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Sauropod Tutorial by Droemar Sauropod Tutorial by Droemar
The politically correct term for the drawing tips I've shown here are Macronarians, "big noses". Of which Brachiosaurus is a member, along with Camarasaurus, whose skulls are featured. Sauropod is kind of redundant, because it means "lizard foot", and I'm sorry, what kind of dinosaur isn't, again? Macronarians are so called because they had massive nose holes on their foreheads. FYI, the Brachiosaurus in Jurassic Park was incorrectly shown, nostril-wise. Curse you, Speilberg! (I still love the movie, though!)

Sauropods are awesome, because they're such a mystery. How did things so incredibly huge ever survive for so long? I tell ya, nothing really makes you wonder why man considers himself such a big screaming deal than walking underneath the skeleton of a Brachiosaurus. Once you really start looking at sauropods, they're totally rocking awesome creatures. Every bit of them is engineered to be lightweight and powerful. And they're still throwing scientists for a real loop as to how their giant necks and circulatory system worked, without having such high blood pressure that their arteries would have burst.

I did Macronarians because a character in Mark of the Conifer is an Astrodon, which was a relatively small Brachiosaurid. But the only real proof about them is their teeth, hence the name "star tooth". They're Maryland's state dinosaur, and I was born there! Small world.

I think I've rambled enough.
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like a helpful ref!
RockyGems Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student General Artist
I love sauropods! My favorite has got to be diplodocus though (RIP Dippy).
AnimalKingdom-Fandom Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Artist
Wonderful tutorial! 
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Erikku8 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool. Thanks!
SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Very nice...Sauropods are my number one favorites when it comes to huge monsters.
Thewhiningrhino Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
It's great that you show that the heads of these beasts were actually quite broad, instead of being dinky little things like some artists portray them. One thing I'd add is not to ever give sauropods elephant or rhino type skin. Think monitor lizard instead.
ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for this--I really don't know how to draw them correctly...BUT NOW I HAVE HELP!!!! :la:
Yarbro Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
OMG! I've been looking for ever for this. Thank you!
lily-stardust Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Sauropods...they are my favourite ;_;
I drew them so much when I was a little girl. I wanted badly to meet one D:

What a great tutorial! I'm sure it will inspire people to draw them more accurately!
KaijuX Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help me with my monster. :)
NebulaOwl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I love this tutorial, this will come in handy! I love that interesting perspective sketch at the bottom, cute ^^
CaveLupa Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved dinosaurs but I don't manage to draw them at all. Your tutorials now encourage me to try it again :)
Great job
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
The name "Astrodon" is also used by some to describe former members of the genus Pleorocoelus. Mainly because Pleurocoelus is a titanosaur now, not a Brachiosaur. Some brachiosaur skeletons were referred to Pleurocoelus, but now we use the name "Astrodon" for those instead.
Mermaid-Kalo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I've found all 3 of your dinosaur tutorials to be extremely helpful! Thanks for sharing your expertise! Pouring through dino book after dino book really doesn't come together until you see how someone else can build a dinosaur on paper step by step.
Faved all of 'em and I look to drawing dinos with a new confidence <3
TheWhiteCrayon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
I like your attention to detail, especially on the bone structure. Good work!
ZaneWolfe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
A classic dinosaur brought to light, how exciting!

They are built rather like Giraffes, so perhaps is one were to study the giraffe them might know some of the movement ranges, like rearing. I don't think I've ever seen a giraffe rear, but they do run real funny. their legs are not as thick either though...
bluedrgnMethy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
WHOHO! my favorite Dinosaur! Nice tut!
Fixxen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
:aww:I've always found sauropods fascinating too, ever since I saw "The Land Before Time" for the first time. Would like to see a skeleton of this creature in real life, so I really could see myself how big it was.
Otherwise, nice and informative tutorial, as usual:thumbsup:
Droemar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Their femur bones are about six to seven feet tall, just to give you an idea.
Fixxen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Oh, geez!!:ohnoes:
Melelel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
'...wonder why man considers himself such a big screaming deal...'

I think Calvin said that once
Droemar Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Dang it. I was reading Calvin and Hobbes at the time; unconscious word-vomit. I am ashamed!
Xenothere Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
I feel like I should thank you in a some way for these tutorials. Its been about 5 years since I've seriously drawn dinosaurs, back when I'd look to the Dinosauricon for inspiration. Looking at your stuff has made me realize how much our portrayal of dinosaurs has changed since then.
StormyZoonoc Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
These tutorials are really educational! Thanks once again for sharing!
vaiya Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favorite kind of dinos.
SlyCougar Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
impressive you relly know your dinos! It was verey interesting. i love the detail in you pic. love the amount of detali you put in to it!!!
chikajin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What, no love for the diplodocids? How dare you, ma'am! :P

I'm really loving these dinosaur tutorials. I used to draw them all the time, but now I can't seem to draw them for crap. These tutorials are sure to help, so thank you kindly.
Droemar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
I guess since I heard the theory that swan-necked diplodocids couldn't have existed, I thought they were lame.
I'm kidding. I needed the research for my book.
Hyourin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Student General Artist
You're just awesome. :noes:
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