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Sketches and Jungles

Thought I'd update with a few pages scanned from my personal sketchbooks and some personal creature sketches.

I've also been designing a creature for a personal story of mine, created mainly so I had some inspiration and could conistently have a target and a brief to work to without spiralling into less realistic designs.


The Viskuul are an amphibian race, omnivores at a young age their body quickly becomes intolerant to physical food, instead siphoning off arcane energy of any living thing. They story this energy in reserves of what looks to be gas or liquid filled sacs all over their body. They are luminous due to the somewhat strange properties of their marshland environment and relatively stupid compared to Humans. Although there have been rumours of more intelligent individuals, just nothing substanciated.

I eventually stuck with this design, although I may come back to revise it at a later date.

And now for my latest C.O.W. entry for the Conceptart forums for creature design. This weeks topic being 'Whiptongue'. A creature that heavily relies on the use of it's prehensile tongue.

After some rougher ideas I stuck with this idea. A nocturnal rainforest dwelling lizard whose body is roughly the same size as a Komodo dragon (excluding the tail). At night it lights up it's bioluminescent tail to attract curious prey such as jaguars and other large game. Then whilst the prey invenstigates the strange light the Whiptongue springs it's trap by wrapping it's tongue around the beasts neck and appendages, quickly suffocating the creature and securing itself a meal.

This picture depicts the act of hunting in progress, and also adds a bit of a size comparison to the creature. In this picture I've also added a serated pair of canine teeth on the lizard, used for stripping the flesh off the bones of it's meal. I realised actually swallowing the entirety of a large cat might have been pushing it a bit.

Anyway let's hope I can render this better this time!


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