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Lambeosaurus magnicristatus by TopGon Lambeosaurus magnicristatus by TopGon
A kind of "bird gide book" illustration. I inspired on oryx's pattern to color this. I don't like very much the excessive intense color pattern on medium to large dinasaurs, to me is more likely a palette simmilar to actual great mammals.

Hope you like it.
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
IT IS GREAT!!!Nod 
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TopGon Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Very elegant my friend! Love the style and color scheme, mind if I steal the color scheme? :D I agree, I prefer my dinosaurs less rainbow-style and more realistic when it comes to skin/feather color. Great work :clap:
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TopGon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! You can steal it, no problem hahahaha.
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FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Much thanks lol keep up the awesome work!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
It's true no one knows for sure how (most) dinosaurs were coloured, but those super bright 'throw every colour on here because we can' dinosaurs bother me as well. So it's always wonderful to see dinosaur colouration inspired by that of modern animals, and especially when it's done with such beautiful inspiration as the Oryx gazelles. I think you did a splendid job on this illustraton, the male is very handsome looking indeed with those lovely facial markings. Great work! :clap:
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you a lot. You always have compliments for my work. I think of the colors in the same way, but it's true that is not easy to avoid this specially when my childhood references are sometimes bizarre colored dinos. I'm sure that the smaller ones should had very brightfull colors, but I doubt that an animal 10 m long looked like a gigantic chamaeleon. This doesn't means that feathered dinos and those with, obviously displaying aimed structures, have had bright color in those structures as well.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Your works always deserve all the compliments they get :) True, there's whole scores of artists who preferred the colourful dinosaur approach and that no doubt rubbed off on some of the more recent additions to the paleoart field as well. Larger animals indeed tend to turn a little more drab and even if hey have patterning like for example a zebra or a giraffe it's always in 'basic' colours like sandy brown or simple black and white. Like you say, lots of the colouration would also have been determined by behaviour and relationships between individuals. A display crest wouldn't be very fancy if it didn't have some splash of colour on it!
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work! Lambeosaurs are so cool! :aww:
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look really realistic with those colours :)
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TopGon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thamk you.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The oryx coloration looks gorgeous on them!  Great job! 
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TopGon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! 
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Ruschman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
When I look at hadrosaurs like Lambeosaurus and Parasaurolophus, they make me think of deer. :)
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TopGon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, me too. They should occupied the same niche.
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Ruschman Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Take a look at my WoW Drawings. I have some that are Dinosaurs/Ancient Creatures
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Is there any evidence for the difference in crest shape?
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TopGon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not an undoubtable one. But it's supposed to different species or even genera in hadrosaurs are indeed different grow stages or sexes of a single species. So I took this idea to apply it in Lambeosaurus.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Probably in the skeletons that they found? Maybe?
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DutchSpaceLover Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Lovely! The male is the most awesome! :)
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TopGon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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DragonlordRynn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
It looks very impressive, I only thought it was a chamoise. Until I read your comment
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah they resemble a little bit too.
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AlbinoOctopus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Wow, I really like the colors and form of the animals! It looks really good!
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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bioimagen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Like an Oryx ... but, why?
By the other hand, I like your artwork, line, morphology and pose.
Pattern colors in actual fauna tell us about habits, enviroment, size, behaviour, etc.
Keep doing.

Best wishes
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sincerely, the main reason is esthetic. The oryx have a very beautiful pattern. I decided previously to look at deers or antelopes because, in my oppinion, they occupy a simmilar niche as hadrosaurids. But when I had to decide color pattern I looke for the most visually attractive.
Thank you for your comment ;)
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:icontheprehistoricmaster:
Very good work. Beautiful colors!
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:icontopgon:
TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Artist
These are wonderful!:)
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Artist
You're welcome!;)
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Ooh, nice. I know you used mammals as inspiration, but the colors look to me like a sparrow or some other forest bird, which is great. The male's crest is bright but not excessive, also great. But so far, from hadrosaur tracks it seems that they had no hooves on their forefeet.
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your appreciations. ;) I was googling for a while before I started to draw, looking for hadrosaur tracks. I was unlucky and taking as reference the unguals I decided to depict a kind of hoof. This is probably induced by the mammal references I was folloing for colors and posture. Can you tell me a website where I could find hadrosaur tracks?
I'm very interested in this "hoof fact".

Thank you again.
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Perdón por meterme en la conversación, pero encontré este artículo que te puede interesar sobre las manos de los hadrosaurios: [link]
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Al contrario, es un artículo interesantísimo, no hay muchos ejemplos del motivo de este debate (si las manos de hadrosauridos tenían cascos o uñas) pero sí me hace ver que la posición de "pianista" vuelve a ser errónea, aunque muy extendida en las reconstrucciones.

Lo tendré en cuanta de cara a futuras ilustraciones.

Gracias por el aporte.
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Huh, couldn't find anything. Maybe it's just in some hadrosaurs.
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
May be, but those flattened unguals are pretty simmilar to some mammal hooves. I agree with tha fact that the external structure of those "dino hooves would be different than those of modern mammals. Anyway, we have no better reference and they fits well in the overal design... Hopefully somebody with more anatomy knoledge could tell something about and hel us to better understand the real looking of hadrosaur unguals.

Thank you ;)
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dewlap Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
There is a paper on the very topic by Senter (palaeo-electronica.org/content... ). The forelimbs of these animals cannot actively rotate; the head of their radius is not rounded like ours (see figure 3 on Senter's) so pronation or supination is not possible for hadrosaurians. In saying this, it seems the gesture on the left arm of the female animal quite unlikely as the palm of the animal would not have been facing to the centre of the body (medially).

There is no hoof impressions on hadrosaurian tracks (see figure 6 on Senter's) also see scotthartman.deviantart.com/ar... for comment on hadrosaurian hooves.
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TopGon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, you are right, I red this paper after finishing the picture so I should take it on account for the nex work.
Thank you for advicing it anyway ;)
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Nicely done..
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist
You are welcome
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist
En la vista reducida se me asemejaron a ciervos... en realidad, son muy plácidos de ver, aunque yo creo que la cresta podría ser más colorida. En cualquier caso, magnífico trabajo :)
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TopGon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
¡Hola! En realidad me alegra que te recordasen a ciervos pues, como decía, me basé en antílopes para decidir el patrón de color. Estube tentado de darle un color vivo a la cresta del macho; sin embargo, preferí ceñirme a una coloración acorde con los modelos. A parte, en este caso, artísticamente me gusta más el efecto de unos colores más suaves sin contrastes excesivos.
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Deinowilly Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very beautiful man! The best resting position on hadrosaurs I've ever seen! Congrats!
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