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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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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.

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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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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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