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-Tyrantrum- by arvalis -Tyrantrum- by arvalis

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Finally I got around to doing my favorite Pokemon.  Tyrantrum has edged out Bulbasaur as my all time favorite.  Its almost like it was made for me, it's a T. rex, red, and a dragon, which are like all of my favorite things.  I've been wanting to draw him for months.  Also, I decided to do a stupid amount of work on it, look at all those scales and bones, I'm pretty dumb.  At least it turned out pretty awesome.  Now the flavor text:

Tyrantrum is the largest prehistoric terrestrial carnivore currently known to science.  First discovered over a century ago, only recently recently has there been the technology to revive the fossilized bone.  Paleontologists had only started to theorize that it may have had some feathers only to be completely surprised by the ostentatious made of feathers adorning its shoulders.  Another astonishing characteristic was the bold scaly beard-like soft tissue.  It appears that Tyrantrums use this "beard" to intimidate rivals by flaring it out making their already enormous jaws appear that much larger.  Females of the species often have much smaller beards and seldom use them for display.  Living Tyrantrums have earned the nickname "despot" as they are a very aggressive species, often seen hassling all manner of other pokemon and forcing them out of its territory.  Tyrantrum is the best pokemon so he gets his way.

Tyrunt fossils were long thought to be a related, but entirely different from Tyrantrum.  It has only recently through the aid of revived fossil advancements that it was discovered Tyrunts are in fact young Tyrantrums.  Much like their older counterparts, Tyrunts are very belligerent.  In fact they are known to erupt into fits of selfish tantrums when they perceive that they aren't getting their way.  They are also known to be mischievous little bastards.  As shown here a cocksure Tyrunt has coaxed a Bastiodon into attacking him knowing full well that daddy Tyrantrum would come to the rescue and kill it.  I bet that Tyrunt just wanted Bastiodon steaks for dinner, what cheeky little cutey.

Bastiodon has been confirmed to be the ancestor to the modern day Aggron.  Bastiodon are especially defensive, sporting dense scaly armor and boney osterderms for added protection.  In maturity, Bastiodon tend to be reclusive, wandering in search of food.  They exhibit a very grumpy personality and dont take shit from nobody, you here that.  Although Tryrantrum's mighty quakes might be a problem for Bastiodon...

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skyangelwolf Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tyantrum Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Student Digital Artist
yes bitches fear Tyrantrum ! >:D
TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
At last... At last! We finally found the one piece of work that shows what a T-rex would really look like if he had feathers -- and still kept his awesomeness intact! I know that this is a Pokemon, albeit after my time since I stopped watching a long time ago, but this is a tremendous demonstration of artistic talent, imagination, and zoological smarts. Congratulations.

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
theLacertakiin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, I just realized you spent 50+ hours doing this, thats...what! do you have the patience for that!  Is this the longest you've ever spent on a picture?  Also how long would you work on it in one go, did you sit there and draw for hours or take long breaks because that's incredible?
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
This old picture was actually the longest I've ever spent on one picture at around 75 hours.  This tyrantrum did take a super long time though.  I worked on it over the course of a month or so and chiseled away at it for 6-10 hours at a time.
Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi-! Big fan here (even bought your book!)
I have a question though! I noticed that in most all of your reptile-like works, you draw most of the scales yourself but then use a Photoshop pattern to fill in the rest. My question is, is this filter necessary to achieve the overall realistic look that you get at the end?? Does the Photoshop stained glass pattern add a look to the scales that maybe you couldn't achieve yourself?
I only ask because I'm also an artist and I'd like technique advice!! Love all your stuff.
I hope you can get back to me, thank you so much for reading, if you do. :)
angellis3 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Raelisoraz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Crazy, great job with the drawing and realistically depicting how a Tyrantrum might look in real life while still keeping the creative flair =)
Mecha-GREGOLE Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Usually, you're very good at balancing the animal with the pokemon. Each of your designs is quite clearly based on something from the real world, but is also absolutely its own creature. Charizard is clearly a squamate, but it's also clearly gone down its own radical evolutionary path, for example.

But this one doesn't quite click with me. I think the tyrannosaur base is a little too on the nose. Like it's not a creature derived from a T.rex, but a literal T.rex in cosplay. It might be the anatomy, or it might be the textures.

Bastiodon fares a lot better, with the roughness more well integrated into its design. The tusks being moved from its lower to upper jaw is a little odd, but works for the design, as it's more likely how they would evolve in a ceratopsian. It retains the same expression as the canon design.
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I dont know what you would want me to do with Tyrantrum.  There is pretty much nothing else it could be other than a T. rex.  Thats also the reason why I like Tyrantrum so much is that it is straight up a pokemon stylized T. rex.
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