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Yutyrannus huali by rob-powell Yutyrannus huali by rob-powell
Had fun doing this piece, I missed drawing dinosaurs :D
Was for IOW at ca.org. Decided to add a few other little feathery creatures into the mix, such as sinosauropteryx and sinornis.

Yutyrannus huali is a recently discovered dinosaur found in China. Not only is it unique in the fact that it is mostly covered in feathers, but that makes it the largest known feathered animal (with proof). Also this find has scientists thinking that even other large therapods such as T-rex may have had feathers as an adult. Although it is more likely that T-rex would've shed it's feathers before adulthood. It is liekly that Y. huali lived in colder environments (estimated an average temperature at around 10c a year).
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william023 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
I love the sunset colouring on the snout, I imagine those colours where to show his much testosterone males had, and most fights didn't end in bloodshed.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet!
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JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! You get five stars:D
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
IT IS VERY FANTASTIC!!!
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grisador Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Great Artwork !  Wow! 


All sure ''' Who's/Which Dinosaurus '''    is  Next ?   T-rex [lol] 
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ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome job :D
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Reshiram47 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Finally someone who doesn't put wing-like feathers on the arms. I just think it makes more sense not to have those wing-like feathers on the arms especially if the animal was using its arms for slashing prey, those kinda feathers would just get in the way and messed up. That why I really like drawinhgs like this, seems more realistic this way.
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angelanovus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! well done :D
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LeahCK Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous, like the colors that you chose.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Available for print?! I am so adding this to my wishlist.
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:iconrob-powell:
rob-powell Featured By Owner May 23, 2013   Digital Artist
:D
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to comment, but I'm speechless, so this is my comment. xD
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HellraptorStudios Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really diiging the colurs you got here, your art is so awesome i gonna watch you :)
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Lucern7 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Well that's pretty neat, while I'm still against giving all theropods feathers (for the same reason I'd be against giving all mammals fur) but I can't deny that in a Colder Environment they'd definitely have some fluff, at least the more advanced later evolved ones.

I like that you noted that the T-rex Probably shed it's fluff, since it lives in a much hotter environment, much like An elephant lacks fur while a mammoth was wooly.

Anyhow nice work I'm glad you didn't make them ridiculously technicolor like some artists do
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trisdino Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
the rex actually did not live in a very hot area. It was not cold mind you, but not a "warm" place either
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work! You really nailed the wintery atmosphere of this scene, those ghostly dead trees in the background look great. Very fitting color choices for Yutyrannus, too, the snow leopard-esque plumage combines very smoothly with the more colorful snout pattern. It's fun to look at but also very natural and believable. The two dinos' conflict frames the scene quite nicely.

I do think SimKoning made a good point with the nostrils, though- a lot of cold adapted animals have enlarged noses to deal with chilly air, so it would make sense if the nostrils were a tad bit wider. :nod:
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Durbed Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This came out really nice. I specially like those markings on the snout.
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Doctordid Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
sorry
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rob-powell Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Digital Artist
?
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Doctordid Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
don't think they had feathers
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rob-powell Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Why would you think that? The fossils that were discovered showed that they did infact possess feathers. They would've been long filamentous feathers closer to that of underdeveloped down rather than the typical type of flight feathers with a central barb.

I know that a few people may deny that they have had feathers since the 'excepted' description of therapod dinosaurs are large reptilian creatures. I'm not sure if that's how you feel, but thinking they didn't is kind of foolish when there is fossil evidence suggesting that they did have feathers. Also other smaller specimens of tyrannosaurs such as Dilong have also been found to possess feathers, suggesting a possibility that other tyrannosaurs such as T. rex may have also had feathers, at least in their adolescence. Of course proof is hard to come by since feathers aren't exactly known for preserving very well in 65+ million years.
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Doctordid Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
because it's a reptile not a bird you'd have to show the thing with a beak the way you have it
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triggamafia Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you fucking retarded?
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AmericanRaptor Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You do realize you're just flame-baiting now, right? Listen, there's a lot of differences between this thing and a modern bird including:

-Teeth, no modern bird possess this feature

-Clawed hads, the only bird to have this is a hoatzin chick, yet they lose them with age

-A tail, again, no birds have this feature

According to every paleontologist, it's a dinosaur, Try not to get into a flame-war next time, ok?
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rob-powell Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Dinosaurs are descended from reptiles. Birds have descended from dinosaurs. If you look at fossils of archaeopteryx, caudipteryx, sinosauropteryx, and whole lotts of other small feathered dinosaurs you'll notice that they did not have beaks, but toothy jaws. Even primitive birds would have taken a few years to develop toothless bills, but by then feathers have already evolved long ago. Just because dinosaurs are feathered it doesn't mean that they need to be classified as birds, and they don't need beaks in order to have feathers. Today only birds possess feathers and all birds do infact have beaks. Other feathered creatures have long been extinct.
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Doctordid Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
archaeopteryx is a bird it shouldn't have the reptile features on the face
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rob-powell Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Digital Artist
I shouldn't? It does. If you look at it's skull and skeleton you'll notice not only toothed jaws, but it's body structure highly resembles that of small dinosaurs such as compsognathus. Not too mention the claws, something no bird today possess other than hoatzin chicks. There is a reason it's called a missing link, meaning that it suggests the fact that dinosaurs may have evolved into birds.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :)
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SimKoning Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Great painting. I only have a few nitpicks regarding accuracy: the claws seem too small, and the 3rd digit should be quite a bit smaller than the 1st and 2nd digit. This is a very common mistake, I think because many artists don't realize that the bony core that survives the fossilization process is just that, a core covered in keratin in life.

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The nostrils seem overly small in relation to the nares, but it's hard to say considering it's soft tissue. I would bet that the nostrils were quite large to allow for more airflow.

Looks good though.
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Great artwork! well done! :clap:
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work! I love the scenery and your light and composition choices. :)
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect work here! =)
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LittleBandit13 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   General Artist
man, im jealous, i feel intimidated to draw dinosaurs because they look so difficult to draw, they are badass creatures that earth ever created. damn, i'll conquer my fear of drawing them, i will draw them soon, expect a drawing from me soon. Anyways, great composition of these amazing creatures. My hats off to you!
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rob-powell Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks, man. Trust me they are very difficult to draw, I especially have a harder time drawing frontal or 3/4 head views. But I guess I have an easier time drawing them cuz I've been drawing them since I was a toddler. The best way to conquer that fear is too dive right in just draw it, without worrying about failure, referencing always helps.
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LittleBandit13 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   General Artist
cool, thanks for the advice man, I'll definitely give it a try and dive right in. Drawings like these is a good skill to have in my opinion. May I ask what program you use? anyways thanks.
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rob-powell Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Digital Artist
I use photoshop, but I'm sure you can achieve similar results with other programs like SAI and painter. It just takes practise!=)
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LittleBandit13 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   General Artist
thanks man, i guess i got to get to work then
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