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Guanlong wucaii in pencil

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Disclaimer: Unfortunately, as Science Marches On, this is no longer an accurate depiction of Guanlong wucaii.

So I finally got off my lazy ass and got a ream of printer paper to draw. Not am I only lazy I'm also rather cheap ;)
Now on my computer desk lays a package that contained 500 sheets of paper. I say "contained" because I decided to use one of them to draw this here dinosaur head shot.

Guanlong is, believe it or not, a tyrannosauroid, and makes one think if after all such primitive allosauroids as Monolophosaurus and by kinship all allosauroids aren't just basalmost coelurosaurs.

EDIT: Okay, I freely admit it. I crapped out on this one. However at ~Agahnim's pertinent critique elsewhere and a slightly different outlook on life I decided this could use some reworking and I think this version is much better in all respects. You can gander at the placeholder at this [link] .
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bear48Professional
nice job
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dracontesHobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the compliment :)
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Dino-MarioHobbyist General Artist
Pretty good
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Sketchy-raptorStudent General Artist
You said in your description that as sciene marches on it renders your drawing innacurate. How?
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dracontesHobbyist General Artist
I think my main misgiving with this beside the somewhat botched shading on the eye is that the snout is covered in a thick rhamphotheca, a beak, if you will.
Recent studies like those of Ashley Morhardt and Tobin Hieronymus show that this is most likely not the case, hence my recent restoration of Yutyrannus with patches of scales on the jaws, which would probably be how I would reconstruct Guanlong's face nowadays.
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Scaly jaws were actually highly unlikely for theropods
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What would be the source for this? I admit I haven't been at my most attentive regarding paleontological developments, but I don't remember anything recent allowing us to claim that. Sure, in principle, I have no issue with bare-snouted theropods deep enough along the bird line. However, as to where that character starts to replace the expectable for a reptile seems to me to not be particularly clear.

In any case, much obliged for the watch and the load of favourites :)
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Sketchy-raptorStudent General Artist
I understand. Still a great drawing though.
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dracontesHobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the compliment :)

Now to find the time to revisit this one :P
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DiloTheSeaDragon120Student Digital Artist
this...is...PENCIL?!?!?!?! how do you do this?
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dracontesHobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the compliment and the favourite :)

It's rather tedious really: it's part remembering how shading works in the real world and also trying to get the hang of a relatively common rendering style.
In the former, one figures in ambient light scattered back from the surroundings and also the back-scatter between surfaces of the object of interest itself. For the latter, it's just layering progressively softer pencils for darker tones and being careful when doing so.

I hope the above was intelligible and helpful.
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DiloTheSeaDragon120Student Digital Artist
np ^^

and that is very cool... maybe that could help me with some shading
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Always glad to be of assistance :)
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DiloTheSeaDragon120Student Digital Artist
:)
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BrookcresentHobbyist Digital Artist
wahoo awsome
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Thank you very much for the compliment :D
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damn thats good! im at a lack for word of this!
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Thank you very much for the favourite and the compliment :)
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no problem its only the truth X3
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Artistic truth is in the eye of the beholder ;)
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Corporal34Student Writer
AMazing!!
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Thank you very much for the compliment and the favourite :)
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Thea-NuProfessional Traditional Artist
Very, very well done! Plus I am very much into prehistoric stuff. I've always wanted to draw sth like that, but never had the heart to ^^
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