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Huayangosaurus taibaii

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Reconstruction of the Chinese stegosaur Huayangosaurus taibaii.

Since I've gotten no art project or commissions to work on, and I want to make something more than just drawing random dinosaurian taxa, this may be the first drawing in a series of artworks for a project I have in mind. Will see if I pull it off in the end.

Medium: Pencil (HB, 2B and 5B)
Done: 2013

Reference: Skeletal drawing and multi-view skull reconstruction of Huayangosaurus by Gregory S. Paul.
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XiphactinusHobbyist Traditional Artist
Osteoderms, osteoderms... is there evidence of osteoderms along the body sides in Stegosauridae?
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No evidence for osteoderms on the sides of the body in Stegosauridae as far as I know. I gave my reconstructions of stegosaurids such osteoderms, though, because of the thyreophoran nature of these animals and the presence of osteoderms on the flanks in Huayangosaurus, which is a basal member of Stegosauria.
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JokerCarnage5Hobbyist General Artist
my fav pant-eater:D
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guilmon182Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! And here's how Huayangosaurus would look in JP!
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Thanks!
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That's incredibly beautiful, and I'm quite surprised by how wide its head is despite the narrow beak. I think Stegosaurus had its thagomizer spines pointing directly sideways; is this not the case in other stegosaurs?
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Thank you! The head is really wide in its posterior part, definitely very different from skull's proportions of other stegosaurs. I was really surprised too.

As far as I know Stegosaurus' spikes were not pointing sideways, neither they were vertical. In the case with Huayangosaurus, from the reference I used, the spikes forming the thagomizer weren't pointing sideways either. I guess in most stegosaurs the orientation of the thagomizer is intermediate between being horizontal or vertical. At least this is the image I get by looking at the skeletal drawings I'm using for my reconstructions.
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pilsatorHobbyist Traditional Artist
Very, very nice work!
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Thanks man!
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youltProfessional General Artist
Personally speaking I think chinese Dinosaurs belong to the most beautiful of their clades.
As I saw the thumbnail I almost thought it has fuzz on its body. But I may see fuzz everywhere recently. :D
Nice take on the perspective also, you don't see stegosaurids often in portrait.

No colour this time?
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Yes, I also find most Chinese dinosaurs to be among the most beautiful representatives of their clades, especially sauropods and stegosaurs, as well as theropods.

As I saw the thumbnail I almost thought it has fuzz on its body. But I may see fuzz everywhere recently.

No ornithischian fuzz this time, although I've thought about adding it at first. In the end I decided it would be better to keep the reconstruction a little bit more conservative because of my plans to use it for a small project of mine. I may add some sparse filaments here and there in later revision, like I did with my Prenocephale and Protoceratops for the "All Yesterdays" contest. It wouldn't be that hard to update it if I decide given the filamentous integument configuration I give to my ornithischians.

Nice take on the perspective also, you don't see stegosaurids often in portrait.

Thank you! I'm really proud with the way the head turned out. Drawing the head of a dinosaur in a front view has always been difficult for me. In this case the front view was possible due to the work of Greg Paul, who has reconstructed the skull in side and top view in very good detail. Having these two views it was easier for me to imagine how the head will look like in front view, but even now I'm not very sure how accurate I've drawn it.

No colour this time?

What colour?
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youltProfessional General Artist
What colour?

Irrelevant. As I see you won't gonna colour this series. As I probably already said, I like your greyscale work more anyway.

Thank you! I'm really proud with the way the head turned out. Drawing the head of a dinosaur in a front view has always been difficult for me. In this case the front view was possible due to the work of Greg Paul, who has reconstructed the skull in side and top view in very good detail. Having these two views it was easier for me to imagine how the head will look like in front view, but even now I'm not very sure how accurate I've drawn it.

Just looked it up and yes, it's really well done. One could assume that a Stegosaurid wouldn't have such a broad face, but than again, Huayangosaurus seems to be an exception in his narrow-faced Family.
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Irrelevant. As I see you won't gonna colour this series. As I probably already said, I like your greyscale work more anyway.

Once again, thanks! To be honest I'm considering adding some color to these series of stegosaurs drawings digitally. Having strong base, with elaborate shading and details will probably allows me to achieve acceptable results by mixing both media. It all depends what will be the best for my project though.

Just looked it up and yes, it's really well done. One could assume that a Stegosaurid wouldn't have such a broad face, but than again, Huayangosaurus seems to be an exception in his narrow-faced Family.

Not sure, but it may be some basal thyreophoran trait or something. Either this, or it's due to the ecological niche it occupied and prefered food sources.
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Nice work!:)
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Thanks! :)
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You're welcome!:)
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EykoArtStudent General Artist
Wow! Such great texture! :D
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Thank you! :)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
More stegosaurs are welcome, wonderful drawing =)
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Thank you! :)

And I totally agree with you on "More stegosaurs are welcome" thing. There are surely few more stegosaurs to come relatively soon. ;)
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Fantastic!
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Thanks!
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sdavis75Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply gorgeous work. Wonderful details. And with a pencil! Well done!
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Thank you for the compliments! :)

And with a pencil!

You would be surprised what things a pencil can do.
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