Velociraptor - Dinosaur Ink Drawing Illustration (2015)
Ink drawing by Karen Whitworth


  • Ink drawing, Paper
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  • Size: 6 × 8 × 0.1 in (unframed) / 6 × 8 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Karen Whitworth

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At a young age I became completely enamored with dinosaurs. I can't quite put my finger on what it was exactly that drew me to them... Perhaps it was the 1993 release of Jurassic Park that ignited my inspiration. At 8 years old I dreamed of becoming a paleontologist, travelling the world searching rock formations for traces of ancient beings forever locked in their hidden tombs... It sounds like such an adventurous life! These daydreams of scientific pursuit translated into drawings where I tirelessly illustrated various creatures from Earth's past. I couldn't get enough!

Fast forward a couple decades and I now find myself, not a paleontologist, but an artist... And the tug of these ancient creatures still pull at my imagination... Maybe it's me trying to be a kid again, or is it that I really do need to fulfil this prehistoric yearning? Perhaps I will explore it further... :)

This drawing measures 6" tall and 8" wide on extra thick art paper. It is also available as prints on various materials and sizes here:
My drawing was inspired by the awesome raptor scenes in the original Jurassic Park movie. Below is one of my favorite exchanges in the movie regarding these cunning creatures:
Volunteer Boy: That doesn't look very scary. More like a six-foot turkey.

Dr. Alan Grant: A turkey, huh? OK, try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. You get your first look at this "six foot turkey" as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex - he'll lose you if you don't move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side,

[makes 'whoshing' sound]

Dr. Alan Grant: from the other two raptors you didn't even know were there. Because Velociraptor's a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this...

[he produces raptor claw from his pocket]

Dr. Alan Grant: A six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the the middle toe. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular like a lion, say... no no. He slashes at you here, or here...

[he lightly 'slashes' across the kid's body with the raptor claw]

Dr. Ellie Sattler: Oh, Alan...

Dr. Alan Grant: Or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is, you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know, try to show a little respect.

Volunteer Boy: OK.

[Alan leaves the now slightly frightened kid]
^ (Nerdy bliss.) And that is why Velociraptors are so cool!

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Archival Acid Free Ink

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