I'm a speculative paleoartist, that is to say I stretch "realistic" to "implausibly possible." However recently I have neglected to maintain my artistic activity. And paleontology is catching up to me! As most of my Watchers are aware, I've been depicting my tyrannosaurs with plumage for approximately a year now. My feathered tyrannosaurs aren't unique anymore, they're the scientific standard. There isn't a paleontological enthusiast or paleoartist who isn't aware of the recent publication of Yutyrannus huali, Mandarian and Latin for "beautiful feathered tyrant." It is the third (if I am correct, after Dilong and Guanlong) tyrannosaur to possess fossilized plumage. But what's significant about Yutyrannus is it's size, reportedly 30 feet long and 3,100 pounds. Yutyrannus outclasses the previous record-holder for largest known feathered dinosaur by 40 times, Beipiaosaurus. Basically Yutyrannus is the largest known feathered animal period, and it's a reputable size. Check it out: [link]
Previous to the discovery of Yutyrannus, my argument that large tyrannosaurs were feathered was only supported by the phylogenetic relationship between Tyrannosauridae (in which the large tyrannosaurs are classed) and small tyrannosauroids such as Dilong. Stating it modestly, I've been saying large tyrannosaurs were feathered for approximately a year now. Apparently phylogenetics wasn't a convincing argument for some people. xD
But Yutyrannus is rapidly increasing in fame throughout the paleontological community and will no doubt spread to the general public (it's name is graciously easy to pronounce, if it had been named "Extensive-Latin-descriptive-phrase-osaurus confusing-name-ensis" interest in the dinosaur could potentially cripple). It will eventually be standard knowledge that large tyrannosaurs were feathered. The question now is, what next ~DeinonychusEmpire?
I have something in mind...