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Arctocyon by deskridge Arctocyon by deskridge
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The latest in my paleoart series is the Arctocyon. Its name means "bear dog" though neither bears nor dogs are that closely related to it. Don't confuse it with Amphicyon which is much more closely related to dogs and bears and is also called a bear-dog (though it's name actually mean 'ambiguous dog').

Arctocyon was about the side of a medium to large dog. It lived during the Paleocene and early Eocene in North America. It was likely an omnivore. Being plantigrade with short legs, it was likely an ambush predator, perhaps one of the first larger mammal predators to fill the niche left by the mass-extintion that wiped out so many dinosaurs.

I gave him a mane mostly because I thought it made him look a little cooler, there is no evidence to suggest they had manes. The back leg closest to the viewer is on the ball of his foot because his weight is shifted forward. In a neutral stance, his heel would be on the ground.

The usual disclaimer about my paleoart: When it comes to paleoart, the images I create favor 'art' more than 'paleo'. While I try my best to depict animals as accurately as possible, I'm make no claim that they 100% scientifically accurate. The same goes for the environment I depict them in. I am primarily interested in creating aesthetically pleasing images. Scientific accuracy comes second.

I sculpted the arctocyon in Sculptris. I then transferred it to ZBrush where I textured it, posed it, and added the mane. Next I transferred it to Vue where I built the rest of the scene. Final rendering was done in Vue 9 and took about 36 hours on an Intel I5 2.8 GHz with 8 GB of RAM. Post production was done in GIMP.
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:iconvg5006:
VG5006 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
"Grrrrrrrr" said the prehistoric looking monster
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deskridge Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016   Digital Artist
:D
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VG5006 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I would send an emoji but he would eat it. JK
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SaxonVoter Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Student
You're super talented. I'm using this as inspiration for some "new" species for my novel project, it's going to be a mix of sci-fi and fantasy. Gonna check out your other artwork too!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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caspion161 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
cool altough the range is actually more then only north america i think they also lived in europe but cool the bear of the paleocene
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FeedYourSpirit Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They don't have these in the bible, therefore it must be a lie.

I kid!

Fantastic artwork, just brilliant.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013   Digital Artist
:D
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, goodie! Another mammalian paleoartist on dA!
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deskridge Featured By Owner May 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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saphira98 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
very great work
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm finding the rock texture particularly interesting. It's so marbley! This looks a bit taxidermic, like something you'd see in a museum in one of those cool diorama things. Would love to give it a hug but would probably get spiked on the fur, it looks very stiff and bristley :)
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thehappyonion Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow sir, our computer's specs are almost the same and yet you model so well. I'm not practicing sadly because i'm so in to vector art xP The software I use is Maya thought. But seeing your works, you really have inspired my haha
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!

I've used Maya before...hated it. I've found that Sculptris and ZBrush are way better for creating organic models.
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thehappyonion Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
haha really? we found it like that as well. Maya isn't for organic models. but good renders
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
excellent!!
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adorety Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work. I do have sculptris, but have yet to try it. This is inspiring. Excellent fur.
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He kinda looks like a Bear-Dog-Boar! Awesome animal and you presented him beautifully!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome :-)
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That ...is....FANTASTIC!!!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Great look and render - nice sculpting of the Artocyon
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AelarethElennar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work again! The fur looks superb. :D
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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orinoor Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Your modeling is getting really good, what a great looking scene!!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheArt0fMe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Fantastic! :clap:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheArt0fMe Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
You're welcome!
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Eidolon1 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That mane makes the beast. Makes me wonder what some mammal like reptiles would look like all furred up like that.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Eidolon1 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's a beast. Wow!
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ChasingShadowsPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Photographer
Great job as usual! :D
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow sweetie. this turned out wonderful as always :heart:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mammals still have a ways to go before they take over from the dinosaurs... but basic forms like these hold promise.

Nice job here!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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K-raven Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D :D look great! nice done
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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riotgirlckb Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow this is really kool, well done :D
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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riotgirlckb Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome :D
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Sculptitude7 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Very nice work. I've always liked the ancient mammals as much or more than dinos.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes, when it comes to paleoart, dinosaurs do get a bit too much of the spotlight IMHO.
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
me likey
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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