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Therizinosaurus - The Turtle Beast by nemo-ramjet Therizinosaurus - The Turtle Beast by nemo-ramjet
When Therizinosaurus was first discovered, its remains were thought to belong to a gigantic, turtle-like animal, hence its species name, "cheloniformis."

What if this was indeed the case?
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Hellmouth Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Is this scientific style of drawing creatures hard to attain?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
This is actually very easy to do - if you have a tablet such as wacom, or better yet, cintiq.

I open a blank file, the size a3, on photoshop.

First, I make a very rough sketch with the pencil tool set to width 9.

I use photo references for all details such as the shell, eyes, nose, etc. However, I don't trace them, but draw looking at them. I distort these images in my mind to fit the animal I'm drawing.

I then take the "pencil" tool, set it to size 5 and make a "master outline."

I fill this with grey shades when it's done.

I then accentuate the edges by selecting the master lines & the grey fill together, and adding a 4-5 pixel outline to it.

I then select the grey fill with the magic wand tool, and draw the shadows on a different layer.

Finally, I add the white highlights on a separate layer.

It is actually a very quick and versatile technique, but I admit I was kinda sloppy with this drawing.
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Hellmouth Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Alright, thanks. Will have a go at it at some point.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow, that's a really weird. Almost makes me sorry that Maleev was wrong.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Perhaps something like this will really turn up some day.
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davegodfrey Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Here's a link to Maleev's original 1954 description of the animal. You're right about the claws, but he does mention a rib- which looks like a rib in the illustration. So he didn't muddle that up.

[link]
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A giant....well......softshell turtle I wouldn't wanna meet!!! :iconeehplz:
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Baldur89 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Looks like the chinese leather turtle, vicious beasts.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I agree, almost as bad-tempered as snapper turtles!
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Pretty soon we will find a giant fresh-water turtle of this size.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I hope something like that actually lived at one point in Earth's history...
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Well, there's always Stupendemys. . .
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Indeed - that was a giant among turtles.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Writer
I guess this "therizinosaur" is a huge relative of modern soft shelled turtles?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Yes.
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They originally thought what are now known to be claws to have been ribs, yes?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
AFAIK, the claws were assumed to be proper claws, just mega-sized on a turtle-like animal. Real-life softshell turtles have big claws, superficially like those of t.saurids: [link]
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm quite familiar with softshell talons...
Too familiar...
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Did one scratch you, ever?
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*hoists peg leg onto table*
It not only picked its beak with my tibia, then it picked my pocket.
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
:D
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:iconbabbletrish:
babbletrish Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Never. Swimming. Again.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
The aggression of a hippo, with the spasmodic violent reflexes of turtles - truly scary!
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BLOODorBLOOM Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Preradkor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This huge turtle would be very interesting creature. I imagine it hunting like a crocodile for large animals drinking water from river. :-)

I am curious how potential furure, maybe not mammalian sapient creatures would reconstruct human skeleton. It would probably look like Red Skull from Capitan America :-)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Haha, awesome observation about red skull!
I imagine this would be an opportunist, feeding on big lungfish, small dinosaurs, or scavenging on dinosaur carcasses...
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Tektalox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Therizinosaurus as this turtle = Super-Awesome!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
:)
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful :) , love it
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
thanks!
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Drhoz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what bits did they find to make the error?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Only the claws, plus some vertebra, I think.
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Drhoz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, I thought the claws would be involved somehow :)
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pilsator Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thoughtful and amazing. Instant fave!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thank you!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A perfect giant turtle and wonderfully ugy :D
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks!
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Cathartes-Aura Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Yay! Turtle beast! :heart:
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
He loves you too1
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. My. GOD!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
:)
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Gogosardina Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This guy will have permanent refuge on the island of misfit-paleoreconstructions along with flightless Cretaceous Transylvanian owls, back-to-front elasmosaurs, Hawkins' Crystal Palace beasties and Megadontosaurus.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Haha, just looked up "Megadontosaurus" now... what a funny beast - I wish it was real too!
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oshron Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
i like it :) totally looks like an aspidochelon
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
:P
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rosutu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Ooh. Might this be a series? There were a lot of dinosaurs that were mistakenly attributed to other species. That would be pretty cool.
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Coelotitan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
:iconpristichampsus: recently made a series on paleo mistakes.
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rosutu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
And it's very interesting! Thanks for the tip.
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