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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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VG5006's avatar
"Grrrrrrrr" said the prehistoric looking monster
VG5006's avatar
I would send an emoji but he would eat it. JK
SaxonVoter's avatar
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!
caspion161's avatar
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
FeedYourSpirit's avatar
They don't have these in the bible, therefore it must be a lie.

I kid!

Fantastic artwork, just brilliant.
RickCharlesOfficial's avatar
Oh, goodie! Another mammalian paleoartist on dA!
saphira98's avatar
very great work
Ryivhnn's avatar
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 :)
thehappyonion's avatar
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
deskridge's avatar

I've used Maya before...hated it. I've found that Sculptris and ZBrush are way better for creating organic models.
thehappyonion's avatar
haha really? we found it like that as well. Maya isn't for organic models. but good renders
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adorety's avatar
Awesome work. I do have sculptris, but have yet to try it. This is inspiring. Excellent fur.
VeeSwan's avatar
He kinda looks like a Bear-Dog-Boar! Awesome animal and you presented him beautifully!
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You're very welcome :-)
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DBRv6's avatar
Great look and render - nice sculpting of the Artocyon
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