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Steak O' Sour by yoult Steak O' Sour by yoult
A quick drawing of a full-bodied Stegosaurus stenops similar to the previous Head Study.
Well Steak? It kinda bugs me that Stegosaurus is often shown with izzy-wizzy tiny round scales. Is this a reliable protection for such a meat-mountain? Butbutbut... it has Plates and a Thagomizer!
Triceratops had horns in its face too, but not enough, crocodile-like scales on the belly and scutes all over its body which may or may not beard bristles or spikes. And most people seem to forget that Stegosaurus is a Thyreophora (shiel-wearer), a subfamily which included the living tanks per definition (Ankylosaurs).
If Theropoda were fuzzy as a basal trait what eludes being spiky and tanky as a basal trait for Thyreophora? Evolution went on, the Stegosaurs vanished with time but I doubt it was because they were easy prey.

According to "Christiansen and Tschopp (2010) Exceptional Stegosaur Integument" this reconstruction is somewhat contrary to the actual fossil evidence. Hesperosaurus mjosi and Gigantspinosaurus sichuanensis were found with "a ground pattern of small polygonal scales, which in some places is interrupted by larger oval tubercles surrounded by the small scales, resulting in rosette-like structures".
While G. sichuanensis is a basal member of Stegosauria and H. mjosi is rather derived, these findings suggest that most Stegosaurs had very similar skin structures.
Still, while being highly speculative, it is not out of place in my opinion to depict even more derived Stegosaurs in a different manner.

Source: Skeletal reconstrucion by *ScottHartman
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Badass indeed.
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I'm pretty sure the fossils show flat, crocodile-like or lizard-like armor.
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nevermind, I just read "Christiansen and Tschopp (2010) Exceptional Stegosaur Integument".
Interesting paper about skin impression of Hesperosaurus mjosi. very recommendable.
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Of Stegosaurus? Where is the source for it?
All I know about preservation of Stegosaur integument is the armor at the throat and various small bony plates along the flanks.
Lizards and Crocodiles have kinda different armor to be honest.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Artist
I'm really like the 'steak-o-sour-us' for the plate dinosaur, but it seems to be sounds different.:/
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
What do you mean?
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Artist
Unlike the simple word for 'Stay-go-soar-us'.^^
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
It really bids for weird puns, doesn't it ;)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Artist
Okay, it sound's cool a little bit.
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mopeyghost Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wouaw! Very cool this one.
Will you colorize then?
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fine
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
To be fair there are larger scutey things on the flanks preserved for stegosaurs.
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist

Which are of course included in this drawing. But they are a bit indistinct. Also the throat-"chainmail", both is a sign to me that that might have not been all on Stegosaurus.

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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love you man! I wonder what the steakosaurus tasted like, It sure had a lotta meat on it! :)
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not sure what a Tailspike piercing your Cranium tastes like. :D
I bet it's sour!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
what if I used a flamethrower on it before its tailspikes were in reach? XD
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Could be interesting, wonder if the high humidity would be in charge for Stegosaurus.

Upcoming Autumn... Jurassic Park 4
Man V.S. Dinosaurs... with Flamethrowers! Both of them!
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Spinocharonychus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
I need to see that in Jurassic World.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
whoah! :D that sounds like fun! :D
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Very interesting rendition.
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks nice and crunchy!
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
And certified organic! Only buy Dinosaur-Meat from your Butcher of Confidence. ;)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Now, that's one badass Stegosaurus! I find the design of the plates really awesome. Inspired by butterflies I guess? Integument looks convincing and well thought. I also like your ink style really much! It's great!

BTW, I thought about thyrephoran affinity of stegosaurs, and how this affects their integument, when I started to work on my series, and generally agree with you. Basal thyreophorans were more like ankylosaurs in regards of body armor, so it won't surprise me, if basal stegosaurs had more armor, than just plates, shoulder spikes and thagomizer.

Is this reconstruction inspired by Conway's All Yesterdays Stegosaurus?
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Your Stegosaurs are one great exception from my mourning above. I really like how you did their integument.
Oh the conwayan Stegosaur... this is a pretty funny thing as I noted in the Head Study, because both of us came up with pretty the same idea of integument independently. May this be a sign that we're right or just coincidence? :D

Also thanks for the compliment about the Ink. Personally I find it kinda too rush, I would like to ink in a higher definition, but the paper I use won't let me. So most of my Ink-Works are kinda speed drawings.
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