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Raptor Tutorial by Droemar Raptor Tutorial by Droemar
Meh, I'm just not a polisher. That's my problem. It's why The Pact's laborious inking and washing process is driving me crazy. It hasn't diminished my enthusiasm for dinosaurs, though!

I did this to resist taking a nap after me ma and I did some serious spring cleaning around my house. This is as much for my reference as it is everyone else's; I break half these rules most of the time. I mean, I grew up drawing raptors like Talon from Primal Rage and the Jurassic Park raptors, who had some serious anatomical mistakes. When I was little, I drew raptors with just the feathers on their heads, like Talon (boy, was I a fan of Talon), so a lot of the feather stuff has been quite a hurdle to overcome.

I really wish I could've had a single, beautiful, unbroken line of comic pages, but I couldn't take the pressure. My artistic aesthetic needed to breathe free! Expect about a page a week from now on.
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Stegoraptor Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice and I like how you explained everything
RMusic14 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the very very veeery helpfull tutorial!!! :icondragonhug:
Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh, very helpful!
FazbearClaim Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Writer
MistingWolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to understand the physical structure of this animal, so I can try to draw it correctly in my future attempts.

Why is the back leg limited? I see a lot of tutorials where it cannot go backward past 90 degrees. Is there some kind of muscle limitation there that won't let it extend further?

How far can the wrist twist? I saw you said "not very much" but how much is that?

I also noticed that usually the smaller the raptor the more feathery it gets. I'm drawing Utahraptor, and I'm not sure about the larger species.

Are there any good places to look specifically for this or more information?
Droemar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
You'd need to do reading on raptors in scientific articles for the specifics. The 90 degree rule is because the animal's hip would dislocate if the femur reached past that angle.
The wrist has a moon-shaped carpal in it (the lumen) that limits the rotating ability of the wrist. It is the mechanism that eventually evolved into a wing. Birds don't rotate the edge of their outspread ring; their rotation is in the shoulder, and raptors operated under similar rules.
Smaller raptors eventually evolved into birds, because their feather evolution and small size lended itself to flight and wing-assisted incline running.
MistingWolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, all right! Great, thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I'll try to look for credible information on the net for further insight. :}
Werociraptor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Ok, not too much feathers... Not bad
Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks helper.
Sabhira Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely tutorial! What species is depicted here?
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