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Raptor Size by Harry-the-Fox Raptor Size by Harry-the-Fox
It's finally here!
(Note, this image is depicted at a very, very low resolution. I have another version with resolution over twice as high- enough to see the threads of its feathers and wrinkles on its skin)!

The velociraptor, made famous by Jurassic Park's mislabeled Deinonychus, is here depicted at the correctly proportioned scale using a metric ruler tool.
I must admit, the velociraptor actually looks a LOT bigger than I expected it, and its claws in particular are a LOT bigger than I expected too.
The plumage is slightly improvised- as although we know the velociraptor had quill knobs in its arms, we don't know about the precise plumage it had. As a result, I depicted it with bare 'hands' and feet.  Leg plumage similar to a d'Uccle hen I think is easilly possible, due to the abundance of theropods with wing-feathers on their legs. And bare limbs around the feet is like an eagle (another animal that grapples with prey using extra-bare feet). Admittedly this may prove unlikely from later evidence; one reason being that many other related therapod groups have been confirmed in fossil evidence to have feathers leading up to their fingers, which velociraptor has an anatomical similarity to (but a fairly different behavioural use for them).

This has been sitting in my backlog for a while, as my university semester was exceptionally busy and I didn't have the time to do the final points of research to clarify the size and proportions.

And for some reason (didn't do it on purpose) the man in the picture ended up looking slightly like a self-portrait; but meh- good enough.
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I'd put it's danger level about equivalent to a bobcat - not likely to kill you, but you'd really regret getting in one's personal space.
Harry-the-Fox Apr 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I reckon they'd be more on par with wolves or dingos myself.
As far as weapons go, they would have an easier time killing a human than any mammal its size, based on the damage claws of roosters, cassowaries and Eagles can do to a person.  And compared to these, the smaller claws on a velociraptor are a lot bigger than any of theirs.

Of course, whether they'd actually be inclined to attack people would scale their threat-level back quite a bit ;)
A bobcat can kill a person too, but they're not inclined to attack people.
Jburns272 Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're 180cm tall? ;P

Nice work on this.

By the way. I found this in your Red Alert Zero folder. Please tell me that's not a mistake. ;)
Harry-the-Fox Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ahem- yes it was a mistake- thanks for the heads up!
PS- nope- subtract 10cm and you'd be accurate! (I always use a 180cm human as the scale- but it started looking like me by accident)
Jburns272 Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, no worries. Would've been a cool idea I think though.

PS. I see. I wasn't expecting a serious response to that.
Harry-the-Fox Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lol! Sorry bout that (took me off guard)!
Jburns272 Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol. I thought so.
Harry-the-Fox Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lol! Believe me it happens a lot :P
Jburns272 Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will. ;P
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