Ceratopsids are really cool guys. With all those freakin' horns, stouty and rhino-like bodies, parrot-like beaks and long and perforated skulls they look very strange. The closest thing to some anti-diluvian monster, I think.
Well, there isn't any better example of ceratopsid than Torosaurus. Yeah, I know, it COULD be the mature form of Triceratops, the most iconic of them all, but...I'm not quite convinced yet. There are some un-explained things in this theory and...We'll just see. For now, I prefer to separate these species.
So, here are some details about the portrait. Since there are confirmed patches of Triceratops's skin showing quill knobs, I decided to put 'em in this animal as well. Not very big ones, just something to act as a reminder. New artistic meme as well? Who knows.
An interesting thing is also the choice of colours of the face. I followed the Hone et al. paper about mutual sexual selection and amalgamed with the visual black and white alert design of the oryx. I think it could be a very usefull parallel. food for thought.
And...Well, this is it. Ah no, another thing: dewlap. I think it's a very cool thing for ceratopsians. They make 'em more glorious and mighty. An ispiration took from some modern bovids.
Torosaurus (commonly mistranslated as "bull lizard") is a genus of ceratopsid dinosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period (late Maastrichtian stage), between 70 and 65 million years ago. It possessed one of the largest skulls of any known land animal. The frilled skull reached 2.6 metres (8.5 ft) in length. From head to tail, Torosaurus is thought to have measured about 9 m (30 ft) long and weighed 4 to 6 tonnes (4.4 to 6.6 tons).
Coloured with Pantone. Based on oryx, african elephant and modern cow.
References: G. S. Paul, Lukas Panzarin
PS: Sorry for the colours's quality, bad scanner