Sunday, September 28, 2008
The Mole Dragon, scarce and rarely seen, eats a diet of giant subterranean arthropods and scavenges during times of scarcity. Has been known to cause havoc on eccentric wizards' lawns when population numbers rise every few decades.
Been busy lately but this was an old sketch I wanted to paint. :) even though its sketchy I hope its ok!
Posted by wallasaurus at 3:16 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I was recently asked to add to this awesome creature blog. I love to create creatures and I think that this is a perfect forum for doing that. Some very inspirational work out here and I'm really flattered to have been invited. Anyway, I've been pretty busy and haven't had a lot of spare time so for now I'll post some "oldies" that were conceptualized for Halo Wars but I'm really excited about contributing here, so I promise to have some new images to post in the next week or so. In the meantime, I hope you guys dig...
Posted by Rice and Eggs at 5:06 PM
Based off of "tiny" rough thumbnails, here is one crustacean-like critter that very loosely resemble "Metroids" while the other one is a kind of bipedal water based weevil of sorts, a bit of an elemental. Just playing around with the color on that one and the watery texture and highlights.
Posted by Mike Corriero at 12:08 PM
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
An upright Crustacean-like creature based off of hermit crabs. Based on a very quick, small, rough sketch and playing around with a swirl of color found within the exoskeleton. There is also a page worht of creature thumbnails each with a real world animal kept in mind when having designed them.
Posted by Mike Corriero at 2:17 PM
Friday, September 19, 2008
Until I come up with some new beasts here are a couple of older ones
Medusa was the snake-haired slapper decapitated by Perseus on account of her ability to turn people to stone at a glance.
The Kelpie or Water Horse is a Scottish spirit that hangs around streams and lures travellers to their deaths.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Here's the latest image I've made for Creature of the Week on Conceptart.org. The topic was "Feeds on Sound."
The complete description that I wrote to accompany the image:
It has been known sense prehistory that sound, especially voice, holds special powers in our world. Indeed, many scholars believe that our ability to manipulate sound at a high level of complexity is what allowed our race, when it was young, to triumph over all other species of animal and attain civilization. Through sound, we not only communicate and use language, but also cast spells, charms, incantations, and make use of any number of other Vocal Powers.
In early days, it was believed that man alone had the use of the Vocal Powers. However, in this new age of science and exploration, it has been discovered that many other creatures have magical abilities, though few are as well-developed in their use of these powers as man. One creature with surprising magic abilities is the Sonagama. Lean, quick-moving reptiles as large as a small man, the Sonagama has developed an ability similar to the magical power known as soundleeching. Using this power, it draws all sound in its environment towards itself, just as a powerful magnet attracts metal objects. Using its fantastically enlarged cheek-flaps, this sound is funneled into its mouth, and through a number of both physiological and magical adaptations this sound is converted is converted into pure energy, and it is this energy on which the Sonagama lives. The creature literally eats sound.
Now, let us discuss the natural history of the Sonagama, as far as our current state of knowledge allows. As mentioned, the Sonagama is a reptile, specifically a lizard related to the agamas, hence its name. It is large, with long, muscular limbs that allow it to both run at great speed as well as rear up on its hind limbs to nearly the hight of a man. Its skull is highly modified, with long quadrate bones allowing it to achieve a terrific gape when opening its mouth--the large the mouth, the better ability to consume sound, apparently. Its enormous cheek flaps--the most remarkable physical characteristic of the species--are supported by highly modified palate and hyoid bones, which swing outward from the jaws to hold the flaps rigid. When the mouth is closed, these bones are folded against the sides of the head and neck, with the cheek flaps hanging like curtains around the throat and shoulders. The cheek flaps themselves serve two functions. Firstly, they assist with funneling sound into the creature's throat, much like our ears funnel sound into the skull. Secondly, they make the creatures seem tremendously larger and more intimidating than they actually are, a useful tactic both for establishing dominance within the species and for frightening away potential predators. The Sonagama shares its habitat with a number of species that have rudimentary Vocal Powers. These creatures seem to be the preferred "prey" of the Sonagama, for magical sound obviously contains more energy than normal sound. However, in a pinch, any form of sound will sustain the Sonagama. When the Sonagama deploys its soundleeching powers, the world around it grows suddenly silent, with even the loudest noises seeming to become muffled and distant. Vocal Powers become useless when in the presence of a Sonagama, for the sound is absorbed before it can have any magical effect. For this reason, tamed Sonagamas have become popular guard animals for those who wish to protect themselves from malicious Vocal attacks.
Posted by Moai at 2:30 PM