Concept: Crustachepoid The Crustachephoid is the missing link between crustaceans and cephalopods, it is speculated that crustaceans evolved from into cephalopods millions of years ago and crustacephoids is one of the transition species in the evolution.
It retains the exoskeleton of crustaceans which soffens from the cephalus to the thorax and at the end of the thorax it developed arms and siphons we can find on modern octopus.
Its main diet are smaller fish and occasinally other crustaceans, and method of hunting is by using its arms and it feeds by using smallers pods and a pair of beaks on its head
Named so because of it's 8 appendages... tail included... >_>
I tried to pick two animals that have nothing in reality in common but look like they could. So I though, well a trunk is a bit like a tentacle, and both animals are considered to be very smart. They both communicate with each other in unconventional ways as well, rather than just a call or something like most animals. I developed the shape of the head or body of the octopus to infact be the body of the elephant.
Also, these guys are brilliant bottle openers. You can put a peanut in a bottle, and they'll smash it right open with their foot... yeah, you thought they'd unscrew the lid didn't you. =P Look at those feet!
Concept: Polar Saw Bear Polar Saw Bear, the missing link between the Saw Fish and Polar Bear, before one went to the sea and the other to land.
He uses his snout to detect prey beneath the ice, then cuts a hole and scoops them out. They then use the snout to flick the food into the air and catch it in their mouth. This manner of fishing and capture is only used if the Polar Saw Bear chooses not to go into the sea to seek out fish and seals with its swimming and slicing skills.
When the Polar Saw Bear is in mating season, their fur upon the belly turns a bright shade of orange salmon red towards the other male competition. When courting a female, he will also display this colour along with a freshly killed fish.
Concept: The Mandrillo This creature is the awkward cross between a mandrill and an armadillo. It can be aggressive and defensive, displaying its large sharp canines often to intimidate its enemy, and retreating into its armored body to escape large predators. It eats both vegetation and small prey.
Last edited by Jska; May 3rd, 2008 at 04:51 PM.
Reason: name correction!
Concept: Velocilope The missing link between the Velociraptor and the Pronghorn Antelope.
Native to open grass and shrub land, Velocilopes are Omnivorous, feeding mostly on shrubs and supplementing their diet with the occasional mouse or small lizard.
Capable of reaching 60 mph in short bursts, they are the fastest bipedal animals. While they would rather run from predators, they are capable of dealing deadly kicks using their sickle like claws for defense.
A cross between the North American Red Squirrel and the Cardinal. It is fierce and aggressive towards both squirrels and birds. Its diet consists of berries, nuts and seeds that either red squirrel or cardinal would eat. Because of its aggressive nature it does not like other animals living in its territory that use the same food sources. It has been known to kill baby birds if it finds their nests and they are not protected.
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I was thinking of mainly of the one of the guidelines in particular when voting.
The guideline about not just mix match parts from different creatures.
I feel, however, that this is what most people have done.
I voted for Blackrobin. While it does resembles an octopus, I believe that the design is a functional creature, and fills the spot of being a link between two species, without being a blatant blending of two specific animals.
I voted for Coldrum, the picture itself is very accomplished and lovely.
I will say though that if I had two votes, as an idea/concept, I really liked Hybrid-75's batpig... in many ways I think its a creature that could exist while still being a more surprising combination of creatures. I feel like it's getting overlooked because its just black and white, but it's a lovely render, the pose is great and the concept is solid based on the topic.
Although I didn't participate this round because of being so busy with the CHOW amongst other things, I did vote for Coldrum. I really like the over all piece and the sketches were off the hook. I agree with Mike Jaecks on the fact that Hybrid-75's "Batpig" is being over looked. I thought the batpig was an excellent render no doubt. In a matter of fact when the batpig was in its beggining stages I thought that it was being rendered in a program like zbrush. Awesome work!