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Xenosmilus, the Panda Cat by Qilong Xenosmilus, the Panda Cat by Qilong
Based on the skeleton of the so-called "Panda Cat," Xenosmilus is a short-fanged (sabre-toothed) cat with large, robust arms, but walked on it's heels like a bear does. I based this partially on the style of Mauricio Antón, but mostly it was my own "mammal" style here.

Edit: I should say that the reason it's called the "Panda Cat" is because what Virginia Naples and Larry Martin refer to as panda-like features, including short, robust limbs and a large, almost opposable true "thumb," the first digit has a huge claw and points inwards instead of being short and angled like a normal cat's "thumb."
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So the cats did indeed have plantigrade members? I thought "Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives" by Alan Turner dispelled the plantigrade stance in Homotherium. Didn't know Xenosmilus walked like a bear.
the Scimitar cat (Homotherium) was built more like a hyena.
Virginia Naples has concluded that the limb material shows a plantigrade pes (probably digitigrade manus, as shown) due to the articulations of the tibia and ankle and proportions of the foot (much shorter). I think it's a good assumption to make.
Yay, Xenosmilus! I love seeing reconstructions of these, and yours is a very nice one. I like your pencil work. I also like how you tried the "loose lips" as Naples suggested they had.
Yeah, I never liked the "tight", perfect lip look either, and my familiarity with cats has shown me that it is highly unlikely they had "perfect" faces. Here's for ragged, often assymetrical and more realistic faces! The eyes are too big, though. *shrug* Win some, lose some.
Haytiger Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am IN LOVE with this! I want you to teach me how to draw like this! :33
I do like it myself. This took me a lot of time and practice to get to. It's not something I can teach in a single sitting. My best advice to you is to look at photos of animals and copy them. Start general, then try to work on details. Try to match how fur or feathers look, or scales or bare skin. Once you get a general idea of how things should look, you can focus on specifics like ruffled fur, splayed feathers, and what not. It helps to get a good grounding in biology, so I also recommend you look at how muscles are arranged and the bone structure beneath them. This will help you immensely when you start trying repose your figures, so you can use the correct posture and get the muscle tone right, before you pop on the flesh and fur/feathers/skin.

Note: this cat started out as a skeleton, then got muscled, then got fleshed, then I outlined the fur and such, and only then did I start detailing. But before that, it was a study in bone structure. Most biological artists start this way, because it is the easiest way to work in a creature-medium. That way, you animal looks like it is actually doing what you want it to look like it is doing.

Most of all: Be patient with yourself, and don't give up. It helps to give yourself a little time to stop, focus on something else, then come back to the work. Fresh eyes see things better.
Haytiger Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)) I will take your advise to heart ^_^
Your picture of the panda cat is really amazing
It looks great c:
The shading and fur texture is so well done and the creature itself is amazing c:
Thank you! I was in a fur-heavy stage at that time.
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