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Inquisitiveness is Deadly

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By Cyangmou   |   
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This is my first pixel-artwork, although I already gathered experience by making sprites for games. But up until now I didn't dare to something this size. I made it within 5 months but also did a lot of other stuff meanwhile. Do be honest: I didn't thought I would finish it. I wanted to create something that looks nice and has enough depth in it. Now the time has come, and yeah...

-30 colors
-640x480 resolution
-WIP LINK the work in progress has a filesize of about 26 MB (!)
-200% LINK for everybody who is interested into pixels or want to see all the small details (maybe you have to zoom in by a simple click)

Story:
You can guess of the title what happens. Curiosity is nice, sure, but poking into things that don't concern you? May work out and you discover great stuff but every investigation has a chance of risk...

Creature:
I love to draw humans and animals. Downside is you are running out of elbowroom. You can draw hybrid-forms, but as I set much value on anatomy. So monsterdesign is always a nice challenge.
My ambition was to design a creature that is gigantic and looks even bigger on first sight. So say hello to Agicreperus.

The Agicreperus is a troglobiont that feels comfortable in warm but dark places - preferable in volcanic cave-systems. The split limbs allows it to steady itself between rocks and it crawls direct at walls or at the ceiling. In the long spine every vertebra is stabilized by muscles, that makes it to an very agile climber. The head is twisted and formed so it can catch its prey from everywhere. They cut their pray in pieces with the tentacles and wont left leftovers over. (lol syntax) They can digest every bone and chondral.

The emergent ribs and vertebras serve the regulation of its thermal cycling. As it is very hot in the caves it is important to dispense heat and keep enough moisture.

They mark their territory because their only enemy are other ones.
When a young agicreperus hatches, it has to search for food on its own. Preferable a weaker sibling or an egg. As grown-up agicreperi lives in symbiosis with a yellow glowing cave-mushroom, they grow on their body. Their eggs will phosphorise, which makes them easier to find by the pups. If one pup sees an other it will try to sneak attack it. A fight wont last long as they are very strong but have obvious weak spots. Two grown-ups will either avoid each other or... well, reproduce.

Monster Anatomy & Design ©Thomas F. aka Cyangmou

Thanks to :iconnatalia-luz: and :icondestro2k: for suggesting this piece as a DD
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Hyrule452Hobbyist General Artist
I don't agree with the creature it looks randomly to me. but the details and colors are Amzzzzzzzzzing I don't think I will do like that  one day. good work dude. I love ur skill, as well, I followed u at twitter and I like the last plants u did, are so nice.
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CyangmouProfessional Digital Artist
oh my that piece is so old, where did you dig it up? :D
it actually was the first big thing I did with pixelart and I guess I came a pretty long way since back then
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Hyrule452Hobbyist General Artist
I'm one of ur fans :)
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CyangmouProfessional Digital Artist
cool, then I hope you like tower 57 =)
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wooooooooooooooooooooooow
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PixelTitanHobbyist Digital Artist
An incredible piece! Truly a beast comparable to the nightmarish spawn of Lovecraftian horror stories!

Simply Incredible! I look forward to seeing more!
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JubiIeeHobbyist General Artist
Thats only 30 colors? WOW thats amazing
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SenretsuStudent Digital Artist
I have no idea what this is but it gave me an erection.
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Amazing details!
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CyangmouProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks kraz, although I'd see now lots of things I'd change now =)
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AugosHobbyist General Artist
wow great
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how do people have the time and skills for this!? this is amazing! did you make this pixel by pixel?
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CyangmouProfessional Digital Artist
Pixel art is usual made pixel by pixel, except the flat one colored areas, they were made with a bigger pencil or the bucket.
Skill, technique and experience comes with time - it's a process.
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Ho.Ly.SHIT


this if bleeding amazing ! great work of art :D
Kyuzeth's avatar
This is just incredible...
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kxeronHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, don't even know where to start looking. So much details and that creature... just like chaos himself (in a good way) :dead: Anyway, nice colouring - the shading and highlightning livens up this pic greatly.
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MangaKeri Digital Artist
For some reason, my mind traveled back to the Turbo Graphix 16 game Sinistron X3 This is epic =3
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CyangmouProfessional Digital Artist
I don't know the game but I know that Pixel art et you feel that special retro-feeling.
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MangaKeri Digital Artist
Indeed it does =^_^=
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RuneKerianDrakeHobbyist Digital Artist
I have the same dream with that thing....
Oh man.....It's glorious your art.
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CyangmouProfessional Digital Artist
You gotta have really terrible nightmares
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RuneKerianDrakeHobbyist Digital Artist
I have more nightmares than dreams
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Where's its head? Is it that eye-thing, or is it that thing off to the right-side of the picture...or is the latter one of its feet??

Either way, this is definitely something nobody wants to meet in a dark alley.

I always admire details, and this pic's got plenty of 'em. Outstanding job, sir!:salute:
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CyangmouProfessional Digital Artist
The eye is at the top of the tongue. Follow the tongue to the gorge and you'll find the head

thanks for your nice comment.
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