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A tail is a characteristic that I feel clearly represents the majority of the animal kingdom. With few exceptions, nearly all other creatures have a tail in one form or another. Developmentally, all human embryos have tails which, for the vast majority of the population, are gone by birth.

I consider the back and spine to be one of the most aesthetically beautiful parts of the human body. In this piece, I tried to preserve that beauty despite the obvious addition of a tail. This piece was an experiment. When I took the stock photo, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. It took me several months, however, to muster up enough patience and time to sit down and try to build a tail. I had initially set out to build a thick, reptilian-style tail but as I drew the initial shape, I felt a smaller, thinner mammalian style tail would blend in more naturally with the model's physique. The most difficult part was matching the lighting but I feel like it ended up looking pretty natural…for a tail anyway.

I also pointed the model's ear and made other minor modifications. Expect minor revisions.

Manipulated with Photoshop 7.0.

Stock photography from my personal collection.

***Update***

Several people have pointed out that the tail was positioned too high on the model's back. This is something that I was aware of when I posted the image. My rationale, other than the fact that this image is an experiment, was that clothing covers the actual end of the model's spine, where a tail would sprout. Despite this, however, I have managed to lower the tail as much as possible and am overall pleased with the results.

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iloveanimalhumanporn's avatar
I bet you it smells like musk under their if she don't shower you can tell it forms their from the skin folds under her tail
TwistedPickle's avatar
Do you know that a small percentage of women with RH-negative blood, have small vestigial tails & an extra vertebrae in the neck?  Cool stuff!
lessthanhuman's avatar
I did not know that. Thanks for sharing!
Luna6294's avatar
I wish I had a tail just like this
PebbleStep's avatar
Pretty weird, but cool! Saw this on youtube. #4 on this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLipJY…
Pumpkin-Queeny's avatar
This looks amazing!
But does any body else has to think about Orphan Black?
Becouse Olivier Duval had one in the series...
Jesagon's avatar
I like it.
I used to wonder what it would be like to have a tale when I was younger. I might have always thought of it as a furred tail, but I wouldn't mind something like this if I had been born with it.
alas, I was not and shall keep living without a tail of my own. either way, I hope your inspiration stays in the future too.
Safeunderdark's avatar
I think it's amazing.. it looks so simple and yet complex. the shear detail makes it staggering and could be somewhat disturbing in some perspective ..

But:
The beauty of it is overwhelming..  the ears and the spine are highly detailed -lol- , no pun intended,  but  for some reason I always end up with tail..
OMG.. it just struck me, you have to have 'the tail' for detail, so this might be more appropriate than I ever realised.

We always tell tales, look at details, so why did we lose out tails ? 
haha, this is so weird thinking about this..

Yea, we still have a tailbone, so why should this not be possible ?
I'm  keeping an open mind about this, I think this is wonderful, and a very good and honest way of portraying her.
I love this to bits :heart:  I really do

Thanks for sharing!  


 
That's just plain weird
artisticwonder24's avatar
Just plain beautiful :).
Funkchen-Sparky's avatar
I've always wanted a tail
DavidEMartin's avatar
Anyone else mention the Scandinavian film THALE ?  Two guys cleaning up a old house discover a tailed woman living there.
okay21's avatar
wow, people actually think this is disturbing? i think it looks pretty cool.
DevLukeAnderson's avatar
That is disgusting.

Where did you get the idea for that?
:eyebrow: 
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bugsbunny143's avatar
Gags sorry this stuff make me gag
DonNeedNoStinkinNorm's avatar
Oh Shit, My Bad. Rewrite:
My Dear "lessthanhuman" stet rest.
DonNeedNoStinkinNorm's avatar
My Dear "Devolution";
Your work is Exquisite, Incredibly Beautiful, and Deeply Erotic, in the very Best Sense. A favorite Oscar Wilde Quote suggesting itself: "Be Yourself, everyone else is Taken"

Such "several people" who critique the tail position, really need to get a Life, and stop burbling Nonsense. Suggested Reading? A few days spent with the works of ERASMUS Darwin on Species Variation, though I doubt they would understand it, and even if they did? One of the hardest things to Kill is an ill-founded, or borrowed, Opinion. cite? me.

And yet, there is always, Thank God, someone out there who really DOES want to know whether, in fact, he really Believes what he Thinks, and says. Thus would I recommend, to them (not presuming you to have not already done so) a full reading of Jaques Barzun, recently Deceased, Literary and Art Critic Extraordinaire. The Culture We Deserve". Get's a bit Cranky at times, but you will see why. Just as good? Robert Hughes, "The Shock of The New". Drilled into me at a New England Prep School as shall not be named...:))

www.amazon.com/The-Shock-New-R…


Last, your work is almost indescribably Elegant, and Exciting, at least to me, for whatever the opinion of someone with Doctorates in Law, Physics, and Art (Theology, impenetrable) The Rest of it your critics well intentioned and yet misplaced Critique? How does one say " CRAPOLA" In Latin:))? 

I am done. Will now try to figure out how the Hell one does a Tribute in this system, as you so clearly deserve.

God Bless, Keep it Up!
lessthanhuman's avatar
Thank you for the well crafted and sincere comment and for the kind contribution. I really do appreciate the support and recognition of my artwork!
mangaga's avatar
Trying to decide if this is cool or disturbing. Or maybe being disturbing makes it cool? 
filipeoliveira's avatar
AMAZING WORK !!!!!
Can you take a look in my Cinderella drawing in a realistic version
filipeoliveira.deviantart.com/…
Bonniebear98's avatar
There have been actual cases where a child has been born with a tail
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