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Raith by CyRaptor Raith by CyRaptor
I guess this is the first real piece of Drome art I've posted here. I mean, there's the map and the globes and the animals, but that's all tangential stuff.

Like all of that stuff, this drawing was originally done for my "Drome Sourcebook" project, which was created to flesh out the world of Drome without telling a story. I had drawn a bunch of Dromen (that's the name for the dinosaur people, lolz) to accompany the chapter on them - a Styracosaurus warrior, a Pteranodon mechanic, an Ornithomimosaur nomad, and this Spinosaurus pirate dude. However, I liked the drawing so much I decided to do a bit more with him.

A bit of background first, I guess. First of all, since Drome is a supercontinent with a landmass only slightly smaller than that of Earth's, that means something like 75% of the face of the planet is covered in a single enormous ocean. That's a lot of water.

Before The Great Uniting War, the eight nations of Drome were constantly at odds with one another, as if the name wasn't any indication. Several natives from one of the nations, Ravidia, set out to sea to escape this constant confrontation and establish their own society on the waves, and maybe discover some new land out in the open ocean. Excepting a few chance encounters, they were never seen again.

After The Great Uniting War (which is an entire article unto itself, but basically involves the Dromen winning a war with a hive-minded race of COSMIC BUGS by the skin of their teeth) the Dromen became extremely agoraphobic, and travelling very far outside the borders of the continent or outside of the planet's atmosphere became taboo. Thus, the continental Dromen made great technological bounds due in no small part to The War, while the seafaring Dromen were technologically retarded (in the original sense of the word).

So, this is Raith, a Spinosaurus, one of those modern-day "pirates". They're not really pirates, though, since they don't, you know, pirate anything. He will make his appearance in the second "episode" of Drome, which is tentatively titled The New Breed, and which involves quite a bit of high-seas adventure. It is, of course, not as fleshed out as Shattered Paradise at this point, but there's enough there that I have a basic idea of what's going to go down.

I'm usually pretty minimalistic (read: lazy) about backgrounds, but I went all-out on this one. I think it turned out pretty nice. Hell, I even put a signature and copyright shit on it, I'm so proud! Also, I'm currently storyboarding the graphic novel of Shattered Paradise, so you'll likely be seeing a lot more Drome stuff on here pretty soon. Stay tuned! Or don't.

And no, I don't know how the shirt works with the sail.
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fimoman Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose this picture would make more sense if I actually knew the story behind it. But right now, all I really see is a Spinosaurus dressed as a pirate.

Kick. Ass.
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CyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
There really isn't a story behind it, other than what I wrote in the description. So yeah, that's pretty much all it is.
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RestrainedRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Arr! Fantastic art! This one really stands out... I think I've come across it once before but didn't comment. Spinos certainly look difficult to personify, since without the back spine, they could easily be mistaken for an alligator!
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CyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Thanks, although there's a lot about it I'd change now if I could - Pipgirl pretty much hit the nail on the head up there. And yeah I guess there's the issue of confusing spinosaurids with crocodiles (I've got a Baryonyx character too, check my scraps) but hopefully stuff like the sail and thumb claw will be enough to make them identifiable. Either way, it's better than people thinking CyRaptor is a seagull.
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RestrainedRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009   Digital Artist
They thought that? :giggle: Well, the critique is fair enough, and of course you've improved a huge amount since then. Still a memorable piece, though. =)
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Pipgirl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
The lines could use more variety, some of the lines escape their shapes, and his left hand looks like a sock puppet, but it looks pretty good.

The shadows seem a bit too soft in some places, though.
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Spino2006 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Student Digital Artist
O_o Wow, This picture is absolutely cool *g*
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat character design. Spinosaurus seems like it'd be a rather tricky species to anthropomorphosize, but you've pulled it off quite nicely.

I think the image would be more convincing if you could somehow make the foreground around the character a little clearer. The whole background looks kind of blurry, while the figure is crisp and clear and it doesn't look natural.
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adhytcadelic Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Professional Artist
it`s amazing !
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