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Aquilops americanus by T-PEKC Aquilops americanus by T-PEKC
Head reconstruction of the oldest known North American ceratopsian dinosaur, Aquilops americanus.

Medium: Pencils (2B and 5B)
Done: 2014
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Reference: Farke, A. A., W. D. Maxwell, R. L. Cifelli, M. J. Wedel. 2014. A Ceratopsian Dinosaur from the Lower Creatceous of Western North America, and the Biogeography of Neoceratopsia.- PLoS ONE, 9, 12, e112055. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112055
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FabrizioDeRossi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, finally an Aquilops with the 'angry eyes' is must have had! Very nice rendering, the only thing I would have changed a slight bit would be a more prominent reflection in the eye, otherwise this is amazingly accurate and natural looking!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Thank you for the compliments! Yes, I agree that the eye may use some reflection in order to look more "alive".
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X-StreamChaos Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ive been trying to figure out what's it called! XD Thanks
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Hehe, you're welcome! 
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely as always (you're a dragon with pencils, man!), i find thos little spikes coming out from scales simply gorgeous!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Thank you for the compliments!
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really interesting! :D
Does look a bit scary in comparison to the other cute reconstructions. :)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work! The details of those scales and the shading is amazing and I really like that eye :)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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BUGHS-22 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! nice skin details O.O
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Thanks!
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Neranella Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Fantastic look. :nod:
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Neranella Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
:D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well done! I love the texture, reminds me of Triceratops skin ;)
I'm not sure about the "eagle eyes" and the visible fangs, but the rest looks fine to me :thumbsup:
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Thank you, Joschua! The scales texture is indeed inspired by Triceratops, but I took some liberties, like the keeled scales for example. :)

In regards to the palpebral bone reconstruction, I guess I can see it working both ways, but in my opinion "the eagle eye" is more likely. I left the premaxillary teeth (partly) visible, just to give my reconstruction more different look than the rest. Looking at the skull, I don't think this is too much into the field of wild speculation. What I really like about Aquilops is that many of the reconstructions differ from each other, and are not rehash of each other. :)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
>Triceratops, but I took some liberties, like the keeled scales for example<

Maybe not that speculative =)

>What I really like about Aquilops is that many of the reconstructions differ from each other, and are not rehash of each other. :) (Smile)<

That make this new species indeed very interesting for all sorts of speculations, we have not so much material but still enough 
to see what a cool animal Aquilops were :nod:
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Pfunkei Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
I believe the "eagle eyes" may be based on one of :iconosmatar:'s findings. I am unsure of whether said finding is applicable to Aquilops, however.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Whoa! I do not deserve the credit for figuring out supraorbital tissues in all of dinosauria. At most I realized how they probably should be restored in the case of dorsally flattened laterally flaring lacrimal "horns" typical to small theropods. I think G. S. Paul has been credited for first associating the palpebral bone with an eagle-like supraorbital ridge. 
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Pfunkei Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Ah, it seems I misunderstood then. It's not unusual for me to do so with regard to dinosaur osteology. I apologize for my ineptitude.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
No need to apologize. The two things are actually very closely related, analogous or even homologous, and you never made any definitive statements. I wish I remembered to always be that careful!
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spinosaurus1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the ferocious look in it's eye
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Thank you! I tried to give it that raptorial look (as in birds or prey sense), so the ferocious appearance is a side effect of that.
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he looks mad!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
As I have been saying lately, he is mad at paleoartists not drawing enough ornithischians. ;)
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