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Watercolour study of a conch by PortentosaMan Watercolour study of a conch :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 26 5 The Penguin by PortentosaMan The Penguin :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 18 1 Tarotcard: The fool by PortentosaMan Tarotcard: The fool :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 6 0 Life in the Blue Eye by PortentosaMan Life in the Blue Eye :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 36 10 Experiment by PortentosaMan Experiment :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 9 2 Creature growth by PortentosaMan Creature growth :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 19 18 Rtyuytrer by PortentosaMan Rtyuytrer :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 9 7 A Traveler's Sketches from Abnoworld (2) by PortentosaMan A Traveler's Sketches from Abnoworld (2) :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 15 10 DemonWarrior by PortentosaMan
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Hodea sketchdump 2. by PortentosaMan Hodea sketchdump 2. :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 18 5 Significant Biomes on Hodea (2) by PortentosaMan Significant Biomes on Hodea (2) :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 22 4 Significant Biomes on Hodea (1) by PortentosaMan Significant Biomes on Hodea (1) :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 22 5 Biomes of Hodea by PortentosaMan Biomes of Hodea :iconportentosaman:PortentosaMan 14 1 Deep from the lake by PortentosaMan
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Artist | Student | Traditional Art
I am an Norwegian artist that works in many type of media and I always want to learn new mediums. I am a big fan of biology, earths geological history and surreal fantasy. speculation on alien life is one of my biggest interests.


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I have now worked on this project in one year, one year of many enjoyable creative challenges packed into this project. It has made me a better artist and writer, and all I have learnt from it have been more than just that. This is the project I dreamed on making since I was a little kid that had just been introduced to spec-evo, and it took many years before I made something I was pleased with. I wanted so dairly to make something that is fairly similar in quality to Snaiad, and I think I am closer than ever before to that goal, but I can’t say I am there yet.

Creation of Hodea
I want to tell now about my inspiration to this project and what led up to it being created.
It all started when I was interested in biology and astronomy when I was very little. I drew all the time (I do that still), and biology and astronomy together creates the idea of aliens, which was very intriguing for me. Then some years later I discovered Snaiad and Wayne Barlowe's Darwin IV. These sparked my imagination and I began drawing aliens and creating worlds way more. Ideas came in my head all the time, but I was not pleased with any of them. Around 2-3 years ago I started on the predecessor to Hodea. It went through many concepts and versions before I finally decided to show it officially. Over a year ago it got finally its own thread, but it was not a project I was pleased with at all. And then I sat there with no project, no creatures and no planet. After a while I got so frustrated over this that I just had to make something! Then Hodea came to life from this frustration and what I have now is the consequence of that moment.

Under this text is the prototype drawing of Hodea that helped me a lot as a base for all the lifeforms I created. You can probably recognize what some of these became.

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Future plans

I am far from done with the project and I have so much more to tell about this world! I want to tell more about the underground seas under the red spots, the recent geological/evolutionary story of Hodea and its future. It feels like I have just started on this project, there are so much more to explore. What you have seen of Hodea until now is just scraping the surface (I mean this literally too!). Something that is long needed is a proper phylogenetic tree, which I am working on now, but slowly. Expanding this project outside Hodea is one of the largest plans for this project. There is much more than Hodea in this fictional universe, and you might get a sneak peek of this in the near future. Also I have yet to show the smallest and the largest creatures on this planet, which I hope to do soon too.
I do not plan on doing more plain side view paintings of each species, and I think it will be better to do more paintings of landscapes, biomes and creatures interacting with each other.
I look forward to expand this project much more!

Not many remember Virtus 3 I assume, but it is getting a reboot! It will be a warm dense tropical world that is much more friendly to life than Hodea. This project will not be a replacement, but rather a smaller side project.

I would like to thank all of you that have helped, supported and inspired me, and I look forward to more years with this project and you all!

Tarotcard: The fool
Done for an art event on a server. Played around with a more dramatic style.
Life in the Blue Eye

The blue eye is the largest open water on Hodea. It is made purely of saltwater a bit more salty than the sea on earth. Here live some of the largest aquatic lifeforms on this planet, but also countless small ones. After all microscopic life is an important source of food in the Blue Eye. The concentration of plankton and algae like lifeforms is high and make up the bottom of the food chain here.

In the middle of this illustration we see some of the fastest hydraforms in the Blue Eye. They are in the class Cirrupelliforms (tentacle skins) and have three mouths, three eyes and three water jet propulsion systems. Their jet propulsion is driven by muscles and holes behind their eyes. Jet propulsion is mainly used when they need to move fast in a short amount of time. 

But what makes them truly unique is what they are named after, which is their main locomotion; large powerful tentacles that cover their skin and work a bit like cilia, but in a larger scale.
Their gills and most of their sensory organs is at the front of their head. Cirrupelliforms also have proboscis like mouths they can stretch out and get food easier with or feel their surroundings with.

The Cirrupelliforms we see here are predator and prey. The predatory one is the large one to the right and the prey ones is the two smaller ones to the left.
This predatory Cirrupelliform is named mouth rockets. Mouth rockets is one of the largest carnivores on Hodea, it has a length up to 8 meters and is very fast and deadly. These normally swim very slow and is not very fast, but they spare their jet propulsion and energy consuming attacks for prey.

The small ones on the left is called hair missiles. Hair missiles is fast and small, perfect for avoiding certain predators, but not all of course. These are herbivores and feed on small clumps of algae and plankton floating in the sea.

There is also some more familiar hydraforms here, but they are different in several ways. They are on the upper and lower right corner of the illustration.

Shell umbrellas also known as Umbrellatestaea is in a class of jellyfish like organisms. They live in the same way, but work a bit different. They also is as abundant as jellyfish on earth.
Shell umbrellas propel themselves with a fin like structure that is cone shaped and protruding out from their shell. When danger comes shell umbrellas retract themselves inside their shell because their shell is not good to bite because it is covered with small spiny venomous spikes.

Maybe one of the most earth like creatures here is the class Aquanems (meaning water breads, yes, they look a bit like bread). These can be seen at the lower left of the illustration. Aquanems can reach sizes up to 3 meters. With their soft exoskeleton they swim peacefully in the sea and waits on smaller prey to be eaten. Their visible jaws is actually two “upper jaws” for two mouths. Their lower jaws which is hidden have evolved to grasping appendages that is used to hold prey. Those lower hidden jaws can be compared to those that chelicerates have on earth with their function.



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RodgerHodger Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you Potentosman for the fave on the elderly women. Much appreciated.
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doublejota Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching!! :)
PortentosaMan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Np, you deserve it Thumbs Up 
themasterofnone Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
Thanks for the fav!
EvolutionsVoid Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
Thank you so much for the watch! I really appreciate it! 
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rollarius55 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate this fav so much, mate!:D

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PortentosaMan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
RodgerHodger Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Thank you Potentosaman fir the fave on the Entomology submission.
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