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Tuojiangosaurus multispinus by T-PEKC Tuojiangosaurus multispinus by T-PEKC
Reconstruction of the Chinese stegosaur Tuojiangosaurus multispinus. Here the animal is depicted ingesting rock fragments. Many archosaurs, including most dinosaurs (extant or extinct), have gastric mill in which ingested rock fragments (gastroliths) help in the process of grinding food.

I started to draw this artwork about two months, but due to me working on a couple of commissioned projects, I only recently got the chance to finish it.

Medium: Pencils (2B and 5B)
Done: 2013

Reference: Scott Hartman's :iconscotthartman: skeletal drawing of Tuojiangosaurus multispinus [link].
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The stripes!  :icondummylaplz:
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Stripes are always cool! :#1:
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed!  :D
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
So Tuojiangosaurus did actually have shoulder spikes? Every source tells me something different... I thought the most up to date restoration was spike-less.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Scott Hartman's version has shoulder spike, and being my leading reference I just followed his reconstruction.
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:iconsmartpulchra:
smartpulchra Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
astounding
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconpaleo-king:
Paleo-King Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice! Sexy camo pattern on the most classic of "conventional" stegosaurs. Not sure if it could swallow such big rocks though. Even giant sauropod gastroliths are pretty small, in Seismosaurus they were no bigger than 3 inches wide.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thank you Nima!

Well, there is no other explanation then that it is one suicidal stegosaur with intentions to choke to death.
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:iconpaleo-reptiles:
Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
really beautiful!
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thanks!
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Man, I'm really loving this new series of stegosaurs. You manage to make them look so interesting and unique looking. Keep up the good work!
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Thank you very much for the compliments man! :)

Will do. Please keep following the series, there is a lot more to come.
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:iconthearchosaurqueen:
TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful :happycry:.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconthearchosaurqueen:
TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome.
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Awesome ! :trophy:
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
:bow:
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:iconpatrikia-bear:
Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the pattern! I wonder what it would look like colored...
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Thank you!

I wonder what it would look like colored...

If done right, then it will probably look even better. Though I'm way too lazy to bother coloring this piece in Photoshop. I already moved to a new artwork.
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:iconpatrikia-bear:
Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw dang. If I ever decide to do coloring, I might try it, if you'd let me, of course. :)
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconthereawakeningseries:
TheReawakeningSeries Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
This is your best, IMHO by far.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Thank you! :)

Though I don't see it as my best. Honestly I don't think it even qualifies in my Top 20. :lol: Any particular reason why you think otherwise?
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TheReawakeningSeries Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I really love the details on the scales, and the overall color pattern ;) I think the folds on the skin is well done, and the pose is great!

I haven't been visiting DA much, so I'll look over more of your drawings ;) I'm usually surfing JPL =P
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Well, in all of my later work, there are some differences in textures and the way of drawing the details, but overall I'm trying to establish consistent style, thus it's hard to me to put this artwork higher than some of the other of my most recent art.

Well, almost all of my work here has been posted over JPL too, so probably you haven't missed much of it. Too bad there are no much serious paleoartists over JPL, with the exception of few members.
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:iconpaleojoe:
PaleoJoe Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing ,all of the details,the accuracy,and the color scheme. Great job.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconpaleojoe:
PaleoJoe Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are totally welcome.
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Artist
Asian stegosaur are great!:)
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Very true! :)
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Artist
;)
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:iconsaberrex:
Saberrex Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I recall Toujiaingosaurs actually having six tail spikes, two pairs that are vertical and another, final pair that stick out horizontally and backwards.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
What you recall being the formation of Tuojiangosaurus thagomizer is solely Greg Paul's reconstruction. For some reason he went with 6 spikes forming the thagomizer in the said arrangement. It appears that there is no actual fossil evidence in support of this interpretation. This is what I was told when asked Scott Hartman, whose skeletal drawing I used as reference here (because his work seems better than Paul's to me), why he restored Tuojiangosaurus with 4 spikes. Given the quality of his work and his academic background I trust his words.

You can see the exact comments at the link I've posted in the artist's comment above.
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A little background here: Greg Paul actually used to restore Tuojiangosaurus the same way Hartman currently does. I have a copy of Paul's old mid-90s version of the skeletal, it had 4 tail spikes and 2 shoulder spikes. (In fact it looks so similar to Hartman's version it's almost freaky). No idea why Greg Paul decided to place the shoulder spikes on the tail in his Princeton Field Guide version, there's no real evidence for that (and now there are a lot more Chinese stegosaurs known with shoulder spikes so it seems his revision really has no basis).
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thank you for the info, I didn't know about the 90's version of Paul's skeletal. You basically confirm what Scott Hartman said to me when I asked him why Paul's skeletal differs from his.

Some guy posted a comment on Hartmans' skeletal drawing (which I used as reference) in which he said that there is a specimen of Chunkingosaurus and its thagomizer contain three (and possible fourth) pairs of spikes. If Paul sees Chunkingosaurus synonymous with Tuojiangosaurus, then this may explain why he gave the latter three pairs of spikes. [link]
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Saberrex Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i see. thanks for correcting me, because that would have befuddled me for ages.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
You're welcome, and I'm glad if my comment was of any help. :)
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:iconsaberrex:
Saberrex Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it was thank you.
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guilmon182 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! And here's how Toujiangosaurus would look in JP!
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Hahaha, in case JP ever gets made (hopefully it won't)! :lol:

Thanks. :)
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guilmon182 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it ever dead, the ideal version would be nothing but herbivores. Small ornithopods and sauropods.
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yoult Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Once again this turns out maginificent with the brilliant looking Dinosaur and the minimalistic landscape.
Te rock fragment looks a bit big yet... You better leave it where you found it Tuojiangosaurus! ;)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Thank you for the kind words! :)

I intentionally drew the rock bigger than expected, because I thought it may add more personality to the animal, as well as some background story. Will the stegosaur manage to swallow the fragment? Or it will die choking? Or it's just playing with some stones?

BTW, minimalistic landscape is mostly result of my lazyness. Creating detailed landscape would have taken gigantic amount of time, which I'm was willing to spend on this artwork. Though, I'm glad to know it worked here.
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really great. That pattern is a nice touch.
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:icont-pekc:
T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah! A new stegosaur of you! I love these markings and the behavior you depicted here :clap:
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