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Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« on: October 16, 2007, 10:37:58 pm »
I hope for your sake, you guys could show a little more enthusiasm for this kind of thread.
We had an idea of stirring some artistic interest in the forums. As part of that, some of us may make "How-To" threads on a particular subject. I picked this being that MetallicDragon was the only one that picked a subject out of all my other suggestions. So before we begin, let's look into our source material.


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Due to copyright reasons, I will not post any scans or duplicate any of it's text. I will, however, give a condensed lesson of the principles from this book. I highly suggest purchasing this book at your local Barnes & Noble or other bookseller if you want more in-depth info on the subject. I will also only cover more popular species as their structure can generally be applied to other species.

Before we begin, let's go over some basic drawing principles you must keep in mind when sketching.

- Learn to draw light marks, keep your pencil slightly lifted. Move your pencil with your shoulder, not your fingers. (practice by drawing circular shapes.)
- Try to make your drawings large enough to take up the whole sheet. (if you run out of room, don't worry about the tail and let it cut out.)
- If you tend to smear lead on your paper, put a small piece of scrap paper under your hand.
- Focus on large parts and shapes first, don't draw small parts like teeth and eyes until after.
- Don't be afraid to copy these pictures or others you may find. It's a part of the learning process. Just don't pass it off as your own.
- Don't worry about trying to draw in a particular style. Your prefered style is your voice, so work with it.
- Copy the work of your favorite artists if you wish.



Anatomy

The one thing that does need to be pointed out across all species is the two major sub-groups. The Saurischians and the Ornithischians. What matters most about these two groups is their pubis orientation, which is vital to identifying the outline of it's undercarriage if you're a detail person.

Saurischians include meat-eating theropods (from Compsognathus to Gigantosaurus) and plant-eating sauropods (those long-neck ones.)

Ornithischians include thyreophorans (Ankylosaurus and Stegosaurus), ornithopods (the duck-billed ones), and marginocephalians (triceratops and such.)

Phew, big words...



To put it in easier terms: a Saurischian pubis points to the front, a Ornithischian pubis points to the back. Again, this is just for the sake of detail.

You can break down the theropod head into this wedge shape. The front view can be applied to most large theropods, but smaller ones like raptors a more narrow.

« Last Edit: October 17, 2007, 09:31:17 pm by Eligecos »



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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2007, 04:24:29 am »
He looks so happy!!
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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2007, 04:32:17 am »
And not hungry  ;D

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007, 04:34:34 am »
Which is good!

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2007, 12:40:27 pm »


His name is Martin :)

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2007, 01:42:47 pm »
Wow, nicely done, Janos!

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2007, 06:19:25 pm »
If the picture was working, I would say it's a cute name. But alas. :(

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2007, 07:43:29 pm »
Here are 3 dinos i did awhile back. As you can see i liked drawing therapods.


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Archaeoptrix


Generic Raptor
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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2007, 07:45:25 pm »
This is a great idea. But I have one suggestion for the future.

Please post the steps and images you went through in drawing the image. For example, first post the general sketch, then refinements, then coloring. Artists need a visual guide.

Also, a general tutorial about painting and shading in Photoshop/GIMP would be great.

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2007, 09:32:47 pm »
That's what I was planning on doing. I barely started.

EDIT: More has been added to the OP.

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2007, 09:51:25 pm »
If i could get my scanner workign I'll try some of my dinsaurs havent drawn any in a while but I'm sure I still got it.

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2007, 10:40:21 am »
How do you make your lines that smooth on Flash? Mine always come out crooked.

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2007, 12:27:01 pm »
*Desperately looks for flaws in first picture to point out*

T-rexes don't have beards!

This is a random thread, but everyone loves dinosaurs I suppose. Keep up the good work. Also, not to be missed: http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/brief-history-dinosaurs.php

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2007, 03:00:18 pm »
How do you make your lines that smooth on Flash? Mine always come out crooked.

When you have the paintbrush tool active, look in the properties tab below the drawing plane. There should be a smoothness slider to adjust it. Between 75-100 is good, but having it that smooth will leave gaps in the lines. Keep it a little low so you don't have to go over your lines more than once or redo them too often.

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Re: Drawing Dinosaurs: A How-To Thread
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2007, 03:14:02 pm »
Nice Eligecos. I like topics like this
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