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Dorudon Atrox Restored by TheDragonofDoom Dorudon Atrox Restored by TheDragonofDoom
Here's the restored dorudon atrox that is a part of my "Evolution of Toothed Whales" series. Now we're starting to see the transition to a more whale figure.

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Hi, Its Sid, again.

I love the coloring of the Dorudon, it is unique, it is eye catching and has a the texture of the skin really shows a shiny complexion of an aquatic mammal.

But then, there is the face. I am not saying that I know what dorudon looked like in the past, OR that I am any expert in whale physiology. But the problem is that it still looks like a mosasaur mimic. When I google dorudon or other prehistoric whales, I get fairly similar depictions of the whale with this toothy image.

In the end, I suppose that I am complaining about the uniqueness of the shape of the body. I feel you need to experiment more with the flesh and skin of this animal. To give you a bit of ideas, take the dolphin. Bone for bone, the skulls of these two whales look really similar, yet the dolphin has a round bump that continues over its head until it gives a small snout in the lovable creature we love today. Sure, the family resemblence is there, but it is alienated by the lack of similarity in the heads. Would a dorudon look that drastically different?
Try adding that same bump. It looks much more unique and calls to attention "HEY! That's a WHALE!"

At this point, I have full faith in your drawing capabilities. You clearly demonstrate excellence in all aspects of it. But when creating a unique piece, try to look back at other works that have your subject and think what makes your work different?
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kingrexy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's got awesome coloration on it! But for accuracy purposes, which your work is, the guy is inaccurate. It's known now that these ancient whales had blubber on them and weren't shrink-wrapped like the old lizard reconstructions.
It's also speculated that they were more like modern day dolphins and whales in coloration for counter shading. You might be outdated on this matter so I thought I tell you.
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
great work :)
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asari13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
looks great, cool colours :D
i have recently see something about ancient whales that might change how they look in paleo art
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