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Leopard - flying squirrel - reptile - human splice

So I guess we can edit this, or perhaps the comments. The concept is mainly a mammal and human. The reptile-flying squirrel reference is the wings, and that's probably it. At first I was thinking scales, but then, hair/fur is predominately mammal. Elongated limbs for running, and thin arms and legs for speed. I guess, its a cheetah more than a leopard. Tail for stability. And padded palms and feet to protect against friction.

Probably hard to catch. I'm assuming, since it has wings. I wish I could take creature design, but I'll have to wait til next spring to take that class. Hm... Comments appreciated. :)

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NikkiCat1 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I like this very nice its kinda cute too,I like that it looks like something real, I am looking for stuff more stuff like this where they look like real animal/human hybrids and where its more human then animal like this, I am writing a story and it helps if I have something to look at that can inspire me.
I always daydream about my stories, visualizing what is going on and what the characters look like, I am working on it to just share with people on story type sites like Livejournal so its not a big book but I still like to do it right, and when and if I find some good stuff I plan to link back to it so people can get and idea of what I am talking about in my story.
But its kinda hard sense I haven't had allot of luck with finding what I am looking for, but what you did here is pretty cool!
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popeyethecat Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
I really like the design and the drawing! Lovely combination of pinky tones and browns. I love the little claw feet- a lovely combination of human and animal toes!
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad there's still people who like it...
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little-jasper Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, i must say that it's the best design ive seen. Probably in my life. Oh how i wish they used your concept in the film instead the original one. And. In my opinion you should get into the finale at least, its really worth it. (the picture as well as the concept, i mean it!)

Btw, its male or female? It looks pretty androgynous. But the eyes. They're so flippin beautiful! Plus, its not bald, i could stand the baldness of Dren *cough* i mean, that was the most disturbing to me.

sorry for bothering you with such comment long after the contest ended, i just happened to watch Splice this week and i was searching through some art.
In this case we have a fine art through not just your usual one :D Really, i adore your style *goes off to see the rest of your gallery*

oh, and one more thing. Could you draw it again? As i said the design is just amazing.

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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
I guess, I didn't give it sexual organs because I didn't know what to do with it, but it's leaning more towards female... hahaha.. I still need to watch the movie, so I was a bit inspired by the trailer... yes, she was bald... that's apparently, a human characteristic though... But yes, a little hair would have been nice.

I could probably revisit the creature again in the future once summer comes rolling by, so stayed tuned, I guess. :)
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little-jasper Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, i see! Okay, so i won't spoil you with the details then as i initially wanted, buut i've got some ideas that might be suitable. i mean the ones that might help you a bit :D
Gosh. Ive got so much ideas spinning through my head that its almost unbearable

That'd be my pleasure
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hahaha... ideas? I'm curious. :)
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little-jasper Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
yeah, i've got some. Like for example ... make it intersexed, so you wouldnt be bothered with choosing one sex or another (oh dear. there's still a gender so we're kinda stuck in the point, but...)
it might sound kinda silly/crazy/insane, but that was the first thought that came up to my mind after seeing your drawing
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jHawk-Design-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Strangely enough, this idea does resemble the final movie hybrid. Amazing concept. I love the wings and feet. <3 I don't know if your drawing had anything to do with the character design in the end, but im surprised it didn't place :)
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Maybe the judges had their own ideas. :) Well, I'm glad so many people like it, since I saw others who seemed much more interesting than mine.
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ParanoidAngel676 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i like it. question however: does it walk/run on two feet when it does walk/run since the feet seem very adapted for running and stalking?
are ALL the fingers webbed or just the thumb and forefinger and does that suggest waterliving?
the claws on the toes and fingers seem to be for climbing which certainly goes along with the ideas of a leopard and flying squirrel, however it doesnt have a very suitable tail for climbing?

overall i really enjoyed it, i like the mix and although the questions seem as though im going to far into it i just wonder where this creature would live
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh my gawd! You've wounded me! HAHa! But, really, good questions. I honestly didn't do any sort of research, maybe that is why I didn't get into even the finalist stage.

I imagine it lives in a mountainous forest area, climbing mountain cliffs and trees.
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ParanoidAngel676 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmmm....i understand..i often look waaaay to far into things lol i like it
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candykidinvoreland Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
I think this should have gotten first place rather then that jellyfish girl D:
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:icontanzerdragon:
TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hahaha... thank you, you're so sweet.
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candykidinvoreland Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
welcome
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KermitFruits Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
I like how you thought about the characteristics of what the creature had/what those enabled it to do-I know what I'm about to say may seem completely irrelevant but...humans are mammals...and where is the things genitalia...I especially like the ears, eyes and feet-good for better hearing and vision it looks like^^~ The feet are just kind of cute.
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hahaha! WELL... I did think about putting in genitals, but decided to keep it somewhat PG. Probably a bit unrealistic on my part. But thank you.
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KermitFruits Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Haha yes I understand not wanting it to look too "graphic". But you could've made some really weird alien ones lols.
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Gilarin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellently executed, I'm kind of surprised that this one didn't place. =/ I especially like how you incorporated the squirrel features into the face, it works really well. While the tail does look a bit nonfunctional given the scale, I don't think it necessarily detracts from the piece. Following the movie's premise, this would be a new, never-before-seen creature that was, well, spliced together, rather than going through thousands of years of perfecting evolution, so I think that imperfections (like a vestigial tail) would make it more believable.

The only thing that really feels "off" about the piece to me is the elongated torso, it feels kind of out-of-place. But then, I can understand how that aspect of the leopard might show through, and it would also increase the wingspan area, which might be necessary for lifting a larger creature. So I'll just leave that as a personal aesthetic. Great job!
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks... Was my first creature design, and I was somewhat groping in the dark... But thanks, I felt that there are some things that I could've improved on, but no one to help with it. There were a lot of good pieces though, for the final selection. There was another guy who I thought was really good, but he didn't make it either. I suppose there was a lot of entries to pick from. And your feeling about the elongated torso might not be wrong either, perhaps a lot of other people were turned off by it too...

You should research Mannerist art, it's after the Renaissance period where the artists took liberties to elongate torso. I thought it was hella weird, and I didn't like it, but I tend to idealize figures that way most of the time....

Not going to say that I feel jipped or anything, but I feel that the judge was looking for something -- like a hidden requirement that we all weren't exactly aware of. Maybe he wasn't aware of it either. I would like to know why he picked certain entries over others. Saying it was "REALLY creative" is too general to say. It would certainly help some people improve.
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Drauphner Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A longer tail would've made more sense but still, very beautiful entry, the creature looks so cool! lovely long limbs! XD keep at it yeah?
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks for the tip on the tail. I wasn't sure if I wanted to add it, it was a bit of a last minute idea since a lot of entries seemed to have a tail..
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Drauphner Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe that is an unexpected reason to have a tail, but hey, it worked! Keep at it and take care yeah? ^_^
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Wow, very nice. :) Wonderful insight and design. Good luck!
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And I saw yours just now. It's also really awesome, I liked the design too. :D Well, good luck to both of us.
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Thanks! And yeah!! I'll be really surprised if I get anything, but it would be cool anyways, huh. D:
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4Nicon Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Nice, thats really cool. i love the concept
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Hiyum Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay now that is a pretty awesome design! The skin is really cool. Good luck!
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TanzerDragon Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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