Thursday, 26 July 2012

Young Tyrannosaurs: Adorable Fuzzy Balls of Death?

I did this one last year after the publication of that young Tarbosaurus specimen. What can I say? I have a soft spot for tyrannosaurs.
The throat was originally going to be scaly, but then near the end I decided to make that fuzzy too. Not entirely happy with how much there is a visible "seam" with the neck there, but overall I think it's actually one of my favourite dinos I've drawn in a long time.

I was actually excited to do this one after the success of a young Gorgosaurus I had done previously. That one was really interesting to do, and for the better part of a year a copy sat on the wall of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (and another copy--albeit of horrendously poor quality, for some reason--can also still be found by digging around the Museum's Facebook page). Expect me to be writing more about that one at some point later.

There was actually a quality of that Gorgosaur that lots of people brought up whenever I showed them--the eyes were lively and adorable, and it was all fuzzy (and indeed looked kinda huggable, or so I was told)... until you saw the teeth, after which hugging it seemed to be a pretty bad idea. I wanted to shoot for something like that here on the Tarbosaur. Did I succeed? Not entirely sure.

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