So I decided to take a trip down memory lane by re-watching the TV adaptation of "Dinotopia." Felt inspired by that, and some crazy dreams lately, to draw something like it. I know Dinotopia doesn't have carnivores to ride on, but I don't care. If I want a pet dinosaur, its gonna be a raptor!
I also experimented with perspective and angles. That took probably the most time. Hard stuff.
Actually it seemed as though most of dromeosaurs were in society, not the Rainy Basin (which seemed to have only the large carnivores). Therefor if one of them wanted to let their human companion ride, it would be possible.
Meanwhile - I'm super-de-duper impressed by the new ideas you experimented with in perspective and composition - it's very visually interesting. The Dino and the girl are both immaculate. The only thing I would change would be the castle/bridge in the background. It looks strangely flat and unmade next to your awesome dino wrangler. You could think about using a similar outlining style as the one on the foreground, but in a much, much more neutral, light tone(think goldy-grey). That way, the focal points in the fore(dino awesomeness), med.(bushes/waterfall), and background(castle/bridge) are all unified in style.
I wish that the miniseries and TV series added more antagonists. Rexes weren't cutting it for me^^ I mean, they could have at least added a Spino, or a Giganoto! As for the pic, I am absolutely stunned! this is so beautifully and intrinsically done! The minute details of the highlights on the claws, and the scaly hide, and the trees in the background heighten the realism, and I adore the perspective! Go raptors!!
This is.. absolutely amazing... the angle, the physical aspect of the dinosaur... the background... I'm absolutely in love with this picture. You amazing me so much with how incredibly talented you are~
thanx hun...I see us all (sci-fi authors,artists,..ect) as our own "brothers&sisters" plus liveing out here on the islands has got me away from the "dont trust anyone" mentality i had on the mainland...so "live in aloha" and be blessed my talented friend..KENNEY
I love Dinotopia, there is even a book series I thought of my own Dinotopia story where there is a group of people, led by my character, that ride (mostly) carnivores, the majority of them ride Allosaurus's
((this idea is mine no one may use it thank you very much))