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Alien Predator by KatePfeilschiefter Alien Predator by KatePfeilschiefter
From a Biology Class project to create an alien for a specific extreme environment. I chose a desert, and created this elephant tyrannosaurus whale: christened, Cetaceros. Meaning whale nose.

It's kind of a boring profile as originally I didn't plan to go back and rework it as much as I did. All I had intended at the time was to show off his odd anatomy.

The idea behind this guy is that its planet was originally covered in an ocean, which eventually dried up into underground sources due to some sun related factor. Aquatic and amphibious creatures had to adapt to the changing environment, and the cetaceros would evolve from a cetacean like mammal. It lacks eyes and relies on its acute sense of smell, echolocation and vibration sensitive feet to locate prey. They would hunt either alone or in pairs, like tyrannosaurs, and share an intelligence and communication similar to elephants. Their tails function like a camels hump, storing vast amounts of fat as well as helping to balance against the weight of the monsters head.

Like elephants they release low vibration rumblings and foot stomping to communicate with other Cetaceros miles away. Which they feel through the support sacs in their feet. The lip is prehensile, and probably served a more important function for the creatures ancestors, but for now is mainly used for communication and display. When the creatures gather in vast numbers to mate, the males pair off to battle and show off for the attention of the females.

As for capturing prey, they hunt large herd grazers which they wear down with their slashing grabbing mantis limbs and bites from their massive jaws. These mantis limbs can jut out at surprising speeds, and are useful for snagging smaller faster prey in addition to the typical large lumbering beast. They typically tuck them under their bodies when running or hold them out at their sides for balancing when making tight turns.

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Coloanas Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wait this is a mammal? I thought it was an alien? 
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
alien equivalent of a mammal, similar biology is all
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Coloanas Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh. Nice work though. But for me it looks to alien, but that's just because the aliens I had made has the same body plan as earth animals (apart from spiracles and six limbs). For my aliens I just did the biochemistry different. It looks very unique though and I love the idea of creatures living in dried up oceans. 
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The-Polybius Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
I looks better than Alien vs Predator the movie
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Kuusinen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice one. But why would it lack eyes? Wouldn't it be impossible for such a large being not to have some sort of sight? How is it going to hunt the herd grazers without eyes? Arent all mammals of that size on our planets with eyes and some sort of sight?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, this one is pretty old and my main logic at the time was probably based purely on aesthetics. I do agree that it's extremely unlikely for sight to never develop on a planet that could support life (because in any of it's rudimentary forms it's just so useful), though perhaps something like this could come about by being isolated in a very dark environment or in the case of this desert, a place where sight blocking sandstorms are almost constantly raging. In which case a creature living in a place where sight is seldom used or useless could gradually lose it's vision, maybe lose it's eyes completely. There are examples of this within the animal kingdom, but for the creature design above, yeah there's no reason he shouldn't have eyes.
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Very cool.
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IceBlast360 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Request?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hrmm?
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IceBlast360 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A Shark Elephant Turtle Monkey Rat thing?
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MrJmZack Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Intriguing concept, very thorough and well-executed. I like this.
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ShenzieTheFurry Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Really good and original concept!
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
For a second I thought the title was a reference to the AvP movies.

Very intricate and well thought-out creature :thumbsup:
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rezzilla Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really interesting and detailed concept! Reminds me of Wayne Barlowe's aliens!
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thaumh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist
I want to see an animated CG!
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Toobworm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I love the concept! :)
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You came up with a rather interesting creature- I like it!! I'm not sure that a large, land-dwelling predator is likely to not have eyes in a sunny environment like this one, but it makes the creature more "alien" to not have eyes. :) Is that plane we see in the sky a human spaceplane from a starship expedition, or is it an alien craft?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I imagined it was a human craft. And yeah, I don't know the likely-hood of such creatures existing, but eyeless things sure are fun to draw and immediately read as alien.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I agree that eyeless aliens are exotic and fun to draw, but I doubt such creatures will be common outside of extremely dark environments. Eyes evolved from spots covered with light-sensative cells. Light-sensative spots only allowed organisms to sense that light was present. Over time, eyes evolved into cup-shaped depressions that could sense the direction of a light source. Eyes evolved rapidly during the Cambrian Explosion, eventually becoming primitive pinhole cameras. Nowadays, all vertebrates- humans included- have similar sophisticated "camera eyes".

Once primitive eyes developed from "eye spots", a biological arms race to develop improved eyes was on. If there is enough light for organisms to develop areas covered with light sensitive cells, then it is almost certain eyes will develop. If a planet is covered with mist or an opaque layer of clouds, perhaps eyes won't be able to compete with echolocation, heat-sensative pits, and other sensory organs and eyeless aliens will be the norm. However, aliens will almost certainly develop eyes on a planet with open plains and clear blue skies!! Then again, many strange things happen in the universe- perhaps your alien predators evolved in a dark environment- perhaps a sludgy sea- and later came on land without ever developing an eye. Think of how many organisms we might dismiss as fantastical if we did not know they existed, like flying squid, perhaps.
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NewmanD Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
its soooo great!
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BlackberryFinn Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Is that a plane I see in the sky?
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice work :D Those front limbs look so cool, fragile almost but deadly against the thick body and legs
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Not-not-kenny Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really love the look, but i have one question: How is the lip for displey if none of them can see?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, the Cetaceros can "see", not with eyes but with echolocation. That was still a good question though, I hadn't looked at this guy in a while and you had me wondering for a moment if I had completely forgotten about that.
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Not-not-kenny Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So they ecolocate the lips. Hmmm, I guess that makes sense. Thanks ^^
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! is that an airplane/spaceship in the background or is it an alien life form with jet propulsion? =D this big animal kind of reminds me of some cave creatures because it has bare skin of pink color and no eyes! =D
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Kerimako Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Exelent!!!!!
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Lycanamu Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I want to pet him! :D Love this design. ^^ He's cool and very alien. Tough his teeth are a little too "earthly" for an alien creature. Since the creature's origin is so different from our animals, the feeding organs would have been cooler with more original colors (like dark gums or something) and shapes. But the idea works, I still looks like an extra-terrestial predator from a very different place from what we live in. Good work looks good.

But I've gotta say that the project sounds just overly cool. I wish we had similar projects in my school... D: Just PERFECT for a biology class. Understanding of evolution and different organisms adapting to different environments with use of CREATIVITY sounds like something nice that everyone would like to do. Cool.
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Sch1itzie Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A cool and fun picture!
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neojuice Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
i like the colors, the sand... the sky... beautiful ^^
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ReSkull Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very well done on shading, lighting and anatomy for sure ...
but i think there is a confuse in collocation movement of hands and feet ...
left hand and foot pushing back while right hand and foot pulling body front

but still awesome :thumbsup:
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
His arm isn't apart of his walk cycle/supporting his body. He's just posed weird.
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ReSkull Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
thx for refreshin' me about what i felt about this :salute:
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jonbronx Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
have you heard of Wayne Barlowe & his 'Alien Life'?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I have, though I don't own that book specifically, I own "Expedition". And I'm certainly inspired by his work. I like how his aliens actually look like aliens, and not a mix of earth animals.
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jonbronx Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
nice! cool work btw... :)
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Scorpion451 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011   Artist
Love the design!
The idea of an eyeless predator is really trippy, like your solution of it using echolocation and smell to find prey!
The fat-storing tail is a great solution to the problem facing desert-dwelling predators of unreliable prey.
The colors you used in this picture are well chosen, and the creature blends in oddly well with its environment!
I can see a clever cetaceros of these hiding among dunes and snagging the occasional passing snack.:O
I love the world you created around it too, has me wondering what the flying object leaving the large contrail is!
Original creatures like this one with a great deal of thought put into creating a plausible biology are my favorite kind.
Awesome piece.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Such a very intriguing creature! Artistic wise, the texturing of the skin is fantastic. Every little wrinkle flows to the form of the body. I also like the glint of the tongue and gums. Design-wise, I like how you incorporate biological factors into it instead of just slapping something together. When I saw the creature I definitely could catch the elephant-like traits. I'm rather curious how fast a creature like this could run. Elephants can certainly run a lot faster than they appear. Ah, curiosity~ :XD:
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Tyrannosaurs are quite quick as well :)

Thanks!
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BigOrca107 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've found that very few people take the middle ground when it comes to exobiology. They either believe that there are no aliens, or that they're of a make completely unimaginable by humans. Yet I believe they may have a composition similar to ours, and will need to fill certain predetermined niches that we have evolved around. I'm glad I've found an artist that recognizes my point of view.
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alienparrot Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
woah thats awesome!!!!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha very cool creature!
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CoolTreeko Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
That's awesome!! I got a question, do you believe in aliens, like the Gray, and the Reptoids?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I believe that life exists in space but not that any has visited us.
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CoolTreeko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
FINALLY!! every one UI know don't belive that theres aliens!!! finally!!!!!
I belive that some has visted us, but we are all diffrent. but nobody accepts that I belive that theres aliens out there, they just try to talk me out of it!!!
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Scientists have already acknowledged that life must exist somewhere else in the universe, whether on a microbial level or as something more advanced. It's improbable for the Earth to be the only planet that has met the conditions to support life. But whatever form it takes, it probably won't resemble the organisms we have here, or what we have imagined up so far, such as greys. Which why when I try to draw realistic aliens, I aim to make them as abnormal as possible.
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sur-mata Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I wouldn't say it was 'impossible' for us to be alone. You might like to read this Wikipedia article, I found it quite interesting and very convincing. [link]
Basically, there is a lot more things involved than just water and sunlight when it comes to producing multi-cellular life. For example, if we didn't have a planet that was just about exactly the size of Jupiter in our solar system, the earth would constantly be bombarded with asteroids and the development of complex life wouldn't be possible.

On topic: Nice creature design! Very creative, I never would have thought of an elephant whale! :lol:
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
As rare as it is for the conditions to be met, the universe is infinite, that's an infinite number of chances to meet those conditions. However if we do find anything, and that is if anything is even within our range to locate, it may not be what we had expected, there could be organisms thriving in conditions we thought unlivable. The microorganisms we discover on our own planet can dumbfound us in this way. The universe is no less baffling.
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sur-mata Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
There isn't an infinite amount of chances, although space goes on forever matter does not. Scientists have already approximated the amount of stars in our galaxy. I agree that extraterrestrial life would probably be very different to how we suspect, chemosynthetic bacteria are a good example of this.
The chances of intelligent life developing are just so incredibly small, with literally thousands (if not millions) of specific conditions that must be present for billions of years. The vastness of the universe makes communication so terribly slow, that even if there were 100,000 advanced civilizations out there, it would be unlikely that we could contact them for thousands of years to come anyway.
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