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Male Tyrannosaurus rex by Osmatar Male Tyrannosaurus rex by Osmatar
This is the latest in my series of Tyrannosaurus rex portraits, and the only one that I would currently (as of 2016) consider accurate. I tried to go for a realistic extent of jaw closure combined with lips largely inspired by those of monitor lizards. I originally wanted to draw a revised rex like this one soon after finishing Face of the King but other things came up. I intentionally designed the patterns on the skin to resemble the now horribly outdated The Modern Tyrannosaur. The colorful throat pouch can be inflated for mating displays.

This piece started almost accidentally as a digital sketch drawn on top of a drawing of AMNH 5027 skull by Tracy L. Ford. It was intended just as a kind of reply to Maija Karala's Inktober drawing, but I eventually cleaned it up and revised it using photos of the actual skull, as well as adding colour. I had just recently got a new Wacom pad, and this was my way of breaking it in
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Pachyornis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist
The nostrils seem to be rather on the top of the snout, they probably should always be as much anterior in the nasal opening as possible, or is it just the impression due to the soft tissue? Awesome work by the way! Which program do you use? 
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017   Traditional Artist
It's an illusion caused the lips and a bit of cornified skin. The nostrils realistically could not be moved much further.
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Pachyornis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist
Ok that's what I expected, thanks for clearing that up. 
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
cool idea with the brighter coloured under chin i also drew my Tyrannosaurs with them though i personally go for red as it both "more common as an attractive colour" and "gives it a more robin looking colour pallet"
this looks great :D
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :) Red is definitely eyecatching, but it's my undrestanding that theropod dinosaurs would have found it difficult to produce and maintain bright red tissues, because they couldn't produce the carotenoids required. Instead they would have needed a plant-based source for them. It's been suggested that a carnivorous dinosaur could have eaten the dung of herbivores to get those flashy reds and yellows, and while that's certainly possible, I went for what I thought was a more probably structural blue, that has no such requirements.
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome
wait what?
is that how it works! hot dam i learned something new here, wonder how they know that and i guess blue is still a pretty good colour to have for attraction :D
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017   Traditional Artist
My understanding of it is that carotenoids can't be synthesized by animals in general, but need a plant-based source. So herbivores get plenty of them from their diet, and some animals that eat small plant-eating critters (arthropods, fish) that have collected lots of carotenoids gain them that way, but an obligate carnivore would have no such source. Eating herbivore dung still remains an option, as exemplified by the Egyptian vulture, that apparently eats poop just to keep its face bright yellow.
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
wow
i think this info has just blown my ind right now
it's like i have seen the truth of the universe and all is clear now :D
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
Nice! Did you make a female variant?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016   Traditional Artist
I didn't. If I did, I'd have to base it on MOR 1125, which is - as far as I know - the only Tyrannosaurus specimen confirmed to be female. Maybe someday.
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Valia2305 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
How about The other female rex specimen that was confirmed to be fema- oooh... no skull for that...
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
MOR 1125 was found with it's skull?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016   Traditional Artist
Yes, I believe it had a largely complete skull, or at least much of the skull. I've seen a couple of photos, but they leave much to be desired.
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
I tought it's femur was the only bone revovered. Cool!
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
Awesome work
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salpfish1 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016   Traditional Artist
Wow, really nice work!
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Ceratopsia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent! This is one of the best pieces of your artwork I've seen. Keep up the great work :)
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks so cool!!
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TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
The bizarre thing was that everybody was scared that feathers would make The King into some fuzzy ducky when in truth -- I think he's just become Gentle Ben.

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016   Traditional Artist
The funny thing is that the original sketch looked more intimidating. Once I fixed the inaccuracies, it became more placid-looking. 
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must say this sketch still looks quite intimidating to me, in its own way, rather like a large tiger or a brown bear. An animal that instills both fear and respect. Great job with this as usual! I love the colours you've chosen :).
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TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
It's a refreshing turn for the Big Guy. I would have thought him more like a lion or Chinese Dragon considering how both have magnificent qualities, suit the Rex in their own way, and how the Chinese Dragon proves that feathers can and ARE impressive.

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
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Lorenzo-Franzese Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
watch out for helghast..
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Spinosaurus14 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
And also for his accomplice Dovahkiin...
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Sekley Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
Honestly Dovahkiin has gotten better these days and I think he's beginning to withdraw his support for Helghast.
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Spinosaurus14 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
He is indeed not anymore the childish idiot who claimed to know everything better and who argued angry with palaeoartists about scientific accuracy with his pseudopalaeontological language until they blocked him. But he is still complaining about how everyone hates him despite the fact that he is the one who called people idiots first. The weirdest thing is that he looses his brain he got the last months everytime he justifies General Helghast in the most absurd way. One time he wanted to justify the look of the skin wrapped, green and scaly look of Helghast's t.rex. "How do you know that these are fenestraes? It could also be just the natural coloring on t.rex!" "How do you know those are iguana scales? This could be avian scutes!"...
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Sekley Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
I'll admit that Dovakiin made a lot of trouble for himself at first, but he's a little bit more level headed these days.
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Dovah is a friend of mine since he likes my stuff. Also he's convinced about lips he just doesn't think Helghast deserves the hate he gets. (I think he deserves more than he gets)
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HunterStrait Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016   Digital Artist
Helghast is a troll
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
How can we be so sure? He does more than dinosaurs you know.
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HunterStrait Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016   Digital Artist
He said several time his stuff was satire.
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
WHAT?! Plz send link
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Spinosaurus14 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Prepare the tanks!
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
*plays dramatic war preparation music
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I liken its stare to that of a gorilla, because you can see the intelligence in its eyes. 
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
lol I thought I was the only one who often compared T.rex to gorillas XD
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess not.
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RizkiusMaulanae Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Idk how to say it, but it looks great
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks lovely!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
It reminds me a bit of the guineafowl in our neighborhood!
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dinosaurs get cuter and cuter the more we get to know them xD
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016   Traditional Artist
Many of the large predators alive today look either cute or derpy. The fact that dinosaur restorations are heading this way suggests we are on the right track. 
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope so :D
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Fantastic, there's really nothing wrong with it.I like that you gave it a very bird like cheek, rather than a lizard like fleshy internall cheek. 
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) There seems to be a possibility that tyrannosaurs did indeed not have the classic crocodile-like gap at corners of the mouth. And if that turns out not to be the case... well, I'll get to do yet another one of these in the future!
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Yeah, I think it's  likely they had bird like cheeks, but yeah, who knows. 

Thanks for replying, your an awesome artist.
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