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Crista Zarafa by V4m2c4 Crista Zarafa by V4m2c4
i've seen this way of presenting images before, line art on a parchment layer, its just a simple yet effective way of showing a drawing so I thought I would try it out.

Crista Zarafa primarily solitary live on the expansive planes feeding on large flowering plants and vegetation, using the straw like tongue for feeding on nectar and the sharp mandible to feed on vegetation.
Females are slightly larger and stronger compared to the males. It is the females you compete for the attention of males. A males only mating ritual is the flashy fan used to entice a females eye, as the crest is a great marker to his virility and health.
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
good pencil work
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you. I love your work by the way, its absolutely beautiful. 
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's a wonderful creature, I like especially the head anatomy :clap:
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
thank you! :)
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casa4563 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
giving mating crest to male looks great
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
thank you, I wanted some kind of sexual dimorphism so I thought it was a good idea
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Jopakopamopa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Cool!
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
thanks!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
They look extremely awesome but I have to admit that I'm actually more fascinated by the flying creatures.
Have you been inspired by greg broadmores creatures? (the bodies of the zarafas (especially the legs) kinda remind me of them)
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
fare enough, I'll be rendering the flyers at some point.
Its funny I didn't see those creature designs until very recently, someone pointed them out to me and I've been in love ever since!! This particular design, legs included had been in my sketchbook for years. But I can see where the connection is made and the cold hard truth is because his designs are better known than mine he gets first dibs on it, which im ok with :)
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazingly awesome what are those on the front legs knee they look like little wings and i also find the flying critters interesting
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
just little frills, they would be brightly colored in males. The flying critters I decided to leave silhouetted but i'll prob flesh them out at some point.
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ah i see,and yeah looking forward to seeing them in full detail are all of youre alien designs from the sme world?
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
for the most part yes they are, but there are a couple that are unique to specific worlds like the "floaters" who live on a gas planet. (now that I think of it i kind of want to do more creatures from there.)
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome i love creating stange stuff to inhabit hostile ecosystems it will be interseting to see what youre imagination has in store for my eyes oh and do you have a name for youre planet?
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
playing God is fun!
I've played around with names in the past but never really locked one down. I'm ok with calling it planet X for now, I know how original.
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lol im calling mine planet VI its my sixth project :D
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the awesomeness here is too damn overwhelming! great concept! =)
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
thank you it means a lot!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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