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Bushwhacker - With Background by Abiogenisis Bushwhacker - With Background by Abiogenisis
Thought I would do an alternative version of the Bushwhacker but with a little more going on.

The tropical forest in the background is very different from those of Earth: Here, almost all the forest floor is covered with a grayish, mold-like organism. The large coral shapes on top of it are formed by the fungus and move slowly like waves across the ground, engulfing dead animals and vegetation for digestion. Large red capped fruiting bodies dot the forest, and are serviced by jungle creatures who then travel to others, and so fertilize far distant fungal colonies.

The Bushwhacker, seen here in strike position, is a predator of the mid levels of this forest. Only about a foot or so long, it moves slowly through the vines, snapping at unsuspecting creatures which pass nearby. Its pointed teeth grip prey while venom injected by the proboscis paralyzes it, making it easier to handle. If the creature loses its footing, it is slow on the ground and likely to be eaten by animals living under the fan fungus ledges.

The first xenobiologist to study this alien was stung, but the toxins never evolved to attack earthlife and so apart from significant pain they were unharmed. It was named the Bushwhacker because of its propensity for ambush, like the rural guerrillas of the American civil war.

The original is here: [link]
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:iconqoji:
qoji Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist
great design
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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
I love the concept of the forest floor being a fungal body and that there are creatures lurking under the Fungus ledges
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I love your ecology here, it's so neat. But not as neat as having a pet bushwacker would be!

Maybe de-poison-sacced?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Just gotta get it fed, and keep its proboscis corked.
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th3punk1n4t0r Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
sommetimes I go on a favoriting binge, browsing deviantart for random things- I found this through looking for alien jungles, and I've got to say, you did a pretty good job at creating an alien creature and then fleshing out it's ecology and physiology, and the environment it lives in.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thanks, I always try and make them fit a world that may be possible with biology as we understand it.
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YikYik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Eewwww, eww, eeeewwwwwww!!!! :fear: It's amazingly creepy looking! :XD: Very nice and well done! :nod:
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28dragons Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Avatar as nothing on you. I love your creatures and the depth of thought you put into them :,)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Avatar has a lot of coin on me XD
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iamdemsugar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well done and great idea development!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thanks :D
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:iconhanoko:
Hanoko Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful creature and great description. I love how you made it looks like a simple animal while others would have presented it as a horror beast.
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brandnewboboun Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
creepy mf)))))))))))))))))))
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Stian666shagrath666 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
i totally stumbled upon this stuff randomly, its not usually the sort of thing i like, but i love this!!! its all so original! great work man
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Danke my friend, I am sure there are some BDSM aliens out in the galaxy too :D
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Like [link] maybe.
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a-schlag Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I better watch my back when I go back there
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vasix Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's this guy's world? I say, these are really absorbing drawings oyu have! Whyt not compile the Birrin sketches into a book or something...?

Like....'Walking With Aliens'? :D
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Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student General Artist
:iconveryexcitedplz:Amazing anatomical structure! This is such a great conceptual beastie! :D
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Hemlock-Sholers Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
You should do more sceins from this planet

Does this creature have eyes?
What is the composition of the atmosphere there?
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xxXfishbonesXxx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student
How fast do they move?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Like a sloth. But they strike with lightning speed :)
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xxXfishbonesXxx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student
That's what I thought. Nice job!
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paddyous Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Absolutely fantastic. Love all your creature designs.
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thetravelingbard Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome! Love it!
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely brilliant. :D
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robopet Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Style reminds me a lot of Francis Bacon. Love the idea of a cross between a langoustine and a small monkey!
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OfCurledTails Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Very good... just like all of your stuff!
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AshRandom Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
beware of the grasshopper squirrels

:iconheeplz:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Another original and compelling creature :)!
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cricket00fur Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how fleshed-out your aliens are. Thank you for sharing :)
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PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Student Filmographer
amazing!! it's like it's out there! what planet may I find this interesting creature?! lol

great job once again. :thumbsup:!
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UlquiorraEspada4 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love your art!
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sassamafracken Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
... i think the version with the blurred background and more dramatic lighting has a much more 'real' feel...
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HumanLG Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
brvv, creepy! :)
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Hello, this deviation was featured in the news article Red - Digital: Categories Unleashed!

Thank you for creating such a great deviation :) And I am glad to have found this piece to feature it :)
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jackalbassilisk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
it's like the mix between a sloth and an arachnid, so cool and unique
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:iconpixelmari:
Pixelmari Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Looks like Magic the Gathering Art neto
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SimonAEM Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks like a picture!
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gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool. Interesting idea to have its feet/hands face a different direction from its head. The body shape itself is a little shrimp-esque; was that an inspiration point for it?
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Zurkhardo Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That's one scary dude :) Very neat!
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job, the skin looks amazing.
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u-stole-all-nicks Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
this is stunning. I'm really surprised, it looks amazing.
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DiabloItaliano Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Damn that thing is terrifying, The "fungus," wouldn't it eventually consume the forest? Or has the forest developed defences or symbiotic relationships with the fungus. Very well done, like your other work. Keep it up and when your book does come out, I'll definately buy it!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
The fungus can only consume certain things. The trees are immune to its attacks.
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DiabloItaliano Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Ah I see.
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mavrikus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
:/
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:iconhikaridemon:
hikaridemon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks really great! It has that alien feeling to it.
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kKkarma Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
great job. very real looking.
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rhesusmonkey Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008   Digital Artist
Oooh cool DOF effect. Your mastery of poise and form blows my mind.
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