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I've been reading a bit of China Miéville again, which has kinda inspired me to do some sketching again. Which is great, cuz I've been really neglecting my drawing lately.

Anyway, this is an attempt to figure out what the Khepri race look like. I haven't read PSS in ages tho, so I'm kinda missing the best detail notes, but this is fairly close to how I *think* I picture them. I think.

It's the drawing itself I'm interested in here - the colours were just quickly slapped together in photoshop to make it look pretty, so don't gripe about the category, okthx!

[EDIT] - fixed coupla wee bits I missed before, and uploaded a slightly bigger version.

[EDIT (again)] - made some slight changes, and uploaded a full-resolution for making prints. We'll see if it's big enough.
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Bellstar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015   Writer
This is great work and such an awesome book! I think you've done the Khepri justice!
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Great stuff!
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deviAntAllan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect. Better than I’d imagined her.
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome image! So well done.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Thanks man!
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I've seen this one around then net. Love it. Thanks for making it.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
You have? How intriguing. ^_^

Glad you like! ;D
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lidpele Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
This is like in the wiki, I though it was an alian at first :D
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NerdyFreak Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Perfect.
I'm feeling what Isaac was feeling
Disgust for the head, then lust for the hot bod...
Such conflict.

I can't really figure out how the Khepri could biologically come to be, seriously.
Some giant insects cross-bred with humans? Is that even possible????
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artmunki Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Have you read The Scar yet? I figure when the Ghosthead broke the world it screwed with Bas-Lag's biology - the normal rules just don't apply. And don't worry if you haven't read it yet - that wasn't actually a spoiler at all. ^_^

And thanks for the comment man!
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NerdyFreak Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Lol anytime.
Nah not yet. Not even halfway through Perdido Street Station yet but it's interesting so far. Has elements of magical realism which I really like. :D I guess I'll have to read The Scar now, hey?
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artmunki Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
PSS is the best introduction to Bas-Lag anyway, so you're off to a good start. I think The Scar is probably my favourite tho - just so much wonderful creativity in his writing.
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NerdyFreak Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
OK lol I'll definitely read it then.
My god so much holiday reading to do.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Ah well, at least it'll keep ya busy! ^_^
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NerdyFreak Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
For sure. :)
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Daimera Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Wonderful. I always loved Khepri, that weirdo with a whole insect for a head. Nice take on that concept!
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artmunki Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Aye, they're a pretty cool race, but then I love most of the stuff he comes up with. Still not totally sure of this depiction of them myself, so I may have another try someday. Glad you like, tho!
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mudddkipz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011   General Artist
Very nice! I always imagined something similar to this, but with rounder and compound eyes. This is a gorgeous drawing, though.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Thankyou! And yeah, there are a few things I would change myself if I was to do this again ... maybe someday I will!
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Xades Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love it!!. I wish I could have a poster of it!
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Oh, and thanks for the +fav & watch too, btw! ^_^
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Well, I'll have to see if I can dig out the original file, but that might actually be possible if you're really interested.
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Xades Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A Lustre Photo at least 11x14 is good.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
I haven't forgotten about you! I'm having trouble setting the print up, but if I have to I'll maybe make some more adjustments on the pic and upload a new version, and set up the print at that point. If so, I'll let you know. One way or another tho, I'll try to get something sorted out for you.
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siontiger Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
this is wonderful. you've done justice, almost perfectly, to the mental image I have of this race. Will now devour the rest of you gallery at once.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
I did get one wee bit wrong, but it's always really gratifying when another fan likes my xenians designs. thanks for that man, and for the +fav and devwatch too!
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tronik808 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i am reading PSS at the moment, this is a cool realisation of what Lins race could look.brilliant job.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Thanks man! And enjoy the rest of the book too - it's a ride! ;D
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Absolutely great! Nice to find somebody else doing Bas-Lag work! Not enough online at all...

Take care mate. :)

L.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Aye, it kinda surprises me there isn't more - I can't help but start scribbling every time I dive back into the world! Thanks again, sir.
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Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Not exactly how I had imagined the Khepri (I've imagined the headbug as more of a scarab-like beetle), but this is a great depiction nonetheless. Awesome work.

Currently re-reading Perdido Street Station, and been thinking of doing something inspired by it (probably a cityscape, showing Perdido Street Station and the Ribs). Mieville is a great author, can't wait for his next project (hoping for more of New Crobuzon).
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Yeah, I did try making the headscarab more scarab-like, but I decided I saw the xenians as being more distinctly unique races, rather than taking the descritions completely literally. When I tried the more-scarab-like head it looked too much like a girl's head had just been replaced by a beetle, so I tried to make it look more like her actual head, too. I'm still not completely happy with the design anyway (I got the neck wrong, for one), so I'll be re-doing the khepri at some point, and there's every likelyhood that I'll revise the head design when I do that.

Anyway, many thanks for the comments and +fav. It's incredibly gratifying when another fan lets me know they like my xenians. And I don't blame you for wanting to do some Bas-Lag artwork - every time I read any of those books I just can't help myself but draw xenians! And it seems he is actually sorta doing some work on something else Bas-Lag related - there's a pen & paper RPG in development based on his books (called Tales of New Crobuzon), and he seems to be quite involved in the process. I'd much rather have another book, but I don;t think I'll be able to resist the game when it comes out (even though I gave up roleplaying years ago).
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Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Well, it's a damn nice job no matter. The mental images we all get from a novel will always differ, I guess, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. :) Looking forward to see any other pictures based on the works of Mieville.

I find that the most powerful books almost always makes me want to draw. And Mieville always has that effect on me. I think it's even stronger now, on reading Perdido Street Station for the second (but far from the last) time. I have a very strong image in my mind, of New Crobuzon, with a view over the rooftops towards Perdido Street Station, a view that would include the Glasshouse and the Ribs. I'm just unsure of whether I can manage to bring that image from my mind to my screen. I am gonna try.
Exciting to hear about an RPG. Like you, I gave them up years ago, but one set in Bas-Lag might get me to reconsider.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Good luck on the cityscape - it sounds like a grand plan! I'm not so good at backgrounds myself, but I have a few half-formed sketches of New Crobuzon and Armada sitting around - one of these days I may actually do something with them!

^_^
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Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Well, there's a difference between grand plans, and actually having the talent to carry them out. I am gonna give it a try, though. ;)

Looking forward to more Mieville fan art from you.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Hehe - ain't that the truth! If plans were all it took, I'd have a book-full of all the xenians by now!

^_^
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Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
That's a pretty good rendition and fits with the image I had in my head. Except I think he said she has a human neck, so maybe they should blend into skin a little higher. +Fave
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artmunki Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Yeah, you're absolutely correct. I hadn't read PSS in ages when I drew this, and when I read it again later I found out I'd messed up.
I *will* get around to redrawing it again someday ... along with the cactacae, the hotchi, the weavers, the handlingers, the scabmettlers, the wyrmen, the inchmen, the anopheli ... and all the rest of the xenians (yes, I've definitely missed a few). And that's me not even started on constructs, remade, golems .... Miéville just gives me so much I want to draw!

Many thanks for the +favs! ^_^
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Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
I totally agree, all the characters are so wonderfully described. I'm only just reading it for the first time and I'm only a quarter of the way through. There have been a lot of scenes I've really wanted to paint. It's difficult remembering all the details as descriptions are scattered about amongst the chapters.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
First time? OOh! Just wait til you see what's in the Griss Twist dump. And wait til you find out what Yagharek did!

You're right again tho - he really does scatter the xenian descriptions all the way through the book. I literally had to read through all 3 Bas-Lag books, making notes as I went ... and then I lost the notes. Ah well, guess I'll just have to do it again!

^_^
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Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Yeah I really want to know what Yagharek did, I'm only on chapter 9!

I should have been taking notes, but I'll save that for the next time I go through it. Wouldn't it be nice if authors should be obligated to put descriptions of the characters in the back of every book ;)
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artmunki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Well, apparently there's currently a pen & paper RPG in the works called Tales of New Crobuzon, which should have plenty of images & descriptions for the major xenians. And yes, Miéville is involved, so it could actualy be interesting.

And as for Yag ... oh, just you wait! ;D
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Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
That would be awesome and extremely helpful. I've never actually played a paper RPG before but I might try one for Miéville..
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artmunki Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I nkinda gave up on RPGs a few years back, but I suspect I'll probably at least pick this one up. Might even submit some art to the developers, if I get the time to sketch up the rest of teh xenians. Or, y'know, at least the main ones.
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NedJue Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
the race's so wierd...I've started PSS just two days ago

great drawing!
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artmunki Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Indeed, they are weird! But Miéville does such a great line in weird - the khepri are just the start!

Thanks for the comment, and enjoy the book!
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Star-Hive Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009   General Artist
I love China Mieville and I love this picture- you've expressed her exactly as I imagined the Khepri.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Oh, and thanks for the +fav too. Silly me forgot

^_^
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artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
That's about the best compliment I could hope for on something like this - my warmest thanks! I really should get around to playing with some more of the xenians - I just love the richness of Miéville's imagination!

Oh, and those sleep conditions sound fascinating (& maybe also a little disturbing ^_^ ). Must give you some incredible imagery.
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Weimdall Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Excellent! I love how you´ve managed to make it look like the scarab-head is actually part of the body, and not just "put there", like in so many other drawings of this strange race.
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