the higher end resin models out there are still stuck on "A hurr hurr, Velociraptor was six feet tall and had pronated hands!" For the record: shame on you, Papo. Shame on you.

So I'm doing my part to change that. I managed to find my figurine, but it wasn't easy, dammit, and it sure as hell wasn't mainstream.

I love Jurassic Park, but I recently rewatched it and was very struck by the scene where Grant says about the fossil "No wonder these guys learned how to fly" and everyone laughs at him. Because in my reading, scientists knew the connection between birds and dinosaurs ages before. Like, the ink on Origin of the Species wasn't even dry before Huxley said birds evolved from dinosaurs, and by the 60s that got rediscovered so by the 90s paleontologists were like "Yeah, birds are surviving dinosaurs." Granted, maybe it was the movie trying to spoonfeed updated science to drooling masses, but that brings me to the whole problem this tutorial is trying to address.

I've seen some really great art, 3d and otherwise, of the Jurassic Park raptors, and I can't figure out why, if you're going to put that much time and effort into something, would you not bother doing your research in the first place? I understand if it's fanart. It's fine to love Jurassic Park; I love it, too, despite its naked, naked raptors.  But I see people who are like "Behold! Velociraptor mongoliensis!" and I'm like "Uh, dude, this would make any first year paleontologist laugh until he crapped himself." Is it just the idea that instead of being the slightly menacing Hollywood monster, real Velociraptor being a fluffly chicken sized thing is disappointing? I mean, it's not like Deinonychus or Utahraptor didn't exist. Do feathers make them less scary? Golden eagles can break the spine of a wolf and they have feathers.

There's just a big divide, I've noticed quite suddenly, between science versus what people want to see. And I can't tell if it's because it's what people want to see, or it's because what a company thinks they want to see, or if people are ignorant, unwilling to educate themselves, and demand/accept the parameters given to them by corporate-designed pop culture. The persistence of the Jurassic Park raptor is odd to me, because it's just a little older than the science debunking it as inaccurate. And even within the realm of dino enthusiasts, who one would think demand scientific accuracy, the JP raptors, naked and running around with pronated hands, are disappointingly pervasive. If you do a search just for "raptor" on DA alone, more than half the drawings you will see are the naked versions, and even if they have feathers almost all of them still have pronated hands.

I had to update my own version of dinosaurs during my work on Mark of the Conifer, but I found it to be an awe-inspiring, joyful experience, not something that ripped away my nostalgia and destroyed my love for dinosaurs. I guess I'm just baffled as to why other people would be unwilling to do the same.

No one draws dinosaurs dragging their tails and bellies along the ground anymore. When you're drawing raptors like the JP raptors, you're pretty much saying "I LIKE my dinosaurs to look like Valley of the Gwangi!"
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Help me out, DA! I posted some art for a contest to win a dinosaur plushie and need some votes (faves) on Twitter.
twitter.com/Droemar/status/602…
Be sure to check out the other art in the contest, too.
If you are on the Tweeter and would like to see some exclusive MOTC art, please fav my art for a contest! twitter.com/Droemar/status/602…
The Good Old Disturbing Days by Droemar
The Good Old Disturbing Days
I am trying new digital painting techniques, and I wanted to do a character from one of my friends from the old Umbagog RP we used to do.  Oh Yena. You were the most tragic character of everyone in the zombie apocalypse.

Yena belongs to :iconcarnivaleart:
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For those of you who have been watching Mark of the Conifer develop, I thought I'd let you know that I am officially querying the novel now. I've set a goal of 3 queries every day for 30 days. After that, if I still have agents, I'll keep it up until I run out.

Querying is one of the most annoying, hateful things a writer can do. The only thing worse is a synopsis. You have to boil down all your complexities into something just bland enough to be borderline boring, but with enough unique aspects to set yourself apart, but not too far apart because no one likes an audience-alienating premise that won't sell because it's too bizarre for words. And don't forget connective causation, because you can't mention random crap in a query that comes out of nowhere. And you have to try and come up with something people will care about while your shoulder demon is yelling "NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS! IT'S GOING TO GET REJECTED!"

I don't have a problem with writing. But when the time comes to actually put yourself out there, with little to none of your best foot forward, it sucks. I've spent 8 years working on this book. I've fiddled around with my query for about 3 months. And which one will the agent see first?

No one likes querying. As Mark Twain said "I wanted to write you a short letter but I didn't have the time so I wrote you a long one instead." I am not expecting anything to happen from this little endeavor. Anything that does will be a pleasant surprise. I give kudos to my friends who will hear me bitch and moan continuously for the next month. I don't exactly have a contingency plan for rejection yet. "You could ebook it!" Yes. Or I could fiddle with things some more and try querying again in 6 months.

God, I hate querying.
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For those of you who have been watching Mark of the Conifer develop, I thought I'd let you know that I am officially querying the novel now. I've set a goal of 3 queries every day for 30 days. After that, if I still have agents, I'll keep it up until I run out.

Querying is one of the most annoying, hateful things a writer can do. The only thing worse is a synopsis. You have to boil down all your complexities into something just bland enough to be borderline boring, but with enough unique aspects to set yourself apart, but not too far apart because no one likes an audience-alienating premise that won't sell because it's too bizarre for words. And don't forget connective causation, because you can't mention random crap in a query that comes out of nowhere. And you have to try and come up with something people will care about while your shoulder demon is yelling "NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS! IT'S GOING TO GET REJECTED!"

I don't have a problem with writing. But when the time comes to actually put yourself out there, with little to none of your best foot forward, it sucks. I've spent 8 years working on this book. I've fiddled around with my query for about 3 months. And which one will the agent see first?

No one likes querying. As Mark Twain said "I wanted to write you a short letter but I didn't have the time so I wrote you a long one instead." I am not expecting anything to happen from this little endeavor. Anything that does will be a pleasant surprise. I give kudos to my friends who will hear me bitch and moan continuously for the next month. I don't exactly have a contingency plan for rejection yet. "You could ebook it!" Yes. Or I could fiddle with things some more and try querying again in 6 months.

God, I hate querying.
  • Mood: Frustrated

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Droemar
Laura Jennings
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Current Residence: Kempner, TX
Favourite genre of music: Pop, dance, techno, alternative
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wolfheartsprite Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you could donate/share www.youcaring.com/my-family-36… OR www.gofundme.com/vy32m8 for my family, I would be eternally grateful.  Each site caters to different countries.
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TheOtherTheropod Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
So, what's Mark of The Conifer all about?
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Droemar Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Lord of the Rings meets Jurassic Park?
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TheOtherTheropod Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Oooohhhh, okay. Everything makes a lot more sense; thanks.
It's certainly an interesting concept, and I look forward to its publication.
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zdhdveh Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
U r so amazing there isnt a word that could describe just how awseome u are!!!!! I love ur art work!!!!
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Prowdz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are deviantarts raptor jesus :D
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heart-below-zero Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Wow. Spending time going through your gallery has really insired me to reevaluate my art and work to pull myself out of the rutt I've been trapped in through improvement. Thank you very much!
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Meandrathel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just wanted to drop by and say a few things.
Your character concepts, story lines, worlds, creations, ect, are all such a fresh take in the way of telling stories through an animals point of view, and it blows me away every time I see a new concept from you.
Your journals are inspirational, enjoyable to read, and everything I look for in a "how to book", so when I say I'm absolutely thrilled every time I see your name in my inbox, you know that's kind of an understatement. 
I admire the stance you take on artwork and writing, and wholeheartedly agree with you on more than one of your points.
I just.... Is there such a thing as an art hero? Or writing hero? Because you're mine, if there is such a thing.
Reading your comics has opened my eyes to a new way of writing and reading stories, and inspired me to improve my own abilities.

Thank you for sharing your work, Droemar.
It's certainly changed the way I see things. :)
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Droemar Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Hey, thanks a lot. Comments like these go a long way in renewing my confidence in what I'm doing!
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