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quart-brachium struthio by V4m2c4 quart-brachium struthio by V4m2c4
very little is known about this creature, and others of the newly discovered planet, especially the purpose of the strange floating disks that accompany all of them. Speculation is varied, from parasite, a highly sexually dimorphic mate or the very obscure notion that it is a sensory organ, coined as a "non local branial cap" it is believed to be a highly sensitive sensory organ that picks up electromagnetic information, oder and emit information from its environment and planet. While still speculation it is the growing belief, though little is known of how it works or even how it stays connected.
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
I absolutely love this! Especially the non-local branial cap; I wonder how it floats like that, if not actually surmounted by an incredibly thin stalk…
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
thanks! I plan on further explaining the biology and physiology of these creatures. But for now its open for speculation.
TheLittleWaterDragon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Acrionianspeculative Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
another great, alien-looking creature. i love the way you make your designs look so buggy (i am an insect addict) especially with what appears to be an exoskeleton on the head and back of this particular animal. and the feelers are so intricately designed that you can imagine having the head of this thing mounted on your mantle-piece to show to your uptight in-laws when they come to visit. excellent work!
Chipchinka Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013   Writer
I love your alien life forms.  They're complex and complicated...and they're so much better than so much of the "lets put a cockroach in drag and call it an alien" sort of mentality that seems to be floating around too much of the sci fi community.  I don't mind cockroaches in alien drag, but come on...even a REAL cockroach is far more interesting that MOST of the aliens that seem to shamelessly steal cockroach traits in the most one dimensional, non-creative ways.  Your alien creatures seem not only feasable, but appealing in so many ways.  I wish there was some justice in the universe and that creatures like these existed somewhere.
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
"cockroach in drag" is the best best description i've heard in regards to some of the concepts out there. I'm glad you find my work appealing, I really do try to invest a lot of time and research in the development of my creatures, so I am glad that it is coming across in the designs and descriptions. While I may not always hit the mark, in some opinions, it is something I strive for. Maybe I'm tapping into some universal unconscious and instead of imagining a design I'm actually getting a glimpse of the real thing...ok probably not but we can pretend.  
Chipchinka Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Writer
Thank you for the response.
One of the other things I like about your work is how it reminds me of some of the other good stuff I've inhaled over the decades, especially the artwork of Wayne Barlowe, and some of the other science fiction greats who have delved into the fields of xenobiology.  I definitely get the feeling that you're delving into some universal unconscious, and even if you're not getting glimpses of real designs, you're getting glimpses at the existential nature of real designs: not the designs themselves, but precisely why things are shaped in the ways that they's like you're getting glimpses into what it means to exist in the presence of just so much nitrogen, just so much oxygen, just so much of any reactive gasses, in the presence of just so much light at a particular frequency, on just so much iron and rock with just so much density, and thus, just so much gravity...and so even if there are no worlds like the one depicted here, biologists and other scientists can look at your work and see possibilities.  And ultimately, that's one of the things Science Fiction is all about: real possibilities based on a real understanding of both how and why things work the way they do.  Add to that, an emotional take, and you've got something potent...and I can't think of any other genre that does stuff like that!
Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love your design on this creature- the "non-local brain cap" is genius!
johnbrito Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Very cool
Nikama Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I would cuddle the crap out of this. What does it eat?
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