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Wrath of the Great Bear by Art-of-Sekhmet Wrath of the Great Bear by Art-of-Sekhmet
Edit: Wow, a DD! Thank you! :) Thank you everyone for your comments and favorites aswell!
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First off this did indeed take me an embarrassingly huge amount of time. Definitely over 50-60 hours in the least.. It is also my first full digital illustration. I had this urge to make an image that is more dynamic and detailed after having been stuck making pinups for several months. I decided to color this digitally because 1. I want to learn how to do it properly, 2. traditional rarely prints as nice as digital in my experience.

This is my Rare 2011 calendar submission. My beast was the prehistoric short faced bear. I decided to make him battling a north American cave lion, the second largest carnivore (ok, the bear might have been an omnivore-but some studies suggest it might have been more carnivorous) of that time period after the short faced bear. The lion seems to have stumbled in the bear's territory--uh oh.

I chose to give the bear a more toned build since the short faced bear had longer limbs. The real short faced bear stood over 11 feet tall when standing upright and over 5 ft at the shoulder when on all fours.. Badass carnivore right there :D –so I had to adorn him with dire wolf skulls, pelts, and sabertooth claws and fangs. His markings are spectacle bear inspired, since it is it's closest living relative. The background is intentionally painterly in order to put the beasts in focus.

I learned a lot from this piece for sure-there are many things id like to go back and fix but I gotta move on to the next project!

BUY THE CALENDAR HERE [link]
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Wrath of the Great Bear by ~Art-of-Sekhmet is an epic battle filled with amazing details, colors, and energy. ( Suggested by Astralseed and Featured by Nyiana-sama )
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Amazing work!

Esp the fur textures!
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LiddyNotes Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Duuuuuuuddeeeee.......if only.
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wulfjakal Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
i would accept my death with honor
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Danipandacutie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I just love that bear he is amazing :)
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Themasteroflol Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Wow that is great! I love the way the background is surounding the character's! By the way, if you were to give the species of that bear a name, please choose ursus sapien (the thinking bear).
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thespartanpenguin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
SO AWESOME
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osmanassem Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional
OMG awesome drawing. i like your style of drawing and painting. and all digital thats so amazing. keep up the hard work :)
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thespartanpenguin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
defiantly deserves the dd such an epic pic
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BansheeHowl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
This is truly epic! Totally worth the DD :3
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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HavickTheLion Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
realy cool
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoah. Just whoah.

Absolutely amazing. I love your use of lines here, since they're, as you said, "painterly." The radiating lines really do give some nice focus to the altercation going on right in the center. I also really enjoy the overall hue of this piece. The pinks and purples are surprisingly fitting for such a violent scene. Excellent work, and congrats on the DD! :)
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Art-of-Sekhmet Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :)))
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GWolfG Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
awesome details^^
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Darkredmoonstore Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
war of lions and bears
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ShadowSinth Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow nice! the backround is just as amazing!
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SlavicWolf Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks more like th e cover of a book. I like it.
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Radicaun Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Those fuzzy animals are wearing fur! :iconpetaplz: Shame on them! :iconscoldplz:
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just incredible! I'm left speechless!
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b-anon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
better to take 50-60 hours and have it come out fantastic, than to compromise and have it be visibly flawed and/or disappointing right?

I could see if you are doing a drawing for a flat rate and it takes a lot of time to do, after a while you'd be earning less than your time was worth, but for something you really care about: 'take your time & do it right,' we say that at my work.
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Kick-ass~! :headbang:
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inuki2kami Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
amazing!
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Nikira12 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The details.

THE DETAILS.

Oh my god congratulations on a well-earned DD. The details in this are just phenomenal, especially on the characters. :heart:

The clouds are bugging me for some reason. I love the color choices, but how they lay in the sky seems like they are stacked on top of each other like a sandwich, rather than layered across the sky. D: But it's just my little nitpick and you can ignore it if you wish. :)
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XLR8OR1344 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Run, little kitty, run!
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cyang908 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow O_o, nice detail!
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auraknight90 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Writer
Badass
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just-a-user Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
epic battle.. the bear will surely win :D
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aniwablue Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, awesome! So great!
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And the immobile is pummeled by the unstoppable. This is a great, classy piece of anthro you have here. People normally seem to have a more difficult time with bears for some reason, but this came out beautifully.
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Mystic-Cheetah Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
O_O So beautiful and eye/jaw-dropping. Again, the level of detail is just so gorgeous. From the water spray and the clouds to the snow patterns on the trees and the fur weave on both animals, you manage to create a scene that provides something new in every pixel.
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Boriak Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Excellent work. I can feel the violence radiating from it.
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CelestialWyvern Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
epic concept of an epic battle of epicness lol. . .did I wear out the word epic yet? xD jk any who I love it, however, the feline's fur loin cloth should be a different color because it blends to much with the characters actual fur. I dont know if thats how you intended it to be but I think if you just tint it ever so slightly it would make a big difference, other than that :heart: it!
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MechaRidley Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Awesome piece of work!!!
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SenseiMorokun Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Whoa! That's intense!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ohhey, congratulations! ^^
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ChromaColors Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
I doubt that the fur and hide of the bear will defend against the spear!
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Birdie121 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Normally I don't really care for antro, but this is just amazing! The detail and poses are fantastic. Congrats on the DD!
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Vallie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
At long last Smokey finds his long lost rival whom had killed his entire family in a premeditated forest fire.
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faster-by-choice Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, it's one of these types of pieces that make me remember why I love anthro art...all the details here are amazing, and I especially like the action between the characters. Plus, their decorations are well done too. Those 50-60 hours of work were worth it for this piece!
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CrumblesOfPeace Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
O_o
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is epically composed. Love all the detail in the fur and the clouds.
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ReygarFaust Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nice!
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Thalla Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Great work!
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Wilder78 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Very nice! :)
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StrongBear Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Very cool.
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lionrunestudios Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wow. this is something different O_O
great artwork indeed!
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AlexVSharp Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice effect with the clouds twirling around the pike. And the distorted perspective. Very dramatic. :thumbsup:

From a logical point of view, it's odd that the lion raised his spear like that at an opponent so close. :shrug:
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liger0schnider Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Looks brutal!

Cheers
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Art-of-Sekhmet Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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