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Building the Named - skeleton by rathacat Building the Named - skeleton by rathacat
The sculpted Ratha head needed a body. This is actually an older drawing that I modified. First I added the skull by using Photoshop to convert a photograph of the Dinaelurus illumina skull into something similar to line art. Then I cut and pasted it onto the full-body drawing. I did the same with the head itself, using a photo of the finished bust, making it into line art and then pasting it in trying to make sure that the skull matched the head. I used multiple layers and varied the opacity so that
the skull is visible through the head.

The idea behind all this is to develop a believable four-legged felinoid (nimravid) with near-human brain capacity so that it could have human-level intelligence and sapience. I didn't want it to look deformed or dorky.

This is still very much a work in progress. Comments welcome. The little bits off to the side are various eyes and ears that I tried on the figure.
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Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Very well done. I often think through things like this when worldbuilding, so it's fun to see other people do it -- especially the art which I can't do, since mine is all text.
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Good to see a sapient cat that isnt bipedal or humanoid, is all I can say.
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RHAX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Wonderful :D I'm only surprised to see that the felines are based off of nimravids! I suppose I'll have to change how I picture them. Its great to see them in shape though :D
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DiamondWolf Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
Vert nice~ The structure is wounderuflly potraid. =)
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rathacat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, guys.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Definately what I imagine when I read the books :) I love the bones in there
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UnicornReality Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup that looks very much like the cats I picture too. :)
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circuitRx Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
I'm impressed! It is very well planned, and pretty much the image that comes to mind when reading your books =D
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