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Lycaenops by deskridge Lycaenops by deskridge
Here is another creature that looks like it could come from an alien world. Of course, it is no imaginary extraterrestrial. It was once a real creature that walked the earth over 200 million years ago and predated the dinosaurs, and he’s the next critter in my paleoart series.

This is Lycaenops. His name means “wolf face” – though he doesn’t really look much like a wolf in the face to me. However, he was indeed about the size of a wolf. Lycaenops was a member of the Therapsids, an order that includes the ancestors of mammals. He probably munched on smaller reptiles and was apparently pretty fast on his feet, which gave him a great advantage as a predator. He might have been furry as this picture depicts, or he may have still have sported a lizard skin. I prefer the furry version as it makes for a nice artwork, though the jaguar-like coat is possible a bit of a stretch.

This is a brand new model by Dinoraul. I don’t usually get that “must have now” feeling when it comes to 3D models, but I certainly couldn’t wait to pick this one up. It’s just too cool looking. You’ll probably be seeing more of him in my art. I posed him using Poser, then imported him into Vue where I constructed the rest of the scene. Final rendering was done in Vue and took about 30 hours (most of the time was spent on the background clouds). Post production was done using Gimp.
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Cool. I like the clouded leopard color scheme.
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:iconwretchedthelycaenops:
Looks badass and scientifically accurate, Lycaenops is my favourite animal. Great job.
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warnett Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
Love the leopard print pattern.  It really works for it.
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Misfit-a-saurus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the fur design and leopard pattern!
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MarinaMAM Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:Fury daddy! :heart:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015   Digital Artist
:D
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
really nice
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Xoris Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
So beautiful. You did a great job on this Lycaenops. Especially the fur- maybe they looked so, hehe. Clap 
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deskridge Featured By Owner May 28, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Shadowstyle143 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Vary nice
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Shadowstyle143 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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SuperStormtrooper501 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome bro!
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Rammcutegirl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hm This is look like a big kitty
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lollipop3455555555 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
sorry but dinosaur dont have hunt Lycaenops... dinosaurs appear twenty million years after Lycaenops's extinction.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm sorry, perhaps the translation comes through wrong. I say in the description that it "predated the dinosaurs". The definition of predate is 'to come before'. It is not 'to hunt'.
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shift1085 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
i love this! it looks very realistic, as though you just went out and took a photograph of one. :D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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lollipop3455555555 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
The Lycaenops DONT hunt dinosaurs and Lycaenops DONT have exist about 200 millions years ago. The Lycaenops extinct 250 million years ago, before the FIRST dinosaur hve exist. But good work! I'm still angry that some people mix dinosaurs and mammalians reptiles.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Not sure what you mean by this comment. Perhaps you are misread the word 'predated'?
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deathmango Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
How awesomely fun! Great background and lighting. Wow.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Marmot-of-Doom Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this!! This looks so realistic!! The Jaguar Coat goes really well with those guys, although this lets suggest that they hunted in dense forests, is it known in what kind of habitat they lived?
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deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! I couldn't anything about the Lycaenops habitat. Being from a time pre-dinosaur, perhaps nothing is really known.
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gjr888 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesomeness!!
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TheBigB Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Wow, that's one cool creature. Great work, you're doing post work for the fur right?
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes, fur renders horribly, so I almost always have to spend an hour or two in GIMP fixing it.
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Deaddo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm time-traveling! ...I love early mammals; they look stranger than dinosaurs!
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SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student
Actually lycaenops wasn't a mammal, it belong to a class of an early mammal like reptiles called therapsids.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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b-j-oshea Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably how I will see Lycaenops from now on lol. Really well done, and I love the pattern on the fur. Reminds me of a picture I've seen of Cynognathus once (it had stripes on its fur), but it was traditional.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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b-j-oshea Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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magicclam Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely not something I would want to encounter in a forest. :|

Great pose and environment. The haze gives it some nice depth.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Frank-Lode Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow. Beautiful!!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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jrmalone Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did I miss this?! This creature is so cool! Now I know where they got the idea for Chester Cheetah! ;) Awesome scene bud!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011   Digital Artist
Huh? Now that you mention, he definitely does have the Chester cheetah look.
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asassion11 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesum work..!!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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asassion11 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
no probs.I liked ur work..its awsum
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Centrosaurus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
BEST LYCAENOPS EVER! 0_0
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deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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indigonight87 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Very imagnative, I love it!
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deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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indigonight87 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
You are most welcome!
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
As usual wonderful work, I like the fuzzy version too! ^_^
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deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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