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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.


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'll miss detail if you don't!
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cutelittlebruswork Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
omg wtf?!
iuuuHusky WTF face Uhm...? 
darksparkss Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
please give me a spell to turn into this please look so amazing even it is photoshop please help me! :(
Angelic-Painter Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twippywippy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
The tail is beautiful; I wish she were wholly real, ears, tail and all. The only way it could be more beautiful was if the tail had a longish tuft on the end which matched the hair on her head.
fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
nice and unique vision!
BlueWolfhanyou Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013

this is cool tho it is higher that its supposed to be its cool that you could do this


nomadgreece Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
this is one of my favourites
nomadgreece Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Very good!
btmaisel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
That is to say, 95% of all animals do not have tails. 95% of all animals don't have spines.
btmaisel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
While I love this picture to my core, I have to point out that you are absolutely dead wrong about nearly every creature having a tail. Vertebrates only account for 5% of the life on earth. 95% of all life on earth does not have a tail.
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