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This is a group whose purpose is to offer the best collection of accurate deinonychosaur art on Deviantart. This will include only high-quality and accurate illustrations of any dromaeosaurid or troodontid dinosaur.
Founded 5 Years ago
Jul 24, 2011


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Rules for submissions

For more complete rules & regs, see here.

  • Anatomy must be reasonably accurate. Follow skeletals, look at original fossils, read original papers about proportions. This includes things like correct skull shape, no pronation of hands, accurate placement of pubic boot, accurate leg proportions, and realistically limited tail flexibility. Violation of any of these major points is grounds for immediate rejection.
  • All deinonychosaurs are feathered. The extent of the feathering is open to some debate. Bare legs and neck, as in ostriches, is permitted (though not preferred) for larger deinonychosaurs. For those where the feathering is directly known from fossils, there is very little wiggle room. Primaries always attach to the second digit of the hands. Deinonychosaurs, especially the smaller ones, likely had a very birdlike body plan in terms of plumage.
  • Use common sense. No inaccurate environments or settings, no crazy colors or patterns, no anthropomorphization whatsoever, and no anachronistic species interacting (unless it's clearly a cartoon and therefore belongs in the fun stuff folder).
  • No images that were not created by you. No "meme" images. If you use a photo, a skeletal, a 3D model, or a free-use image in your submission, please cite your reference (unless you made it yourself, of course).
  • About the fun stuff folder: this folder is for cartoons, caricatures, PSAs, comics and joke-y stuff involving deinonychosaurs. While this folder isn't intended to be strict paleoart, submissions must still be reasonably accurate. Correct feather placement and avoidance of common mistakes is a must.





Thank you for your input on the last journal entry, about whether we should allow non-feathered submissions. Much to my relief, the community's overwhelming reaction was a resounding "hell no!" In light of that discussion and also of external communication with a couple of concerned members, I have decided instead to be stricter about accuracy and more selective from now on in terms of what I'll allow here. This doesn't mean that every submissions has to be absolutely perfect, but the bar is slightly higher than before. For an updated list of our rules, please see the front page on Deinonychosauria.

However, there is a caveat: at suggestion from babbletrish, I have decided to open up a new folder for deinonychosaur cartoons, PSAs and the like. However, these must still be accurate. The primary focus of this folder is one of humor and of educational value, not strict paleo-art, but I will not sacrifice accuracy for the sake of humor (i.e. feathers can still attach to the correct digit in a cartoon!). Of course this does mean I'll be more lenient about anthropomorphic expression and behavior in this folder.

With this in mind, I have two questions on which I'd appreciate some input from the community:

1. Is the "fun stuff" folder a good idea? If there's an overwhelming consensus against it, I'll ditch it. Suggestions for additional guidelines are welcomed.
2. Spec evo: Yay or nay? Whenever I come across amazing stuff like this I sort of want it here, but it doesn't count as realistic paleoart so I'm not sure.

Thanks everyone!
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Megalotitan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

Im making a stop-mo film involving velociraptors. I want my critter to be as accurate as possible. So, I got some questions on raptors:

1. Does the wing connect to the middle finger, or bottom finger?
2. Are the middle and bottom finger connected? I saw this on an anatomy sketch, I was wondering if it was true.
3. Aside from restraining its prey with the sickle claw, could it also kick its prey to puncture them, like a cassowary?
I hope you answer my questions. Thanks.
Kelston Hubler
5aurophaganax Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Hello!Could you take a look at my Utahraptor drawing?Would be such an honor for me to it be featured here!
Etomo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I noticed that you said only specific species would be accepted, but I was curious if this would be acceptable for the "fun stuff" folder…? I wasn't sure if your "specific species" rule extended there or not :)
Astrosaurus-Art Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Also, how can we gauge what colors would be "crazy" for deinonychosaurs? Birds of paradise have some crazy colors, so would reconstructing a deinonychosaur with a bird of paradise color and feather pattern be considered too wild or are the rules of submission referring to things like rainbow leopard print or sparkly neon?
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm mostly referring to things like rainbow leopard print and sparkly neon, but a lot depends on the specifics - bird of paradise coloration on something huge and fairly basal like a Utahraptor wouldn't make very much sense (both on ecological and morphological grounds), but it would be a little more reasonable to show a scheme like that on a microraptorine or archaeopterygid. I also have a preference against deinonychosaurs reconstructed with the exact color scheme of an extant bird, because such precise convergence is statistically almost impossible.
Astrosaurus-Art Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Astrosaurus-Art Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
What exactly would count as anthropomorphization?
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Human traits unrealistically applied to an animal. Anything that wouldn't be ok in a bird field guide, for instance.
8bitAviation Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I've drawn an Archaeopteryx:…
Are there any anatomical issues that would disallow it to be accepted into the group?
ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you guys heard about T-Rex soft tissues getting discovered?

What do you think about it?
WellOfSorrows Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
May I have a question? I would like to start to draw in this area of art, where you
t best (even skeletons are). What can you use to base a drawing what does not DMCA your work? I would really like to draw some Micro Raptor and other species like from Deinonychus.
Thank you
TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this good enough to be in the Fun stuff folder?
Yes, I am aware the legs should have more feathering on them. Sorry for wasting your time.
SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Hey can my… be added to the dromaeosaurids folder?
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
We require that submissions represent a specific taxon and not just a "generic" unreferenced dromaeosaur. Sorry! The image is very well-drawn and otherwise quite nice.
SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Well damn, but thanx :)
Sinornithosaurus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this accurate enough to submit?

Lorenith Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wind tunnel research on Microraptor.…

Checking out the aerodynamics of various suggested postures while in flight and some new ones + using a model that is more correct/accurate than previous studies as far as feather placement/orientation ect.
8bitAviation Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013…
Is this accurate enough to accept into this group?
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