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Creature Concept: Imp by ndhill Creature Concept: Imp by ndhill
I've been working on a space-horror world building project. I just thought I'd stop to seek some crits on a creature design with which I seem to have hit a road block. The creature represents one strain of a vast array of biomechanical aliens that form an artificial zero-G based eco-system.

I'm having some trouble with creating convincing joints and musculature. The challenge is that I also want to minimize any potential resemblance to terrestrial animals. This creature, for instance, does not need to look well suited to our gravity. I kind of imagine it scuttling erratically, flailing its arms. I want it to appear a little awkward while in our environment. I have this image in my head of a big honking mob of these guys bickering and awkwardly shambling/ scuttling around, tripping over trash cans. Then once having spotted a victim they spring into a jerky, erratic bum-rush and attempt to strangle them or drag them off. Nothing really sneaky or subtle. I want it to have the creep-factor of having a june bug fly into your mouth. Right now I think the problem areas are mainly the hips, wrists and the point where the elbows/knees split into separate limbs. I think I have an alternative for the hips worked out but I'm open to any and all ideas from anyone who considers themselves to be anatomy geeks.
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artserge Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great creature.
Flinxerone Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like your thinking, Ndhill.  I, too, dislike marrying terrestrial forms with imagined organisms, of course, the body must have an arrangement of limbs to provide locomotion.  
Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I find this quite brilliant. non-anthropomorphic is rare. Heck, nonterrestrial is extremely hard to find. Ergo, I applaud.
Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't see any problems withe design, it looks very much like something that could thrive in zero gravity. I can imagine it twisting and floating through its environment, and grabbing objects sticking out of the ground and walls to pull itself to anything interesting it might see.
JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks amazing.
CatieVG Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This is wonderful! Maybe you can reference some deep sea life forms for joints. Ocean creatures are probably the closest we can come to zero-G creatures, where mass isn't much of an issue. Also, maybe for the hips you can consider a more obvious ball-and-socket joint to suggest the kind of flexibility you might need in zero-G to get to where you want to go. Anyways, I'm sure it'll turn out beautifully. Great work!
Wervolvhead Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, awesome creature! =o
RaeCabaret Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   General Artist
Wooow, this is awesome. Great detail .
Gregory-Fricker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work man
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Dude, this is sweet. I think the anatomy comes off nicely, and any percieved weaknesses only emphasize its alienness. I'm not looking at this and being like, "Those joints need some work." This is a strong design and definitely falls into the uncanny valley.
VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your creatures! They, look almost like they're based on fractals, at least with the limb branching.
exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Lovely design work.
Que-ink Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, this is rather interesting. Love the design and colour~
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