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Life of a Tyrant: vulnerability by Durbed Life of a Tyrant: vulnerability by Durbed
A young Tyrannosaurus Rex heavily depends on his full grown father for protection until it's big enough to fend for itself.


This picture will probably be part of a bigger series. 
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:iconwilliam023:
william023 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
So, this reflects mark witton's post about the miniscule avian scales encompassing almost all the body, and the thick dermal armour across the face? cool. I'm a big sucker for red T.rexes, and I just spotted those tiny remnant bristles along the back. This big bad girl is definitely worthy of my favorites.
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:iconwdghk:
WDGHK Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, I am pretty partial to the red head theropod look.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not a single bristle
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Wyatt-Andrews-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
A: Stop

B: Look at its back
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O shit
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:iconwdghk:
WDGHK Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that's an issue why?
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not realistic
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And how is it not realistic? Where's the evidence that T.rex had bristles?  
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yutyrannus was fully covered. One does not simply loose every single filament.
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:iconwdghk:
WDGHK Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then why is scaly Rex being treated as plausible again by the experts? :P (Lick) And are you seriously using that same excuse argument again Mr.Feather Fanatic?  
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
W H A L Z
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ThatCoelurosaur Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Only certain species though. Dolphins are completely bald, along with sperm whales.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you speak English please, or simply an actual human language for that matter? :P (Lick) 
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RizkiusMaulanae Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I just noticed one thing



You put the ear on the wrong hole
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The ear is meant to be located in the joint between the skull and neck, but it looks closer to the temporal fenestra due to the perspective on the head. Maybe I still placed it a bit too close to it tho.
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RizkiusMaulanae Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Ah I see
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
U r aliv yey
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Animalme Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a seriously beautiful restoration! I love the red and white colors!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome to see you still alive, man. And very nice drawing to boot!
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! nice to see you too. I'll try to stick around
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mark0731 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017
Nice, though I like the amount of feathers on this one more: steveoc86.deviantart.com/art/T… Also, with these big horns above it's eyes, it looks similar to the JP T. rex.
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The horns are not meant to be JP like actually, I kind of used the same style as Saurian's T. Rex which I've grown fond of.  Given the current data, any kind of feather covering that doesn't extend to the hips, tail, chest, abdomen and at least part of the neck is reasonable... including no covering at all, or complete nakedness. Until something like a nearly complete tyrannosaurid mummy is found that can shed more light on the subject, the amount of feathering really depends on personal standards and interpretation of what we have. 
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While I agree with you for the most part, I'm not sure a tyrannosaurid mummy would be able to either prove or disprove plumage--wouldn't the feathers (if they were present at all) rot away before/during the mummification process?
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Durbed Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even if that was the case, if such "mummy" is as complete as some hadrosaurs and shows evidence of scalation in areas where we still believe it might have had some feathers - all being a big if, that would be kind of the nail on the coffin for fluffiness.
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose.
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mark0731 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2017
Well in this case the horns look more similar to the 2015 version than to the 2016 version. So, the amount of feathers is personal preference. Also, there's one thing I forgot to ask: Does this T. rex have lips? It's kind of hard to guess. Some experts are very skeptical of the Carr paper, Nima Sssani, Mark Witton and Scott Hartman are on the lippy side, for example.
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Durbed Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it does have lips. The clue is on the juvie on the right, but it's kind of hard to make out. I don't think the case for croc faces in Carr's paper is very strong, although it makes some interesting points. Actually Sassani doesn't believe in lippy tyrannosaurs -unless he's changed his mind in the last few days since he thinks their teeth are too large to be fully covered, but I have to agree to disagree there. Now that I think of it I don't know of any other prominent paleontologist who believes in lipless tyrannosaurs anymore.
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mark0731 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2017
Well, he still thinks their teeth are too large to be fully covered, but doesn't that mean he still believe in lips, just shorter ones? Btw, the teeth look bigger in your version than in the Saurian version because the lips are shorter?
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Durbed Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lips are not meant to be much smaller or less droopier than Saurian's, but the teeth indeed look a tad longer than they should. I might fix it soon.

Yeah, when I talk about lippy theropods I usually mean the no teeth showing, tightly shut mouth model. Not the "old" style.
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mark0731 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017
Now I don't know what to think about the teeth, as I can't even mention one other T. rex restoration which has teeth as small as the Saurian T. rex.
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Durbed Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saurian's Rex just has really thick lips, sort of like a large monitor lizard. Also the size of Rexy's teeth is often exaggerated, I mean they ARE quite large by theropod standards but not the sabre teeth that are often portrayed as.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks pretty nice! What's the reason for giving the face larger scales?
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Durbed Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tyrannosaur skull texture indicates some type of rough skin covering, wether it is plain scales, cracked up croc integument or just cornified skin has yet to be seen. I went with scales because it seems just as likely and they follow the same pattern as the rest of the body, just larger.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah okay, for some reason that new Carr paper didn't pop up in my head when I saw this...
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ThatCoelurosaur Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible!! Very nice work
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Wyatt-Andrews-Art Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
HE HAS RETURNED! In style as well. I really love this piece (especially since it complies to new evidence that maybe large Tyrannosaurids were less coated than previously thought.(Note how I said maybe)).
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
Cool!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like it :)
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orange-eyed-serpent Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really happy to see you posting artwork again. I think your artwork has improved substantially. This is another addition to artwork of scaled Tyrannosaurus that is actually anatomically accurate and believable. :D
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9Weegee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What ever happened to the feathered t rex? or is this just an old design/art style.
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They do have feathers.
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9Weegee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe too less. I don't think your heading for accuracy, since it was said to be for a project
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Retchedmouse Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Projects can be anything.. Some people can choose however they want their style to be. I have the other copy of this there are LOTS of feathers, but with the colours he used you can't see it. Zoom in towards the back of the neck and you'll be able to see them. Please stop with this 'accuracy' stuff, he has been referencing these off of the Paleo websites and making sure everything is correct. Yes he changes it to his style so he doesn't copy/plagiarizer others research. So please refrain from coming back on 'accuracy' and constantly telling him what to do. Thank you, and have a wonderful day! 
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:iconpcawesomeness:
Thank the Lord you made this comment. Everyone just has their heads up wherever about tyrannosaurs!
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Lorenzo-Franzese Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's scaly because of the recent paper
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9Weegee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
3 small fossils of reticula doesn't mean the entire animal was scaly. that's like saying that if we found scale impressions on the feet of a cassowary, it would be entirely scaly. 
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StanleyRabbid Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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9Weegee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. But the impressions are from areas that are known to be scaly. Juraverator and Kulindadromaeus both are scaly but have feathers running down the back. And the hardened skin on the face can be seen in bird like the Wood Stork. Yet again, they have feathers. 
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