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Megaloceros giganteus (Irish elk) sketch dump by oxpecker Megaloceros giganteus (Irish elk) sketch dump by oxpecker

:new: Now available on shirts, stickers and more! Two different designs to choose from, here and  here



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Drawings and sketches that made up a body of illustrations to accompany a paleontology research project completed last year. Also featuring other European ice age creatures - cave lion, cave bear, cave hyena and megafaunal wolf.

More Megaloceros + deer illustrations from this project:
Megaloceros giganteus by oxpecker Red Deer by oxpecker Moose by oxpecker Fallow Deer by oxpecker
Some of these deer are now available on T-shirts, stationary and gifts over at my Redbubble store, check them out here.
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WooflesArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work, I like the addition of the cave hyena.  The cave lion looks like it is about be run down the the irish elk and is oblivious!
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, that's a hilarious interpretation :XD:
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Aaaaa I LOVE MEGALOCEROS my fave deer so awesome! Definitely will keep an eye out on the Redbubble :la:
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh thank you! I didnt actually put any megaloceros works on Redbubble, but I should probably get around to that.
The rack sketch top centre, as well as the coloured full-body painting might turn out good on stickers.
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Yes you definitely should, they are awesome :dummy: I did see some other deer there too, so who knows how many things I'll end up with xD
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Wiccix Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Was just telling my friend that I wish these were still alive so I could ride one ;^;
I beg riding a cervid is exhilarating 
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
It probably would be exhilarating to run for your life once the animal decides to trample you ;P Moose are large enough to bear riders, but they are too flighty to make reliable work animals.
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Wiccix Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww :( that would suck lol

Moose ehh... I don't know if I want to ride a moose ;-;
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CSStables Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
loveeee *Q* I am unable to use my words today to express just how much I think these drawing rock.. 
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you dear <3
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Helsinge Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to watch those cg prehistoric "documentaries" all the time as a kid, I remember thinking these guys were so cool :D
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh man so did I, some of them were horrendous! :XD: I deliberately made efforts NOT to reference them when drawing these.
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Which ones would those be?
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I don't recall the names of the horrendous CGI prehistory docos I suffered through in the 90s. Needless to say it's generally a good idea to avoid using CGI models and animations as art reference, as like the game of Chinese Whispers, one will undoubtedly duplicate small errors into larger ones. Even high budget productions such as BBC's Walking With Beasts have moments when the animations feel artificial or the light doesn't interact naturally with the fur. Real living animals, when available, are always the best models.
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
Besides WWB, I can remember a documentary called "extinct" which had the giant deer, but other than that, I don't recall any other depictions.
Still, I do remember the VFX crew talking about how they were experiencing challenges animating mammals for WWB after doing WWD, as they were far more complicated, and have more moving parts (ears twitching, etc.), so that might explain some of that, along with the fur.
Also, was the pattern for WWB's giant deer accurate?
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I think another part of the problem is that we are so familiar with observing extant mammals. Anything 'off' about their texture and movement in the CGI is really easy for audiences to pick, especially if they've grown up on a diet of nature documentaries.

Visual effects keep getting better. Fur is a real challenge to animate but I'm continuously impressed by every effort to build on what has been achieved before.

I believe WWB was trying to base their megaloceros coat off this rock art from Chauvet - the problem is we have no way of knowing whether this really was a megaloceros depiction, but one can dream. ;P
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes.
WWB is fairly sturdy, but Ice Age Giants now trumps that, though they didn't have nearly as many episodes or as much success as WWB.
Most paleoartists here regard that as the gospel truth of M. giganteus's fur pattern.
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
The problem is that IAG is still inferior.  A boring, biased hostess coupled with animals reserved to "B" footage.
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A1exanderArt Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
nice job
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
These are gorgeous!!
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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KangeeTheOnyxFox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
One big deer. Woulda been amazing to see one in this day and age.
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Me too!
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scaramouche2802 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
everything looks amaze Pip ^^
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks Natta!
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Anna9191 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!! It's realy perfect!!!
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for commenting :)
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lubylula Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks
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lubylula Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ywDango-cat-face 
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decors Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
pretty pretty!
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:iconoxpecker:
oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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SolinaBright Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say that your sketches are absolutely lovely. ♥ the anatomy is just gorgeous. They are all gorgeous! :omg: Thank you for sharing these. c:
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
So lovely, thank you for the kind words! :heart:
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