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About Varied / Hobbyist Renato Filipe Vidal Santos33/Male/Portugal Groups :iconpaleoartists: Paleoartists
Paleontological Art
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An August Dragon #1 by dracontes An August Dragon #1 :icondracontes:dracontes 9 0 Trigonometric Tapestry by dracontes Trigonometric Tapestry :icondracontes:dracontes 5 0 Clamface by dracontes Clamface :icondracontes:dracontes 7 0 The Red Clipper by dracontes The Red Clipper :icondracontes:dracontes 12 1 Eye Lines by dracontes Eye Lines :icondracontes:dracontes 6 0 Eye in the Hills by dracontes Eye in the Hills :icondracontes:dracontes 5 0 Neon Beetle Rampant by dracontes Neon Beetle Rampant :icondracontes:dracontes 5 0 Dreadnought by dracontes Dreadnought :icondracontes:dracontes 5 0 Meat-eating Goat by dracontes Meat-eating Goat :icondracontes:dracontes 20 5 Triadic Composition by dracontes Triadic Composition :icondracontes:dracontes 5 0 Spreadsheet Gasket by dracontes Spreadsheet Gasket :icondracontes:dracontes 6 0 Ramscoop Uneel Plays Dead by dracontes Ramscoop Uneel Plays Dead :icondracontes:dracontes 12 0 Volcano in Digital Ink by dracontes Volcano in Digital Ink :icondracontes:dracontes 7 0 DarwinTrain - Lunicorn by dracontes DarwinTrain - Lunicorn :icondracontes:dracontes 27 3 An Expectant Not-Eel by dracontes An Expectant Not-Eel :icondracontes:dracontes 6 3 Feloid Eye by dracontes Feloid Eye :icondracontes:dracontes 16 1
In my gallery you can find art ranging from scientific and SF&F illustration to abstract with a smattering of photography and writing in between. Enjoy!

Random Favourites

Dash by beastofoblivion Dash :iconbeastofoblivion:beastofoblivion 315 162 Cerberes Final by beastofoblivion Cerberes Final :iconbeastofoblivion:beastofoblivion 329 141 XenoLockjaw by beastofoblivion XenoLockjaw :iconbeastofoblivion:beastofoblivion 174 104 Watergod by beastofoblivion Watergod :iconbeastofoblivion:beastofoblivion 195 114 Misfit by beastofoblivion Misfit :iconbeastofoblivion:beastofoblivion 209 86 Dirosyrix by beastofoblivion Dirosyrix :iconbeastofoblivion:beastofoblivion 194 91 Horseshoe Canyon Scene by jslice Horseshoe Canyon Scene :iconjslice:jslice 20 5 Sandy Creek pachycephalosaur by jslice Sandy Creek pachycephalosaur :iconjslice:jslice 35 12 Chasmosaurus belli by Sainte-Vincient Chasmosaurus belli :iconsainte-vincient:Sainte-Vincient 103 25 Oviraptor philoceratops by Sainte-Vincient Oviraptor philoceratops :iconsainte-vincient:Sainte-Vincient 49 32
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Intellectual Exercise :icontnhawke:TNHawke 8 53
Hydrogena by dinyctis Hydrogena :icondinyctis:dinyctis 95 109
Here are the works I've seen on dA that I found astonishing, something that tends to be not that easy.




Some more context on my Facebook profile.

It's nice to have a private place where you can bounce ideas off similarly-minded people and generally be sociable but I've come to realize, as for other Web 2.0 modes of interaction in the past, that there's a risk of that becoming all you do. So after a year or so testing the likes of Facebook and Discord as chatting platforms I've decided Skype is the chosen one (for now at least) and it seems to me that the first chat group I've joined on there has an activity level I can keep up with.

So all invites to join chats elsewhere are preemptively declined (as are for other venues like forums and sundry sites). Thank you for your comprehension.
  • Listening to: Radio
  • Reading: Scientific Papers
  • Watching: The News
  • Playing: Magic: The Gathering
  • Eating: Meals
  • Drinking: Water

Journal History


Renato Filipe Vidal Santos
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied

I am a skeptically inquiring secular humanist of a materialist and modernist bent with a lapsed Roman Catholic upbringing. Thus, for all intents and purposes, I'm a pragmatic atheist.

I tend to have a life, now in sabbatical as I prepare for job hunting, mainly in the Earth and Life Sciences areas, and, to my chagrin, I am a procrastinator. Hopefully these will be fixed in the next 100 years, though the latter is something I'm working on constantly.

Finally, I am always interested in artistic advice and if you want use my artwork here's the rules. You can also commission me. Tips via Paypal at Dracontes(at)gmail(dot)com are welcome as well.

These are my contacts:

Dracontes(at)gmail(dot)com, Dracontes(at)hotmail(dot)com, rfvs1983(at)yahoo(dot)com


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Starfire-Productions Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Baby Groot thanks you for the llama :)
hatzegopteryx03 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Student General Artist
For the paleoart group, the art has to be digitally altered in some way? Sorry, I get confused easily.
dracontes Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Scans/photos of traditional artwork usually have some issues that don't appear on the work itself (stray hairs and whatnot). Other issues however do. Liquid spillage is an instance in that regard. In any case, those generally don't look particularly good, so I request that they be mitigated with digital editing so your work's presentation is sufficiently adept.

Having a quick look at your work, it does need cropping, retouching and probably a better lighting for its photography. You can find several free software options for the first two actions here, Comparison of raster graphics editors - Wikipedia. I hear the GIMP is pretty popular for what I request.
hatzegopteryx03 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Student General Artist
Does Deviantart into work to touch it up a bit? (Lighting, background)
dracontes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean Muro? You're welcome to try it out, though it doesn't look like it has a clone brush.
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Lorenzo-Franzese Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
dracontes Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
DinoMarioZilla Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Feliz aniversário, buddy!
dracontes Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
Droemar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016
Hey! Since you favorited some of my dino art, I thought I'd let you know I'm doing a Kickstarter for my dinosaur novel Mark of the Conifer, which is live!…
You can also see more art for it here:…
Hope to see you there!
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