Sunday, August 10, 2008


Well, I must really like Effigia, because I keep drawing the damn thing. There's a reason for that, though. Effigia okeefae is one of the creatures in the ensuing Archosauria art show. Thus, this newest draft. It is measured, and superficially similar to the last attempt, but one striking difference does present itself: integument. Effigia is usually drawn with fairly smooth skin, much like a dinosaur. Of course, the little beastie is a crurotarsian (a poposaur, in fact, close to Arizonasaurus), so I would expect it to be covered in scales and scutes. I don't think that the type specimen had any bony scutes or armor plating, but that doesn't rule out lighter keratinous scutes.

So tell me what you think, dear readers. I may have gone a little overboard with the scutes 'n' scales (it was an irritating process).


Glendon Mellow: The Flying Trilobite said...

Irritating it may have been, but worth it. I particularly like the tail patterning.

Scutes can be made of keratin? Nifty, I'd like some.

Louis Bérubé said...

Is that blood squirting out of its eyes? ;)

ScottE said...


And, it would seem, a little known fact of Effigia is that it can squirt coffee from it's neck!