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Some of you have probably been wondering why I haven't been active for a while. The answer is, as far as I can tell, thyroid dysfunction. I wish I could tell you more, but I honestly don't know what exactly is going on in my body, apart from the fact that it's now thoroughly messed up, brains included. I seem to have clear as day hyperthyroid symptoms, but at the same time all my blood tests show normal or hypothyroid values. It makes no sense and has lead to me getting a prescription to medication that only succeeded in making things worse. And I can tell you that things were bad enough to begin with!

So right now my brain is thoroughly scrambled and the rest of my body is going nuts as well, and my doctor doesn't even know this is going on and it's almost christmas, so she probably won't until it's next year. All I can do is hope that whatever is doing this is eventually going to go away if I don't take any thyroid hormones and limit my intake of substances the thyroid craves, like iodine. All in all, I fear this is going to be yet another crappy holiday and I doubt I'll be able to create anything new until my nervous system cools down considerably.

If you want to contact me, please do so using the DA note system. I've given myself a temporary ban from Facebook, because I can't trust myself to be able to handle myself in this state. 
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Highly Hypothetical Heterodontosaurus by Osmatar
Highly Hypothetical Heterodontosaurus
What would Heterodontosaurus look if it had soft tissue covering its big pointy teeth and beak like the lizards Leiolepis and Uromastyx, had lizard-like lips instead of the more popular (but not necessarily more realistic) cheeks and filamentous integument similar to Tianyulong or Kulindadromeus? Something like this, perhaps.

This was actually inspired by Marc Vincent's blog post on the famous 1978 Nat Geo dinosaur issue at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs. Restoring Heterodontosaurus with lips that hide the famous fanglike teetj may have become unfashionable since then, but what if it's actually what the critter looked like? I'm not sure that it's fully accurate, but sometimes you just have to take things to extremes and see where you end up.
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Borsti by Osmatar
Borsti
I ended up doodling up this little guy while trying to figure out how it might have appeared in life. There may be errors, as I couldn't e.g. find out what the length of the filaments or extent of scales on the legs was.

Juravenator is maybe the only feathered theropod more famous for its scales than its filaments, though it turned to have those as well. Whether it was a basal coelurosaur or something far more basal still remains to be seen. We don't even know what the adults looked like, when all we have is one juvenile.
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Deinocheirus portrait WIP by Osmatar
Deinocheirus portrait WIP
The terrible weirdo, a giant sail/hump-backed ornithomimosaur with a skull so strange I had to draw it twice to get the proportions close to being accurate. My brain wouldn't accept what I was seeing. The nostril is still all wrong but I need to take a break before returning to this one.
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Dilong paradoxus by Osmatar
Dilong paradoxus
A pencil portrait of the 'imperial dragon,' or more appropriately the little basal tyrannosauroid from Beipiao.

I promised in the comments of Mystery Meat-Eater that I'd draw Dilong next to illustrate what traits apparent from the skull you would probably see in a live animal: the profile of the snout is still unmistakable and the location of the ear gives you a hint of the approximate location of the squamosal. (Obviously there could be soft tissue structures that would mask the shape of the skull further, but even then what you'd see would always be the skull plus everything else.)
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Some of you have probably been wondering why I haven't been active for a while. The answer is, as far as I can tell, thyroid dysfunction. I wish I could tell you more, but I honestly don't know what exactly is going on in my body, apart from the fact that it's now thoroughly messed up, brains included. I seem to have clear as day hyperthyroid symptoms, but at the same time all my blood tests show normal or hypothyroid values. It makes no sense and has lead to me getting a prescription to medication that only succeeded in making things worse. And I can tell you that things were bad enough to begin with!

So right now my brain is thoroughly scrambled and the rest of my body is going nuts as well, and my doctor doesn't even know this is going on and it's almost christmas, so she probably won't until it's next year. All I can do is hope that whatever is doing this is eventually going to go away if I don't take any thyroid hormones and limit my intake of substances the thyroid craves, like iodine. All in all, I fear this is going to be yet another crappy holiday and I doubt I'll be able to create anything new until my nervous system cools down considerably.

If you want to contact me, please do so using the DA note system. I've given myself a temporary ban from Facebook, because I can't trust myself to be able to handle myself in this state. 
  • Mood: Anxious

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:icontomorrowmayrain065:
TomorrowMayRain065 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Student General Artist
Is there an official website for the Speculative Dinosaur project that you could direct me to? Also, I really like your art!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Traditional Artist
Not as far as I can tell. There was some talk about a new website some time ago, but I've not heard of it since. I haven't been an active member for a long time, I'm afraid.
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TomorrowMayRain065 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Student General Artist
That's a shame :( Thanks anyway, though.
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Do you ever think that my theories on pre-human civilization are but a joke?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
No, I never got the feeling that you were having a laugh at my expense. Why?
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Because (and I don't mean to throw accusations around) I feel like at first my ideas on the subject weren't being taken too seriously. I can't stress any further that I'm not accusing you of anything, though; I'm sure it was just constructive criticism.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Traditional Artist
If I hadn't taken your ideas seriously, I would never have put so much time into criticizing them. I treat my own story ideas exactly the same, it's just not something outsiders get to see.
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
I have to agree with Franz-Josef73; where have you been?! ;D I love your stuff!
(My poor Deinonychus, take a look and see how much pain he's in...!)
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
I've been struggling with diazepam withdrawal and other health related issues. Right now I can't say when - or if - I might be getting better.
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
:( well I hope you feel better soon!
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