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Face of the King by Osmatar Face of the King by Osmatar
Portrait of an adult male Tyrannosaurus rex in breeding plumage. The mane of feathers serves to create an illusion of more massive jaw muscles and neck, making him appear more threatening. The inflatable throat pouch is there to woo the ladies.

I had to make this drawing because I was so ashamed of how messed up the cranial anatomy of my feathered tyrannosaur sketch was. Ideally I'd like to make a full body feathered T. rex one day, but until then you'll have to settle for just a head. 

In a way this serves as a kind of redraw of The Modern Tyrannosaur from 2001, only this time updated with lips and feathers!
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LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Edited Nov 12, 2014
Like how you gave it lips but the teeth aren't entirely covered (I do not see how extensive lips can work on certain theropods without causing injury).
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
This was one of my early attempts to figure out lips in Tyrannosaurus. I don't actually agree with it anymore. After looking long and hard at extant animals with comparable anatomy, I've come to suspect that we've generally overestimated the extent of theropod jaw closure, and thus underestimated the extent of lips. Of course it's always possible that theropods were oddballs that as a whole drastically deviated from the tetrapod norm, but in the absence of evidence I don't see a reason to assume this for more than maybe a handful of really strange cases (and even then I have to wonder how much postmortem distortions or mixing and matching of bones from separate specimens may play a part).
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LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Sorry but I'm not a fan of Headden's pet hypothesis on Theropod lips. Lips would obviously not work in Dilphosaurus considering the insane jaw structure, yet Headden puts lips on it anyway. For now I'm with Cauon this one untill I get solid evidence about lips in Theropods.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
We'll just have to agree to disagree, because I do not think that the loss of lips is the most parsimonious hypothesis. Dilophosaurus is definitely one of those really weird cases that suggest that something completely unexpected was going on with that taxon, but I don't think we should use a few outliers to determine the condition in a whole clade. Otherwise we might as well decide that elephants and sabertooths are the best model for the teeth of all placental mammals. I hope that eventually we'll be able to figure out with reasonable certainty what the condition was in dinosaurs, but until then I believe I will continue restoring them with "lizard lips". 
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RomanYevseyev Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Wonderful and accurate technique of pencil drawing=)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, your talent is always as bright as the sun ;)
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Arbitran Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O So pretty
I want one :eager: by darkmoon3636
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raven-amos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Floofy! :D And very regal.
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