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Tarbosaurus and Gallimimus by jconway Tarbosaurus and Gallimimus by jconway
I don't think this really needs a description... it's a tyrannosaur about to chomp an ornithomimid (obviously), in Late Cretaceous Mongolia. I do believe there is a similar drawing by Bakker in The Dinosaur Heresies, but my copy is in Australia. If anyone has a copy it would be great if you could send a scan/photo of the drawing to me (john.a.conway@gmail.com). I want to see how it compares.

This painting is actually ANIMOOTED, but dA's pathetic video size won't show that to any great effect, so here's the still version.
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JaketheDino Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
I love this picture. Easily one of my all time favorite pieces of paleoart.
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asari13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dinnertime
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Tarbosaurus looks cold....
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lbiondo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
I wonder who will win. if the Tarbosaurus is a juvenile, it's possible that either one will win.
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DragoRoku Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Sorry, forgot I already asked.
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DragoRoku Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
I would feel truly honored if you would allow me to use this in a video I am making about the Dinosaurs who were the Apex Predators of their reign. Its a non-profit slide show montage video, made for fun and advent viewing to everyone. If no, I will respect that. If yes however, then I will guarantee that your name will be in the credits and there will be a link back to your DA page in the description box so that everyone can know that it is work. What do you think?
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DragoRoku Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
I would feel truly honored if you would allow me to use this in a video I am making about the Dinosaurs who were the Apex Predators of their reign. Its a non-profit slide show montage video, made for fun and advent viewing to everyone. If no, I will respect that. If yes however, then I will guarantee that your name will be in the credits and there will be a link back to your DA page in the description box so that everyone can know that it is work. What do you think?
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow! what would I have to do to see tha tanimooshion? XD
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Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
My dear brother, John Conway!
I prefer muddy ground for late cretaceous....late cretaceous was humid!

I believed late cretaceous was a colorful world...colorful flowers and some insects related to flowers (ladybirds, moth, wasp), birds with pretty voice, blue and green dragonfly, slimy
snail, fruit tree exist in late cretaceous....volcano and dust air related to volcano smoke and flowers pollination exist....you can add such things to your pictures for making a better imagination about Tyrannosaurs and ceratops life.....


I hope my advise do not make you angry...it is just an friendly advice from a lonely biologist.....I always like your art very much!

Best wishes for you and your family, your brother always, Amin Khaleghparast (a lonely biologist from Tehran, IRAN)
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Meerkatmatt2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
both of these animals lived near a desert, or in it, the background is typical for that of a monsoonal rainforest, In the dry season.
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Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
attractive!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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watjong Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Beautifully executed! Love the attention to detail: te leaves on the dground, the trees and the dinosaurs of course.
Also love the color pallette, the tiny hints of orange and red, very cool.
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist
well done
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nicely done.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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kagefox Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
When I came upon this I had a SQUEE. I'm writing a story about dinosaurs that have both gallimimus' and tarbosaurus'. They never interact, other than the gallimimus herd running away once or twise, but still, I'm geek-ily enthralled. Resreaching dinosaurs to make a convincing story is hard work, man. It's a good thing I'm interested or I'll never get it done.
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starman2003 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Maybe it would be more realistic if it was Alioramus attacking Gallimimus. Tarbosaurus would've had a tough time catching an ornithomimid and besides, it needed prey yielding more meat, like Saurolophus. Also, I wouldn't expect to see cursorial forms in the middle of a forest. I thought they preferred open country. Great art though. :)
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jconway Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Odd bunch of criticisms. Have you been out there and timed 2-tonne tyrannosaurs vs 0.5-tonne ornithomimids? I suspect they were much more closely matched for speed than you imply. Secondly, this is clearly open forest, I doubt that large dinosaurs stayed clear of trees altogether! Also, are suggesting that predators don't prey upon smaller animals? Because that's absurd.
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DSil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Gorgeous! The rendering is so naturalistic and... matter of fact. It makes them feel real, which is exactly what I look for in paleontological art. Wonderful work!
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Gorgeous
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PostMortem Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
This is stunning. I'm especially inlove with the dead trees and leaves. Gorgeous!
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FeelingsBeyondThe Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
atmospheric
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I just love the trees and all those pretty leaves! Great dinosaurs, too, but the detailed background really makes this picture stand out.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great drawing. It DOES show that Gallimimus was a pretty big honker by maniraptoriform standards.
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Cephlaken Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
I like how you feathered the Gallimimus like emus...
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SpelKille Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Damn, you just keep on doing everything right. Not only the accuracies, but the speculative parts, details, depth, colors and overall mood is a total spot-on

About it being originally animated, will you publish that version somewhere else instead of DA?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Run, weird chicken-things, run!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Those are fig trees, right?
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jconway Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Plane trees actually. I've been trying to up the diversity of plant life in my pictures recently (and it's a real pain in the posterior pubic muscle mass!).
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
well, it certainly got me interested, it made me think of gum trees at first glance.

Also, that anthracosaur pic is just the meganeura's knees! :D
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gorgoraptor Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Bob Bakker did to a similar drawing, but it wasn't in The Dinosaur Heresies. I don't know where it originally appeared, but I remember seeing it in a book called Hunting Dinosaurs, or something like that.

Aside frome that: AWESOME!
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jconway Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Ah, right, thanks. Well, that's in Australia too.
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MattMart Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Frickin' fantastic man. I also hadn't thought about dry season leaf shedding but it makes sense (especially for the Nemegt).
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful man!
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's officially awesome. With a capital "A".
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great depiction of animals, the colour schemes and the ratite-like feather coats.
The environment is also nice, maybe the shadows on the ground should have a bit more contrast, or maybe it's just me.
Will you be adding the original animated one in the Ontograph Studios site?
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Deinowilly Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Buff speechless
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Ashere Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sir, you're making the rest of us look bad. :)
Fantastic job. When can we expect the Artbook?
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davegodfrey Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Very nice. I do like the feathers and the pattern on the Tarbosaurus The Gallimimus beaks look a little too thin and pointed to me, but I'm not sure if that's the perspective, or the feather pattern you've given it.
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jconway Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
The Gallimimus head is actually traced, so it's pretty accurate. I think it's the feathers that make it look like the beak is thin; people put too few feathers on most dinosaurs I think.
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davegodfrey Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Cool. Thanks for setting me straight. :)
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yoult Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
This Sir is with one word simply: fantastic.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good god, this is beautiful.

The dinosaurs go without saying, but I also love the trees and the shadows on the ground.
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Very nice! Palette is great though perhaps unneccessarily muted. I would prefer more saturation. More contrast wouldn't be bad thing either. Also the trees on the foreground seems to be about same tone and saturation as the trees in the background which kinda kills the depth in the painting. BTW did you use a PS brush for those leafs. Some of them seem to follow the same pattern, especially the draker brown ones.

It's very cool piece nonetheless and rather unique. I don't recall seeing this kind of scene in the "dinosaur heresies". I'll check but I'm pretty sure about it.
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible! A great piece of art!
Only a thing: the tyrannosaur seems like Alioramus...Do you have reconstructed Alioramus as a juv Tarbosaurus? Because i know that there is this hypothesis...Or maybe I'm only a big jerk.
Still, this is f...ing cool :) .
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jconway Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
If you tilt the head of a Tarbosaurus away from you, like in this painting, it looks surprisingly long and low. This is true of a lot of tyrannosauroids because their skulls were triangular in cross-section (this is less apparent in Tyrannosaurus rex because the back of its skull is exceptionally wide).

Oh, and this is a relatively large Tarbosaurus; people forget how big Gallimimus really was.
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah ok, I'm a jerk XD. No, really, thanks for the answers ;) .
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alexandernevsky Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the patterns on the dinosaurs, and the autumn scene is quite inspired - it's something you almost never see!
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