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Sauropod Tutorial

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Published: February 16, 2008
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The politically correct term for the drawing tips I've shown here are Macronarians, "big noses". Of which Brachiosaurus is a member, along with Camarasaurus, whose skulls are featured. Sauropod is kind of redundant, because it means "lizard foot", and I'm sorry, what kind of dinosaur isn't, again? Macronarians are so called because they had massive nose holes on their foreheads. FYI, the Brachiosaurus in Jurassic Park was incorrectly shown, nostril-wise. Curse you, Speilberg! (I still love the movie, though!)

Sauropods are awesome, because they're such a mystery. How did things so incredibly huge ever survive for so long? I tell ya, nothing really makes you wonder why man considers himself such a big screaming deal than walking underneath the skeleton of a Brachiosaurus. Once you really start looking at sauropods, they're totally rocking awesome creatures. Every bit of them is engineered to be lightweight and powerful. And they're still throwing scientists for a real loop as to how their giant necks and circulatory system worked, without having such high blood pressure that their arteries would have burst.

I did Macronarians because a character in Mark of the Conifer is an Astrodon, which was a relatively small Brachiosaurid. But the only real proof about them is their teeth, hence the name "star tooth". They're Maryland's state dinosaur, and I was born there! Small world.

I think I've rambled enough.
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Billus88's avatar
Did you ever do a tutorial for the Quetzalcoatlus or Stegosaurus?
Great work btw.
PCAwesomeness's avatar
That is an amazing guide.
Jewel-Star's avatar
You always see in films and such sauropods chewing their food. Glad to see someone else agrees that they don't chew, haha.
Autobot00001's avatar
I don't suppose you could do some for Ceratopsians and Stegosaurs, could you?
Droemar's avatar
I have a dinosaur tutorial book in the works (albeit a while down the road.) But once it is an ebook for sale, I intend to post a ceratopsid tutorial with a link to the book?
Stegos I'll have to think about.
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RizkiusMaulanaeStudent Traditional Artist
Very helpfull and the brcahiosaur poses are nice to. Hey did you know, sauropods won't actually having a risk of lung collapsed if they submerged underwater. Infact, they can't actually submerged their whole torso under the surface because they will float thanks to their air sacs in their vertebrea. 
Evodolka's avatar
EvodolkaHobbyist Traditional Artist
you should do more of these they're GREAT that and it really does help out on drawing dinosaurs/ dinosaurian monsters
CJCroen's avatar
CJCroenHobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like a helpful ref!
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RockyGemsHobbyist Artist
I love sauropods! My favorite has got to be diplodocus though (RIP Dippy).
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AnimalKingdom-FandomStudent Artist
Wonderful tutorial! 
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erickreillyartProfessional Digital Artist
Cool. Thanks!
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
Very nice...Sauropods are my number one favorites when it comes to huge monsters.
Thewhiningrhino's avatar
It's great that you show that the heads of these beasts were actually quite broad, instead of being dinky little things like some artists portray them. One thing I'd add is not to ever give sauropods elephant or rhino type skin. Think monitor lizard instead.
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbonStudent General Artist
Thanks so much for this--I really don't know how to draw them correctly...BUT NOW I HAVE HELP!!!! :la:
Yarbro's avatar
OMG! I've been looking for ever for this. Thank you!
lily-stardust's avatar
Sauropods...they are my favourite ;_;
I drew them so much when I was a little girl. I wanted badly to meet one D:

What a great tutorial! I'm sure it will inspire people to draw them more accurately!
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KaijuXHobbyist Artist
This will help me with my monster. :)
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NebulaOwlStudent Traditional Artist
Oh, I love this tutorial, this will come in handy! I love that interesting perspective sketch at the bottom, cute ^^
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CaveLupaHobbyist General Artist
I've always loved dinosaurs but I don't manage to draw them at all. Your tutorials now encourage me to try it again :)
Great job
Piatnitskysaurus's avatar
The name "Astrodon" is also used by some to describe former members of the genus Pleorocoelus. Mainly because Pleurocoelus is a titanosaur now, not a Brachiosaur. Some brachiosaur skeletons were referred to Pleurocoelus, but now we use the name "Astrodon" for those instead.
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Mermaid-KaloProfessional Traditional Artist
I've found all 3 of your dinosaur tutorials to be extremely helpful! Thanks for sharing your expertise! Pouring through dino book after dino book really doesn't come together until you see how someone else can build a dinosaur on paper step by step.
Faved all of 'em and I look to drawing dinos with a new confidence <3
TheWhiteCrayon's avatar
I like your attention to detail, especially on the bone structure. Good work!
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