Almost everyone has seen 'Jurassic Park'. Everyone who's seen the film(s) knows of the infamous "Velociraptor". I'd say a good amount of people by now know, thanks to media coverage, about how 'scientifically inaccurate' the film's portrayal is. I've seen many illustrations and diagrams comparing the real, feathered dromaeosaurs (aka. raptors) to their scaly pop-culture counterparts. Some even have the pair dueling. When you see these two together, you normally see them in opposition of one another. I don't often see them in a more relaxed setting, so I decided it would be a cool illustration to make. I've been wanting to draw this for a while, and thought it wasn't exactly meant to be for Valentines Day, I did try to make it my deadline.
So with that in mind, here's real world Velociraptor chillin' with JP's Velociraptor in the cool shade after a warm day. Lots of inspiration came from beautiful shots in the docu-series 'Savage Kingdom', as well as the odd yet adorable interactions between animals of different species being buddies with one another. I love the idea that even though they are so different from one another, they can still get along. I initially pictured this scene in cool lighting but still definitely recognizable as sunset time. There was a lot of tweaking of colors and the variants I have are what I settled on (because I'm never capable of making up my mind on "one"). Hopefully I struck a good balance between warm and cool.