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Spinosaurus Skull: Version 2

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Spinosaurus skull: based on the 2005 Del Sasso reconstruction, which in turn is based on specimens MSNM V4047 (998 cm snout), IPHG 1912 VIII 19 (the front half of the lower jaw), and UCPC-2 (the crest). Rear parts of the skull based on Irritator and other spinosaurs.

This is an updated version of this image Here: steveoc86.deviantart.com/art/S… which I did around the beginning of 2010.


In the original version of this image, the scales were larger.

Whilst there are no scales known for Spinosaurus, the scales in the original drawing were closer to the size you'd expect for Ceratopsians, which seem to have quite large scales by dinosaur standards. Known theropod scales are smaller, so I suspect that something like this is more probable.

Then again, it might have had feathers.

Update 23/06/16: Changed the head angle and neck shape.
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Terizinosaurus's avatar
VERY NICE JOB!!!:)
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amorousdinoStudent General Artist
I will hav to keep that in mind when I work on my current spinosaur painting ;)

nice work!
Steveoc86's avatar
Thanks for the favs! Are you refering to the skin details?
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amorousdinoStudent General Artist
:nod:
Alexanderlovegrove's avatar
It's funny that you updated with smaller scales - I was looking through my own paintings the other day and thinking the scales were way to large!

Not sure if I commented on the original but this is a really great piece!
Steveoc86's avatar
Thanks! It seems that many dinos had small scales, in a particular Hadrosaur for example they range from 11mm to about 1mm in size (there are extra large ones dotted around that get up to 2cm). How do you draw scales that small without the dino looking smooth skinned? Ceratopsians seem to have resonably large scales however.
Alexanderlovegrove's avatar
I guess the only way is to make the skin look slightly rough or textured, as scales of a few mm wouldn't be visible unless it's a close up. Maybe add a few on the toes / mouth where they are larger as well. It's something I'll have to experiment with!

If I remember correctly, the ceratopsian scales were a bit like crocodile belly scales?

As an aside, I'm looking to paint a lot more living animals, which I think will be useful for learning about skin textures, feathers etc!
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HyroarHobbyist
Not bad. But I think I prefer the pencil drawing of this picture! :)
Steveoc86's avatar
In terms of the ''look'' of the picture I agree, the origanal is better but in terms of scientific plausibility I prefer this one. :)
Skull-Island-Master's avatar
for me this one looks better.
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