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Galloping Triceratops FINISHED by Supaslim Galloping Triceratops FINISHED by Supaslim
I was originally going to give him gorgeous dark brown and yellow stripes, but I realized it would be incredibly hard to animate.

For those wondering why my triceratops has no cheeks: I am of the belief that they had full beaks. There are no muscle attachments in the area to suggest fleshy cheeks, and as they are far more closely related to birds than mammals... I agree with the idea that it's more likely that their beaks extended back all the way.

For more info: [link]

For the second sketch: [link]
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:iconroboticorn:
roboticorn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh... I like the full beak theory.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that looks awesome
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CaptainDashund Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are a very good animator :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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IrohSpinyfan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student General Artist
i love it!!! :yay:
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
absolutely gorgeous animation and i love how realistically his fleshy folds move as he runs!
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KyleSnibblebutt Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Cool
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Stephie-Wesson Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting, but one thing don't look as movable there, the spine. (in the scetch version is that easyer to see, here is it just something that look not s natural as it should)

YOu only move the shoulderbone, but the most land animals move the spine whyle they are walking - some more some less - i just belive at this speed this kind of dino moved it, too
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Triceratops would have been very stiff bodied, so not much motion in the spine. I agree that something's off, though. Maybe I'll revisit this some day and fix it. Thank you!
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Voidrae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I think that a good reason for the spine to be more fixed in this example is the evidence we see when comparing it to other large land animals. This is not a small creature, it's frame is very solid and too much flexibility in a creature of this mass is probably more of a weakness than a strength.

For example, take a look at this video of elephants moving at speed: [link] . As you can see, there is a great deal of movement in the head and limbs, but a precise analysis of the spine throughout the stride shows very little flexion at all, if any.

Additionally, compare these two images of triceratops and elephant skeletons: [link] and [link] . In particular, pay close attention to the fused sacral vertebrae on the triceratops - these are massive creatures and it shows in the reinforced and therefore inflexible spines.

I think it is reasonably safe to assume that animals of this size could not be flexible as well as massive.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice analysis. :heart:
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Voidrae Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Without even a single drop of rum! :D
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, i forgot that and have rarely seen a rhino or a cow running (i guess a rhino should be used)

and they was as big as an elephant? i guessed they would be a bit smaler - but i don't know
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Voidrae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From a cursory glance into Wikipedia and the WWF, these are the generally accepted statistics:

Triceratops - 8-9 meters long, 3 meters tall, weight estimates range from 6-12 tonnes.

African Elephant - 6 meters long, 3.2 - 4 meters tall, and between 4.5 and 5.8 tonnes.

The elephant is a taller creature, but as for overall mass and length it just doesn't meet the bar.
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, they are bigger as i ment! (i mean the dinos)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
The beak-all-the-way argument makes no sense. The fact that there are a line of inserts for blood vessels (suggesting blood supply to something other than a beak), and not a sculpted surface or ridged surface suggesting an actual keratinous covering, to me indicates that it was covered by elastic skin (like at the corner of a bird's mouth), not muscular cheeks.

I'm sorry, not to blame you of course, but the idea is just stupid, why have all that lovely chewing mechanism, if the food will just fall out the sides???
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
:shrug: I'd have to read more papers before I changed my opinion. As it is, I'm viewing it as a bit of an Occam's razor sort of situation. Either a full beak or cheeks are possible, but likely? I really don't know. I'm more of a prehistoric mammal person than a herbivorous dinosaur person. Perhaps if I change my mind in the future, I'll edit the animation. :)

Thanks for the comment!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
no worries.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome job, very smooth and natural.
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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galaxydragon22 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats a good animation there ^^
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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galaxydragon22 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your welcome ^^
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank yoU!
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doctormo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant work. Love the colour and the fluidity.
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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