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Apatosaurus louisae by EmperorDinobot Apatosaurus louisae by EmperorDinobot
Some broad told me in December that I needed to make my dinosaurs more interesting. I disagreed. I was happy with my scaly dinosaurs, boring like they were in the late 80's.
Then this All Yesterday's book got printed, and a contest went with it.

I decided to jump in with a fuzzy Apatosaurus... I mean, North America probably got cold at some point.
This one features a rat tail, whose whiplash end has quills, quills meant to stick into enemy Allosaurus. The feet also have this scaly nonsense according to some recent ichnofossils.

I also gave it purple neck stripes. Why just green and grey and brown? That's boring. When shedding the fuzz, this Apatosaurus' skin is essentually dark grey to black except for some of its tail, some of its belly, and the soft tissue below the neck and on the nose.

The most unusual thing I gave it was a humanshape nose! the tissue on top of its nose, when erected, gives it a nose not that different from a human nose (sans the cartilage).

It's also got lips.

The pencil version came out like ass, so I won't be uploading that, but I will soon upload one with a frontal view, so you can see the nose better.

Comments b4 favorite!:eager:
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome feather design :)
even if it wouldn't NEED them it still looks very cool
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017
It was for a contest. Apato was too hot and bothered to have any sort of integument.
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
still cool either way :D
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KirbyniferousRegret Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Nice! I sometimes wonder, had the first dinosaurs found were ones from places like Yixian and other Chinese formations, would people constantly fight against scales on dinosaurs? Would feathered dinosaurs be the default and scaled reconstruction be considered too speculative? I mean, when you think of it there no really good reason as to why feathers shouldn't be assumed to be default considering the huge amount of evidence supporting feather are ancestral to ornithodira. Scuta are most likely highly modified feathers and reticula are something completely different from other reptile scales, independently evolved from keratin in the skin. Objectively speaking, until we have more information of integument, our current information states that both reticula and/or fuzz (Homelogous to feathers) are equally valid default positions for dinosaurs with no integument preserved.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
I don't know. There's a lot of awesomebros infecting dinosaur themed sites and forums, and quite frankly, their refusal to understand science is getting annoying (this also includes some paleontologists I know). A lot of paleontology is speculation, and while I doubt sauropods were feathered due to size and high heat, this was fun to draw. Maybe the sauropod chicks had integument to protect them from cold, maybe sauropods in cooler climates had fuzz, who knows. But dinos had feathers. What we do with this information may be subjective to our artistic sensibilities.
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Alien-Psychopath Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The idea of fuzzy sauropods sounds and looks much better than the scaled ones. According to them being descendants of birds its quite odd to see a quadrupedal bird as big as a jumbo jet.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
It's...quite an...Well I have no words for it. Take it for what it is. A 4 legged jumbo jet with fuzz and a funky nose.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I a big fan of the colouring, cool concept!
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Maleiva Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Esta genial un suropodo "peludo".
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not saying i agree on the amount of fuzz in this guy (can't imagine the smell of that shaggy coat, yuck!), but what about lips and weird-ass structures on the snout?
HELL YEAH! B)
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
It's fun, it's shocking, and definitely possible (but improbable...).

It's just speculation. If I stuck to drawing my neo-conservative sauropods, nobody would comment on them, or give a shit.

Even if I lined up the entire ventral area of the neck with some super inflatable balloon (what's the use in that other than mating? Given the times, that shit might have just made the animal float!)


The shaggy coat smells like theropod shit, and that's definitely gonna be a deterrent, unless you're a crazy allosaur with no sense of smell.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said!
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist
No he visto muchos saurópodos emplumados, pero este me parece de lejos el mejor hasta ahora :)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Artist
OMG!:wow: I mean, no way! I've seen other feathered sauropod, but now this!? This is amazing! I've love it!:)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great stuff :)
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I can't say that your dinosaurs are not interesting, it more about your style being raw and forced tehnique-wise. In my opinion this is one of your best works I've seen so far, and I like it. The thick fuzz in sauropods is a little too much for me, but I absolutely love the way you have drawn the inflatable nose structure. Interesting idea there. It's nice detail in your concept that you have considered the ichnofossil data from Portugal. :)

BTW, at that time (Late Jurassic) North America (at least the Morrison Formation) was pretty warm and arid (to semi-arid). I guess during the night temperatures were considerably lower than during the day, but I doubt they were below zero.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I don't like the idea of fuzzy sauropods either, why would any large, warm animal that lived on a very warm climate need fuzz? Certainly not to fly.


How is it forced technique wise?
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Well, there is still the possibility that keratinous filamentous structures were primitive trait for Dinosauria (or even Ornithodira), so basal sauropodomorphs could have had them (hypothetically), though if such structures were present in sauropods I think they would be much more sparsely. Anyway...

How is it forced technique wise?

Because to me it looks like you draw your drawings very quick, forced, without putting efforts in making clearer shading or smoother lines, or putting much details here and there (of course details are not a must), just for the sake of finishing the piece as fast as you can. I find most of your drawings looking dirty, raw, and quick. I'm not saying this in offencive manner, please don't get me wrong. I just think that your art may greatly benefit if you try to be more precise when drawing. I can't help but imagine you being very angry while drawing.

Once again, please don't take this as an offence. It's not ment to be one. :)
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
That's my secret. I'm always angry.


I've been stepping it up lately, see the sauropod binglingi (can't remember first name), and Spinosaurus. I spent several days on that one. DAYS.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting a sauropod less then 30 feet long might be fuzzy
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I dislike the idea of putting fuzz on a very warm, large animal, but you never know.
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't agree with that dumb broad who said your artwork is "boring", but I do think that this is a marvelous reconstruction. I really love the colors you chose and the ideas you used :aww:.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Aren't the eyelashes just faabulous?
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:laughing:! Didn't even notice them before you said that.

And you know, it is kind of creepy how basic feathers can form like eyelashes anyway.
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Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is awesome. it's like something outta monster hunter.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super cool!!!
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