not really a dinosaur

anonymous asked:

I'm pretty new here, and I don't actually know much about dinosaurs (just followed this blog because it seemed really cool and interesting) so could you explain what shrink-wrapped means?

Of course! See, modern animals have a lot of muscles, fat, fluff, etc, and end up looking very little like their actual skeleton. For example, look at how much fluff owls have:

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However, lots of palaeoartists completely ignore this! They basically stretch skin over the bones and call it a day. One especially bad example that was featured on @palaeofail is this poor pterosaur:

It barely has room for its digestive system. It’s definitely missing the air sac system that allows it to breathe. It’s got virtually no muscles on the arms - how does it fly?? - on the head (no wonder its mouth is open. It has no jaw muscles to close it!), on the torso (it needs to flap), or on the legs (walking) It doesn’t have any fat at all, so it’s definitely starving (maybe because it can’t fly or close its moth?). The skin is much too thin; you can see all of the bones and its wing membranes should be much, much thicker. And it’s missing the hair-like pycnofibres that should be covering its body!

Many palaeoartists have started to strike back at this by drawing modern animals like we might draw them if we found their bones:

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Context: my ranger elf stole a purple horse from someone and named it Barney, i was going to bring him to a wizard to enchant him to speak like Barney the dinosaur but instead chose the cheaper route of the black market.

DM: you bring your horse to the black market to enchant him to speak like barney. Role to see if your horse remains untampered with.

Me: *roles a nat one*

DM: your horse is now able to speak like Barney the dinosaur, but is now possessed by the spirit of a destructive demon, and whispers under his breath about mad cultists.

Me: if I say really fucked up shit in a Barney the Dinosaur voice whenever my horse talks can I have extra experience points?

DM: fuck yes.

Me: *in Barney voice* “I will sacrifice the gluttons of this realm’s innards to the unholy forces of my people.”

Party: *dying of laughter*

DM: *trying not to laugh* 100 experience.

  • <p> <b>Jungkook :</b> Hey, what's up Jiminie hyung ?<p/><b>Jimin :</b> *busy* I'm learning some facts about dinosaurs<p/><b>Jungkook :</b> Oh really ? like what ?<p/><b>Jimin :</b> well... *giggle* the Jungkookosaurus rex is pretty good at anything he does... and he's really funny and kind<p/><b>Jungkook :</b> *shy* What about the Jiminosaurus ..?<p/><b>Jimin :</b> *blush* He really likes the Jungkookosaurus<p/></p>

researchers: welllll according to new fossilized skin samples from some t rex species…..we gotta put the “t rex was a huge chicken covered in fluffy feathers” theory to rest bc it seems unlikely that such a massive animal would be covered in feathers, they probably were scaly, near-featherless chickens instead

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cuquas  asked:

For MerMay how about a bioluminescent mermaid? Love your colouring, it's very vibrant! and in your watercolours feels very harmonious ❤

I will always say yes to bio/deep sea mermaids haha and thank you very much <3

kogumasden  asked:

First, lemme say that I love your art <3 I'm not talking shit, I do like it, seriously. Mind if I ask you for any tips for learning how to draw dragons, specially heads? I've been trying to learn those bastards, and I thought that looking at real lizards would be helpful, but a dragon skull and a lizard skull don't quite match if you know what I mean. Thank you in advance!

Yeah definitely! The good thing about dragons is they’re complete fantasy, so you can push the anatomy pretty far and draw your inspiration from practically anywhere. Reptiles, birds, bats, mammals. 

BUT it’s easier to create your own believable anatomy when you’re comfortable and familiar with drawing anatomy for other animals. A strong understanding of anatomy will carry you a long way. Being able to mentally conceptualize your design in 3D helps too.

I really enjoy looking at dinosaurs for dragon facial inspiration. Bats and birds are great for wings and musculature but I don’t have time to get into that.

Dragons are fun because you can design such unusual and striking silhouettes for them.

The best thing about dragons is you can draw them as alien or as terran as you want. Take your inspiration from anywhere, go wild! There’s absolutely no set form to stick to.

The signs as dinosaurs

(Note: these are real photographs of dinosaurs. They are in no way artist’s renditions. Dinosaurs are real and I will fight you on that)

Aries: Pterodactyl

Taurus: Apatosaurus

Gemini: Megalodon

Cancer: Ganeosaurus

Leo: Liopleurodon

Virgo: Pachycephalosaurus

Libra: Hadrosaur

Scorpio: Velociraptor

Sagittarius: Triceratops

Capricorn: Ankylosaurus

Aquarius: Diplodocus

Pisces: Stegosaurus