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Tsintaosaurus by a Lake
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Published: June 30, 2007
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Tsintaosaurus, drinking by a lake.

Based proportionally on a Gregory S. Paul skeletal drawing. Pencil drawing and extensive Photoshop work.

Edit History:

30/06/2007: [These comments were made regarding the original submission in 2007 and no longer apply.] I think I can guarantee the skull is wrong. The reference was very low res and most images of this animal's skull seem to show it isn't completely known. I'll happily change it when I can get better references. Also, other hadrosaurs are known to have small square dermal spines above each vertebra spine, so it's possible Tsintaosaurus had them too. When I get some time I'll try add them.

Update 21/04/2011: Just a few tweaks, cleaned up a few things, added a pattern, added dermal spines. etc.
Update 22/05/2013: Corrected tail shape, changed posture.
Update 06/12/2013: Changed the skull to the recent reconstruction by Prieto-Márquez and Wagner 2013.
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olofmoleman's avatar
olofmoleman| Digital Artist
It looks quite nice. Though possibly a bit skinny. Some mummies have shown that the tail end of Hadrosaurs was a lot fatter than people thought. More specifically a mummy of Brachylophosaurus.

If you want higher res reference. Here's the original publication on the bell shaped crest on Tsintaosaurus. It includes some nice big pictures and photos.
www.plosone.org/article/fetchO…
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The comment in the description about the head was actually about an older version in which I had restored it with the traditional 'unicorn' style crest. The current head is based on the paper you have linked to. But thanks for the link anyway! I need to change the description to make that more clear!

Regarding the tail, I have restored it with a large caudofemoralis muscle. The boundaries of which are determined by the fourth trochanter on the femur and the chevrons running along the tail. The only areas I think I can realistically increase are the lateral expansion of the caudofemoralis or increase the surrounding ilio-ishiocaudalis. Something I'll look into!

I have been trying to update as many of my older drawings as I can to a more correct understanding of tail musculature. For example here is the original scan version of this image from 2007. i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb…
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olofmoleman| Digital Artist
Alright.
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pilsator's avatar
pilsator|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! Love the drawing.
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Dinogod|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This illustration is so good that it actually does not requiere tooo much color. I feel like I'm there looking at the animal. Great job. 
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PrimevalBrony|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I use this drawing as a guideline for a mesh? BTW it's great!
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Maeglin-Lomion|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool. Although, the anatomy seems mildly impossible, too in the rear hips, where there should be a lot of muscle. The arms are quite a bit smaller than the legs, but the shoulders are larger than the hips. They could supposedly stand on two legs, but this one wouldn't be able to.

Sorry if I'm being too critical, but tsintaosaurus is my favorite saurian!
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No worries! Everyone is free to comment on accuracy! :)

I don't know what reference you are using but this image is based proportionally on a rigorous skeletal drawing so the proportions can't be too far off. The amount of muscle is similar to the amount that was in the reconstruction which is apparently a sensible amount. I can't expand the hip to be larger or shrink the arms because that would contradict the actual anatomy. I have just uploaded a newer version but I don’t see a problem with the muscles. Also looking at the skeletal reconstruction, to me it looks like it would be difficult for it to sustain a bipedal posture.
Anyhow thanks for stopping by! :)
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Maeglin-Lomion|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose there is still a lot of mystery regarding this species. Too bad we can't actually go see the originals!
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WaylonRowley|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, this is pretty tight....and I'm not even into ornithischians. I like the blurred fore and background. I might try that on some of my drawings in the future.
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Thanks, I only blured the background because, of how samll and intricate my drawing often are. They don't really work as a composition, they end up looking like a mess of details. The problem gets even worse when they're scaned in. So I blured the background to help focus on the dinosaur. But it turned out alright. :)
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ArtofDrum|Student Traditional Artist
hey, is it gaussian blur?
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I did use gaussian blur, because it allows you more control. But i dont think it matters which you use.
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ArtofDrum|Student Traditional Artist
ok. thanks for faving my pic!!
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Your welcome. :)
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Pseudo-Vampire|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
crackerjack, that detals and soooooooo 3D
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ArtofDrum|Student Traditional Artist
ok, thanks for the advice
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ArtofDrum|Student Traditional Artist
very cool picture, hey how do u make the back and foreground blurred?
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Thanks, :) I cut the image up into layers photoshop, backdround, midground, foreground, clouds, dino and applied the blur filter to the layers that needed it. I did it because with out it the dinosaur looked like godzilla huge so i need to make the background out of focus to add some depth.
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Thanks, :) I cut the image up into layers photoshop, backdround, midground, foreground, clouds, dino and applied the blur filter to the layers that needed it. I did it because with out it the dinosaur looked like godzilla huge so i need to make the background out of focus to add some depth.
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Miyess| Digital Artist
It sounds like a massive project...you did the same with the gallimimus sketch right? I might give blurring the backgrounds in photoshop a try some time. Well worth it though, great work!
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tuomaskoivurinne| Traditional Artist
Great sense of texture, simple, yet working scene :D
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