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Aquatic Alien Sketch by Abiogenisis Aquatic Alien Sketch by Abiogenisis
More visual development for my book project.

This little swimming alien has evolved from a land living animal similar to this. [link]

About 1 foot in length, this creature travels in schools, hunting fast swimming prey. Instead of using its four jaws to catch food, the first pair of limbs have evolved into raptorial appendages. These are tucked in under the mouth, ready to strike out at soft bodied food. The mouth cavity contains a complex beak to process prey and can also serve as a food storage organ, so that parents can bring food back to their communal creches.

Two large nostrils on the top of the head can extend fleshy air tubes, as these aliens cannot breath water. Evolved from a creature with four eyes, the upper two have greatly reduced in size and can detect threats, whilst the lower pair face forwards for accurate depth perception when hunting.

Intelligent social animals, they live in family groups which travel together, all members taking turns at protecting and feeding the vulnerable young.
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TSofian Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
That is really nice!
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!
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Karxan1970 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Thank you for the use of this great creature in the Star Frontiersman ezine.

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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Most welcome :)
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
They are just like porpoises, even though they are about 80% smaller! Aww 

And as always, great work Alex! :D (Big Grin) 
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BlueRadical Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Never really been so obsessed with one guys art so much, uber inspiring.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Cheers ;)
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the first thing in "aquatic alien" google search :D
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Haha yesss XD
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship: :)
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HellricofHellinbone Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is beautiful!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thanks :)
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1 foot in length?! This escaped me the last time when I was here! Awesome! Thy are smaller than I thought but so much cooler at the same time! =)
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Crimsonguard477 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Very interesting. I think I caught one of these off Three Mile Island once.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Lol, nice ;)
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GTAtomten Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like it!
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CoreArt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
The visuals you develop are crazy!
I like how they all have similarities like animals on Earth.
Real cool stuff.
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P-ns3 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
this = inspireation i would like to draw this as a consept for an intelegent spieces of flying whale form a distant planet but i will do this only with oyour permision
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Sweet! Excellent shading as well. Kinda Wayne Barlowe-ish but very good.
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:iconbaurzhan:
Baurzhan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
great scetch
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:iconmiss-hina:
miss-hina Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I really like your rendering here. =D
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superjohan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
you say your creature is 1 foot in length, thats hard to beleve because if it doesnt breaths water, then it has to come very frequently above the water to breath, and a creature with the size of 1 foot doesn't have a very large lung capacity. (but that's what I think)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
The creature was inspired by a penguin, some of which are very small and breath air.
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Student General Artist
I like the complex mouth. Very cool and outlandish.
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thefact1on Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
hey i just found your work on the site, i have to say, it really is great! Very refreshing and enjoyable stuff. shall be watching you further!
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
It's beautiful, it looks like a balaenateuth.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Convergent evolution, I assure you ;)
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Seriously, most (all?) swimming aquatic animals converge on each other. :)
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:iconhumanatis:
Humanatis Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very creative, I like it.
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MrJmZack Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
This one here is like the parallel to Earth's whale - the evolutionary sequence leading up to its initial appearance is different, but the general design is the same: social, intelligent, aquatic organic being evolved from one that once lived on land.
The fins give that vibe, too.

I love it! :D
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PikkewynMan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is great! I'm loving how the world is developing.
also loving the shared evolution! so well thought out and detailed.
cant wait to see more!:D
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shadowphoen1x Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Nice pic, I was about to say "where's its tail to use as a rudder to propel itself through the water?", but then I remembered a turtle/tortoise doesn't have one.
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nr20minutes Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
great small animal! Elegant double-hourglass shape and not over-detailed. I like how a good portion of your creatures have jaws that aren't bilaterally symmetrical; you get a good sense of shared evolution.

Why does it have that crest on its back? Wouldn't predators have a harder time determining the alien's orientation if its coloration actually took advantage of the similarities between its mouth and its tail? (You know... Kind of like a symet)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Haha! I chose not to make the rear end look too much like the front precisely because of the Symet :)

I always feel I have to be very careful not to step on Barlowe's toes :p
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nr20minutes Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Well, the front is obviously bulkier, so I guess if you spent your whole life swimming around eating these things, you'd probably get a good sense of which side is which anyway.

Your stuff is cool because it usually doesn't look like it belongs on Earth or Darwin IV. Sorry if I implied that the design was too reminiscent of Barlowe's work; it does look like a good addition to your creature index
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Oddstuffs Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
That is one well-developed idea! Very impressive!
And the design of the creature is amazing too! The shape and shading are really great.
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DRAWVORTEXTHEII Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
creepy but its cool :)
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zombieslayerjjj Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Another interesting creature, but where did the fourth set of limbs go? Birrin and psedo raptors have eight legs, but this one seems to only have six.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
The fourth set hold the hearing and scenting organ. To keep streamlined, that limb in the swimming creature has been reduced to a point that it tucks away into a little slot just visible beneath the front flipper.
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zombieslayerjjj Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Oh, okay. Thanks!
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fuzzball288 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this one! I can imagine a bunch of them hunting together.
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MraChakka Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Brilliant design, brilliant creature, brilliant sketch. Each time you release something it becomes my new favourite =D

The eyes almost look intelligent...so it reminded me most of a dolphin. :)
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kotleta Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Love your freaky creations. Can you draw this critter in action (eating!), to get the mouth perception a little better.
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:iconspacejunq:
spacejunq Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Very interesting concept.
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:iconndean:
NDean Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008   Writer
lovely design, quite a beautiful critter
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JohnnyMuffintop Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
That's friggin' awesome! It's like a squid-whale.
That's what you could call it, a squale!
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah! I have "squish" in my alien project! =D
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Azrael-Nekhbet Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
What a lovely sketch, the shading is gorgeous. I love the eyes, and the four jaws remind me of a Solpugid, or Sun spider.
The shading around the flippers, body is very precise. :)
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Reminds me more of a penguin than an orca.
Beautiful work!
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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