JWP for short. Download for 'full' view. It's just bigger I guess?
Some one on Dino Run suggested a deep sea piece with ichtyosaurs and I fell in love with the idea. At first I wasn't going to put in any raptors, but I decided to give them each a hat that would serve them underwater.
The pirate raptor has no need for any fancy breathing device, for he is a pirate, yarrg! Video game logic yo.
First up, Liopleurodon. That episode of Walking with Dinosaurs really earned him a spot in the great book of badasses for me as a kid. There was no way he was not getting into this piece.
I never cared for 'predator x', the name is just too vague. A proper badass needs a proper badass name.
The ichtyosaurs serve as the parasaurolophuses of the scene. I liked the idea of having the raptors 'surf' on their backs holding onto their dorsal fin. In the same vein, the ammonites and sharks are like the dactyls of the scene. This is why there's 'steam' coming off of the sharks. The blood trails are just for my own fun.
In the background you'll see a generic mosasaur and plesiosaur fishing. I really liked plesiosaurs as a kid, they were the carnivorous sauropodomorphs of the sea. I made sure to get the mosasaur tail right, I remembered reading an article about it not too long ago.
I made the background recycling elements of a Dino Run cave entrance, and even the little race hub on the bottom (albeit stretched out a lot), to give it a bit of a legit feel. Recycling level elements works well for the game, I figure it would work for an underwater level. Remember when those were mandatory?
In the end I really like this one. I'm using it as a wallpaper.
background, raptors and fish by Pixeljam.
Marine reptiles, sharks, ammonites and composition by