The Arangdyr is the general name applied to this majestic creature that changes shape each season. Local inhabitants call the beast different names depending on which season it is, in the Winter it is called Sutarangdyr, in the Spring it is called Keldarangdyr, in the Summer it is called Sumarangdyr, and in the Fall it is called Haustarangdyr. The beast changes itself each season to accommodate for the conditions of the season. In the winter it is a rather portly and tends not to move much, it has spent most of fall eating and storing food so that it can keep warm, its white coat covers the whole body except for the hooves and head to keep warm and disguise itself amongst the snow, it tends to spend Winters on various mountains. During the spring the Arangdyr is the most fit, as it changes its diet to meat, it hunts down smaller prey during the spring. It also sports newly grown stony horns which have flowing stringy fur colored vibrantly to impress potential mates. During the Summer, most of its hair has gone, its neck elongates to feed from treetops, the color fades from its fur on its horns, and it grows a sail on its back to protect the body from the hot sun. During the fall the beast's sail covers its back and appears to be feathered colored like Autumn leaves which will eventually assimilate into the Winter coat, it starts to grow its winter coat back and its horns shrink for the winter.
Leviarcticus is one of the largest creatures in the antarctic, only surpassed by the larger cetaceans during the winter months and most certainly the largest during its terrestrial phase from November to April.
During spring, living in a marine form, the creature gorges itself enormously on krill blooms, in order to build up supplies for the summer phase, during which mating occurs and there is little to no feeding. At the start of summer it leaves the ocean in full 'breeding plumage' (so to speak) which consists of an enormous number of brightly coloured fins spreading out from its body, which are dramatic enlargements of the webbing it uses to propel itself while swimming, and which it uses for ponderous but nonetheless highly dramatic courtship displays. During early summer it doesn't move much, as it is quite clumsy and heavy and too much movement may damage their displays, and it is up to the females (who are less display-oriented) to choose their mates.
After the mating season's over the creatures shed the casing across most of their body to relieve themselves of the weight of their display fins and whatnot, and as such the form they take for the overland migration is a much slimmer one,which enables them to become swift hunters and refuel for their winter migration. Their antennae also develop a coating of a highly potent neurotoxin, which makes them scarily efficient in their attacks on the coastal penguin colonies.
After stocking up on food they return to the ocean, where they first give birth to enormous numbers of young, before folding themselves into a more efficient streamlined shape to conserve energy and protect their growing bodies while making the undersea journey back to their spring feeding grounds.
Concept: The Boogylark of Central Park As a child I visited Central Park and there I found, quite to my shock, the strangest creature. It hid in the snow when there was snow and hid in the pond when there was water, in the rubbish when there was news and in the dark when all else slept. No one believed me, so effective was it's disguise. But I resolved to capture the Boogylark. Thus with crayon and paper I did so.
Whilst on business once again in New York City I could not help but think of the Boogylark and resolved to study it. At first I found nothing, but after a time it emerged. I think there was recognition in it's expression and, over several trips across a year the Boogylark revealed to me the shy nature of it's solitary existence.
To further it's camouflage it utilises spongy chords on it's head that it can rearrange. The Boogylark's entire body too changes as the seasons turn. In the summer the heat forces it to slip below the surface of the murky ponds and lick at the crumbs thrown to the ducks above, breathing through it's ear-reeds. In the autumn it creates a cocoon and sleeps all day, foraging dying leaves at night. People disregard the Boogylark as a bum, no one looks too close at bums and it actually emits a stink not unlike the whiskey my father used to drink. In the winter it emerges and enjoys watching the antics of people playing in the snow, it's flabby body keeps it warm whilst it sits still as a statue. Finally in spring the Boogylark sings amongst the tree branches at night, luring Owls in mating season in close before swallowing them whole! Field mice consider the Boogylark a friend indeed and I must admit, after this years strange study, so do I.
Concept: Chelicerata Lardsackius In winter times, the Lardsackius does pretty much nothing at all, besides sleeping. It lives off of the fat reserves it stored up during the rest of the year.
When snow starts to melt, it grows legs, and by the beginning of summer it has grown ready to start its hunting for lard.
By the time autumn hits, the Lardsackius starts to adapt for winter.
Concept: Hydrondarun The hydrondarun is an amphibian that has evolved beyond being able to swim, but still constantly needs water. It is unusual in the respect that it can subsist only on water, and that it changes shape every season to properly gather it. When the water reaches the hydrondarun's stomach, it is mixed with toxins, giving the hydrondarun nearly no fear of predators.
In the spring, it has suction cups open on the top half of its body to help catch spring showers. In the summer, all of its pores close up and it becomes a round water sack. the previously small middle appendage is now a primative leg, to help it walk with its bulk. In the fall, the suction cups open on the creature's stomach, so it can gather up the moisture of fallen leaves. The hydrondarun burrows in snow in the winter, all it's pores are open so it can get a head start collecting for next summer.
In the system of Formalhaut is a water covered planet with an orbit so large and attenuated that for half of its year the planet is covered in a thick layer of ice. However, the planet’s year is the equivalent of 47 standard years, and those species not found in the upper atmosphere have adapted to an amphibious life, depending on prevailing conditions. The Meerbeest feeds on abundant plankton during the warm summers, then emerges onto the slush ice in Autumn to fight and breed during the Winter , where many predators are an environmental threat. In Spring it returns to the warming seas to spawn and fatten up again.
The "Fall Fairy", as it's commonly known, changes form over the seasons, shedding its exoskeleton to reveal each new form. It is most visible in the fall, when its newly formed wings show forth their breeding colors, hence the name "fall fairy". It lives in northern temperate climates where small ponds form from the melting winter snow, enabling its amphibious lifestyle.
In the spring, when the ice begins melting, the adult females spring to life from their winter chrysalis. Falling into the water from the trees above, they quickly swim to hide under the nearest rocks, where they will raise their young, newly hatched out of the eggs which were laid in the winter shell. Well equipped predators, they use their two forelimbs like spring-loaded pikes to lash out and grab passing prey. They are strong swimmers, using a fin on their tail to propel themselves. Their four hind limbs are fitted with small gills that they keep in motion using small movements. These also assist as fins when darting out of the way of larger predators.
As weather gets warmer and prey in the water becomes more scarce, the aquatic insect will climb out of the water onto a branch where it will molt its outer shell. As it emerges, it will now have 6 fully functional legs, the front legs will still used for grabbing at prey. The longer neck allows them to look around in all directions, and they are very swift and agile predators. Four wing spurs can be seen on their back. These will only become true wings when the fall season approaches. The young nymphs are also ready to emerge from the waters as juveniles, completing the same process. They look simply like smaller versions of the adults, and are now ready to venture out on their own. They are camouflaged to blend in with the leaves of most deciduous trees, and now hunt for other insects among the branches. For now, it is safer here, since most migratory birds are now in the area.
As the weather cools, the fall fairy will undergo another molt, shedding its drab outer shell to emerge in beautiful breeding colors. Gaining wings for the first time, juveniles can be a bit clumsy at flying, but they follow the lead of the adults. Males are usually more brightly colored than females, and will show off their wings in dazzling displays of aerial maneuvers. If a male approaches a female to mate, he must be careful not to get eaten by her after mating.
The first icy rains of winter signal the end of the fall fairy's glory. They will grab tightly to a branch over the pond and encase themselves in a hard outer shell, dropping their wings in the process. The females will lay their eggs in the cocoon, and themselves enter a hibernation phase, awaiting the spring rains to swell the water level again. The smaller males, if they were lucky enough to survive the mating season, also hibernate. They will not help raise the young, but live a solitary lifestyle until the next fall.
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Concept: Root Monster The root monster is an asexual mollusk creature that develops from a seed-like pod and burrows into the ground to escape the cold during the frozen winter months. There it feeds from underground water and nutrients, rapidly gaining in size and weight. Using it's locomotion tendrils, it burrows to the surface in spring. There it spreads its trunk tendrils to absorb sunlight to gain energy, while preying upon hapless passerby creatures. After a few months, the sluggish creature has gained strength and begins to perambulate to new territory, using the summer sun to incubate its seedlings in its trunk tendrils. As sunlight fades in the autumn, the pods are transposed to its abdomen, and the creature collapses, balanced on its tendrils, abdomen pointed up. The skin of the abdomen peels apart, and the pods are one by one released into the wind to land and burrow far away. The root monster's life cycle now comes to a close, and it dies.
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these creature is called often as a dragon fly because of it small size and similarity to the dragons, they have a unique ability to change it shapes with every season and adapt to the climate.From the spring to the autumn they produce a big amount of energy in theirs bodies with is used in the cold winter, in process at the autumn season they dropping some of theirs needless parts used before to accumulate energy, with looks like shining bubbles before in the summer
Concept: Armoured Chameleon This large beast uses hardened plates of cartilage to help adapt to it's surroundings throughout the year. It's flesh is very tender and thin, making it very vulnerable at times. It expands and contracts based upon the climate. The fur it wears varies in quantity and thickness dependent upon the time of year.
-The Armored Chameleon spends the entirety of winter in a body of water; hibernating below the ice surface. During this time the creature's flesh contracts due to the cold climate conditions. It's body gets a large quantity of fur along the sides, and it's arm and leg plates lock into position alongside it's spine and skull, protecting the tender flesh from any damage. It can survive up to 6 hours underwater; using it's horn to break the ice when in need of oxygen. The young often die when the ice proves too thick to break, consequently suffocating them. This is the only time when it requires the use of it's sonar pick-ups. The large funnel-like bones fall into place directly over their ears when in this form, allowing them to remain aware of undersea activity.
-When spring rolls around the flesh begins to expand again to better convenience the beast during the upcoming summer months. It's arms and legs sprawl out and it crawls back onto land a quadruped. At this time the armour begins to crack and fall off, as the flesh beneath is now becoming too large to accommodate. The fur begins to retract to prevent overheating.
-By summer the beast has expanded to it's full size. Most of the armour has fallen off, revealing it's arms, legs, and the sides of it's face. It is most agile in this form and spends this time hunting and feasting on as much food as it can; preparing itself for the winter. It is an omnivore and will eat almost anything that adds to it's body-mass.
-In the autumn the creature starts to condense in size once again, and the cartilage and fur begins to grow back where it was lost before. The armour somehow expands out from pores all around the beasts body, creating an even plate. It will spend the final few weeks of autumn in the water; ready for the oncoming season.
Not much is known about these fragile giants, but many are fascinated by the creatures ability to adapt and live in an ever-changing environment.
This is my final entry. (not a WIP!)
I find the colouring of my projects only to reduce the overall quality of my work, and thus-forth choose most often to settle with a well-shaded complete black and white drawing.
*All works are original and traditionally done by hand.*