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Ankylosaur tutorial by Droemar Ankylosaur tutorial by Droemar
While raptors are my namesake and all, the armored dinosaurs are an extremely close second. Maybe if I'd had an Ankylosaur toy to cherish instead of my Primal Rage Talon action figure, I'd be called Polacanthar or something. (Armadon doesn't count, he was clearly ceratopsian.) Everyone always loved T-Rex; I loved the fact that T-Rex could get knocked toothless by something that didn't really even have to move to do it.

Edmontonia is actually probably my all-time favorite, followed by Euplocephalous, but neither lived in the Early Cretaceous. However, Gastonia did, who was my favorite at the Utah Museum of Prehistoric Life. Sauropelta did, too, and both species appear in Mark of the Conifer. Gastonia has a lot of friggin' spines to study; I'm glad I did like 5 scribbles of him while I had a skeleton to study.

Aside from the fact that this clade suffers from probably the worst "It belongs here! No wait ... here!" arguments, there are a lot of cool theories surrounding the ankylos. Some think they may have had trunks or some other appendage on their noses, because they have such big, complex nasal chambers. I'm also well aware that I took some pretty dynamic liberties with how these things might have moved, but the fact that their armor isn't attached to their skeleton just opens up too many worlds of cool to ignore.

The only things I'll say NOT to reference is the spike patterns. Look at a real skeleton to make sure of how things looked; I was kinda random.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2017
Ankylosaurs almost never get drawn right.

Amazing guide!

One nitpick, though; it's Nodosauridae, not Polacanthidae.
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Jewel-Star Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
The toes are super difficult to draw. Amazing!
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. Do you have one for ceratopsians?
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Droemar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
Not yet. I'm not sure I know enough about them to do a tutorial I'd feel solid on.
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, OK. :(
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Spino77 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Have you heard that Polacanthus had a small tail club? :D
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Doggamaran Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Student General Artist
You should design a game like monster hunter
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ebelesaurus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   Digital Artist
one of those pic is from luis rey
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Apollyna Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD PRIMAL RAGE HAD ACTION FIGURES?!

That said, I really enjoyed these tutorials. Good stuff! You an't find such quality resources on dinosaurs everywhere. <3
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Droemar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
They did indeed. Goggle 'em sometime. Talon had a crooked jaw, but I still love 'im!
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Apollyna Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that is fantastic! I just saw some YouTube videos of them.
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Ahrkeath Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Nicely done, though the little running Ank throws me off-I'm used to the 90 degree rule for theropods! Ankylosaurs are some of the trickier dinos to draw-but this reference should help! ^^

And odd trivia-I went to an exhibit once where the poor Saichania's knee was mounted backwards. It was painful just to look at, but the sad part was it wasn't the first or the last dinosaur mounted like that. ^^;
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whipscorpion Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I'm gonna be honest I don't draw too many dinosaurs, but I have sooo many creature concepts that utilize this exact body type that I have struggles FOREVER to draw! Very sweet tutorial.
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MinxFox Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
You have just the kind of dinosaur tutorials I have been looking for!!!
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Suitov Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Ankylsoaurids are my favourites! Thanks for this. I'm basing some fantasyish creatures on them (because what fun are dragons based on boring raptors? ;) and this will be really useful.
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Droemar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
I'll be interested in seeing that!
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DerKompsognatus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
I rember than once, I meet with another dinosaur lover, and while we we're talking about ankylosaurs, I mentioned that they we're swift animals and he just gave me a cold, unblinking, "Whats this idiot talking about", stare.

Anyways, they're both hard and fun to draw!
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ZaneWolfe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wicked cool tutorial ^^ Anks were always beyond me, (too much detail for poor little me). Thanks for trying to shed some light on thier complex anatomy. The whole ossification is still beyond me, lol.

I had a fun rubber Ank that was bright yellow and orange. My Primal Rage Talon ate him a lot, teehee. So did my JP dinosaurs, but he beat them up first.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
This is brilliant. Great reference. Very helpful for thyreophorans.
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Gozer-The-Destroyor Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
This was really entertaining. I'm working on a dinosaur-themed comic as well, and trying to work some folklore into it. Is there more of this comic, or was this it?
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Droemar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
No, the Pact is just a vignette comic. It will be an animated storyboard here soon, though.
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Gozer-The-Destroyor Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Hahaha, fuck, I commented on the wrong picture. This was meant to go on the final page of the Pact. Good thing you knew that!

I eagerly await your animatic.
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Ryssa-Aquicoine Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
These are awsome! Any way of doing an Iguanodon?
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Droemar Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
I'm working on it. God knows I drew enough of 'em in The Pact to know how they fit together.
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Ryssa-Aquicoine Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
That comic was very good, despite being only 10 pages. :hug:
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DasTenna Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
Interesting stuff ^^ And nice job you did. I´m glad that you put that tutorial on.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love these, and you have such an aesthetic way of drawing dinosaurs! I'm not sure I'll ever get to use them, but I'm saving them all just in case :aww:
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Fixxen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Great tutorial, as usual:thumbsup:
You sure know your dino stuff:)
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GelbeSchafe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
You have great tutorials. Thank you :D
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Dilong-paradoxus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
My second-favorite type of dinosaur!
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hermiejr157 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Your tutorials... yum. <33
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RinColorStone Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
These tutorials are excellent. When reading these I can actually start to understand how the Ankylosaur's body worked. I really like the head, especially the beak. Hmm, maybe I should try drawing one.
Oh, and +fav of course, it's really a great tutorial.
(Hope I didn't confuse you with my probably bad grammar. XD)
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Droemar Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Your grammar was perfect, actually. Except for the sentence in parenthesis, ironically. :)
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scrii Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Student
Ah, these are one of my favourite types of dinosaurs. :) Very nice work, very useful!
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LightningRyu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
TRex and Ankylosaur are my favorite dinos. this is awesome 8]
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Well, I found my next pet.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Yay! I love your drawing dinosaur tutorial thingies :D
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swiftblight Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Awesome ^^
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