Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Fauna Concepts

A few creature concepts that I've been working on in the past month or so.

Absconditus, An aquatic predator of average size, with males reaching a little over 12 inches in length. Though a good swimmer, Absconditus prefer ambush attacks. Often patiently waiting with their heads lowered from banks to just above the water level, when prey is detected the creature lunges forwards elegantly, its head entering the water whilst causing minimal disturbance to catch the prey.

A noticeable feature is the Absconditus jaw structure, the jaws fold into the mouth when not in use, but a rapid surge of blood to the jaws erects them into position for use, similar to the erection of the penis.

Loricatus, a small yet heaviley armoured nutrient feeder covered in chitinous plates, growing to around 3 inches in length. These beast's are often encountered singly, how ever where nutrient grounds are found increased numbers of the solitary creatures can be found taking advantage of the same natural bounty.
Flumenicus Equus, a primarily aquatic inhabitant that filter feeds through the waters removing any nutrients in the form of detritus or microscopic life. These animals are flighty in nature and are often encountered on wet lands or along the vast banks of mega rivers where they can be found feeding in there hundreds of thousands when algae blooms reach their peak, the large numbers also allow added security for females to birth larval off spring in relative safety. typically attaining 10 inches in length.

Magnus, solitary omnivorous creatures with unpredictable temperments, they are often found around stands of tree's where they can put their highly adaptable beaks to good use cutting through the hard shells of seed pods. females attain up to 5 inches in length, males reaching 10 inches.


  1. 12 inches, 3 inches, 5 and 10 inches... if they attacked...all id need to do is stand on them! do you mean 'feet'? or are these creatures on a minature world? :)

    hows tricks

  2. These creatures all come from a terrestrial planet 10 times larger than ours, its gravity is 5% lower than ours, and a lower level of oxygen has restricted maximum growth lengths in apex predators and super herbivores to just over 3 feet in length.

    the planet resembles earths evolutionary trends in some respects, with the absence of the emergence of a dominant species. cheifly in that succesive species are noticably smaller due to the effects of natural selection as well as the disadvantage in the level of ambient oxygen when compared to earths oxygen levels.

    ;) things are good thanks, work doesnt seem to leave any where near as much time as id like to draw but where theres a will theres a way!


  3. That Absconditus really stands out for me. I've seen creatures with a lot of teeth before, but not like that! Excellent.

    All of these have a believable amount of skin over muscle and bone. I like that.

  4. Thanks, Im also fond of the Absconditus if I dont say so my self, how ever my scanner does no justice to these sketches i labour over, subtle marks i make seem to be lost in the scanning process and efforts to stabilse the loss of data results in a garrish contrast that puts too much emphasis on the more dominant pen strokes.