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The First American Wildlife Artist by deskridge The First American Wildlife Artist by deskridge
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On a fallen log in a marshy field sits a bearded man wearing a brown furry animal hide. On a piece of bone he is carving an image using a chipped piece of stone. The subject of his art is a Columbian mammoth that is trudging through the clearing a few hundred feet away.

This image is based on a real artifact, the oldest piece of art found in the western hemisphere. In 2009, near Vero Beach Florida, a local fossil hunter named James Kennedy discovered a piece of bone, likely that of a mastodon, mammoth, or giant sloth. On the bone was carved an image of a mammoth, specifically, based on the shape of the head, a Columbian mammoth. Testing by scientists at the University of Florida and at the Smithsonian indicate that it is authentic.

James Kennedy contacted me and asked if I could come up with an artwork involving the find. So this is it. A few things to take note of:

I designed the landscape to be typical of that of Florida: flat, grassy, and wet. It's not really a marsh, but more of a squishy field with sandy soil. I didn't want it to be quite as watery as, say, the Everglades. At the time, the area was actually several miles further inland than it is today as sea levels were a bit lower back then.

The mammoth has much less hair than a woolly mammoth. The Columbian mammoth, which was found further to the south, had less need of a thick coat. I've positioned it to match the actual caving as much as seemed natural for the creature's stance.

The human appears European. While there is no proof that there were Europeans in the Americas during the ice age, something called the Solutrean Hypothesis poses the idea that there may have been. Pleistocene era cave paintings depicting mammoths are common in Europe, but the Kennedy Mammoth Bone is the only example of such art found in North America. Consequently, articles on the Solutrean Hypothesis often mention the bone. So, I thought it might be interesting to depict the carver as I did.



Thanks for looking!
Daniel

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:iconaaroncr:
aaroncr Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow,......super interesting concept. Great work.

-Aaron
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Tarpeia3D Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting concept, the image is quite evocative! What a strange world that must have been. Thanks for sharing! :) (Smile) 
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconucumari:
ucumari Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
buena imagen mejor idea interesante
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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yoshiman444 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
cool!although,columbian mammaoths had no hair,since they were in a grassy area thats warm,they would burn to death,although,they could have a extremely skinny coat of fur.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icondocarroyo:
docarroyo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nicely conceptualized.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icony-eskii-lass:
Y-eskii-lass Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Beautiful. The mammoth has such a regal appearance. The man is suitably awed!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconadorety:
adorety Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic image and excellent bit of history. They even believe there'e dna evidence of early European 'colonists' up to 15,000 years ago. Awesome work.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconveeswan:
VeeSwan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an interesting story, you really did your homework on this one and the way you depicted the carver is really well done. One of the reasons I really dig your work, my uncle was the lead archaeologist of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas some years ago, and I nearly went into that field myself. I was fascinated by his experiences and he stayed with us from time to time and since he loved the field so much, its all he talked about. One of my favorite stories is of him calling my mom so absolutely excited he could nearly speak, but what he had done was take a group of college students out to prospect a dig site in Colorado, and while he began his lessons in showing the students what to begin looking for in the way of terrain, or possible clues to find fossils, he stopped at one point and looked down because what he was describing was exactly what he just nearly tripped over. So he got out a few tools and started dusting away at a strange looking formation, and as he spoke he kept describing what to do, and before he knew it he had uncovered a wooly mammoth fossil, and as you could imagine, the students were beyond excited, it was supposed to be a simple field trip to get the students acquainted with the field, and as a result of that trip the find ended up being a full intact mammoth, it was a dream come true for him. True story!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Digital Artist
That is a really cool story! Thanks for sharing!
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You betcha! ;-)
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:iconchrisntheboat:
chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconchrisntheboat:
chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive: Anytime:)
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:icontaniaav:
TaniaAV Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Your beautiful artwork has been featured in :iconnaturalworldartists: [link]
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow! Thanks!
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:icontaniaav:
TaniaAV Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
you're welcome:aww:
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OoNinaYuMeoO Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the drawing but why "american" ? okay it was found on USa soil and all but i first thought about "first human wildlife artist" ... ?
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Digital Artist
"American" artist because much older (on the order of 10,000 to 20,000 years older) cave paintings have been found in France.
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OoNinaYuMeoO Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that is very precised ;)
all right then !

:)
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sacrifices1369 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
this guy is way too white and hairless
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:iconmr-ripley:
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The mammoth looks great =D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbwbyars:
BWByars Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great story and an amazing image. I always look forward to your renders.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcaastel:
caastel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
very nice and atmospheric render :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconla--boheme:
La--Boheme Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Great work as always! :heart:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconla--boheme:
La--Boheme Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
you're welcome! :D
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing

notice: I don't believe on evolution.
for me, it's a man (a true man) and a mammoth.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsqualllion1:
SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most welcome
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:iconelle-arden:
Elle-Arden Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I love it, this is wonderful!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icontrvor:
trvor Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This really puts me there.
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
As a former Floridian, I highly approve!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkachinadoll:
Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
How cool! What an imaginative scene! Love it! :iconifeelfluffyplz:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkachinadoll:
Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your most welcome! :iconbaloonplz:
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:iconthejazza:
theJazza Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Humans have always sought to understand and admire his surroundings, it's one of our best qualities
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:iconk-raven:
K-raven Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
a so great idea!!!! :D :D :D
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconaedua:
Aedua Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! Beautiful work and so awesome idea.
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