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Predator Headshot by Abiogenisis Predator Headshot by Abiogenisis
A Headshot of a large predator from the Birrin world.

Upper eyestalks contain eyes and ears, lower contain eyes and sensory tentacles.

Most creatures related to the Birrin have 4 'lips' covering their jaws. However in this case the upper lip has evolved into a head shield which helps the creature push through dense forest. The blue membrane is used for display and can be retracted under a shield when not in use.

The animal hunts like a large heron, snatching smaller prey by shooting forward its long neck. It swallows most food whole, or by tearing it apart with its smaller inner jaws and toothed tongues.
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hummu123 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Looks similar to that Mutant JellyFish from Godzilla the Series
parkurtommo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Reminds me of the designs in Avatar. Really inspiring, I find it hard to "think through" something before representing like you seem to have done here, it seems like you thought through every aspect of the creature resulting in a very interesting and most importantly believable design. Bravo!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
The fun part for me is figuring out how to make it all work :)
rklk Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
are there eyes near the base of the lower tentacles? also, are the eyestalks retractable or do they stay like this all the time?
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
There are eyes at the ends of both eyestalks, and yep they are retractable, usually retracted when afraid or tackling prey.
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so the circular shape near of the lower eyestalk isn't an eye? so it is the sheath to which it retracts? and I have noticed that some of the animals only have one thick eyestalk on the top and not two (for example the xenoraptor?), and I have seen the same on the older birrin sketches. is it just how time went and you gradually changed the basic anatomy a bit?
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Yep, the circle is part of the eyestalks' protection.

And yes, those changes you have noticed over time are just part of the development progress. Now they all have two on top, two on bottom.
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the answers, i know I've been spamming you a bit lately... :D
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Spam is no bad thing :)
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