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A pencil sketch, part of a world building exercise I am working on.

This species evolved in a freefall environment, similar in principle to that of Larry Nivens' book 'The Integral Trees'. Their wings, unlike those of planetary life don't need to provide lift, and are used in a propeller blade action, flexing to provide thrust and moving up and down in opposing directions to balance the body. Long pointed tail-fins provide steering and stability.

The creature is a silk producer, and from its abdomen it can produce long strands to either spin prey catching webs, weave ropes, or build habitats to shelter and breed in. The 'upper' and 'lower' arms carry a band of eyes and small dextrous tentacles, and the 'side' arms have reduced eyes and large silk glands, producing finer and more precise stands and sheets for building and prey immobilization.

Breathing is carried out through paired pores in between wing segments.

This individual is on a persistence hunt, slowly wearing down prey by following it at distance and not allowing it rest. When it gets closer it will secure its spear with a silk rope and hurl it to skewer its victim, then return to the pod [tribe] to share the food around. Though they have invented zero gravity cooking with a kind of suspended oven, they can eat meat raw and tear it apart with hundreds of teeth on the inner surface of their arms.
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Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I keep coming back and looking at this, whats the name of this race?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
I never developed a name for this species. If I develop their story I will though.
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Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Do they comunicate vocally? What do they sound like?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2015
I think they would need very loud, booming voices to communicate in the sky world. So perhaps like calling whales or womping emus.
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Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Or they could fly right up in you face and gentaly whisper lol i could see it now big flying squid/shark alien swoops through the clouds like a jet right up in you face goes "hey thair"

maybe they could sing like whales! 
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JaredNuckels Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It looks like swans trapped in a bag trying to escape while a harpoon gun is ductaped to the bottom.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
You figured it out!
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JaredNuckels Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
lol looks cool 
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amadeus450 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
what an amazing creature
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Vampyris Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful and fascinating!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Danke :D
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TeutonicusRex Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
You are German?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Ha nope, Australian :P
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Drawin's a good job mate
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medrazerblade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic!!
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Hemlock-Sholers Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
The lack of a face is great
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Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Are they advanced? or primitive?
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
I also have read the Integral Trees and found it inspirational. Your work is awesome.
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ShadowToxin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Fascinating concept, I'm equally impressed with how the creature is -sentient-. That fact alone just makes me so much more curious about the species itself, and makes me wonder how one of the species would interact with its others.

Overall this concept is stunning, I hope that one day I'll have the ability to ponder such amazing creatures. You can definitely chalk this one up on my 'inspiring' list!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Utterly fascinating. Silk production would seem to be a very useful adaptation for a zero-gravity creature.
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gamernotskater Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
is the spear of intelligent design like a hunting "pet" or is it natural?
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sexualtyranosaurus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
so, its like a flying, spear chucking shark. fuck.
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DSil Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Student General Artist
Great design, I love the quadrilateral symmetry. What is the spear made of?
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Tapejara Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's quite a complex lifestyle for a creature without arms. How big is it? If it's like the size of a couch, it's gonna make quite large fortresses of silk.

I've noticed that many of your life forms seem to be sentient intelligent, with many of them hunting with weapons. Is this part of a project that titled like "what if a planet was full of various intelligent life", or have you gone mad with power? lol

no offence really, I love your gallery with aliens. I wish there were more like those. Actually I'm working on 5 worlds of my own now, but the drawings are mostly on Fanart Central.
Good job
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Fossyl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
I would love to watch one of these things cook, I'm sure it would be great.
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humanesthetik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
j'adore , ça me fais penser un peut à l'univers de "The alien life of Wayne Barlowe. super
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RiCcioLa Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
W O W
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palomosuicida Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
you work its incredible
cheerss!!!
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BumwardoImortal Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
..."gas torus, a ring of air around a neutron star."...
Wow that's pretty crazy, definately a unique and huge environment! :nod:
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amryounis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
u ROCK ... i love the concept , the study of the enviroment and the organic yet mechanical use of these creatures. keep it up please
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SalvamoreMali Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
This fabulous work is featured in my 'Inspired by Nature' journal! :heart:
:pointr: [link]
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kecen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
(I didn't mean to say the species were space dolphins, just that they had those vibes)

Interesting how they can use tools without humanesque arms and legs.
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Squirrellyone Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
This is the first time this has even crossed my mind of any of your work, but I just cannot believe that this creature would exist. I know that you know anatomy better than I do, but its propulsion seems too weak to be useful, and the set up of the wings seems out of place, almost as if it evolved from a gravity-dwelling flyer.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
I agree that the wings are far too small. My current painting is of them and I have modified the wings to be larger and more like huge propeller blades.

I used two wings so that in zero g, one pair goes up and one down and they counteract each other so the alien doesn't wobble up and down when flying.

It does look terrestrial, but that may be a failure of imagination on my part.

Thanks for the crit.
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Squirrellyone Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
It is not wing size that seems that odd to me, it is more the wings all being attached along the same plane of the body.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
I find it difficult to imagine a system that would allow stable flight without the two counteracting wings. When I tried four wings it seemed they would clash with each other. Three wings also seemed inherently unstable.

If you have ideas I would love to hear them, I might use them on my next piece. I don't really want to resort to jet propulsion because it already looks too squidlike.
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Squirrellyone Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
OH! I thought you had mentioned that it used jet propulsion... Yeah, now it makes sense.
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Chiefysan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
a very nice work friend! I like the organic details on this! ;)
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Zweetchuck Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow that is one nasty creature =)
i love the details on it, it looks totally beleivable :clap:
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Saxophlutist Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat concept.
I'm sorry for not being familiar with the idea, but how does the integral trees world work?
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Squirrellyone Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
There is a thick gaseous torus circling a star, the gas is similar in density and composition to earth and has microgravity. The greatest force is the wind, which is constantly driving at high speeds. The integral trees are massive trees that gather nutrients from passing debris that get caught in the root/branch clusters at either end of them.
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Saxophlutist Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh! Now get it! Thanks.
The world is just a giant torus of gas around a star then?
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Squirrellyone Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
The gas is being ripped from a gas giant, so there is a rocky 'core' inside the torus; but for the most part, yes.
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non-fic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007   Filmographer
wiv a sort of oddworld style yea
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non-fic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007   Filmographer
wow i read all of it and the picture and idea itself are very inspiering. i like types of pics like these and this is imense
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