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sabertooth by Dinomaniac sabertooth by Dinomaniac
The sabertooth, Smilodon fatalis.
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Undead567 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's gorgeous! I wish the resolution was higher though 
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Philoceratops Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful portrait of my state fossil, Ville!
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SamBiswas95 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 27, 2018  Hobbyist
Why is smilodon looks more like a lion. Every time I see a reconstruction of smilodon it always look like either a tiger, lion, or a puma but with large teeth. smilodon is even not part of any of modern feline family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machairo…

So I suppose the colours and physical appearance was much different from any another cat species. In case if you want to make an update version then I suggest if you look into this link. it tells what the fur would actually look like if it is still around.  Anyway, the despite inaccuracy, I really love your artwork. 
phenomena.nationalgeographic.c…
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Edited Apr 28, 2018

Did you read the blog you linked?


Smilodon may have worn more subdued hues like the modern mountain lions that live in southern California today, or perhaps it was decked in solid spots much like the cheetah, serval, black-footed cat trio in Africa. ”


So plain coloration without significant spot pattern, like that of a puma, is equally likely as that of solid spot pattern. Hues really don't matter as most mammals are colorblind. It really is the tonal values and patterning of those tonal values that make the difference.


As it turns out I was very well aware of this while I was working on this piece. Since both were an option I went with plain coat pattern mostly artistic reasons. I wanted to give the viewer a clear idea of the form of the Smilodon and how different it was. Even with coat pattern similar to living lions this animal is clearly not a lion. That's what I wanted to get across to the viewer.


I also wanted to keep the focal point strong and in the facial area and found that giving it spots would serve as a visual distraction obscuring the very aspects I wanted to achieve.

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SamBiswas95 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Hobbyist
Oh right sorry, I kind of misread the colours.
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CameronDillon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Wow! This is incredible!
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
Thanks Cameron!! :)
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CameronDillon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
You're welcome!!
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CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Professional General Artist
Amazing work!
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
Thanks! :D
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Student General Artist
Love this so much! Love art that can make an extinct animal look like it's sitting right in front of you. Awesome job.
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
thank you! :)
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TheTerritorialTrike Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Absolutely spectacular!
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Thankyou! :)
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TheTerritorialTrike Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018
You're welcome.
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PaleoSketchOnYoutube Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love it!
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Thanks! :)
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tpallier Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely detailed artwork / well done 👍
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Thank you tpallier :)
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Cyansky95 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely facial structure and subtle tones in the fur!
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Oh thankyou! Was sort of afraid I might have gone bit too subtle with fur. Glad you like it :)
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MisterBug Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Great artwork!
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Thanks!!
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nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Absolutely gorgeous!
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Cheers Neko :)
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I love the faint spots. Very majestic, very realistic.
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Thanks!!! :)
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ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
very good work
love the volume in the skin and fur
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Thanks man. Been a while, I hope your doing well :)
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CarrionCorvid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the way she looks!
I do suggest covering he teeth though.
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
Thanks. On the lip issue you can read my thoughts on that in the comment section of the blog post that started all this at antediluviansalad.blogspot.fi/…

Short version is that there is absolutely nothing that would support the hypothesis that Duane Nash proposed.
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CarrionCorvid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually imagine them with the teeth covered up by the chin.
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
I suspect that would be the case with Machairodonts that have more moderate canines. I'm quite convinced that Homotheriums canines were not visible when the mouth was closed. However the case for the smilodon is clearly different. I suspect what would have happened through ontogney is that when the canines grew they pushed in to the lower lip tissue and as this went along the lip tissue would adapt with canine first making a dimple to the lower lip (as it does in many living carnivorans) and then just pushing past the lip, leaving sort of droop to the lower lip, but not a fleshy pocket that would cover the canines.
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I’ve done an in depth discussion as to why there wouldn’t be lions on Smilodon, I’ll have to send it over to you, but in short: there isn’t enough foramina on the maxilla and lower jaw to support extensive jowls. Adding those would also be against basic feline anatomy, which all cats follow.
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