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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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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!
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