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The Bull Finback and the Eel Shark by Ashere The Bull Finback and the Eel Shark by Ashere
Inspired by a series of conversations with Robert Bakker (yep) at a digsite in Seymour, Texas. He sketched out a vision of an ecosystem where dimetrodonts made a habit of dining on Xenacanthus river sharks, somewhat dangerous animals in their own right. Listening to him, it was easy to imagine the Dimetrodon gathering by drying pools and river channels, slithering down the banks and across the muddy shallows like crocodiles, pinning and shaking trapped sharks. The bull in this illustration is shaking his food item so hard he's spinning around  in the mud. His snout is scarred by the toxins from other encounters with shark spines in the past, and he bears the big jowls of an adult male  in his sexual prime (modeled, again, on Tegus.) 

Updated with a painted version. The sail isn't the most original thing in the world, but I decided to run a little further with the Tegu thing on the body coloration, which took me off in a different direction than I'd expected. The shark, as befits an animal with poisonous spines that occasionally got snacked on, bears a bit of yellow warning coloration. It doesn't appear to be working.   

I used photos of Vitali Klatt's excellent kit as inspiration. 
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well when you think about it's quite right to think they'd feast on sharks in their life time; since the form of the teeth and fossils being found near coastal regions, Paleontologists have long since theorized that Dimetrodon ate more fish than other creatures.
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Camacaw Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
I like it alot!
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zap123build Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I met Bob Bakker too! he's cool! I like his dimetrodon-related theories, great work!
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Gareth-Brent-Hughes Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
such lovely colours! striking palaeoimagery and i love the ecosystem concept 
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Ashere Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm hoping Bakker publishes something on it soon. 
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Jurassiczilla Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student Artist
Looks like one of Julius Csotonyi's Permian Murals.
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
it is fantastic :D
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is beautiful :D (Big Grin) .

You've talked to Bakker? He's wrote RAPTOR RED! That's really cool.

I like how his snout is scarred by the toxins, makes his story that much more believable.

Tell me, are you going to post more Anna O'brien art? It was a refreshingly original concept.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, he's a trip. And you might be interested to know that he's got another Raptor Red novel coming out in the next few years. Apparently it's mostly written and just needs the finishing touches put on! 

I am planning on doing more Anna O'Brien concepts! I've been very busy recently with paying work, so it's been tough to find the time, but I'm working on some fiction stories with our favorite witch, and I may be getting a website to post them on soon. In the meantime, if you're interested, you can read the first Anna O'Brien story "Wampus Mask" here: www.namelessdigest.com/2013/12…
It's a little rough, as it's the first one I wrote, but I think it still holds up pretty well. :D 
Thanks a bunch for your interest--Anna is very dear to my heart, and I'm glad someone else digs her as much as I do. 
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A NEW RAPTOR RED NOVEL? THAT IS AWESOME!!! I can't wait to read it.....
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vasix Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes I've seen Bakker's depictions of the Red Beds fauna...it was in the Texas Red Beds, right?
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep! I went up to Seymour, Texas to join a dig site. It's a ludicrously productive formation. 
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vasix Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that aside, you were able to speak to Bob Bakker!! That's a...that's awesome in itself!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Love it.
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Raptorzesty Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how the mud sticks to his right leg and right arm, very nice detail. 
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's the little things. :D
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RattlerJones Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Student Filmographer
crikey
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing piece!
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Unbelievable piece!
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, dude!
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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Arcovenator Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Wow, it stands on one foot. It's such an acrobat! XD
Very nice drawing.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You'd be surprised what a sufficiently motivated reptile can get up to--I recently saw this youtube video of an argentine tegu fighting off a larger dog and showing itself to be surprisingly maneuverable in the process. www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lqxqV…
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Arcovenator Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Wow, that's awesome!
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Sainte-Vincient Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's pretty amazing isn't he? I met him in Malta, MT at the Judith River Dinosaur Institute's field house. Had no idea he was going to be there...nearly dropped dead when he and that hat walked into the prep lab! Awesome 10 hours! 

Great drawing. Always a joy to see your work, Asher. The dynamism and story telling in your work continues to progress. Keep it up!=)
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's a character, for sure. I found him to be both a born raconteur and oddly shy, but listening to him talk was pretty electric. He has an energy that just sweeps you along when he's talking about fossils. What were you guys prepping up there? 

And thanks a lot, dude. That means a lot, coming from you. :)
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Sainte-Vincient Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He was checking out the three big JRDI Brachylophosaurus specimens; "Peanut" was still in the jacket, I think, so we didn't look at him. I was working with Nate Murphy on a possible project and went over to Malta to get up close and personal with the bones. Bob flew in for a couple days to do some work since he was consulting on the "Leo" dig and prep. 
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015   Traditional Artist
Wow.. beautiful work. So dynamic. Simple yet detailed and precise. I can but admire it.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I'm working really hard to get that nice balance between stylized and over-rendered. 
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awsomeClap  and im so jelus that you met bakker i have adired him for many years and you are lucky that you acually met him good workNod 
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! He's pretty cool. 
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah i tought so he is my hero :D
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You got to speak with Robert Bakker? Lucky!
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't I know it!
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. man, what i wouldn't give to talk to him about his research on the allosaurs of Como Bluff.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Writer
I love these. They've always been among my favourite pre-historic creatures. :)

Also, you spoke with Robert Bakker? :O
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dimetrodonts are growing on me! The more I've read about them and their paleobiology, them ore impressive I find them. 

And yeah! I was doing a story for a magazine on him and his newest dig site. Kind of a dream come true for me, as you might imagine. ;)
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Professional Writer
Definitively a very interesting creature. And they do not look bad besides.

Oh, yeah I feel you there. Basically you're doing everything someone passionate by the field can do, an article about something new, an interview with a legendary researcher, and even drawing the creatures themselves.  Congrats! I just hope things keep getting even better from now on for ya. ;)
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Trex841 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
Awesome!
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