This paleoart was created in mid 2014.
Illustration depicts Tyrannosaurus rex attempt at hunting down adult male Triceratops.
Fossilized records in form of bite marks across Triceratops frill and horns tell us this scenario most likely happened.
Illustration was made for the ongoing book project titled "Super Predator; The World Of Tyrannosaurus rex" authored by Mr. Mike Kelly.
This illustration first emerged in the Prehistoric Times Magazine #114, and now it can be seen here on D.A.
It was created using couple of digital techniques. There are 3d modeled dinosaurs that were sculpted and textured inside Zbrush, later exported and rigged, reposed in 3ds max and rendered with MR. Finally all of the material was taken to Adobe Photoshop where it was composed together with some personal photographic elements for the background.
Bellow are some wip shots I chose to add with the finalized piece.
Head over to ArtStation for a bigger view and more wip shots for this illustration: www.artstation.com/artwork/n10…
I share those doubts. It's a completely justified doubt too.
Triceratops looks like a dangerous animal for sure.
But luckily there are numerous potential scenarios one can think of when making paleoart or looking at it.
Many of those scenarios can make sense of the otherwise dubious situation.
In this illustration we see but a fraction of a moment.
It can be interpreted in number of ways.
Countless scenarios are left up to the viewers imagination.
We see a solitary Tyrannosaurus attacking buck Triceratops.
Dozens of questions come to curious mind.
Is this Tyrannosaurus alone? Is it attacking in a pack.
Why don't we see other Tyrannosaurs pack members? Was the illustrator lazy?
Was the Tyrannosaurus driven to a point where it was starving?
Was attacking Triceratops herd the only thing rex could do besides lying down and starving to death.
Maybe the male Triceratops was indeed very old, lived on the outskirts of herd and started showing sings it can go down any day so T rex took the chance.
For all we know, the next second in this sequence can show us Triceratops flinching his head to his left, ramming it's horn trough Tyrannosaurus neck or abdomen, killing the theropod instantaneously.
We can see Triceratops succumbing to the attack, tripping over and falling to his side, exposing it's neck to the crushing jaws of the rex.
But even then Tric might have chance cos other herd members could turn back and push rex away from their fallen comrade.
This is the beauty of illustration. Especially dynamic one such is this piece.
It is portraying a moment.
That moment can continue forward, it can move back.
It is entirely up to the viewer what happens next or what preceded the illustrated moment.
Someone will see a predator dropping down from those trees in the background and firing his canon at both animals making them his trophy.
I see that very same predator cleaning his trophies. Skulls of both animals. Those are some fine skulls let me tell you!
All of a sudden, behind him a ball of electrifying light scorches ground and from it T-800 emerges pointing his shotgun and saying; "Hasta la vista".