We’ve decided to call them “prairie lords” on account of their habitat and their apparent apex predator position therein. They’re a variant of the bony-bodied class of animals that make up roughly half of the terrestrial creatures on this planet. They are ambush predators that crouch patiently in the cover of the three-meter tall grass-analogues, waiting for an unwary hyper-gazelle or other such prey. When such potential fare appears, a prairie lord strikes with its four barbed, scythe-like forward limbs. Fleshier victims are skewered and torn apart. More heavily-armored creatures are grabbed and crushed against the prairie lord’s bony chest until they burst due to the enormous pressure the hydraulic forelimbs are capable of exerting.
A fearsome predator. One is thankful that they aren’t capable of long-distance pursuits.
If you squint your eyes, kinda looks like a headache pokemon and those grave-digging lizard pokemon had some kind of inter-species baby that just said "F this, Imma become a crustation slug with legs and swords"
In other words. I'm jealous.
Very cool creature, I like how the main body seems to be encased in a thick carapace, with the limbs peaking out like it's in a suit of armor. I'd somehow expected "Prairie Lord" to be the title of a huge, elephant-like herbivore, but this fits too I guess.
My favorite art has always been stuff with just enough context to keep you interested so that's what I try to do. This actually part of a much bigger personal project I'm working on that hopefully I'll be able to preview more of over the next couple months, so stay tuned!
Sweet, looking forward to seeing more!
And I totally agree, giving just enough context to be able to figure some things out but keeping some mystery intact is great! It’s a lot more engaging than just showing or saying everything