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As the mightiest creatures that have ever walked this planet, dinosaurs inspire both young and old minds to imagine how the giant reptiles lived and fought throughout their millions of years of existence. They also happen to have a wide variety of iconic features, like the long neck of the brachiosaurus or the spiked tail of an ankylosaurus, which make them fun to draw and color.
What Color Should the Dinosaurs Be?
Although I never let something’s real color stop me from using whatever colors I want, my child is frequently curious about the natural coloring of dinosaurs to try for a more realistic picture. Because dinosaurs lived so long ago, scientists use a mixture of fossil clues and observations based on other creatures to make educated guesses about a dinosaur’s appearance. That’s why most early and popular dinosaur depictions feature dinosaurs that are green, brown, and other earthy tones. As scientists have uncovered more clues like microscopic pigment residue in fossils, we’ve learned that dinosaurs were as varied and colorful as birds are. Most dinosaurs still don’t have a confirmed color, so I tell my kid that he can feel free to go with a traditional mix of earth tones or include a mix of bright and vibrant colors. We’ll also check out resources like the Natural History Museum’s Dino Directory to learn more about specific types of dinosaurs as we color them.
A Feathered Past
While dinosaurs are typically shown without feathers, recent studies have shown that many species may have had feathers in addition to the more bird-like varieties. Even those that didn’t have feathers frequently had thick, slender extensions that were something between hair and feathers, known as pycnofibers, that we add to dinosaurs for more personality. When the unknown plumage of the dinosaurs is combined with their potential to be nearly any color, there are a wide number of realistic ways to color a dinosaur – and an endless number of creative ones.
Build a Dinosaur Diorama
One of my favorite ways to use dinosaur artwork is to create dioramas and murals that create an action scene.
For a diorama, I usually start with something like a cardboard box to serve as the base and backdrop, covering it in colored paper to quickly turn it into grass and sky. Excess cardboard serves as the foundation for dinosaur coloring page cut-outs and scenery elements like volcanoes and prehistoric plants. Even if it’s not historically accurate, we like to add small human cut-outs to give a sense of scale to the diorama.
When the kid and I make a dinosaur mural, we like to have a wide piece of paper to fit as many dinosaurs on it as possible. They usually live in a forest where they spend time with their large families, but a rocky area on the edge of the forest leads to a volcanic valley owned by a menacing T-Rex. Occasionally, the herbivores and carnivores will live together on a dinosaur farm owned by a happy and caring young child who loves all the dinosaurs equally. And keeps them safe from the aliens hovering in their giant spaceship while looking for dinosaurs to steal.
A Friendlier Face
Jurassic World dinosaurs are fierce and majestic, but cuter takes on dinosaurs are adorable and can be more suitable for very young children. Instead of a T-Rex rampaging through the park, I sometimes like to color a cool T-Rex riding through the skate park. This baby brachiosaurus struggling to get out of its eggshell after hatching might be one of the most precious things in existence. There are other kawaii dinosaurs to color all around with a quick search.