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Devolution by lessthanhuman Devolution by lessthanhuman
A tail is a characteristic that I feel clearly represents the majority of the animal kingdom. With few exceptions, nearly all other creatures have a tail in one form or another. Developmentally, all human embryos have tails which, for the vast majority of the population, are gone by birth.

I consider the back and spine to be one of the most aesthetically beautiful parts of the human body. In this piece, I tried to preserve that beauty despite the obvious addition of a tail. This piece was an experiment. When I took the stock photo, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. It took me several months, however, to muster up enough patience and time to sit down and try to build a tail. I had initially set out to build a thick, reptilian-style tail but as I drew the initial shape, I felt a smaller, thinner mammalian style tail would blend in more naturally with the model's physique. The most difficult part was matching the lighting but I feel like it ended up looking pretty natural…for a tail anyway.

I also pointed the model's ear and made other minor modifications. Expect minor revisions.

Manipulated with Photoshop 7.0.

Stock photography from my personal collection.

***Update***

Several people have pointed out that the tail was positioned too high on the model's back. This is something that I was aware of when I posted the image. My rationale, other than the fact that this image is an experiment, was that clothing covers the actual end of the model's spine, where a tail would sprout. Despite this, however, I have managed to lower the tail as much as possible and am overall pleased with the results.

Please Full-view...you'll miss detail if you don't!
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:iconvetajoy:
vetajoy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
i found your art work from a link in this things coment dangerousminds.net/comments/ni…
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EverGreenTheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You should try to do some horse changes w/ tails! :D
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cosmicbrat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Devolution is happening right now..  We're in the so called "zombie eclipse", where our world is lead by cokeheads..   Coke burns minds out very fast and hard, thereby creating zombies out of humans, making humans into parasitic loveless cannibals.. but "tails"..?  I wonders if that will ever happen..?  Probably..  It might be something we ingest, like how the lead and copper additives in gasoline are destroying the brains of humanity..  We breathe that stuff in ever breath..  Seems we don't care that were devolving..  Seems we enjoy the fall..  We create new designer anaesthetics to numb the discomforts of the fall..  Seems extinction is just a fun circus ride for us..
Just came out of the shower..  Checked for a tail..  Nope! oh sigh...
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cosmicbrat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
On second thought..  Does this mean they'll be licking themselves in place of tissue..?
That'll be fun to watch...
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zoroark872 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Is this real
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:iconsd-stickerdan:
SD-StickerDan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Why would her tail be so far up her spine?
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:iconmurkymurloc:
murkymurloc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  New member
Real life dog!
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:iconmecomix:
MEcomix Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  New member
I want a tail \(>~<)/
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:iconterrencesims:
TerrenceSims Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist
No more than human this is awesome
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:iconginevravandentoorn:
ginevravandentoorn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, this is no photoshop. This is real!!!
Amazing work Lessthanhuman
:heart:
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samcatton1987 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist
Ha never seen muffin like it
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:iconzozoiz:
Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Student Photographer
I'm going to like
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:iconzozoiz:
Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Student Photographer
Cool I guess but I'm not going to like
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:iconmagicarin:
MagicaRin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And anyone's supposed to care... why?
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:iconzozoiz:
Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Student Photographer
I'm sorry I don't know what I was thinking ill like😁
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:iconmagicarin:
MagicaRin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh... okay?

I just didn't understand why you had to announce that you weren't going to like it. No one cares if you do or not. 
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Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Student Photographer
Thx for understanding
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:iconzozoiz:
Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Student Photographer
Im going to watch you or follow you whatever you call it 🏃
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NabiBlue Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry for joining the conversation for this but no one asked you to be rude. If you don't care, skip the comment and that's it. There's no need for being rude. Thank you.
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MagicaRin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm the rude one? I'm not the one who told someone else that they weren't going to like something that they posted lol. 

Also, it's cute how you think that you can just tell me what to do. :) Really. 
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NabiBlue Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Saying that you don't like something is not being rude. Telling somebody that their opinion doesn't matter, is being rude. I didn't tell you what to do. You can do whatever you want, but being respectful. No one asked for her opinion, okay, but no one asked for you to be rude to her for saying her opinion.
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MagicaRin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, but in my eyes, blatantly going out of your way to tell someone who probably is very proud of their work that you won't like their picture, seems rather rude to me. Perhaps this person has special needs and didn't realize what they were doing, I'm starting to think that might have been the case. I was going to drop it, you really had no reason to interfere, and you weren't being noble in doing so. I'm just as entitled to stating my opinion as this person is to state that they won't like something, if I want to follow your logic. 

Now, if you want to drop it, then go ahead and do so, because I know I'm going to. 
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Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Student Photographer
I wasn't trying to be rude but if I was I liked it I watched her and you
But I'm sorry
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NabiBlue Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No don't worry, you weren't being rude. It was directed to the other deviant ^^
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Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Student Photographer
Oh but I'm sorry what I said anyway
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UsagiProjects Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow the photoshop in this is really well done!!
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Okuro76 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
-9000000000000000000000000000000
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LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Give me creeps! But awesome image!
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:iconariktaranis:
ariktaranis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Is thx real ? O.o
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DrawingWithArthuz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Oh God! The Photoshop skills!
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SexyAnimeGirlLover Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I wish I had a tail.
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:iconclockwork-eden:
clockwork-eden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm pretty sure I saw this same exact picture like ten years ago? :O
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Jade-Dragoon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It was posted in 2004, so it's possible.
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:iconclockwork-eden:
clockwork-eden Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
holy moly and it's JUST reaching the front page? this shit was amazing back then i cant even begin to imagine what you're capable of now.
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lasarousi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this disturbs me so much. i LOVE it.
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effigytormented Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
It gives me a lot of ideas for this story I'm working on.
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andy204 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There was this one article I read about an Indian teenager who is being worshipped as a god because because he has a 7 inch tail. Kinda looked like this but not connected with his spinal.
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grafmason Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
good image.
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Blitz11 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Writer
Now just how did this little gem make it to the front page again after all this time? hehe
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DoaBob Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I'm asking myself the same question. Suddenly a lot of old pics started to appear. Pics from 1, 2 and 3 years ago.
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:iconryrmyrbyr:
RyrMyrByr Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Apparently, what's on "What's Hot" is based on current popularity, regardless of when it was submitted.
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DoaBob Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Yeah, It's true. But this one is from 10 years ago! i think the question is how people are rediscovering these old pics?
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:iconmaltesegirl:
maltesegirl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I think it's cool looking.
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princewilliam99326 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
"To Take It Off" 
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snft Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
I love this one!
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Sillageuse Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
Do you know orphan black? It's a TV show and at one point there's a group of neolutionist's who believe in people being able to develop a tail and such. I thought this is an orphan black "fanart" :D
It looks cool, and I don't think the tail is too high or anything, because who decides at what point it would "come out"? :D
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