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Elasmosaurus by arvalis Elasmosaurus by arvalis
When I was a kid I was fascinated by these long neck fellas. When you're a kid you don't really think about how strange their crazy necks are, only as an adult did I spend any time thinking about it. I came to the conclusion that they likely kept their large bodies out of sight and sidled their toothy little heads on up to groups of fish. Only after doing this painting was I told thats the prevailing theory on the subject. "Whoops, accidentally did alright" is what I hope they put on my gravestone. Overall I'm quite pleased with this piece, it was a fun challenge to figure out a time friendly method of how to paint a school of fish. Those fish are Pachyrhizodus minimus btw. 

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work on a new book called Monster Sharks: Megalodon and Other Giant Prehistoric Predators of the Deep and got to paint a bunch of fun prehistoric sea critters. 


Paleoart: 
Kronosaurus by arvalis  Livyatan by arvalis  Tylosaurus by arvalis -T. rex vs Triceratops- by arvalis Tyrannosaurus rex-2018 by arvalis 

    

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:iconshankar2302:
shankar2302 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning..... to think all these fellows used to roam the earth.....Wow! 
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2019
The blurred fish make this even better!
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:iconhannahelizabethh:
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2019  Student General Artist
nice art :)
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:iconshockalocker:
shockaLocKer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
'they put on gravestone'

whos gravestone?
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:iconkaraknornclansman:
KarakNornClansman Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
The artist's gravestone: "on my gravestone."

Fine artwork. :)
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:iconfire-link:
Fire-Link Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018
Awesome work. How's things going?
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:iconmiss-tbones:
Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing piece of work!:clap::wow:
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:iconharleydane:
Harleydane Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Look at those chompers! I love how you've done the school of fish :)
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:iconpookowatchi:
Pookowatchi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018
great!
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:icondragonstar1278:
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018
Pretty awesome.
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:iconblackvegetable:
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018
Impressive! Makes me think of Edward Drinker Cope, the guy who put the Elasmosaurus' skull on it's tail!
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:iconreaper222ofdarkness:
reaper222ofdarkness Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018   Artist
this is cool
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:iconklausiboy:
klausiboy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018
I think it's incredible, that even after having been extinct for so many years, this, and many other prehistoric beasts can instill terror in the minds of beings who have never even experienced anything like it. Just it's remains many years after it's death is enough to terrify us
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:iconmightymorphinpower4:
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Awesome
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the details, looks so incredible!
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:iconlevelupbuck5:
levelupbuck5 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
Gorgeous, as always.
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:icontheprimevalartist:
ThePrimevalArtist Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
He’s a fat man
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:iconsaiyanstrong:
Saiyanstrong Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks wonderful.
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:iconbulbafriend:
BulbaFriend Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I was looking at the wrong end, thinking it was its head!
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:iconsaiyanstrong:
Saiyanstrong Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It’s funny, cause that’s where it’s head was originally place!!!
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
Amazing
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:icon12cart:
12CArt Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Applaud fella (Reactions) 
 BRAVO ! ! !
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
Quite impressive
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:iconnotpongkong:
notpongkong Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its funny you mentioned finding a time friendly method for painting a school of fish. i was zooming in and trying to find out how you did it myself haha, did you create a brush or was it more analogue?
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:iconolmagon:
Olmagon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
I'm thinking of South African sardine migrations now
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:iconask-louke-the-statue:
that stubby tail <3
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:iconmonsterkingofkarmen:
MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Great Job.
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:iconthemexicanduck:
themexicanduck Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
nessie?
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:iconpterobat:
Pterobat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Beautiful drawing of an underrated critter. Marine reptiles need more love.
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:iconquirkybrainiac:
QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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:icondesignjunkies:
designjunkies Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
This is undeniably beautiful. It feels like it's moving. This is indeed a very thicc boi.

  Worky by designjunkies   
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:iconfloridanphotographer:
FloridanPhotographer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Badass.
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:iconjianxiaodu7899:
jianxiaodu7899 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student Digital Artist
excellent!
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:icon44120ggi:
44120GGi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student Artist
Cool.
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:iconravendeviant:
Ravendeviant Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Beautiful work!  I love these guys too!
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:iconrbmagic8:
rbmagic8 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
STOP TAKING PHOTOS OF ME!!!
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:iconworld-weaver8:
World-Weaver8 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student General Artist
NOOOOO! My neck is too short, get back here wall of fishes!
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:icontuomaskoivurinne:
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018   Traditional Artist
Looks like he's sneezing and the fishies are just blown away. The ones on the foreground eyeballing back, "what the hell was that?" :)
Great work! I love this collection you did for the book.
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:icondlambeaut:
dlambeaut Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I like its skin pattern: Very appropriate in shallow waters with sandy bottom... 
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:iconkuzim:
kuzim Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student General Artist
Gorgeous, as always
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:iconthenightmarecooper:
TheNightmareCooper Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
They look kind of adorable now that I think about it.
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:iconjoshuadunlop:
JoshuaDunlop Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Just gorgeous mate!
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:iconriofluttershy:
RioFluttershy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Cool ^^
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:icongwanrox:
Gwanrox Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018   Digital Artist
truthfully I never used to care for the underwater dinosaurs. Now, as an adult, I can appreciate them :)
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:iconthewatcherofworlds:
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student
They are not dinosaurs, just ancient marine reptiles
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:icongwanrox:
Gwanrox Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018   Digital Artist
Oh sorry I was just saying it like that.
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:iconthewatcherofworlds:
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student
Thats ok.
Im only making sure.
This tends to happen.
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:icongwanrox:
Gwanrox Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018   Digital Artist
its all good haha.
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:iconvanblood:
vanBlood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018
Excellent
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:iconhannahelizabethh:
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018  Student General Artist
Cool art & cool creature:)
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