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Deinonychus antirrhopus V.2 by Rhynn Deinonychus antirrhopus V.2 by Rhynn
An attempt at reconstructing Deinonychus antirrhopus after a skeletal drawing by Scott Hartman.
Colouring and plumage borrowing from Harpy and Bateleur eagles as well as Bearded vulture.

There are a good deal of errors in there and it doesn't look as birdlike as it should...I'm not very convinced about the rear part and the legs either but it's a first step toward more serious paleoart. :)


I got great feedback both here and in other forums so I decided to make some edits on the image :

- I made the tail more muscular, particularly at the base.
- I removed the tertial feathers (I should probably remove the last top three feathers at the elbow too...)
- I edited the name to Deinonychus antirrhopus; without capitalization on the species name.
- And finally...I signed, because I always forget to.


- Edited the BG to get rid of the slightly orange cream color I had before.
- Made some slight changes to the thickness of the tail
- Made colors a little brighter
- Added iridescent feathers (based loosely on Australian Ibis)
- Changed the shape and anatomy of the arms to make it more tightly folded and correct the feather placement.
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Firefox-The-Falcon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this one, faved it :)
Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Very nice job!!!
It is fantastic!!!
Yokaiou Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Nice many people when they put the feathers get the hands hideously/or fantastically wrong.  I was wondering do you think that dinosaurs also followed a bird trait with males being fabulously colored like peacocks and females being brownish or beidge?  Or closer to Kiwi with a size difference only.
anhedral Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really, really like your reconstructions of Deinonychus. Lovely work.
Mikartturi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Great picture

TRISTANOS81 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this, detail is immense :-)
AlMaNeGrA Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
CaimRyo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Artist
I Love Those details!
Awesome Job!

Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
8bitAviation Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
this is amazing. This is THE BEST deinonychus I have seen here on DA. I really think you should do more and you can see that every single part of it has so much effort put into it. it LOOKS REAL. REALLY REAL. amazing. outstanding job, what program did you use to make it?
ScottHartman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like it a lot.
Rhynn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank very much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It really means a lot. Your work is an amazing source of inspiration and the information you share in your blog helps in so many ways better understand theropod anatomy and well, anatomy in general. Thank you for sharing it with us.
ScottHartman Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Seeing the data put to good use makes it a lot more gratify to do :)
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
An excellent first step indeed. You are well and truly on the right track. Keep it up, I can't wait to see more :)
Drakonial Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Great job, I love the coloration.
novablue Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful - I love the face in particular!
allytha Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your use of bearded vulture colors for the face! The variation in the textures are very nicely painted.
TheRealZilla360 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really love this drawing, great work. But, I noticed that you capitalized the animal's species name. It should be read as "Deinonychus antirrhopus". I wasn't sure if you were aware or not, just letting you know. (:
Rhynn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I actually hesitated whether I needed to capitalize the species name or not but I should have checked. I will soon submit an edited version with corrections on anatomy and I'll make sure to correct this as well. Thank you for pointing it out :)
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
It looks beautiful. The only significant critique I have is that the remiges should not be going all the way up the arm like that. They should probably taper off along the elbow. Remiges on the humerus are called tertials, and they're a more derived feature of modern birds - deinonychosaurs would not have had them. Nice job on the secondaries and primaries, though!
Rhynn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I actually considered that. True tertial are not all that common, even in modern birds. But in the end I slapped some because it still seemed possible, though maybe not all that probable. I might make an alternate version with the corrections so thank you very much for the feedback :)
JARM13 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool .
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
It looks awesome! Kind of terrifying, really, but it looks so real. I really like how its head looks.
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