Title: Tu<br>ing Heads
Dimension: 11 x 17
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!
A proud male Diplodocus displays to a female as the herd wanders through a post-flood scrubland.
Hidden in the foreground brush, an Orintholestes takes offense to the male Diplodocus and prepares himself to futilely defend his kill.
A Dryosaurus mother and her chicks scurry away, thanks to the same Orintholestes snatching up one of their number.
In the background opposite of the herd, a lone Stegosaurus meanders through the scrub in order to seek out food to eat.
The wonkiness of the contrast is due to the document scanner I had to use. I'll try to find a better scanner so that way this flaw can be eliminated.
The speculations featured here are the male Diplodocus's dewlap and on top of his head are short, ornithischian-like "bristle feathers".
Currently, there is no evidence that sauropods had any sort of feather (protofeather, bristles, or otherwise). However, given the recent discoveries that support pterosaur pycnofibers, crocodilian scutes, ornithischian bristles, and theropod feathers being homologous, I think this artistic liberty isn't too far fetched.
Plus, the presence of iguana-like spines have been inferred (including the possibility of a 'thorny' looking tail) in Diplodocus and thus adds to the potential of the speculative bristles. Granted, the inferred spines and these bristles are most likely not the same type of integument.
The last bit of speculation is the downy coat of the Dryosaurus mother and her chicks. This is based on the small ornithischians that have been discovered with bristles and down-like integument. It is possible these are feathers, but research is ongoing.
MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Like always, I would like feedback on the composition, lighting, etc.
Of special interest, for this drawing I would like feedback about the interactions between the animals. Are the animals being portrayed in a believable manner?
The aim of this drawing is to basically depict a wildlife scene with different species where each interaction between the species tell individual stories.