After I’d sent my initial critique and a request for more pictures of the Plateosaurus maquette to the company, artist Jeff sent me more pictures and a list of changes he had already implemented:
1.) I changed the number of toes on the ground and thinned the legs to look more birdlike.
2.) I positioned the feet as close as I could to center, our robots are heavy.
3.) I gave more mass to the stomach and tail and less in the arms.
4.) I made the tail more horizontal.
Here’s my reply:
let me, first of all, reiterate what I wrote yesterday: it looks very Plateosaurus now!
No need to send a posterior view, I can see what I need to see from the pics you sent :)
- the side view you provided with some remarks scribbled in:
- the belly should come down a tiny bit, after all this is a herbivore
- the base of the tail needs a bit of thickening for the caudofemoralis longus muscle (CFL). it really IS that huge! I’ll attach a paper, check Figure 4.5 for what’s usually done fro dinosaurs, and what the reality is in archosaurs. Your model is almost correct, just the very base of the tail needs a tad more CFL! I am very impressed with what you created so far!
- the ankles of P. are way broader than thick; right now the model has them too thick. The width is very good!
- personally, I would make the ankles a bit straighter, too.
- you could adopt a much more curved neck, which looks a LOT livelier!
- arms attach at the sides of the body. In front view, you put the shoulder joint in the 3 and 9 o’clock positions. In reality, they should be at 4:30 and 7:30!
- you can, if you want to, add more muscles to the upper arm. But that’s difficult to judge.
The contours as seen in top view are excellent! Very well done!
The track width looks good, I understand about having enough support for a heavy object. It is fine as it is now.
On the head, you have shallow depressions behind the eye. I don’t think that is correct, the fenestrae are there for the jaw closing muscles to bulge. Plateosaurus was, surprisingly, quite a biter. With the mouth slightly open they area should be flat, not concave, biting down the muscles should show up as convex areas. But I have never looked at this in detail….
In summary, I am very happy with what you created :) Compare to the second pic I attach, my CAD model in side view. Two postures, one in osteologically neutral pose,the other posed for the animal looking around attentively.
There’s one thing that’s currently on my mind a lot: color! How do you intend to paint it?
and the pictures I attached:
Jeff set right to work – I’ll show you the results on the next post.