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Diplocaulus by PrehistoryByLiam Diplocaulus by PrehistoryByLiam
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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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2019  Student General Artist
Very Cool art & animal:D
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2019  Student General Artist
Ur welcome:)
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Concavenator666 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
This animal was what first drew me into my paleontology career. I absolutely love this reconstruction of it!
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! It is certainly captivating
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DimetroDom Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Really beautiful, love the skin patterns.
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Berserker79 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Haha awesome! It's quite the unmistakable critter
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TheSaltyGrapefruit Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
he looks petable
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I hope it would want to be petted!
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c-gerisch Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  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-gerisch Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it looks like a believeable living animal. Hard to achieve with such an alien body.
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it was quite the challenge. 
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Dinopixx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Illustrate a book and I'll buy it!
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It's definitely in the future! But in the meantime: www.redbubble.com/people/liame…
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Cabbage-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want 5
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wish I had 5 to give!
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lusaphira Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Great job !
So many people didn't know that extinct animal.
It's fun to see it ^^
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wow thank you so much! I agree, it deserves way more attention considering how cool it is
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SZ0w0 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Imagine if these things were still around.
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wish they were!
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WuffyPi3 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
looks like a salamander and a sting ray put together
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh very true!
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Gleemerz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Otter meets flying squirrel hehheheh
Very cool !
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Gleemerz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
your welcome
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sp1r1tan1mals Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uwu?
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Roseprincess1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
cool beans!
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Roseprincess1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
welcome!
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RioFluttershy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
It looks like a tadpole/manta ray hybrid ^^
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh true!
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thatdrawinguy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
It’s a sentient likely slimy boobarang , I like the colours you chose for em nice work
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it
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thatdrawinguy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Not a problem
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Neiot Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
This is really cool. You're a beast at creating... er, beasts. :D
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Trendorman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful beast, makes me wish those supposed sightings of real Diplocaulus where true. 

Never know maybe something will come along and an amphibian will become something similar. 
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Convergent evolution would be awesome for such a specific shape. After all, there are some modern species of catfish that are beginning to resemble Paleozoic ostracoderm fish: i.pinimg.com/originals/46/93/b…
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work on this!
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome!

This is slightly off topic, but you've actually inspired me to try and experiment with my origami model of Diplocaulus to see whether I could modify it to show the neck membrane, and it turns out I've found a way to do that. :D I'm super happy about that! :D
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow that is awesome! Glad I could inspire a fellow creative!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't made any changes to the design in years. You have given me just the push I needed. ;)

If real life doesn't get in the way, I should be able to produce a presentable version of it over the weekend. :)
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh very exciting!
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bh1324 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
Great job in boomerang boi, damn the tail is longer than I thought it would be!
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