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Male Tyrannosaurus rex 2.0 by Osmatar Male Tyrannosaurus rex 2.0 by Osmatar
At last, my updated, practically completely redrawn version of the original. The old one was drawn quickly with few refrerences, but for this one I did a bunch of research for first. The shape of the head is based on several sources from photos of the AMNH 5027 skull to drawings by Tracy Ford, Jaime Headden and Scott Hartman. Most of the integument is largely based on the Carr et al. 2017 Daspletosaurus paper, but is highly speculative. The paper in question is unfortunately very light on the details when it comes to the supposed dermal structures, so it's unclear to what extent their conclusions can be applied to Tyrannosaurus (or even Daspletosaurus for that matter). Hopefully we'll get a more detailed paper focused on the facial soft tissue of tyrannosaurs in the future to clear things out.

I have also added speculative dermal structures on the snout based on a curious feature in older Tyrannosaurus rex maxillae that might may indicate the presence of some kind of display structure(s). I chose to interpret it as thickly cornified skin with lighter raised ridges and shallower darker areas. This could have acted as an indication of mature age for prospective mates, similar to the gray hairs of a silverback gorilla. In addition to this the animal also has a number of scars in the upper and lower jaw from facial biting by another T. rex, either from interspecies combat or particulary rough love - or both. Due to the resulting look I like to call this older gentleman "Gnarly rex".

If you find it curious that my rex has lips, see The lipless rex experiment for more details.
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:iconsketchy-raptor:
Sketchy-raptor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Excellent stuff. 
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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:icong0j1r4:
G0j1r4 Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So REAAAAAAL!
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
:D
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:icongorgosaurus:
Gorgosaurus Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
Glad to see dinosaur artwork by you again - more, please.
This is really good.
Spike.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm hoping to produce some more paleoart soon, but I need to get some stuff out of the way first.
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Gorgosaurus Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I am just very pleased that you are creating again - especially your dinosaur artwork which is outstanding.
Always a pleasure to see your art, no matter how long the wait.
Best wishes, Spike.
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:iconduskyvel:
DuskyVel Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work, Osmatar! The textures and colours are lovely.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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RandomVanGloboii Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He has some sort of sad look in the eye...
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional General Artist
Could be that those scars are from a female that turned down his advances, and at 26 years of age, he hasn't got many mating seasons left.
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student Artist
Very nice.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student Artist
Welcome.
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:iconthederpasaur:
TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWesome!
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconthederpasaur:
TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NO PROBLEM
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful update! The textures, especially on the face, are really well done. Didn't know about the maxillae thing.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) Lot of the skin textures are speculative (I don't think anyone has a good idea yet what was going on with those maxillary textures) but I tried to base them on extant archosaurs in a way that seemed to make sense. I hope one day we'll have clear picture on what sort of dermal structures Tyrannosaurus actually had.
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks majestic and savage at the same time.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)
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:iconagathaumas:
Agathaumas Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Cool! Very naturalistic rendition
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconbraindroppings1:
Braindroppings1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nicely detailed Nod 
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:iconbraindroppings1:
Braindroppings1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nicely detailed Nod 
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:iconbraindroppings1:
Braindroppings1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nicely detailed Nod 
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you x 3
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:iconstolpergeist:
Stolpergeist Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
creativity: 100%
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Scientific accuracy: 0% :lol:
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:iconzhombah:
Zhombah Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scientific accuracy: 0.2%


It has a skull!
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
looks grand :la:
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome :D
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly majestic... Didn't know about that maxilla feature, though. I mean, i saw it in many rex skulls, but never really thought about it, at least in terms of a display structure; definitely interesting!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I learned about it from a Witmerlab Dissecting with Emily video on youtube. It's funny how now youtube has become a noteworthy source of information on dinosaur anatomy.
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
The texture is fantastic!
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Damn you were faster than me on illustrating the strange structures of the maxillary bone ! XD I wanted to draw it the moment I stumbled across the Wittmer's lab video ! But your interpretation is very believable. This a magnificent Tyrannosaurus rex for the ages ! :D
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! You should do your own interpretation as well. There's always room for more accurate paleoart in the world.
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Thank you ! :D And I shall once I rewatch the video and decide on an interpretation. ^^
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjakeukalane:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Verry awesome
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But y lips
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional General Artist
Because a chronic case of dry mouth is an awful thing. ;)
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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And lips being ripped to shreds by incredible bite forces too
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:iconithinkofanamelater:
IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
Dude Komodo dragons have lips.  Have ya seen how they eat?
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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I retract my argument. I see lips as possible again, will draw however I feel.
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