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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!

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Given 2011-08-13
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 )
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
ogrebear Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Amazing work!

Esp the fur textures!
LiddyNotes Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Duuuuuuuddeeeee.......if only.
wulfjakal Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
i would accept my death with honor
Danipandacutie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I just love that bear he is amazing :)
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).
thespartanpenguin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
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 :)
thespartanpenguin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
defiantly deserves the dd such an epic pic
BansheeHowl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is truly epic! Totally worth the DD :3
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