tyrannosaurus color

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    Been practicing digital color with my brother's Wacom tablet. Still think I prefer non-digital color, but I'm working on it.

    typagon, origamiPete, Renê Tomczak, and 22 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. lindamade 36 months ago | reply

      this is Fing amazing.

    2. origamiPete 36 months ago | reply

      it looks absolutely fantastic! amazing!

    3. nattosan2000 36 months ago | reply

      These are wonderful illustrations.

    4. Stefan_Moser 36 months ago | reply

      Omg, now you will also be a hero of my son

    5. Anatotitan 36 months ago | reply

      Yes! Digit I up.

    6. CARLOS MERLO 36 months ago | reply

      impresionante , magistral !!!!! bravo

    7. gardenque 36 months ago | reply

      Hi Paul. I seem to remember reading somewhere that we have no idea of the colourings of any of the dinosaurs. Is that true? If it is, I'd be interested to know just what you (and other illustrators) base their designs on. This is not a criticism in any way - I love your work - I'm interested, that's all!

    8. origamiPete 36 months ago | reply

      if i can say something, we can sometimes reconstruct the color, if the dinosaur's feathers preserved well. scaled dinosaurs are a different thing, it is sometimes possible to see preserved imprints of the scales, but even then, there is no way to find out the color of the dinosaur. we can only assume the dinosaurs could have similar color as "relatively comparable" animals today - they attempt to blend in their environment, even though they can look strikingly showy on white pages of encyclopedies. the jaguar, leopard, tiger, zebra, giraffe... they all have fabulous patterns, but in fact, this helps them to bleed in. i don't think dinosaurs were greyscale - we'd be very amazed to see their true coloration - today there are some strikingly colored reptiles too - but nobody will ever know for sure. ;-)

    9. gardenque 36 months ago | reply

      Thank you Pete.

    10. paul heaston 36 months ago | reply

      Thanks for answering Gardenque's question Pete. As far as my reasoning behind this particular T. rex, I also used a little "countershading," which a lot of contemporary animals exhibit, wherein the underside of an animal is lighter to reduce the appearance of a shadow, which could clue in other animals to your presence. Deer and antelope are countershaded, as well as tigers, cougars, wolves, numerous birds, etc. But as Pete said, anything that breaks up the body shape could indeed be plausible, although some animals are completely patternless, like lions and bears.

    11. gardenque 36 months ago | reply

      Thanks very much Paul.

    12. origamiPete 36 months ago | reply

      your arguments are more reasonable than mine i think =)

    13. oberhofer 27 months ago | reply

      Actually, recent work by scientists has shown that the pigment structure of a fossil can often be detected allowing the colouration to be worked out. Of course its early days yet, but theyve found browns and blacks in some things, so who knows?
      BTW, incredible work! I use a Wacom in photoshop to illustrate birds for a living, and Ive just started trying a dino or two. This is inspiring!

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