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Smilodon Fatalis by balaa Smilodon Fatalis by balaa
Pathfinder Website, check them out. The project is set to debut at Anthrocon 2007.



This is a piece done for an upcoming card project titled "PATHFINDERS: The Animal Totem Deck". I have two assigned cards for the deck, needless to say I was giddy as a child in a toy store when I found out one was the saber toothed cat. I don't know why I never thought to paint them myself but this was a GREAT excuse to do so for the first time.

I tried some new fur techniques on this piece, which may or may have not payed off. The overall piece was enjoyable but tedious to do. I took some different approaches with the eyes, modelling them sooommewhat after some human eye photos I saw that inspired me. I loved the black flecks in the eyes and wanted to make the Smilodon's eye both reminiscent of present day lions as well as having a quality of that which no longer exists. Again not sure how well it payed off, but they were fun to play with just the same.

I could probably work on this piece forever perfecting minor flaws here, there, and everywhere, but I just can't look at it anymore..and I need to move on to my other unfinished pieces and the ideas bubbling around in my head furiously.

Tools: open canvas for sketch, ps for finished piece
Time: ???????
Prints: yes
Size: 18x24 inches at 200 dpi.
watermark: Yes, especially since this piece is to be published. Sorry folks,as much as I LOATHE watermarking my work, just really don't want it taken by sticky hands.

*** Please respect the time and effort put into the piece and full view. Thank you! :heart:***
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Shanglon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
This mother seems ready to attack or ram in a moment considering how she is looking at the potential threat. I love her look, the fur is so realistic you can caress it with your eyes. I notice she has some old scars on her muzzle. This means she experienced past fights. Maybe she was protecting her cub or even previous cubs from old pregnancies. The cub is too adorable. You can see the innocence and naive nature on his/her eyes. Awesome job!
Haninangel123 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
SO CUTE !!!!!!!
NataliKla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it! amazing kitty :heart:
josephhutchison Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Zoologylover Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
A beautiful work of art. You possess generous amounts of talent, my friend.
IsabelleAuditore Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, really beautiful. These eyes... so real <3
GoldDawn12 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome *-* It looks like photo *-*
ShadowFire102 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Artist
I really like this peace. I can tell how much effort you put into it. I also like the look the bigger smilodon is making. just as a recommendation for when you do another piece with fur. the areas that are closest to the viewer should have the detail that you are giving. but as it becomes more foreshortened the detail should become less and less. this helps the foreshortening to become more effective. i dont know if you tried to do this but just keep it in thought for next time. still a great pick :D
Jei-Dinofelini Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
so you are the artist  of this masterpiece
I have seen this drawing so manny times in the past.
and now I finallly know that you are the owner of it

Its amazing
just flawless!
ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
woodsss Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
this is probably the most accurate picture of the smilodon i have seen.I love it<3
finnberry527 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
You are a professional artist!Cutie Thumbs Up 
Jinxiwillow Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Wonderfully executed by you. I find that your technique is gratifing to look at for the species. My favorite species are sabertooth, Smilodon's, so this picture is simply a must have to favy. Thank you for sharing it with all of us here at DA. and to those whom think stealing is funny or a joke or what ever, remember there are those of us here at DA who will report you, to the Artist, so remember Balaa's work is watermarked, you sticky finger people!
alathena2 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so beautiful
Gigadino96 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Awwww so cute :3
AuroraDragon2272 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SnowyDog Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
You should be a lead character artist for Dream Works or Disney.
delvallejoel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
My favorite prehistoric feline since in the Pleistocene era, the fabled Saber tooth Cat; Smilodon.
Kalhyra Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Beautiful *o*
Eyes ♥
ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
This is the most beautifull work of the plestiocene ever!! allthough SMILODON FATALIS was said not to be a tiger; we never really know till we find every last specimen of the era~ either way I have this posted up as my screen savor it is so AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWSUM! aloha from kauaii
DanteSmilodon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
An extremely awesome piece; I don't say this often, but I just got no words to describe this :love:

By the way, this was uploaded on March 2006, did you decide to make this inspired by the upcoming release of Ice Age 2?

Wonderful piece of digital art again :)
erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
So beautiful<3 The eyes look so realistic, lions are today's present smilodons:) As lions are nuturing parents the smilodon would have been too. I like how you've shown this, excellent work!
AllosaurusLover Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Big Cats are always thought of as icons killing machines, but not as caring parents. Very good job.
Vitor-Silva Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional
Smilodons are always portrayed hunting, roaring, fighting and killing. I loved how you avoid it and made that amazing, peaceful composition! Very beautiful, as your entire work!
balaa Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I enjoy capturing candid moments in the lives of animals, moments that otherwise are everyday when the animals are in repose or at rest. For me personzlly such images of animals are always more captivating than intense imgery of hunting or snarling. But that's just me. Thank you for the comment on this old piece, reminds me I need to revisit prehistoric cats with the benefit of new skills aquired since this piece!
Vitor-Silva Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional
Eirieiko Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
This is beautiful
p-leo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Grat picture. I just love it !
Feb-Gaara Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
L-Julia-L Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Amazing
Colorfulmoongato Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zebraa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Very well done!
moonlight788v8u9 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
i love your art it is some of the best
caitlinstevens180 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg!! i will never, ever come even close to wat you make...
Mihin89 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Good work!
dragonlove12345 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That is so perfect
ThisNameWasntTaken12 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
WolfLover42 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is soooo beautiful!!! I would buy the print in a heartbeat but I haz no moneyz... :sad: Either way, I so LOVE THIS!! FAV!
BlasianWolfJean Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
she looks so cuddly! I wanna give her a hug, but not for real XD
Balto333 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Smilodons! The paint is very beutifull.
nakutawolf Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Are you sure this isnt a photograph?
SufferinginSilence Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your talent with color and proportion is just amazing. The structure of the face is perfect, and the fur does look great, so no worries! Fav!
Faithodon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
love this!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Davigurl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Wonderfull :)
PearlEvil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student General Artist
This is abbsolutly amazing! Great work! And such buety and cutness!
nakutawolf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
wow are you sure this isnt a photograph? :P
Goldenfeatherkid Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Only thing I found a little bit buggin' in this picture was the smallest thing on earth - a little bit freak nose of little cat. It is too curved on one side, but otherwise the picture is a neat, clean, and the look on the adult cat's face is stunning and making me want to zoooooooooom and watch for hours those close-up animals with wide-angle lens.
EightSixEightSeven Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Magnificent. Quite, quite exquisite.
abusadiq Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Great :rose:
anovelofdeath Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Considering that these creatures are extinct this is remarkable, its hard working without references, and so I immediatly gave you a :+fav:
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