Well,this section usually intimidates me pretty much,but since responses to this piece have been generally positive i thought i'd post it here aswell.
The final product:
(copied from cow thread)
A mix between fish and insect,born blind,approx. 3-5 meters long. The hard chitin armor guards against the hight temperature,with cooling bags located directly beneath. It has no eyes because of said temperature. Instead it uses the sensitive antennae on top of the head to catch vibrations in the air,locating birds and other creatures above the lava,and,in rare cases, creatures in the lava. Usually a slow creature,as not to burn too much energy,but quick when it strikes. Occasionally known to eat mineral-rich rocks to gain energy.
The steps (after that last one,i pretty much completely reworked the "face",plus additional texture and lighting stuff).
and last but not least, a little fun pic i made after all the noodling. (which i happened to include in the final piece aswell). suggested to look like a blurry,overexposed photograph.
Hope you like. Comment away