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Trombone-o-saurus by ScottHartman Trombone-o-saurus by ScottHartman
The flamboyant Parasaurolophus, as painted for Daily Interactive (hence the side-view with no background). I went against the urge to make the coloring as outrageous as the crest, and instead opted for a sable antelope sort of inspiration. The somewhat unusual skin folds were also my own riff on the folds often found in hadrosaur mummies. Not as fun as John Conway's All Yesterdays version [link] but better fitting with the needs of the client (and still quite a ways from my usual style).

If you look beneath all the folds and tissue, you may notice that this is a well fed as well as well-built individual, and it highlights the new expanded tail muscles that have been talked about so much of late [link] - this also reflects my own work on shoulder girdle and forearm musculature, as well as neck tissue depth.
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
I like this more than Conway's version.  What I saw in All Yesterdays was my favorite dinosaur turned into an unappealing fatso.  Speaking of fat, have you added some fat in this, too?  Or is this just skin-wrapped?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It definitely is reconstructed with some fat deposits, but still as a fairly healthy and svelte individual. John's version was presented to be authoritative so much as to get people to remember the limits of what we know about dinosaurs, and it may well be that some (most likely herbivores) carried a lot of extra weight. 
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
What do you mean by "authoritative"?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I mean John wasn't so much implying that Parasaurolophus was definitely a porker, but rather picked a plausible taxa to demonstrate the idea.
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dewlap Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Do we have any hadrosaurian specimens that shows "hooves" on any of the fingers? Should the whole hand be encased in a "mittenlike" covering (except for the fifth digit, of course) with no hooves showing? I'm just curious to know because every time I look at any hadrosaurian manus prints; it seems none of them have any hoof impressions on them (even elephants' prints do have them from time to time). However, people always refer me to this page ([link] to say that they do have hooves on their fingers. What do you think?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The Dave Hone post you link to just shows that the shape of the terminal ungal on the hand is correct for walking on (which it is), it doesn't make the claim that it had to be encased in a true keratinous hoof like other quadrupeds. The "mummy" hand at the Tyrell (which I've seen, but not for several years now) really does make it look like the whole foot is encased in the "mitten" without visible external hooves.

Which I admit seems weird, but that's all the evidence we have right now (along with the trackways, as you mention).
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dewlap Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Thanks for the reply. I also think the no external hoof interpretation does make more sense to the available evidence. Thanks again for the clarification.
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Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
my dear Scott! Congratulation for your birthday anniversary !
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theropod1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
What do you think, regardless of the skin impressions, is it possible Hadrosaurs such as this one had some elephant-like filaments that were not preserved?
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Durbed Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Beautiful. There are skin impressions of Parasaurolophus frill? I thought it was more likely that it had a smooth skin frill like other lambeosaurines rather than a serrated one.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There are skin impressions for Parasaurolophus, but not (to my knowledge) of the frill either way.
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Ahh! My favorite hadrosaur! While you haven't made it look incredibly flashy in coloration, I think this illustration still does them justice :D
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PrimevalRaptor Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work, I really love the coloration. ^^
(I seem to have a thing for dinosaurs with black-white heads. xD)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Beautiful! I really like the stylish colouration and the contrast between meaty legs and tail compared to the thin arms. It sure was a weird animal.

I wonder about that hole behind the beak. If the sides of the mouth were open like that, wouldn't it have been hard to keep food from dropping while chewing? Or am I just seeing an illusion?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mainly it's the mouth being open. It's certainly possible that the cheek tissue could have gone even further forward, but if the thing wasn't bleating or yodeling (or whatever) the cheeks would be closed.
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keesey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Looks odd to me, too.
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brolyeuphyfusion9500 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
It's only an illusion. It's simply the beak's shape that makes it look like that.
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Malcolmraptor Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, and the fact that its mouth is open.
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Malcolmraptor Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's just one explanation: Dinosaurs.
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Very appropriate in this context: orionide5.deviantart.com/art/A...
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Malcolmraptor Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha :D
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HeinrichM Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
ah, finally a hadrosaur with a proper butt! I knew I could rely on you, Scott :)
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sooner or later ;)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic weork as always! you have rendered the muscles splendidly here! it really looks as if it were alive!
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action-figure-opera Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
The fat head with the pompadour. Elvis!
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful animal!
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's one of my favorite hadrosaurs. After Brachylophosaurus (for purely selfish reasons).
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Well, solid color is probably a good bet for Parasaurolophus given its uniform scales. Personally I'd guess that males at least had drab bodies and colorful heads, like many modern birds.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Could have been, although with the crest and general conditioning already providing honesty in advertising it may be that bright color wasn't necessary for female para's to make a good choice.
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Really good point actually, except in living casques only indicate past health, whereas bright skin color is an indicator of current health. The other possibility I can think of is that the crest is used for singing and therefore bright colors are unneccesary.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, singing would be a good signal as well. And of course basics like vibrancy of the coat (even less colorful ones), overall build, etc. are also signals of current health (and in that case all things being equal past success is still promising).
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the decision to go with a somewhat sable antelope-like colour - it looks a bit more natural but still "pretty" in its own right.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, that's exactly what I was going for. Interestingly this was actually a lot harder, as brightly colored dinosaurs tend to let you get away with more IMO.
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yah, I'd imagine so haha. Of course, then there's the question of practicality.

Happy birthday by the way. :D
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