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Hello! First of all this IS NOT A INSULT.

I felt that i had to share my thoughts on Dinosaurs as a topic. What makes a real dinosaur fan and what makes you not in my opinion. I grew up with dinosaurs, got my first one when i was Three years old, loved Dino Riders,  my World was changed when Jurassic Park came and made me into the person im today. What saddens me these days its that some people seems to hate anything about dinosaurs that belongs to the past or are not accurate.
Im open for accuracy but i like the old style aswell. I like dinosaurs for what they were, not for what they look like. I like both modern day views with feathers and stuff and the vintage scaly look we all grew up with. So anyonw who both likes Jurassic Park AND Accurate dinosaurs are a true fan in my book. Just because Everything these days has to be ultra-realistic i feel that i have to draw dinosaurs like giant Lizards :P. I tried to do feathers and i felt it was good but since im not a Paleoartist, never was, never gonna be i stick to my " Terrible Lizards". There are lot of great paleoart that is "outdated" but till oozes with Power and Majesty, shall those great pieces just be ignored because of accuracy, its a shame in that case.


Am i wrong about this.





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Levergunner Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Phew! Late to the party, but I'm still interested in voicing my thoughts on this.

I grew up on stop-motion dinosaurs from the thirties all the way to the seventies with King Kong in 1933 to Valley of Gwangi, and of course Jurassic Park. Those planted the seeds of inspiration in uncounted fertile minds, and in spite of their inaccuracies I can't help but love them. As someone trying to be a storyteller but at the same time a fact nit-pick, I can see both sides of the issue.

Writers and movie makers are concerned with one primary thing if they have any clue what they're doing: Telling an entertaining story. Everything else is secondary, including facts. Of course, if one wants their stuff to be tolerable at all then they have to have some level of accuracy in their work if they don't want their audience to riot. Some things are just really hard to pin down though, and paleontology is legendary in this regard. The science is changing constantly, and unless you're on top of it 24/7 across message boards, websites with tons of updates, even a dedicated researcher can get a lot of things wrong. Not to mention tons of stuff about dinosaurs is still in theory. There's just so much we don't know, and the second a storyteller tries to make their own guess, science will right on cue disprove it and the inventor gets bashed for not doing research.

I understand the annoyance that many paleo-freaks get though. Trying to disprove incorrect ideas about popular themes are amazingly hard to surmount, and all of that ignorance being piled on can really wear on some. Although I do get the impression that some are coming off as being smug from their position of paleo superiority. These guys I don't like.

Personally, I love dinosaurs for what they represent: An era and group of life the likes of which we will never see and allows the imaginations of countless people to erupt with all sorts of ideas and inspire. If someone makes even a half hearted attempt at accuracy, I'm usually good. I don't mind people doing scaly dinosaurs without feathers at all in stories or art. After all, it's a lot of fun! Of course, if you're doing a scientific documentary then one is obligated to get all the minute details down. But if someone is doing something just for fun to entertain people, they have some cinematic wiggle room.

It'll be interesting to see what dinosaurs are like another thirty years down the line. I'll be fascinated when our future kids laugh at us for thinking that dinosaurs had feathers of all things! XD That was an attempt at humor, please don't yell at me. x.x

Anywho, I hope this has been of some sort of interest. :)
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was a long reply ;)

To summ it up i consider you a true dinosaur fan :)
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Levergunner Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
What can I say? I like being thorough! :)

Whoo hoo! I wish there were True Dinosaur Fan badges. I'd sew one to my hat! X3
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Jaredraptor Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
In my experience, with the general public the opposite seems to be the case: a total rejection of modern scientific accuracy when it comes to dinosaurs. Like, there are a lot of people who moan about paleontologists "ruining" dinosaurs because they've found that most of them were probably covered in feathers, as if a dromaeosaur is any less awesome just because it's covered in fuzz instead of scales.

Me though, I'm all for scientific accuracy AND older Jurassic Park-style dinosaurs.
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, it dosnet have to be one thing or Another, both styles

i consider you a real dinosaurfan :)
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I used to like Jurassic Park, but as the years go by, the culture that it has inspired has made me cynical of it.  Every time someone thinks a combination of "cool" and "dinosaur", JP isn't the first thing on that person's mind--it's the ONLY thing in his mind.

Though I have been watching JP since 1998, it didn't give me major interest in dinosaurs.  That had to be reserved for the following three:

The Rite of Spring sequence from Fantasia (1940)

The Land Before Time (1988)

Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

I don't hate Jurassic Park, just its fandom.
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand, well im a big fan of it but i can understand you with the fandom thing.
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Hollowcyclone Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I feel the same way I mean feathers are cool but I still like jurassic park it's hard to decide between the two so whenever i'm in an rp that wants realism I make up my own dinosaurs like how primal carnage wanted a velociraptor like that from jurassic park but they wanted realism so they made a novaraptor you can find a way around things like this v.v 
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the i class you as areal dino-fan :)
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Hollowcyclone Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
oh pfffft I messed up on my comment hold up I'll edit it so I don't appear so weird XD
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