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Ratha and the Threehorn by deathmango Ratha and the Threehorn by deathmango
"Each time the horns came near her, Ratha jumped sideways, forcing the stag to turn in a tight circle, unable to build up any speed or momentum. After several such circles, the beast's knees were trembling and Ratha smelled the sweat that was darkening the coarse, gray-tipped coat." This Miocene mixup is an illustration from Clare Bell's enthralling fantasy "Ratha's Creature." The intelligent nimravids (cousins of the cats) manage herds of beasts in the changing environment of prehistoric California. The "threehorn" is a synthetoceras buck. Bell's page can found at: [link]
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meloveart24tigerclaw Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just ordered books 1,2,3 of the named series and im so excited to red it!!!!!!! what did you think of the book?
by the way this is amazing!
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deathmango Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Hi, Tigerclaw.  Sorry I haven't been keeping up with my deviantart messages!  I LOVE these books, and have ever since I found them (I was maybe 11?).  Clan Ground was my first read (I think Ratha's Creature was checked out of the library), and it remains my favorite.  This is probably because I fell in love with Thakur -- such a calm, thoughtful character.  I still find Ratha's Creature just as amazing, but just as raw and painful every time I reread it.  I love books 3 - 5 because we get such a huge and fascinating cast of characters.  And across the series the original characters grow older and wiser, passing the some of the struggles of innovation and identity to the young.  Now that I'm a bit older and more settled as I read them, I recognize some of these generational developments.  I still love to daydream about what the clan was like in the generations before Ratha, Thakur, and Fessran.
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DindellaTheDefender Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD YOU READ THE NAMED TOO!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!! <33333333333
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deathmango Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Heeheehee, they are awesome books! Like the best literature, I never outgrew them. There's a neat group #clan-ground where a lot of great fan art lives. And Clare Bell is a deviant: ~rathacat

It's sooo cool to meet other people who have read the series (thank you, internets!). :dance:
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Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
California? So that's where they are! Huh...

I love how dynamic the picture is. I've seen the test pages too and I'm excited to see how the graphic novel turns out!
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deathmango Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Hmmm... so I happened to be living in California when I was introduced to the books; would I have imagined them taking place anywhere I found myself when I first read them? I confess, it's easier for me to imagine them amidst scrub oak, pines, and cottonwoods now that I live in Colorado. And I love the cedar and doug fir forests that Tod Wills will show, as he lives in my beloved Pacific Northwest.

Thank you very much for all your help, support, art, and enthusiasm!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work! :)
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deathmango Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you. :D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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MessiMutt Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Great job. ^-^
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deathmango Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Thank you! :)
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MessiMutt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Your welcome! :iconsweethugplz:
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electreel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
I love this piece so much! The dynamics, the well defined anatomy... :worship:
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deathmango Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Thank you very, very much! I'll try not to let your kindness go to my head!
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electreel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
:D
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RomanYevseyev Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Very good work=)! Synthetoceras,s antlers could draw a larger size - in some animals the front fork hanging over the eyes [link]
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deathmango Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Thanks very much! Wow, you're not kidding about the nose fork. I hadn't seen the linked image before -- quite impressive! Synthetoceras still seems like an oddly proportioned animal (then again, most large Paleocene - Pliocene critters look that way to me). I love the full-body reconstruction you did [link]
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RomanYevseyev Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
No less surprising that these animals was a relative of Tylopoda=)
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deathmango Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
I googled Tylopoda... and ahh... things make a bit more sense now. Though I still think they've got oddly long heads. :D
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RomanYevseyev Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Well, only a few animals survived to the present day from the once sprawling tree of Tylopoda. Only in the Camelidae family were gazelle-like, giraffe-like and giant "elephant-like" camels
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WriteByNumbers Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Man, this looks great! The attention to detail and the poses are just...awesome!
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deathmango Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Oh, thank you so much! I've got an image of Thakur (another cat) and Aree (primate) in the works, but I've left it stuck in the thumbnail stage since last summer. :P I appreciate your encouragement.
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WriteByNumbers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love Thakur! :D I hope you find the motivation to finish it. :3
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redcat1887 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yay Ratha's creature I love those books! The anatomy in this pic is great :)
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deathmango Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks, redcat. I love drawing prehistoric mammals -- some of them have such crazy anatomy, part of the fun is convincing myself that they really could have existed in their bodies. <--If that makes any sense. :P
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redcat1887 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Cool!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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FoxyFlower22 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
You are quite welcome! Some more great subjects would be Quiet Hunter and Thistle-Chaser ^^ You should definently read Ratha's Creature again :)
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FoxyFlower22 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
This picture is gorgeous! You managed to capture the action in this scene and your drawing skills are amazing :) Would love to see you try one with Ratha and Bonechewer together ^^

This series is so wonderful :)
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deathmango Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Aww, thanks so much! I'm planning one just now with Thakur and Aree, but I think Ratha and Bonechewer would be wonderful subjects. This makes me want to read _Ratha's_Creature_ again! :)
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masonday Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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deathmango Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Thank you! :)
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masonday Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
COOLQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
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elephas1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
AWESOME, THANKS
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deathmango Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Thank you very much, roarodon07. I love your name almost as much as your colored pencil works. :)
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roarodon07 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
ONe of the best digital arts I've seen:) Nice illustrationb of fur and grass
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roarodon07 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
AWESOME~! one of the best digital arts I've seen on DA:)
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is a beautiful piece! So full of energy - and Ratha looks very cute.
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deathmango Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Thank you so much. I've been admiring your work for some time; this means a lot to me.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm nothing special.
It's great to see there are so many talented fans of this series - it deserves much love!
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deathmango Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
"It's great to see there are so many talented fans of this series - it deserves much love!"

Amen to that!
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Jei-Dinofelini Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
amazing scene!!!!!
ive never knew what the three horns looked like
thanx for showing me!

XD
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deathmango Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Thanks, Dinofelis! I love imagining prehistoric mammals -- they're simultaneously familiar and exotic. I try to figure out how they might have filled a similar ecological niche to today's fauna. I think the Ratha books do a terrific job of making them seem at home in the Miocene/Oligocene, which is part of the fun of drawing them.
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Jei-Dinofelini Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The Ratha books are one of the most amazing books about cats!
I love the way they are written....

I love making reconstructions of extinct sabre toothed cats
I have some realistic drawings in my gallery so come and check them out
you will love them for sure XD
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deathmango Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Thanks, guys! These books always burned such vivid images in my head. I'm working on an illustration with Thakur (my favorite character) now.
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DeathburnSHARKwolfz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Nice :D
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alderroots Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! I love the colors, very storybook-esque :) This is such a great, great, great illustration!
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