dromaeosaur

anonymous asked:

Hey Xy! Im a huge fan of Lioden and a huge fan of your art. It's insane how much detail and dedication you put into your work. I'm also beyond excited for Evosaur. You probably can't talk about it or don't want to talk about it too much but I was wondering if by any chance you could give us any kind of update about the game and how it's going. And this is a long shot but last time you gave a time update you said sometime in 2017, can you be more specific at this time? Thanks for answering!

All I can say is that we’re sticking to 2017 alpha launch, that’s all I can estimate. Here, meanwhile enjoy this Dromaeosaurus lineart!

(Also I really appreciate, you’re way too kind!)

Raptors at Dawn, Mark Schultz, as a reward for this Kickstarter

They are not wolves. They do not hunt together, nor trail big game, nor wrestle bleating iguanodonts to the ground. That’s far too dangerous. They eat small things, critters and morsels, lizards, mammals, hatchlings, beetles, and yank strips from carcasses butchered by bigger brutes. This is not a pack—it is a roost. The raptors gather on these rocks every night. They won’t be bothered there by larger carnivores or stepped on by lumbering giants. It’s a loud place, though. The noise seems too big for the congregation. They squawk and whistle, make clucking noises deep in their throats, nod heads, spread wings, fan tails, nip at parasites and annoying neighbors. The ones with empty stomachs make note of those who returned to the rocks that evening a little fatter—they’ll follow them from a distance in the morning, hoping to be lead to better hunting grounds. Numbers ebb and flow. In winter as many as fifty will cram themselves on the ledge, and some nights during the breeding season the rocks are completely barren with just the sound of the water below to fill them.

At about this time some of you are probably saying “what is that? It looks like a bird!” You’re not entirely wrong. Those of you who are saying “oh cool, a Velociraptor” are actually more wrong than those other people.

This is Tsaagan mangas. It is almost identical to Velociraptor, lived in the same area as Velociraptor, during the same time period as Velociraptor, but it is not a Velociraptor. For all intents and purposes, though, they are practically identical.

Drawn for a-dinosaur-a-day, because it seems that no one has drawn a half-decent full-body picture of a mid-sized Mongolian dromaeosaurid that is almost identical to Velociraptor and called it a Tsaagan before. I think Tsaagan is going to be my new second-favorite dromaeosaurid (behind Deinonychus) because it’s basically Velociraptor but it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as Velociraptor and definitely deserves more love than it gets, even if only because, for all intents and purposes, it is the same as Velociraptor.

Tsaagan mangas
Tsaagan mangas
Tsaagan mangas
Tsaagan mangas
Tsaagan mangas
Tsaagan mangas

There. Now I’ve said “Tsaagan mangas” in this post more times than I’ve said “Velociraptor.”

Tsaagan mangas.