Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
This is a turtlepus, a cuttlecrab, a softshell, squidstacean...whatever suits you. It scavenges deep in the ocean, using the spiked ridge on its belly as a cutting board for chunks of meat. It manipulates food with six specialized tentacles, and walks on the rest; these can be partially retracted into the shell in case of danger.

This male has entered the shallows to breed. If the way these creatures eat is strange, the way they procreate is even stranger: after mating with a female, the male allows her to deposit her eggs inside his hollow, pinhole camera eyes. It may seem strange for the male to sacrifice his vision like this, but in fact these creatures have little use for eyes in the dark waters where they live. Indeed, the females' eyes are much smaller.

The eggs develop quickly in the warmth of the shallows, and soon the young--made yellow by droplets of buoyant oil in their bellies--stream out of the male's pupils like golden tears, drifting off to mix with the plankton. Many have described the sight of thousands of males releasing their young this way to be beautiful; strange for such an otherwise ghoulish creature. Shortly after this event, the males follow their mates back into the depths.
___________________

I noticed that most of my pieces have the subjects facing that-----> way, so I decided to switch it up (though I drew this one facing to the right). Since he's pointed opposite to the direction we read, I think it makes him look more as if he's just arrived, rather than about to set out on a journey.

Thoughts and criticism welcome :) .


My gallery: [link]
Add a Comment:
 
:iconmacgobhain:
macgobhain Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I've always loved this design, but I never asked: is it a future evolution thing, or an alternate evolution thing, or just speculative evolution?
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I intended it to be extraterrestrial.
Reply
:iconpyroraptor42:
Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
interesting creature :)
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Thanks!
Reply
:iconpyroraptor42:
Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
it looks creepy :)
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Yeah, I guess it does. I try to design my creatures from a human-neutral viewpoint (just like evolution :D ).
Reply
:iconpyroraptor42:
Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
SOunds nice, I always liked xenobiology XD
Reply
:iconspace-commander:
space-commander Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great use of color. I want to paint like that.
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
:iconrainbowvomitplz:
Reply
:iconspace-commander:
space-commander Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't get it. What's with the rainbow thing?
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
It's a metaphor for my use of color. :P
Reply
:iconoblivionjunkey94:
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you should render this guy in 3d
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
I don't know how, unfortunately.

You can, if you want to :D .
Reply
:iconebervalius:
Ebervalius Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good, man!I loved it! :)
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thanks :D .
Reply
:iconnocturnalsea:
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Dang, I haven't actually looked at that icon up close before (my bad). That's a pretty cool procreation method! Thumbs up!
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Thanks man! :D
Reply
:iconmeglyman:
MegLyman Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like this guy. :D
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Hey, thank you! :)

This piece actually has me a little stressed out, because I like it so much that I feel like it'll be difficult to top :P .
Reply
:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He's got such an expression... :XD:

:icontardhelmetplz:
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Haha, thanks Spike! And thanks for the favorite, too.
Reply
:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome, dude ;)
Reply
:iconzippo4k:
Zippo4k Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Personally I really like how this came out. I'm surprised it hasn't been viewed more.
Reply
:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Well, these things take time. :)

I'm surprised your clams manifesto hasn't been seen more. That, to me, is the ultimate work on speculative biology.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
Download SWF download, 52.9 KB




Details

Submitted on
February 7, 2011
Image Size
52.9 KB
Resolution
500×500
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
1,171
Favourites
27 (who?)
Comments
24
Downloads
23
×