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Diplocaulus
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Published: November 2, 2018
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My completed reconstruction of the iconic boomerang-headed Permian amphibian, Diplocaulus magnicornis. I have always had a fascination with this animal and I was very excited to take this morphological oddity on. Because of its wide, flattened head and my addition of a somewhat speculative membrane anchored at the skull corners, this was compositionally a challenge as no one view can show all the facets of its anatomy. I chose three that give the viewer a general idea of its overall body shape - the main image depicts a Diplocaulus in action (swimming), just in the process of turning its head downward to investigate a potential food item. To the bottom left is the ventral aspect, showing the extent of the skin membrane and the positioning of the proportionally tiny limbs (see this view magnified here: www.deviantart.com/prehistoryb…). Finally the portrait at the top shows the flattened shape of the head, as well as the dorsal positioning of the eyes and a more detailed take on its skin texture. 
For the texture of the skin (and the resulting lighting), the coloration and overall appearance I researched extant amphibians, particularly newts and salamanders for their presumably similar ecologies. I am very happy with this as a whole, and am now less scared of tackling textures I haven't worked on before digitally (which I admit was worried about before starting this piece). 
Also just to note: If you're wondering what I changed from my first WIP (www.deviantart.com/prehistoryb…), I changed the lighting to look more even/spread out and overall brighter. I also thickened the tail so it looked less squirrel-like. 
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kalfatos's avatar
As usual great work! But I think there is a typo in the Temporal Range description it should read MYA after the number of years and not YA
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hannahelizabethhEdited |Student General Artist
Very Cool art & animal:D
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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hannahelizabethh|Student General Artist
Ur welcome:)
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Concavenator666's avatar
This animal was what first drew me into my paleontology career. I absolutely love this reconstruction of it!
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! It is certainly captivating
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DimetroDom|Student Traditional Artist
Really beautiful, love the skin patterns.
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Berserker79's avatar
Oh, I remember seeing this creature on an illustrated prehistory encyclopedia so many years ago! Your reconstruction is really great looking and I immediately recognized Diplocaulus. :clap:
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Haha awesome! It's quite the unmistakable critter
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TheSaltyGrapefruit|Hobbyist General Artist
he looks petable
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
I hope it would want to be petted!
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c-gerischEdited |Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great picture! I love how you managed to connect the head to the body. It looks really organic. Also the different cross-sections of the body parts are well captured.
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I really wanted to give it that organic, sinuous look almost to contrast the more "abrupt" typical reconstructions you see.
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c-gerischEdited |Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it looks like a believeable living animal. Hard to achieve with such an alien body.
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it was quite the challenge. 
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Illustrate a book and I'll buy it!
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
It's definitely in the future! But in the meantime: www.redbubble.com/people/liame…
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Cabbage-Arts|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want 5
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Wish I had 5 to give!
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lusaphira's avatar
Great job !
So many people didn't know that extinct animal.
It's fun to see it ^^
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Wow thank you so much! I agree, it deserves way more attention considering how cool it is
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SZ0w0Edited |Student General Artist
Thats hot. 
Really hot
uw u i would fuck one


beastiality aside this is a great drawing and looks very realistic to me

look at that face tho  His Smol Littl Face by SZ0w0  
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MisterMerveille's avatar
Imagine if these things were still around.
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