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Watercolor Parasaurolophus Head Tutorial

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Hi Awesome People!
I made the first painting of the Parasaurolophus, and I was decently pleased with it – especially since it was my first dinosaur painting and I was trying to hit a speed goal. However, the anatomy just wasn’t quite good enough for me.
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Granted, getting reference for dinosaurs is tricky since it’s all conjecture. However, I decided that I wanted to give it another go for the head.

Here’s the outline from the first painting.

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After examining more sources – mostly skeletons and 3d models, I developed this.

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I took special care around the nostrils, eyes, mouth, and neck muscle origins.

Then I prepped it for printing and watercolor as described in the Rabbit Tutorial

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The following morning, I set up my table for painting. I have a travel set of watercolors, cheap brushes, arches hot press paper, bic pens, and a smudge guard for my hand. I also have black tea and filtered water to drink.
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Here’s my first ink pass. I’ll go back in again once the paint is down.
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The best part about dinosaurs is making up their colors. Mine is based on the Caiman Lizard.
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I start laying down the basic colors in light washes.
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Then I start adding in markings and darker colors.
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Now I’m adding in the purple/blue shadows.
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Using a white pen, more bic pen and colored pencils, I added more shadow and scale detail.
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Finally I added a blue background and brightened the crest up a bit. Then I brought it back on photoshop for some touch ups and here’s the final dino!
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If you’d like to try this out but need supplies, check out my supply page here: My Supplies

Thanks so much for being my patron! I hope this helps you and that you make awesome dinosaur paintings.
*If you do, show meeee! 🙂

Cheers,
Sarah

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