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Bull Black Tongue by KatePfeilschiefter Bull Black Tongue by KatePfeilschiefter
The Black Tongue is an alien omnivore that navigates through scent, sound and heat. It's prehensile tongue is a deadly sense and eating organ, used for slurping up insects, plucking fruit from tall trees, and uprooting shrubs. The nostrils on the chest of the animal are used for air intake, while those on the head are for smelling.

I really love Wayne Barlowe, and I was definitely influenced by him.

Any critique is welcome.
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trinitytac0419 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  New Deviant Student
oh god...
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Kaiserliche Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Alien or Fantasy
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional
very nice indeed
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DeathbyPixels13 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Terrifying AND, it being an alien, and us knowing so little about the universe, completely PLAUSIBLE. 
NOPE NOPE NOPE 
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IvanRostoff Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
It's rude to stick your tongue out.
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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
weeeew Wayne Barlowe yay
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed! Wayne Barlowe is awesome! So is this handsome fellow :D
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So this beast would be living on Darwin 4 ?
If so, I would love to see a fight between it and an Arrowtounge !
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IceBlast360 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOAH+fav :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) 
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Paraceratherium Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
wayne barlowe had unique ideas with Alien Planet and they even made a Discovery channel special on it. didn't care for his Inferno concepts
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm aware, I watched it when I was very young. I don't have Inferno but look forward to getting it some day. I love the abstract critters from it that I've seen online. 
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VillalobosDStudios Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is amazing you should host it on Behance www.behance.net/AlexVillalobos
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, maybe I will in the future
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takoda17 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
It reminds me of Avatar!
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WoundedGazelle1234 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I see what you mean-the location of nostrils, right? 
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takoda17 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
yep!
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Ichogo Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Writer
You nailed Barlowe's design and feel. NAiled it PERFECTLY!
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sledgeviper Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
YES. Wayne Barlow is awesome! (I thought I saw some of his style in yours ;D)

I love the colors, their balance of contrast... The sky... And the design of the animal is Splendid.
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Raptor-177 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I like Wayne Barlowe too. His aliens are so... alien. No eyes or obvious mouth, those are too "earthly" features. Yours is no different, but there's the added bonus that it's drawn and colored very nicely :)
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. I don't consider eyes or mouths a hallmark of earth. As navigating your environment and ingesting things is always going to be necessary. And sight is so incredibly useful, but excluding or altering their shape beyond recognition is a very quick way to get that alien vibe.
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Raptor-177 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course. But mouths and eyes on the head is a bit cliche these days...
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps, but they appear that way in nature because it works well. The best alien designs I think are the ones that land in that sweet spot between abnormal and functional.
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Raptor-177 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, true, it's all due to parallel evolution, especially the eyes. But of course eyes have to do with whatever the creature's biology is, and its evolutionary history. It, say, might have special sensory organs that detect electromagnetic fields, or maybe as in the opposite of Earth, where all of them have such organs, but some specialized and developed eyes. Also, the mouths can be completely alien, as how Barlowe has done. One has to think, as being alien lifeforms, nothing is to be expected, and they can have completely bizarre biologies, as for instance no mouth whatsoever (implying that they absorb nutrients through the air). But as with here, any carnivore/omnivore MUST have some sort of mouth to extract nutrients from other creatures.

P.S. Did you get any inspiration from that "no mouth thing"?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do you mean, was I inspired by the creatures of Barlowe seemingly lacking a mouth? Not sure, as this was done about a year ago. But this guy does have a mouth, albeit a weird one.
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Raptor-177 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly.
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wolk19 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
great
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Etomo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahh I really like the idea of different orifices for smelling vs air intake? Chest nostrils make a lot of sense too, what a unique idea. I love the shape of his head especially, that's some pretty cool looking headgear. :)
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AesirMaster Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the horns more blade like and the tail-tip like a glaive tipped harpoon
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MrJmZack Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can really see Wayne Barlowe's influence on you in this piece; very Expedition-style. I like it!
The fact that you created a creature that relies heavily on scent rather than sight is really cool. I like the colour choices you made here for both the creature and its environment. In my honest opinion, having bilateral symmetry with four limbs is a little too Earth-like: but in an almost limitless Universe, I figure the odds of an alien species evolving some of the same forms and modes of sense to be pretty good. Thanks for sharing!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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VideoGamesSW Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I better it hates swimming!
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cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
This looks like the kind of thing that wouldve evolved if the dinosaurs hadnt died out
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alorix Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
This looks like something from that Alien Planet documentary.

Oh. that is. haha! Well nice. the original Artist would be impressed i bet. Wish i could find that book. I especially love the "horn-crest-thing"
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yzkethrag Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Made me think of Alien Planet and Tremors; The Series, also of Evolution. :3
Very nice.
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DTKK Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice!
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love the nostrils on the chest :)

You're very good at doing non-sighted creatures
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HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSES1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AVATAR! the movie! oh! my god! thats great! they should maka a new avatar movie, but this time they visit a desert and find this creature! it's really good! love it!
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Sivatherium07 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome :)
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Frogger1093 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I was thinking Wayne Barlowe the instant I saw this. If I didn't know those creatures, I'd say this critter was plucked right off of his planet.

Simply stellar work. :)
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noblekale Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Overall, a great piece.

Biological design-wise, though, I'm a little concerned. It seems a quite hefty specimen, and it has such small, small feet...
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes, many people have already mentioned that. This creature is partially inspired by beetles, which like all insects have thin tapering toes. I may change this though as I agree that it looks odd.
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noblekale Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
The main thing about beetles is that they have more legs, so the force of the weight is distributed over 50% more surface area, thus less pressure on the feet... Alternately, perhaps if the legs had rear spurs coming down, so it actually had two 'feet' per leg, this would alleviate the stress.

For a touch more realism, I'd be looking at the feet of pachyderms for this one - while the rest of it looks 'plausible' in a diversity form, the legs really don't fit in.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I've realized this. Thank you for your advice, I don't usually have time to go back and rework paintings so extensively, but if I can I'll be sure to try out several of your suggestions.
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lcmattson Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Very amazing and well-executed, but I feel like the feet are just a tad too small for that bulky head and shoulder region even if the weight is pulled out over a longer foot. However, I don't know anything about this creature's internal skeletal structure.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, he was kind of inspired by a beetle, and insect feet taper to thin toes. I kind of like the awkwardness created by this, though I may change it if I come up with an alternative.
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lcmattson Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I can definitely see the beetle in him now that you mention it and I do think that the feet can be over-looked. It really is a great piece!
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
That is so cool! It almost looks as if you drew it in pencil and then scanned it in, it really has that soft-ish quality to it. Very welldone!
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sacredwolf000 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
i really like your entire portfolio here. your creatures are unique and with an anatomy and biology that only a genius would be able to dream and invent.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much!
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