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Smilodon Fatalis Concept by balaa Smilodon Fatalis Concept by balaa
just a quick smilodon sketch I did while I couldn't sleep. I was mostly playing with markings and just kinda studying their skeletons, namely their skulls. I'm just fascinated with them..I guess because they aren't alive anymore and so we can only guess at what they might have looked like..which is just fun! I was also toying with the idea of 'Would male Sabertooths have manes?" There is still some debate as to whether they were pride animals, but most scientsists seem to agree they were simply because of evidence found that suggested bones a lone cat..a fractured bone would guarantee certain death. However, some of these cats were cared for and fed while they recovered. Which likely means they were pride animals..much like today's lions (and roughly the same size) which leads me to wonder would territorial males had use for manes as used for intimidation/increased look in size etc. Or would have their sheer size and the massive jaws been used for the same purpose? Just idle thoughts..and of course this fella doesn't have a mane..just yummy stripes.

size: 7x11"
tools: mechanical pencil on smooth bristol
time: ?
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ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
perfectly beautifull work my friend~
aloha from kauaii
raqqawi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome detail! I love reading about them and imagining what they might have looked like as well :D
This is going to my faves.
Abraxas-within Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pfft, sketch my ass, this is amazing.
DanteSmilodon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you really want :iconbalaa: to draw that part of your body, or are you saying this is too great as to simply call it a sketch? :D
Abraxas-within Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha that was pretty good. :)
masonday Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
roarodon07 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
This is bloody amazing I absolutely amazing!!!
kupofromhell Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
that's an interesting view on things, i didn't know that much about them.
now i'm interested, to wikipedia we go!!!!!!!!
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Populator is much more bad@ss.
dogalmighty Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*pets the kitty*
Silver-Aura Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
I imagine they had hyena like manes. Just, fluffy necks, not the full lion like mane.
ErinMeister Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Hardly a sketch, my friend.
FelineFire Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
wow thats completely stunning,I never thought of a smilodon having tabby markings! I totally love the idea because its something different than stripes or spots(it gives it a more prehistoric feeling thought XD )
For me sabers are fascinating because we will never know how they might have looked like,but you just brought it to life,and its almost moving out of the picture! I mean,look at the head! it IS a smilodon!
I love how you did the animal overall it looks majestic,may I say its beyond what other naturalists may render.

do you have this one as a print?
I may buy two prints of yours,but not yet thought my parents wont let me...,butbut Iīll sure buy some prints from you someday!
Iīll note you!
MischievousPooka Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Great pic! Well done.
OnyxWildcat Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...By the gods I love the detail
lmai Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006
Oh Balaa luv!!! I can't believe I never saw this one! It's handsome!!!

Oog I dont know about cloning these animals however. SO much has changed it would be hard to say whether they could survive, and if released into the wild I could see them very quickly becoming high priority on a poachers list. But I guess we shall see what happens.
ChrisSawyerArt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
Beautiful!! I love this one. :)
Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006
That lions are the only pride animals of today, and have manes, it could bevery likely that sabretooth cats had them as well. But you are at least corerect on one point, they are fascinating animals.
Looking at this sketch of yours make me happy ^^*
cutesomewhatcrazy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006
Tazihound Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
geez balaa! I think you're too good... for your own health... lol I love it super cool :3
nyanamia Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay for prehistoric felines! nice markings!
synchra Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
haha i like that, those markings actually make way more sense then most drawings I have seen, because the last cat left on this planet that is most closely reated to the smilodon is the clouded leopard. :O but I bet you knew that. XD anyways... AWESOME JOB!
WingedWerewolf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
that's just a quick sketch?? :eyepopping: that's awesome. i love the body and the markings. well done!!
darquejag Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Professional Writer
very nice concept sketch...

just for an many cases where the cat was in a temperate climate, fractured bones would be able to mend even in lone cats. This has been proven in the Rain Forest where tehy have found the remains of Jaguars that have shown bone mending...
anandama-pandama Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Student
very cool picture :D
Pure-blood-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
Thats awesome...if only I could draw like that
starhowler Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
quick sketch??! o.o omgz
SeraphimIncendium Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
Oh! Fantastic!
Zukuda Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
Great job on prehistoric anatomy, beautiful as always! ^_^
ligerx900 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
I love you D:
JadeThePredator Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:drool: So preeeeeeetty.... Such wonderful textures and stripes! :D
katarthis Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
It was the neatest thing in the world to read of the article where the female they'd found in the tar pits at LeBrea had evidence of a broken back... healed to a point where the injury was old but she couldn't move her hind legs. And if that's not a sign of what you speak, then I don't know what is.

Maybe only the females hung together (as in some of the other creatures) and maybe it was a nice big family. In either case, it definately flies in the face of how the Smilodon, and most other ancient animals have always been presented.

And speaking of the presentation, you make a good one, as always.

Tearup Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the shading and how the markings are fading out! Great art!!! ;)
AussieMum Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i daydream about this sort of stuff too...but i am utterly fascinated by Megaladon and the idea that it could still be alive because we simply cant moniter the entire ocean. i'm a geek that checks out crypto sites and seamonster stuff. lol.

this is a great concept piece to my head i think they wouldnt have a mane. i think lions have one coz they are lazy and dont do all the hunting and they had to grow something impressive. lol.
Sethaa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
ypur pics are allways so cool! look like you can draw pics for an animal book ^^
safety-pin-ella Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
the muscles, the body shape, the patterns, VERY well done
Jefrma Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
*imagines this guy with a mane :drool:* I think this is just awesome! :worship: But why did you add it in scraps? Are you going to color this later or what? You have some skills with these creatures!!
fauna-art Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
thatīs cool! a few days ago i read in a newspaper that John Babiarz, an amateur paleontologist wants to clone a smilodon.
i donīt know - is this a good idea? i think i prefer these animals as picture or model.
balaa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
its hard to say if they even could..I'm not sure if they have the technology yet..somewhere I read parts of the dna die off in the process of decay or freezing..but seeing as how close they probably would be to modern day lions..they probably could replace parts of the gene sequence with lion dna o_o. I suppose it comes down to more of an ethical issue than anything...I don't imagine they would be say..more viscious or dangerous than present day lions..but the problem would be..would they just be lab animals? In that case I say its wrong..or trying to reintroduce them into the wild, considering the ecosystem has changed in their 10 thousand year absence...not to mention a multitude of other factors to consider!

I haven't heard anything about someone wanting to clone em, thank you for the heads up..must find more info!!!
fauna-art Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
no problem. "lost world" is always in my mind if i hear something about cloning extinct animals...
itīs true - everything has changed since they lived - maybe they wouldnīt be able to exist.
i found this link, because i recherched if smilodons are more related with tigers or lions
(in germany smilodons are called "Säbelzahntiger") and you had the idea with lion dna - i was a little baffeled.
[link] itīs german of course - but in this story they say
that smilodons sometimes nearly looked like a bear, and it was a totally different breed.
they arenīt the forefathers of the today living big cats. very interesting - i didnīt know that!
Zevon-The-Werewolf Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
First of all, if my quick sketches were this good, I wouldn't do anything to them but scan them and undo the damage that scanning does.

Second, I must say that there are some places smilodon could possibly still survive today. For example, some areas of South America, if the Smilodon is put in a carefully contained wildlife refuge.
TinorialPeredhil Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
Beautiful. Amazing. Just... wow. :wow: :omfg: :eyepopping:
seynadarkwolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!!! :D
Kita-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
whoahh. that's really cool looking :]
ladyhawk21 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006   General Artist
I like the stripes, but I really like how muscular it is. I would imagine that a cat of it's size would have a bit more defined muscular structure than your average house-cat, or even something bigger, like a puma.
Gnatty Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
I love the fur texture you got going (when in full view, can't really see it much all small), it's just so realistic *drools over balaa arts*
SimbaGirl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, even your sketches blow my mind. I love the shading. And the little bg is a brilliant touch. :3
CoyotesGaze Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
Very nice :D
6Sh00t3r Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Nice... Thats a great drawing. Really realistic. Hats off to you. :D :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Sebs-DA Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional Artist
wow! It's such a beautiful creature
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