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Tyrannosaurus Scale by Harry-the-Fox
Tyrannosaurus Scale
Finally back and had some time to work again!
To celebrate I wanted to revisit some of my old concepts and redo them more professionally.
The first in the series is my old favourite, Tyrannosaurus Rex!

What you see here is an extremely accurate depiction (referring precisely to accurate skeletal reconstructions- mostly side-shots in museums) and scale (using a custom ruler measuring in meters) of Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The skull is precisely 1.5m and the overall animal precisely 12m. Standing next to it is an exact 1.8m human (used as the template to program the ruler).

Some interesting facts:
*The statement about the size of the T-Rex relative to terrestrial therapods is true. Experts have calculated the weight of Tyrannosaurus Rex and  Giganotosaurus carolinii, with varying results describing either creature as being the heaviest (and consequently, largest). It should be noted that Giganotosaurus has greater length but a narrower, sleeker body than T-Rex. In other words, one is elongated and sleek, the other short and stocky; but almost the same size- making these calculations difficult. Spinosaurus aegyptiacus was substantially larger than either animal- but has recently been discovered to be the first known (semi) aquatic dinosaur- so it technically isn't a 'terrestrial' theropod per se.

-Contrary to long-held myths, T-Rex's arms were far from weak or useless. Investigation of the bones suggested extreme musculature likely to exert considerable strength. (My guess is it would use these to support its body when lying down to sleep or rest). As a result, rather than follow the depiction of scrawny dessicated arms, I have depicted them with more substantial bulk. Similarly, it had extremely potent jaws inflicting the heaviest bite of any land-animal ever known- more than powerful enough to break bone (further aided by thick, serrated pickaxe-shaped teeth).

-Despite growing to a similar size as a modern African Bush Elephant (image coming soon), Tyrannosaurus, like many other dinosaurs had hollow bones and would have hugely reduced its weight. Despite being hollow, these bones were extremely strong and sturdy- and unlikely to have impeded its strength at all. In other words, it would have been much lighter on its feet than it looks (and unlikely to have been a slow, awkward creature as occasionally depicted- adding further discredit to the theory- elephants, rhinos and hippos can run extremely fast too!)

-Digressing a bit- many people don't realize that modern elephants are actually very hairy animals- merely the hairs become more sparse between exposed skin as the elephant grows (this is because larger animals have more surface area to absorb heat, and thus have less use for insulating hair or feathers). Many scientists have proposed a similar model of growth for T-Rex, particularly as evidence indicates the Tyrannosauroid family was heavily feathered- yet skin fossils of T-Rex itself indicated bare (scaly) skin. Thus, I depicted an animal that had both- or, simply had the same answer as an elephant, with thick, sparse quills poking out its back and sides.

Hope you like it.
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HellWorld Teaser- Bone Factory by Harry-the-Fox
HellWorld Teaser- Bone Factory
A tiny portion of my upcoming masterpiece: HELLWORLD.

I wanted to depict a modern visage of Hell, departing from classical fire and brimstone towards something losely interpreted in Norse Mythology (a dark, cold, poisonous world of death).
This is based on a drawing I did almost a decade ago, that I have painstakingly scanned and replaced with as high-detail digital painting as I could manage- and have pushed myself quite far.

Hope you like it!
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Megalodon by Harry-the-Fox
Megalodon
Disclaimer: This depicts only more conservative estimates- if you wish to look at LARGER size estimates, (or comment on 'someone said it could be even bigger') please go to my OTHER chart using the following link:
harry-the-fox.deviantart.com/a…

Anyway, here it is, in time for Shark Month- MEGALODON!
As stated in the description, this is an animal that scientists are forced to reconstruct from basically nothing (it's teeth and a few traces of vertebrae), and usually model this animal on its nearest relative, the modern Great White Shark.
While I normally don't do reconstructions of animals with scant remains, some animals are far too spectacular to turn down.

Because only its teeth are in good condition, scientists typically try to calculate this animals size based on its teeth (by comparing the relative size of a Great White's own teeth to its body length).
Different comparative measurements (based on some consistent size ratios in modern sharks) are used- either measuring a specific part of the tooth (eg the slant height). The more reliable measurements have potentially placed this shark between 13m to 16.5m long, with the majority of these falling in about 14m-15.5m. Even at 13m long, it would have been larger than any other prehistoric predator suited for large prey- except maybe the Leviatan Melville. Animals like Predator X or the Mososaurs clearly exceeded these lengths, but were more elongated and overall likely smaller. Sperm Whales and the mega-large Ichthyosaurs greatly exceeded this size, as do most baleen whales (both also predators).

I decided to try a similar-ish approach to try to scale it up: amateurish, but also based on established scientific estimates of the parts, and I imagine a lot of less-formal estimates have done something similar (though possibly it might end up being the more flamboyant estimates).
All this using a programmed ruler tool within Photoshop to ensure everything was accurate (and so long as the final version fit within the above measurements, I should be fine- if not, I would check to see what went wrong):
Basically, I built the animal from the teeth up.
Using an extensive amount of photographs of the teeth and jaws of Megalodon and Great Whites, I reconstructed the Megaladon's teeth (to be exactly the same size as real-life using the ruler and the man's hand- a LOT of Megalodon reconstructions enthusiastically scale a great white up to an alleged Megalodon size- and the jumbo teeth are a giveaway they over-sized it).
Then I followed suit using jaw reconstructions, ensuring the teeth were the correct size (and the reconstructions more closely followed the compacted, powerful form of a great white- many, in an attempt to insinuate a bigger size, give it a stretched out jaw that would have a harder time biting into powerful prey). From there I combined photos and anatomical charts (From scientific, scholarly sources) to map out how the jaws actually fit inside a great white- and appllied them to my jaw reconstruction (the jaws are mostly internal, and are just in front of the gill organs- only the rear vents visible).
Then I just started painting based on these (clicking and dragging to ensure they were exact). Luckilly, I also had a photo-accurate Great White Shark I depicted earlier to further assist (check it out, it's awesome).
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The end result I got was approximately 15.5m - 16m long. Which means that so long as the Megalodon fit a Great White Shark's body, this reconstruction should be fairly accurate to the more scientific estimates.
Hope you like it.
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Great White Shark by Harry-the-Fox
Great White Shark
I'm back with some more animal size comparisons!
(also going back over animals I have done to replace them with more accurate and realistic representations).
Although most Great Whites only reach about 3-4m long, I decided to depict the shark at a reasonably common larger size of 6m (justified by a reasonably common 6 foot man- though this is closer to the human average these days).

My new technique is more painstaking: I hunt down photographs of living animals or skeletons (shown from an exact side view) , and draw an accurate shape (tracing outline or clicking and dragging the photo over and over again to make sure the overlap is exact) and colour in piece by piece to make sure the image matches the photo(s).
This image uses a photoshop measurement tool programmed to measure in meters- both the human and shark are shown very precisely (off about 2 virtual cm) of this scale: the shark tail-fin-tip to nose horizontally, the human head to heel).

This work is actually a teaser to an upcoming Megalodon artwork I've almost finished. Stay tuned.
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Tea With The Prince (with Soup) by Harry-the-Fox
Tea With The Prince (with Soup)
Now a FRONT COVER illustration on a book release and with more historical authenticity!!

Welcome to the first of a 3-part showcase to celebrate the upcoming release of Ken Derby's next upcoming book "The Mystery of Tuthankhamun".
My old classic, better than ever! An accurate-to-real-life portrait of Vlad III (aka the REAL prince Dracula, also Tepes/The Impaler).

Now as some of you may know, my original work depicted Mr Tepes dipping his bread into a bowl of human blood, as reported by a semi-reliable witnesses of the time.
Concerned that some audiences may find this scene unsettling, I decided to make this scene more friendly by removing the blood and instead depict the Prince tucking into a delicious bowl of soup!
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Hehe, ok, not quite the truth. The truth is, author Ken Derby requested my image be on the front cover of his book "Dracula, the Real Story"- on sale NOW at amazon (see link below)!
The soup is REALLY there for better historical accuracy, as his blood-drinking habits were actually a myth. Having a snack in the presence of impaled corpses however, not as much so...

Stay tuned for part 2- until then, here's the link: www.amazon.com/Dracula-Real-St…
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The joke is I didn't submit an April Fool's artwork this year (but as I did two last year, it makes up for it)!

(In truth I'm a bit tied up with assignments and an apprenticeship this year)

Anyway, let's hope the internet came up with better pranks than "We found the missing Malaysian Air plane" today.
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: DEATH METAL and chillout
  • Reading: Uni shit
  • Watching: Doomsday Prepper (funny shit)
  • Playing: Nothing- have to work
  • Eating: Random junk
  • Drinking: Thai Tea

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Harry-the-Fox
Harry Wilson
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FAQ

1) Can I use your artworks?
My answer is usuially... Yes! Just ask for permission first, and what you plan to do with it, and ensure you retain my watermarks on it.
Non-profit use I often allow- but IF you are making something for profit, I do expect to be PAID :P

2- Do you take commissions or sell publishing rights to existing images?
YES. ALL of them! Notable past clients I have done this with include Penguin (Dorling Kingsley), Deisterweg and Ken Derby!
Also, if you want alterations, you will be happy to read my * point in the next question :)

3- How do you work?
In Photoshop (using layers). I simply draw the sketch, colour in beneath it, and apply 'attached' layers over the base colour for shading and such. Each character or object is often a (complete) stand alone layer I do separately and reposition in the overall artwork later- designed so I can move it around where I want, and alter the colour as required. Because I ALWAYS retain the original photoshop file, I can alter the images to suit any new preferences easily.
*In other words, if you wanted an image with the Spinosaurus by itself, I would simply click and drag it onto a new background in mere seconds (it is actually complete and high-detailed).

4) I noticed an error on your works- mind if I chime in?
YES! You are most welcome! I have had some excellent feedback about horizontal Titanosaur posture, and corrected Russian translations in the past, among many other excellent suggestions that have been a huge benefit.
-My only gripe are people who are upset at feathered dinosaurs or <20m Megalodons.

5) Are you a Furry?
NO. The ears are a joke.

6) Are you a metal-head?
HELL YEh!!
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:iconenforcingfern48:
harry i made a hammer tank based on your hammer tank design from the red alert mod 
check my gallry out i dont know how to put links to my art 
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SquidEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work, I especially love the RA concepts :)
Also always nice to see another 'strayan round here.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :D
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Sinornithosaurus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Happy birthday!
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
:) (Smile) 
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Terring Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Happy birthday :D
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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