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Barnards' Swordswallower by Abiogenisis Barnards' Swordswallower by Abiogenisis
Living in the oceans of a dense metal rich planet, the Swordswallower moves through the sea on a single undulating ventral fin. As it moves, its jaw sweeps planktonic life into its small mouth at the back of the 'net', where it is filtered and any food swallowed. The membrane it uses to hunt may look delicate, but is make from silk-like secretions and is easily repaired by glands in the egg shaped 'mouth'.

To alter its depth, a gas bladder fills much of its insides and can change volume at will, letting the Swordswallower feed using minimum energy.

Under the shadow of this specimen, a school of smaller fish-size relations of the Swordswallower seek shelter under its shadow. If I predator attacks, the feeding mouth of the large creature can be retracted, and the fish size creatures will hide inside. In return for this shelter, the fish like animals keep the Swallower free from parasites.

Trailing from the rear of this specimen are two long pale strings of gametes, releasing hundreds of reproductive cells into the sea as it swims, to mix in the water with the eggs and sperm of others swimming nearby.

To see the internal anatomy of this critter check out my gallery.

It was painted in Photoshop using standard fuzzy brushes set to between zero and 70% hardness, with hard brushes used for fine details.
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TheYump Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Its beautiful
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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SacredFlame318 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Funny how this was the first work of yours that I found. It still amazes me every time I see it. This is very nice.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
An old one but remains popular even now
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AcidCatFreak Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
some of the design really reminds me of phaedrus from shadow of the colossus! also would like to say how CRAZY AMAZING your art is!! i especially love your art that's in the ocean - i love any sort of art that includes very large sea creatures
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Might have to play that game...
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AcidCatFreak Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
yea! ive only seen playthroughs of the game from youtubers i watch (i stink at videogames) and it seems like a challenging yet fun experience!
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IronsGrimm Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you aware this piece of art shows up in this design for this concept yacht: www.tuvie.com/luxury-bairim-ya… ? I have a piece of art from the interior of the yacht which has this image on a moniter inside the boat. I can't find the image anywhere on the internet so I think it might have been removed. 
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vanGator Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
this picture is very awesome i like how the fin and the light play together
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It is one of my favourite things to paint, the open ocean.
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Angalalove Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
that's a really cool concept 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Haezir0 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
i love it 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ItinerantDjuradhan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just beautiful. Well drawn, and well done.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly :)
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Xennext Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Student Artist
I do enjoy this drawing. The way the creature was drawn give a sense of familiarity to Earth very own ocean and at the same give off the sense of being on a foreign world due to the way you drew a majestic lifeform of an alien world. Keep up the great work man.
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CareeningCorpse Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Such an amazing creature. Outstanding work.
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Ocean345 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
U really mastered the water technique didn’t ya
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Ocean345 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Wowza! Looked like a photo at first glance. Well done!
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Tarakonah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks gorgeous !!
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Kraytas Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a series of questions...


wheres the eyes? how does it eat? what inspired you to draw this? Wheres the head? How does it swim? Can i eat it? How does it have bbies? are you going to answer any of these? Is it dangerous? Does it have any defense techniques? 

Thats all for now
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
No eyes, just some scattered light sensing areas. Eats by filtering plankton into the rear basket. No head. Swims by undulating ventral fin. Not dangerous
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Kraytas Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
omg thats awesome! Thank you! I thought you weren't going to answer the questions c: your art is amazing
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I dont get to everyone but I definitely try to :P
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CosmixComix Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mother of god Tis a masterpiece...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Kitty Glasses 
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ausen012 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
I love this clear texture!
So cool!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Everyone loves blue :)
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JustMarcusTSM Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
honestly, I've always loved dinosaurs. Idk really know why, but discovering a new animal, something that will never be in front of me makes me wonder about how it survives, how it lives and everything that comes about it.
So, your drawings are incredibly detailed, very realistic and the best in that ; you create such amazing creatures ! 
Bravo !
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya!
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princeton01 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn it looks so realistic!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I do love painting water...
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OkamiTakahashi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Whoa!!!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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sed Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018   Digital Artist
Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!  Mother of god by AddMedia
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Rainbow-marble Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student General Artist
LOL i clicked on this cuz i was like 'damn thats really good camera work' then read the description and was like 'DAMN THATS SOME NICE ASS ART'
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
So blue!
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible art!!!

Neko Emoji-25 (Cool) [V2] 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Danke :)
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!!!

I Love It! 
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Kenopsian Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful
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Assassinus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Love it!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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AmirShinobi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing!!!!!
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