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Megaherbivore Sketch by Abiogenisis Megaherbivore Sketch by Abiogenisis
A concept sketch of a possible creature for my ongoing book project. Evolved from the same body plan as this" [link]

The tall trees of the open forests demand a long reach to feed on their leaves. Instead of evolving a long neck to do so, this creature has radically extended its arms and modified the hands into gripping and tearing devices. With the arms fully extended, the animal towers 8 meters [26 feet] tall. The head is down near the center of the body, without a long vulnerable neck for predators to attack.

The stalked eyes half way up the neck give good all around vision, as well as being able to focus together when dealing with a particularly tricky plant.

When attacked by predators, each of its walking legs can strike out with a sharp claw near the ankle, though the creatures massive size protects against most enemies.

The head is so far off the ground that to drink the creature either scoops up water in its feeding hands, or immerses itself in a deep lake or river and combines drinking with a refreshing bath.
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:iconilovesomethings:
ILoveSomethings Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Just from how you draw their arms picking the leaves are just so adorable! ^-^
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Foreshank Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Thanks :)
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:iconperiodiccrafter:
PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
mmmm, beef jerky
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
They are leaves, but they do look like jerky...
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:iconperiodiccrafter:
PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
just to me, i guess I'm weird.
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:iconcalypsoeclipse:
Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your aliens are so unique. This would be so cool in a sci-fi.
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Ah, I see. But are they on the Birrin world?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
They are. They behave rather like elephants.
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:iconpfunkei:
Pfunkei Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
So do they hold the same fascination for their dead kin too?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Not quite so much, as they arent as socially developed as Elephants are.
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Neat!

So when Birrin go on safaris, this is what they see :D
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Aww, if this is on the Birrin world, it could be a mount of some sort...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Nah, these beasts are far too hard to tame ;)
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:iconrafabip:
Rafabip Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Quite strange to be coherent !
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:iconshizuku-uzu:
Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
so cute!
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:iconpaleo-king:
Paleo-King Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks pretty sauropod-influenced with the thumb claws. Great work!
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:iconbioimagen:
bioimagen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
They are amazing, congratulations Abiogenisis.
Your artwork seems influenced by Barlowe.
May be now you are able to develop an own style in design of creatures.
Keep working.

Best wishes
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BouncingBasketBall Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
There seem to be so much thought behind this! It's a stunning piece of art - the colours are earthy and calm, while whatever plant the creature is eating has a gorgeous red shade, which in turn brings out the orange behind its ears.
The skin has a lovely tone as well, and it looks as if it would be rather thick and very hard to penetrate with swords or perhaps teeth/fangs.
I like it enormously; with an extended version of elephant legs and dangerous-looking claws/hooks by its feet. The eyes are hidden rather well, making it seem a little withdrawn.
Great job, in other words :D
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joelosito Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool!
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:iconmariogb77:
mariogb77 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I wished to say “you seem to have a love for fauna as much as for drawing”. My English is terrible! :P
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mariogb77 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am as intrigued by the description as I am by the dawning. You have figure all the biological functionality of the animal out. I must add that maybe the beast could use its long arms as a defensive tool as well. What do you think? By the way what’s your background? I seem to have a love for fauna as much as for drawing.
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TheColonist Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010   Filmographer
The biology is really confusing, tends to be that appendages are only formed by evolution to support its lifestyle, and that will only ever happen by the pair, to prevent lopside-edness. Two, four, eight, etc. Now, an odd-numbered "digit" may be introduced as a dragging tail, but that would reside on the rear of the creature, not the front. Other than that, I honestly think it looks pretty interesting. Two thumbs up, but one a bit hesitant due to practicality issues
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
the creature has 6 legs so it is symmetrical. It is just that the second feeding arm is retracted against the body and is feeding a leaf into the mouth.
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TheColonist Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010   Filmographer
Huh.... I didn't notice that until now... kind of the same apparatus as a caddisfly nymphs jaw or a bee sting, the limb retracts. But after considering it as a six-armed creature with many of the same features as an insect, I have to ask, is it an insect at all, or some sort of sauropod with a surreal environment that would cause the above-mentioned characteristics?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Actually, it is not a insect or sauropod at all, but an alien creature from another planet. It therefore comes from a totally distinct line of evolution.
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:iconthecolonist:
TheColonist Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010   Filmographer
Yeah? It shouldn't deviate too much from Earths biology, but maybe thats just my practical mind refusing me to think out of the box. I like it though, it's cool looking and it makes you think to boot.
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TwistedSeason Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
He (?) is adorable. Great idea! Reminds me very much of an insect or squirrel eating away happily at some vegetation. :)
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ravensky17 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
your creation is very handsome!
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TornStitches Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Wow, amazing work!
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SomehowStillAlive Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
I like it. I wish it was more colorful like a giraffe. ...or an orangutan.
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foozicle Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
that is one awesome looking herbivore..love your creative anatomy :D
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SadiraSexyVamp Featured By Owner May 17, 2009   Digital Artist
Oh that's cool. o.o
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alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Excellent work on this, very well done.
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El-Moppo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009   Digital Artist
A great bodyplan! So Erthly yet Alien! That is exactly what I am trying to go for! lol. I really admire this work there. :D
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ShaudaySmith Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i've noticed throughout your phenomenal, fantastic creatures that most... if not all, have a nakedness to them when it comes to their skin. sparse hair if not completely naked with the skin pigment providing all coloration. And there is a big influence of insects, reptile, and marine biology.

Is there a reason you have stayed away from distinctive mammal qualities like fur, facial muscles, mammary glands? none stalked eyes?
is it so that the creatures have a distinctive "alien" quality so that they don't resemble anything too much on Earth?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
There are several reasons. I think I started drawing aliens with no fur because it seems to be a tradition in creature design. Drawing fur or feathers also covers the form of the body somewhat and makes it less interesting to draw.

The other things like no mammary glands, facial muscles or eyes on stalks are indeed to distinguish life on this planet from life on earth, although I try to stay practical. For example the fast swimming water creatures lost their stalk eyes through evolution to streamline them in the water.
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ShaudaySmith Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i definitely appreciate your knowledgeability in anatomy evolution. and your technique when describing these aliens is great and so different from the average deviant on deviantart.
your creatures are fascinating. and i love seeing these creations
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superjohan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
just how exactly do you make your scetches? Are they all made in photoshop, or a colored pencil drawing?
anyway nice drawing.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
I draw it with pencil first, then in the case of this image I create new layers under the line art in photoshop and color it that way.
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superjohan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
ok thanks
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DSil Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Student General Artist
Delightful! For some reason, when I saw this I immediately assumed he was decorating a Christmas tree. :shrug: I love its arms.
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Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully done :clap:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Another great concept!
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NDean Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008   Writer
excellent concept
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nr20minutes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
Love the body shape, although it looks like it would have an awkward gait, considering how much bigger and shorter the hind legs are compared with the ones in the front. What's keeping all that girth from crushing the skinny forelegs?

As far as looks are concerned though this is up there with the sailback and the swordswallower! Those leathery, multi-jointed limbs are becoming a good staple, and they give this guy a load of alien personality
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qwerty1198 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, i love your creatures!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Have you decided yet what the common ancestor of all these hexapodal forms looks like yet?
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:iconpathea:
Pathea Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist
Nice creature :3
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Anton42 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Good design. It is so unusual, that if I saw something like this for real, I'd run for my life :)
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