mammoth hunters

You’ll be seeing another Monster Hunter release coming from @ginder-factory | Capcom very soon.  Here’s a sneak peak of Gammoth/Gamuto.

I think it would be really cool if Capcom can start a line of MH figurines based on my artwork.  Agree? :)

Another commission in the books!

Mamoswine and Gammoth.
First time ever drawing a Gammoth, so I felt like I had to wing it. I hope I got it at least looking decent. Its whole design is a bit confusing to me.

But Mamoswine loves trunks. Oh boy, does he love trunks.

Commissioned by @dalamadummysnake
Mamoswine © GameFreak
Gammoth © Capcom 
Artwork © @merciresolution

Time Taken: Not Recorded
Layers: 39 (haha, what’s compression?)

fairyinwesteros  asked:

When did you start to read the books? I did when I was like eleven or something and couldn't put them down from then. Do you have special editions of the books? I know that in the seventies they made a movie from the books and have you seen them? I would love to see the movie although it's really hard to come by.

I was around eleven or twelve as well. I was at the thrift store in my hometown and The Valley of Horses and The Mammoth Hunters caught my eye (I didn’t realize it was a series rather than various same-era books by the author), and my mom was like ‘oh yeah those were an alright series’ and bought the first two or three for me (I picked up my other copies other than Painted Caves there as well). I don’t have any special editions, unfortunately, but it does mean that I can bully my used copies a little and take them wherever.

I’ve seen the movie, think I just downloaded it. It wasn’t as bad as I’ve always heard it was, but not very good either. I watched it when I was pretty ill so I don’t remember a lot, unfortunately. Still, interesting to get some visuals for the body paint and stuff.

Here is Gamuto from Monster Hunter X.  This one is probably my favorite flagship monster out of the four.  Mammoth type creatures are just too awesome :)

Next one is Raizex to finish up all 4 flagship monsters.

Cyclops or elephants?

In 1914, Othenio Abel, an Austrian paleontologist, suggested that the Cyclops of Homeric legend was based on fossil elephant finds in antiquity. Abel, who excavated many Mediterranean fossil beds, related the image of one-eyed giant cavemen to the remains of Pleistocene dwarf elephants, Palaeoloxodon antiquus falconeri, common in coastal caves of Italy and Greece. Shipwrecked sailors unfamiliar with elephants might easily mistake the skull’s large nasal cavity for a central eye socket.

Skull of Palaeoloxodon falconeri, from Museum of Natural History of Verona.

Marble head of Polyphemus, first or second century A.D., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The small elephants ranged from 3 to 6 feet (1-1.8 m) high at the shoulder, and the skulls and teeth are much larger than men’s. In profile, elephant skulls do resemble grotesque human faces, and the vertebrae and limb bones could be laid out to resemble a giant man.

Since Cyclopes lived in caves, the ancient Greeks imagined them as primitive  troglodytes who used rocks and clubs as weapons. The great piles of bones on the cave floors might be the remains of shipwrecked sailors—the savage Cyclopes were probably cannibals! Human occupation of Sicily and other islands where dwarf elephant bones abound occurred long before Homer, and descriptions of them probably circulated among sailors from Mycenaean times onward. The Cyclops story was assimilated into the epic poetry tradition and made famous in Homer’s Odyssey.

Palaeoloxodon antiquus falconeri was an archaic elephant that developed insular dwarfism due to the lacking of predators on mediterrenean islands.


Sources:

The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times. Adrienne Mayor

kinfeels media suggestion #9, The Dragons of Requiem series, by Daniel Arenson

recommended for:

  • dragonkin
  • shapeshifterkin
  • reptilekin

warnings:

  • i have not read the series so proceed with caution

summary of the first book taken from the website:

Weredragons, men call them. Monsters. Cursed ones. People who can turn into beastly reptiles.

In an ancient world just rising from darkness, they are everywhere. Some wander the plains with clans of mammoth hunters. Others are born in riverside huts. Some live across the ocean where seafaring tribes are discovering the secrets of bronze and writing in clay. Everywhere their curse is the same–people who can grow wings, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons.

And everywhere, they are hunted. They hide in forests and caves, dispersed. Many are alone, unaware that others exist. They are shunned, afraid, dying … until a group of these lost souls binds together and stands tall.

A blacksmith in a world of stone tools. A mammoth hunter exiled from her tribe. A traveling juggler and a wandering warrior. An elderly druid and an outcast prince. They are weredragons. They are cursed and hunted. Together they will forge a new tribe, a home for their kind. A dawn of dragons rises. The nation of Requiem is born.

special thanks to tumblr user jason for the suggestion! this series is interesting because it consists of five separate trilogies, which can be read in any given order. it reminds me a bit of the pern series in that way and is definitely going on my christmas list this year!

jaspxr  asked:

My baby cousin is named after Ayla from CotCB lolol

I used to have a cat named Ayla after Clan!

See, here’s the awesome thing about books: depending on when we read them, how much we need them in that moment, it doesn’t matter whether they’re the best thing ever, or whether they’re terrible.  They change things.  They change things forever.  And a book that makes a positive change, whether it’s teaching us a word or forcing an idea to fit together or triggering the realization that hey, wait, I could do that…that book will stay with us forever.  No matter what.

I adored Clan of the Cave Bear, because for me, as a smart weird blonde kid, it was about a smart weird blonde kid inventing the world.  I made a sling out of leather and ran around the fields behind our house, I studied mammoths and tried to figure out how to tan leather, I studied and adored that world.  I dropped out after Mammoth Hunters, because the gap between books three and four was great enough to shatter the momentum and make me realize how much I didn’t like where things were going (Ayla invents religion!  Ayla invents the patriarchy!), but I will always be grateful to the first three, and the first one especially, for helping to make me.

We all have books in our foundations that our adult selves might be embarrassed by.  They still hold up the weight of who we became.