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Elasmosaurus

By arvalis
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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: 
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shankar2302Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning..... to think all these fellows used to roam the earth.....Wow! 
jflaxman's avatar
The blurred fish make this even better!
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hannahelizabethhStudent General Artist
nice art :)
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shockaLocKerHobbyist General Artist
'they put on gravestone'

whos gravestone?
KarakNornClansman's avatar
The artist's gravestone: "on my gravestone."

Fine artwork. :)
Fire-Link's avatar
Awesome work. How's things going?
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Miss-TbonesHobbyist Photographer
Amazing piece of work!:clap::wow:
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HarleydaneHobbyist General Artist
Look at those chompers! I love how you've done the school of fish :)
Dragonstar1278's avatar
Pretty awesome.
Blackvegetable's avatar
Impressive! Makes me think of Edward Drinker Cope, the guy who put the Elasmosaurus' skull on it's tail!
reaper222ofdarkness's avatar
this is cool
klausiboy's avatar
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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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the details, looks so incredible!
levelupbuck5's avatar
Gorgeous, as always.
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ThePrimevalArtistHobbyist General Artist
He’s a fat man
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SaiyanstrongHobbyist General Artist
Looks wonderful.
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BulbaFriendStudent Traditional Artist
I was looking at the wrong end, thinking it was its head!
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SaiyanstrongHobbyist General Artist
It’s funny, cause that’s where it’s head was originally place!!!
kaze26's avatar
Amazing
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12CArtHobbyist Digital Artist
Applaud fella (Reactions) 
 BRAVO ! ! !
DeadCobra's avatar
Quite impressive
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notpongkongHobbyist 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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