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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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:iconenderdragon-mak:
Enderdragon-mak Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Nice.
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MarjoleinB Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing!
But does any body else has to think about Orphan Black?
Becouse Olivier Duval had one in the series...
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Jesagon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
I like it.
I used to wonder what it would be like to have a tale when I was younger. I might have always thought of it as a furred tail, but I wouldn't mind something like this if I had been born with it.
alas, I was not and shall keep living without a tail of my own. either way, I hope your inspiration stays in the future too.
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Safeunderdark Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015   Digital Artist
I think it's amazing.. it looks so simple and yet complex. the shear detail makes it staggering and could be somewhat disturbing in some perspective ..

But:
The beauty of it is overwhelming..  the ears and the spine are highly detailed -lol- , no pun intended,  but  for some reason I always end up with tail..
OMG.. it just struck me, you have to have 'the tail' for detail, so this might be more appropriate than I ever realised.

We always tell tales, look at details, so why did we lose out tails ? 
haha, this is so weird thinking about this..

Yea, we still have a tailbone, so why should this not be possible ?
I'm  keeping an open mind about this, I think this is wonderful, and a very good and honest way of portraying her.
I love this to bits :heart:  I really do

Thanks for sharing!  


 
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:iconcollinsl:
collinsl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
That's just plain weird
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:iconartisticwonder24:
artisticwonder24 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just plain beautiful :).
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SPARKSFLIPNOTES Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always wanted a tail
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DavidEMartin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Anyone else mention the Scandinavian film THALE ?  Two guys cleaning up a old house discover a tailed woman living there.
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okay21 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2015
wow, people actually think this is disturbing? i think it looks pretty cool.
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:icondevlukeanderson:
DevLukeAnderson Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist
That is disgusting.

Where did you get the idea for that?
:eyebrow: 
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googletoper Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Creepy! XD
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:iconbugsbunny143:
bugsbunny143 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Gags sorry this stuff make me gag
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:iconmilkywaytoheaven:
MilkyWayToHeaven Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol
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DonNeedNoStinkinNorm Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Shit, My Bad. Rewrite:
My Dear "lessthanhuman" stet rest.
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DonNeedNoStinkinNorm Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My Dear "Devolution";
Your work is Exquisite, Incredibly Beautiful, and Deeply Erotic, in the very Best Sense. A favorite Oscar Wilde Quote suggesting itself: "Be Yourself, everyone else is Taken"

Such "several people" who critique the tail position, really need to get a Life, and stop burbling Nonsense. Suggested Reading? A few days spent with the works of ERASMUS Darwin on Species Variation, though I doubt they would understand it, and even if they did? One of the hardest things to Kill is an ill-founded, or borrowed, Opinion. cite? me.

And yet, there is always, Thank God, someone out there who really DOES want to know whether, in fact, he really Believes what he Thinks, and says. Thus would I recommend, to them (not presuming you to have not already done so) a full reading of Jaques Barzun, recently Deceased, Literary and Art Critic Extraordinaire. The Culture We Deserve". Get's a bit Cranky at times, but you will see why. Just as good? Robert Hughes, "The Shock of The New". Drilled into me at a New England Prep School as shall not be named...:))

www.amazon.com/The-Shock-New-R…


Last, your work is almost indescribably Elegant, and Exciting, at least to me, for whatever the opinion of someone with Doctorates in Law, Physics, and Art (Theology, impenetrable) The Rest of it your critics well intentioned and yet misplaced Critique? How does one say " CRAPOLA" In Latin:))? 

I am done. Will now try to figure out how the Hell one does a Tribute in this system, as you so clearly deserve.

God Bless, Keep it Up!
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:iconlessthanhuman:
lessthanhuman Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the well crafted and sincere comment and for the kind contribution. I really do appreciate the support and recognition of my artwork!
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mangaga Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Trying to decide if this is cool or disturbing. Or maybe being disturbing makes it cool? 
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filipeoliveira Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING WORK !!!!!
Can you take a look in my Cinderella drawing in a realistic version
filipeoliveira.deviantart.com/…
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Bonniebear98 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Writer
There have been actual cases where a child has been born with a tail
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Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
There's no such thing <link>
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cavalryman66 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
It falls to me to give you this statistics but across the world, 1 in 10,000 children born comes out with a vestigial tail. In the developed countries it is removed at birth. Look it up for yourself if you don't believe. Thanks for listening to me.
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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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CharlesCAW Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
read the info box......
"Manipulated with Photoshop 7.0."    So in other words, it fake
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zoroark872 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
ok thank goodness 
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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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cavalryman66 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Check out her ears. Seems to be fairly pointed. Could be angle of shot or a proto-fairy?lol.
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murkymurloc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Real life dog!
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:iconmecomix:
MEcomix Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
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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ginevravandentoorn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, this is no photoshop. This is real!!!
Amazing work Lessthanhuman
:heart:
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samcatton1987 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist
Ha never seen muffin like it
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:iconzozoiz:
Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Photographer
I'm going to like
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:iconzozoiz:
Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  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  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  Student Photographer
Thx for understanding
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:iconzozoiz:
Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  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  Student 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  Student 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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:iconmagicarin:
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  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  Student General Artist
No don't worry, you weren't being rude. It was directed to the other deviant ^^
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:iconzozoiz:
Zozoiz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Photographer
Oh but I'm sorry what I said anyway
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