SASSANI PALEOART

Works In Progress (WIPs)

Here are the projects I'm working on now:

 

 

Tarbosaurus bataar trio. These guys lived in Mongolia from about 70 to 65 million years ago, and were the closest relatives of T.rex. So close in fact, that some scientists consider them to be the same genus - and the deadliest things to ever walk on two legs.

 

 

 

Update on Tarbosaurus bataar trio:

Preliminary shading, head scales, and patterning. Temporarily removed the neck spines (to be revised later to align with the stripes).

 

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Chasmosaurus kaiseni drives away Albertosaurus (=Gorgosaurus) libratus.

This drawing is partially based on a work by John Conway (yes, I got his permission before doing this). Conway's original piece shows Chasmosaurus belli (a species with much smaller brow horns) charging at a Daspletosaurus torosus. You can take a peek at it HERE. I really like this drawing, and most of Conway's other work, but as his specialty is actually Pterosaurs, and mine is Dinosaurs, I respectfully decided some major changes were in order.

I decided to cast Albertosaurus as the predator rather than Daspletosaurus, since it was more common (both are from the same geological formation as Chasmosaurus) - and I don't buy the theory that Albertosaurus limited itself to hunting only Hadrosaurs (or that Daspletosaurus respectively 'only' hunted Ceratopsians). Chasmosaurus itself is one of the most common Ceratopsians from Alberta, Canada - and nothing screams 'Alberta' like Albertosaurus. So I replaced the Daspletosaurus with a subadult Albertosaurus libratus. Thus I completely replaced the head.

 (As a side note, Phil Currie and a few other paleontologists have recently re-labeled A. libratus with its original 1920s name, "Gorgosaurus libratus" - though going on Gregory Paul's more reliable classification, I decided there isn't enough difference between A. libratus and the type species A. sarcophagus, to kick the former out of the genus Albertosaurus.)

I also changed the species of Chasmosaurus from C. belli to C. kaiseni (which some scientists have sunk into C. belli - not exactly the best classification in my view...) Both were native to Alberta and lived around the same time (about 75 million years ago) - but C. kaiseni, with its longer horns, is just that much more impressive.

 

OTHER CHANGES:

*Lengthening the predator's tail (based on the most current skeletal proportions of AlbertosaurusDaspletosaurus skeletons also had similar proportions).

*Reducing the rather extreme angle of the predator's head-turning (as well as raising the head and making the neck larger) - in any case, both Albertosaurus and Daspletosaurus had eyes that faced sideways, so the ideal head position for the predator to keep its eye on the charging Chasmosaurus would be a profile.

*Curving the end of Chasmosaurus's tail more upward to stay clear of its hind legs

*Adding a skin flap to enclose Chasmosaurus's shoulder retractor muscle (latissimus dorsi), which itself seems strangely absent in Conway's version.

*Doing the same for the caudofemoralis muscles on both animals.

*Lowering the angle of the predator's arm (the angle on the Conway original looked more Abelisaurian than Tyrannosaurian).

*Giving the predator an open mouth with tongue showing (as if panting).

*Sharper outlines on the Chasmosaurus frill studs and other small facial features

*Larger corner studs on the frill (as well as re-scaling their perspective and the rest of the upper frill).

*A more impact-absorbing stance for the Chasmosaurus's hands and fingers.

*A TOTAL redesign of the skin textures for both animals - more detail, more wrinkles, and smaller scales (some of this is already partially done on the legs of the Albertosaurus, I also plan to do it for the Chasmosaurus).

*I also plan to put some substantial patterns on both animals. Stay tuned.

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UPDATE on Chasmosaurus and Albertosaurus!

Got most of the skin textures, shading, and patterns done. Albertosaurus is finished (except for the tongue).  All that's left is the Chasmo's rear half. After some additional changes in outline and body structure (based on some steamin' hot new research) the result is a sharper, more angular body for Chasmosaurus (we must remember, these were not Centrosaurs...). The progress so far is shown below. I also cropped a little space off the edges to improve pixel resolution. There are thousands of tiny scales (which are a bit hard to see here...) so the end result will be extremely lifelike.

 

              

 

            UPDATE!!!!  

            This work is now finished!   You can see the full version in the portfolio --> click HERE