You can learn a lot of good lessons on a field trip. For example, if you're instructed to stay with your tour group, you probably should. If you do wander off by yourself, you should probably avoid any restricted areas. And if you come across a mysterious piece of unquestionably hand-crafted jewelry that has inexplicably been unearthed from early Cretaceous strata, it's probably best if you leave it alone and let professional paleontologists handle it.
If, on the other hand, you choose to ignore these lessons, you can learn a lot more about dinosaurs than you probably wanted to know.
It's crazy. Some times I sit around for weeks without a good idea or the motivation to pursue it, and some times I get a whole image done in a day. If only I could average it out to a more regular schedule...ah well.
Anyway, this was interesting to do. I'm normally opposed to gratuitous "taur" forms of perfectly serviceable animals, but I have to admit that dromeosaurids do lend themselves to it quite nicely. Maybe they're just so awesome that there's no way to make them not cool. I tried a new approach for shading this time, going for some slightly harder edges on the shadows; I think this works better than the über-softened shading I've going with recently.