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Sky Whale by flyingdebris Sky Whale by flyingdebris
A class assignment where we had to over the course of a few weeks develop a creature. I developed a sort of sky whale looking thingy. It floats about by metabolzing hydrogen from its food into airsacks on its back, its propulsion comes from moving its fins and tail. They communicate through a mixture of noise and bioluminescence. They are omnivorous and will adjust their bouyancy to bite off large chunks off mountainsides where they smell anything organic. They can digest rocks, but prefer the taste and nutrition of organic matter. Prior to coming by for a meal, a skywhale will regurgitate a portion of its previous meal over its new meal as well as certain powerful enzymes. As the regurgitated matter is very acidic, and it takes a while for the sky whale to orient itself for its meal anyway, the end result is that a lot of the matter is broken down and much of the rocks are softened, making the meal easier to consume.

For a sense of scale, there's a 18wheeler fuel truck being regurgitated somewhere in the black rain.
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BittyKitty1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
oh HELL no

i am not going on that planet

nooooo

ill just look from a distance thanks

nice creatures but---

i dont feel like being nommed and regurgitated
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malogirard Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014   Artist
wow!
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CyrodilicPenguin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man.... that thing is BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG.
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great design!
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:iconzarcoolbro:
ZarCoolbro Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! This is really cool!
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NODOGAN Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
AWESOME (and kidda glad is fiction atm) ARTWORK!! XD
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Bookwormgrace Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Amazing!!! I would love to say more but I can't!!! I bet you got a great score for this!!
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Dragkey01 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
damn......and sounds like it exists too very nice man
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zkoftherebellion Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
,AM THE HARPOONS
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DornAlien123 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
scary !
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Kate-Ricochet-1779 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
WHOA its A SKY WHALE :heart:
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:iconjackofmany:
JackOfMany Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
great creature dude, and awesome art
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:iconpurplepathway:
PurplePathway Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Photographer
Creepy.. Insane.. And awesome :D
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:iconblargzan:
BlargZan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
DO I have a book for you to read! it is called Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.
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PuppetMaster456 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
that's just amazing man
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JMRG Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Just one thing i must say.....
Simply: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW :wow:
(It must be in my favorites!!! :+fav:)
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FruityDragon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Amazing..... just amazing. :D
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bubbawhale Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
If I saw that I would... Uh... Don't really know... It's HUGE!
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Novembr Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
massive
in all meanings of the word
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WishIWereACyborg Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
so glad those arent real T_T
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ASkyOfAutumnTears Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
This is a really amazing creature. It looks like you made it to be realistic, but I do find one fault. For it to be that size, it should not be able to move at all. Muscle strength multiples by an exponent of 2. Mass/weight multiples by an exponent of 3. The weight of this thing would make it impossible to move it's own body, even if it stays up in the air.

This is why whales die quickly when they get on the beach. Their body weight is no longer supported by the water's uplifting buoyancy, so they literally can't move or even breathe, let alone wiggle around at all. In fact, their own weight is literally crushing them.

Most people just pass this off or don't know about it. I guess it's acceptable though for it being this cool.
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agapetos Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That was very informative! Thanks!
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Neo-The-Squirrel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Oooh, lovely!
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GeneralC Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
dude, i gotta say, i LOVE all of your work, but this might just be my favorite
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schlageter00 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Alien mamals... what will they think of next? lol great job love the combination.. A mysterious creature stripped of it's habbitat and given a new form.. very believable
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SrutniK Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
wow :thumbs up: :)
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Zantetsuken-117 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
:jawdrop:
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Beemanq Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
That's freakin awesome!!! And it's describtion...yup, gorgeus.
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jdp349 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
I love it. The picture itself is amazing, but after reading your physiological description of the creature it completely blows me away.
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Idene Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
man, you have BETTER gotten an A++++++++. the idea is a good one, and the drawing on itself... gah! it is absolutely amazing, and imo DD quality. if your teacher didn't give you an A at least, they've got problems methinks. XD

fav'd
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TachyonMKG Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
very creative and well executed
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pirosith Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
This really reminds of me of a manga called Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
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Inspirrational Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
Fuck me if that thing ever comes asking for the money I lent it.

Seriously, terrifying. But it's cool because it seems to be terrifying on accident, not because it's all mean. It really reminds me of the film The Mist.
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Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. have you considered concepting for games or movies?
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CaligulaClone Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
Thank you for feuling my unhealthy obsession with air or water-borne leviathans:P


Even scarier would be a monster on an ocean planet larger than earth..
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FAM0USS Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
I would really hate if that was real.

Even just for the fact that its spewing fart everywhere..
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Miakhano Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Hhholy shhitt!!!
Who says that size does not matter??? :D
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:icondavecox:
DaveCox Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
what a bloody scary thing that is!
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RasmusZahn Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
That's HUUUGE
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jpfan1989 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks like something from Metroid Prime
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ctsbaarda Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
it sux
*adds to favs*
and just for all you idiots out there that means its AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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chaos-syndrome Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
That sounds like a creature that would seriously affect the geology of whatever planet it evolved on... nice work!
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Mrkro Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy damn its the end of the world. Nicely done with this. Wish I embodied this type of talent.
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shruakin14 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
this looks like the beasties from elder scrolls:morrowind
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Ombrenuit Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
This pic is just...
*fall and pray*


No, really, I can't found any negative point; everything is superb! Very, very, very great deviation! :+fav:
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dEAd-MiMe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
very nice.
Looks a bit like Bull Netch (from TES)
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xxcharcoalzomgxx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
scary o.O
it looks like sumthing from alien planet
its awesome ^^
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Vizreel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
This is one of the coolest concepts ever, eat your heart out Lucas
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Callous666 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007   Writer
Shhiiitt..That things huge, Make sme think of some kind of Cthuluh [sp?] star spawn. Great work man.
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Yuki117 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Awesome, what class was the assignment for?
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