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Lava Swimmer

By nJoo
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Recent creature design activity entry :)

"Nothing should survive in such high temperature environment, however the internal structure of this mystic beast is beyond the understanding of men. While all creature must consume food to create energy to survive, the beast feeds on perhaps the purest form of energy, heat. Similar to plants, which require sunshine and water, in a mythical world, the closest thing that is a is a combination of the sun and water, would perhaps be lava. It's internal organs, if they can even be called organs, transform the heat into energy to "power" up this unique creature. The Lava swimmer is a slow moving beast, and swims as if it has lost its soul. Where did it come from, why did it choose to exist in such lonely world where no other lifeform exist... that's a story for another time..."
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Imdraproc's avatar
Really cool and primeval look to the creature. The great crustocean-like plating and long slug-like body helps in carrying that impression across.
Now I picture it in a coiled-up orouboros-pose as it rests within the heart of the world. Makes for nice symbolism with the 'purest form of energy' and having the creature taking on the pose as the symbol of immortal life. 

I remember reading once of how silicon-based life could perhaps live with sulphuric acid as a solvent, and that a hypothetical sulfur- and fluorosiloxane- based-organism could use molten rock as a solvent. Quite a rich source of inspiration for alien life, eh? 


Protheeus's avatar
A very interesting concept, not only in terms of graphical design, but also regarding the biological aspects of its metabolism.

Nice job! Clap 
mistavibe's avatar
Sweet Jamaican Jesus....

Incredible work.

I don't know if you believe in synchronicity or have ever played Skies of Arcadia but there is a boss named the Rokwyrm that bears a frightening resemblance to this creature. its even swimming in LAVA!

Google...ROKWYRM
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LIBERTY-PR1MEHobbyist General Artist
Due to the viscosity of lava the creature would probably swim by corkscrewing through the lava just like small microbes do in water.
bullzeye946's avatar
Thats Nice
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SkellyBroHobbyist Artisan Crafter
He looks so chill, it's awesome. X3
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guillegarciaProfessional Digital Artist
oh yeah! love it and its legs!
ItsSlavaBitch's avatar
Grate creature :D However i have to pinpoint that heat energy is the most useless form of energy, because it's the final form of energy (Motion e. --> Heat e; Light e. --> Heat e.)
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muhmdhrnStudent Digital Artist
n joo you nailed it..stunning mind.. i learn a lot from you..
PiiEu's avatar
Muito criativo, realmente esse ai parece uma especie bem nova aos meus olhos
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NixKatHobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting concept.
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TrueKaozStudent General Artist
Beautiful work, I can remember seeing this on ConceptArt.
I love the design and how beautifully rendered it is.
Absolutely stunning :thumbsup:
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MonstahartStudent General Artist
Great creatures! by the way is ther a certain group you do your creature of the week submissions for?
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LZbrothersProfessional Filmographer
#LZ Zach
This mythical beast puts a puzzle in me but it's amazing how this creature actually lives in such environment...probably evplved from the lava?

#LZ Luke
Man, this is awesome! Gotta' admire and drool over it :wow:
inkkmachine's avatar
my god this is amazing! worthy of a fave indeed. O_O
how long did it take you to make this?
TabuuForteAkugun's avatar
I love this pic :D

Also, the little paragraph you wrote is quite intriguing. I like the "lonely world" thing. :)
Nin-Zebra's avatar
I've been enjoying your creatures quite a lot. Quality of text + image combo is ++.
Keep it up.
huckhop's avatar
This picture is completely and totally bad ass!!! :D rock on dude!!!
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BloodfeedStudent Traditional Artist
That is pretty damn epic, its bio is great to, must of taken ya hours
HammerAndy's avatar
Fantastic! For real!!!!
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