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Creature Sketches

Just working on my design, hoping to improve over the course of the class

EDIT 1/19/14

So apparently the image didn't upload, I' am re uploading it now, and I am gonna try to break down the biology and stuff of the animals in this pic, I know my art isn't as good as some of the other students, I'm trying very hard to improve, if anyone has ANY suggestions or anything please share

 

1. Native primarily to tropical climates, Iaspus Lacerta or more commonly known as the "Gliding Dragon" is closely related to the Tuatara, a reptile native to New Zealand. This animal can use its wing like arms to glide from tree to tree, although they produce very little lift. This creature's tail is covered in thorns, which it uses to defend itself from predators. It's diet consists Primaraly of Fungi that grow near its habitat.

2. Cuniculus Serpens is a burrowing animal native to the deserts of africa. Approxamentaly the size of a large rat, this animal is a close relative to insects such as the Cicada, despite its outwardly reptilian appearence. Using its scyth like arms, it burrows through the sand. Despite its head appearing to have large eyes, this animal has very poor eyesight. Instead, it has a very powerful sense of smell and hearing, allowing it to find and capture rodents and insects to eat. Its head has several extra laters of shell to protect it from predators, and is capable of withstanding a blow from a low caliber rifle with minimum damage, for that reason it is under study to produce military armor.

3. Tristique Stellam is a rather peculiar speciest of jellyfish. Better known as the "Floating Star" this animal spends most of its time in the ocean, but after mating it literal floats into the sky in order to release its offspring. The specimen above is the female of the species, the males are seen clinging to its two appendages. After the male has been bonded with its mate, it becomes an artificial balloon, allowing the animal to float out of the ocean and release up to 2000 eggs, which will drift until they reach water and grow into adults. This method of spreading its young has made these creatures very potent invasive species, having forced its way deeper and deeper inland through lakes and ponds across the country.

4. Volante Tinea, otherwise known as the flying widow is a close relative of the black widow spider. These species however has developed a thin membrane covering its legs, allowing for limited flight. It porpously flies int o the webs of other species of spiders, and then attacks and consumes the owner of the web.

5. Rubum Vermis is a recently discovered species of insect, despite its caterpillar like appearence, it is actually much closer genetically to that of a centipede. It is about the size of a blade of grass, and hunts by burrowing just below the dirt, it bristles above, the said bristles are coated in a neurotoxin deadly to other insects, although it does not cause any serious harm to humans. It can go for days without food, waiting for another animal to wander into its mits for it to consume.

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