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Exquisite by Julio-Lacerda Exquisite by Julio-Lacerda
SO. MANY. FEATHERSS.

This is Linheraptor exquisitus, a lesser-known cousin of fellow Velociraptor. I wanted it to look particularly bird-like here, to further show how a dromaeosaur can look avian but still beautiful, believable and yet not quite a bird.

The feather patterns are inspired by things like quails and willets, but I tried to make them look more shaggy and 'primitive', almost like down.

I also gave it 'lips'. Not quite sure about it, just an experience.

Also, thanks everyone who answered my question about wing folding! The links and responses were very useful here.

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:iconbaryonyxaeygyticus:
BaryonyxAeygyticus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Me encatna.
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:iconrplrodrigo:
rplrodrigo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
 Sua arte é incrível! admiro a forma como você retrata as criaturas pré-históricas, como animais comuns e não como monstros, como são mais comumente mostrados(não que eu não goste dessa forma de retratação). Mais uma vez ótimo trabalho!:)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Muito obrigado amigo! :)
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:iconrplrodrigo:
rplrodrigo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
de nada amigo, você merece :)
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:iconthepivotfan2013:
ThePivotFan2013 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
It looks like a real photo! Omg! So cool!
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:icongiga-fan123:
Giga-fan123 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Tthis should be under photographs!
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:iconstellalunapics:
Stellalunapics Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!
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:iconlabrada-enrique:
Labrada-Enrique Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you sure you didn't go back in time and capture a photo XD This looks amazing, I like how you make it seem life-like in the colors and stuff.

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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:icontor-dahl:
Tor-Dahl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This Linheraptor looks awesome! Love

I guess, this was the way, the Maniraptora did look like ...  I love the "correct" birdlike posture of the forelimbs.
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:iconwhiskerfacerumpel:
WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like his expression and the texture of his feathers.  :D 
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:iconsheather888:
Sheather888 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful, down to every last detail. I adore its expression - just so lifelike!

Wow... just wow.
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:iconmegalosaurid:
Megalosaurid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
No sufficient words to describe how beautiful this looks, awesome :) 
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:iconulrichofcraggenmoo:
UlrichofCraggenmoo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cuteraptor ...
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:icongiganmillniumfan:
GiganMillniumFan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
I can't believe you draw it. It look like a photo! I love it!
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:iconfred5612:
Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Julio, in my opinion you are the best Paleo-Artist on deviantart, would you mind telling which mediums you use to create your pictures? Are they hand-drawn? Congratulations!
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:icontaeyoongjoongsa:
TaeYoongJoongSa Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
it's a nice big birdie, very lifelike
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:icontaeyoongjoongsa:
TaeYoongJoongSa Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
it's a very nice bird. Should be real
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Those "lips" are rather nice ;)
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:iconwingsofwrath:
wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exquisite indeed. Very lifelike. I like the way you don't fall into the "dinosaurs were reptiles with a few feathers glued on" camp and rather go for more naturalistic representations.

Yeah, this is definitely something I could see running about on a Cretaceous plain looking for food. With this kind of pattern on it's back it ended up looking a lot like the Great Bustard (Otis tarda) which is an animal about the same size as the Linheraptor.
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:iconcutetoboe:
cutetoboe Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I DIDN'T KNOW DINOSAURS WERE STILL ALIVE.
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Theropods are alive today for real.
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks awesome! Too bad the name isn't valid anymore... Linheraptor sounds WAY more awesome than Tsagaan in my opinion.
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Sezaii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always been puzzled to how these dinos would look with that long pubic bone, never was sure whether the skin would run straight back into the tail making it have a very thick appearance, or coming straight up making that boot-like shape as you have here. But I think by how you have illustrated it it looks very natural indeed, especially as you have covered the body with feathers, it covers most of the pointy-ness of it! Also how you drew the legs like bird legs makes so much sense! No wonder the bone structures of these creatures were so thin! THEY HAD BIRD LEGS DAMNIT!
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:iconpraisedovahpie:
PraiseDovahPie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Awesome! The feathers look really natural and realistic.
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:iconsledgeviper:
sledgeviper Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Good call with the mouth. You hit the nail on the merging the two worlds together.
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:iconderkelshof:
derkelshof Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, truly amazing!!!
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:iconoddity-1991:
Oddity-1991 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
This is fantastic, very realistic!
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:iconcarcharael:
Carcharael Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Artist
Magnifico.
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:iconrajaharimau98:
RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems this got on Love in Time of the Chasmosaurs. :)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I saw it! A very pleasant surprise :aww:
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:iconunknownartist101:
UnknownArtist101 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
DUCK!
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:iconmetolguy:
MetolGuy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
It looks cold. But its feathers will keep it warm. :D Beautiful dino, faved
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:iconchrismasna:
ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I'm not sure what to say, I like this one so much...
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:iconmallimaakari:
Mallimaakari Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
You keep amazing me every time! Fantastic job!
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:iconpuntotu:
puntotu Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Very nice work
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:iconshadowzstar:
ShadowzStar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Nice!
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Probably the best one I've seen...the plumage is so friggin amazing! :D

I wouldnt worry about the lips, its teeth werent that big anyway.
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:iconpilsator:
pilsator Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flat-out marvellous work.
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:icontheblacchicken:
theblacchicken Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to hug it and take it home
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:iconchocolatestarfire:
ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's smiling :3
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:iconrodbaker82:
rodbaker82 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Anyone else tempted to throw bread crumbs or popcorn at it's feet?
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol I guess it wouldn't be interested in bread crumbs or popcorn. Try throwing it things that move :D
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:iconrodbaker82:
rodbaker82 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Like popcorn kernels on the verge of popping!
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Exquisite! And very bird-like as well :D
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha thank you!
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome :)
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:iconkazanlak10:
Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Wow, That's fantastic. Extremely lifelike.
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :aww:
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My F*CKING GOD! It blews my mind! It's utterly magnificent!
Damn, me likes it, me likes it! Beautiful!
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