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Tree Legged Behemoth by KatePfeilschiefter Tree Legged Behemoth by KatePfeilschiefter
Another behemoth concept based on a thumbnail sketch. This took so long to get anywhere on because of my accursed addiction to Mass Effect. And then of course my subsequent Mass Effect withdrawal after finishing the last game. Now I must paint fan-art, ugh and I have so many other things to do already.

I got the idea for the blue head by looking at photos of rhinos in different lighting conditions, the particular image I was thinking of had intensely blue shadows. I didn't want that particular kind of lighting as I still wanted detailing in the head to be distinguishable, so he's blue skinned instead. Perhaps it confuses predators by breaking up his shape.

Other info: Fatty deposits atop the neck for food/water shortages. Has an obscenely long tongue as its primary mode of food consumption. Strange tusks are used to tear up the ground, trees, other behemoths, whatever it wants. Is twice the height of an african elephant, if it was standing in a forest it's legs could be mistaken for tree trunks.
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FutureAesthetic Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Fantastic work!
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IceBlast360 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i just pissed my pants...
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Kym27061 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
If you like making creatures, you should play Spore.

You have to pay for it, but trust me, its totally worth it :P
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Danansilec Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I love how you have this profound technical skill, which you use to great effect together with good design/concepts and with a sparkle of humor and trivia on top, my evening doesn't get any better than this, thank you. :)
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad I could bring some enjoyment to your day~!
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Bekkish Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! I ish I was at at least a quarter as good as you!
My creatures would be so much better!
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Toobworm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the funny long legs, and the manatee-esque head. :D
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ManaSparks Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Reminds me a bit of Salvador Dali.
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VincentRinehart Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those ridges on his back and the tusks are my favorite parts of this. I'm also in love with how subtle yet surprisingly bold the leg stripes are.
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Lastrekia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Mass Effect? Did you also disapprove of the end? :D

This is one very interesting creature. It must be a shock to be an ant, climb up a tree and realise is a huuuuge animal :D
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It wasn't as good as it could have been, but I've made my peace with it. My shepherd lived at the end so I can just assume a happy ending was properly served. And that all of this happened- [link]
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Lastrekia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
First time I played my shepard died ;( I was so dissappointed that I didn't want to play it again at first :D
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I probably would have been too, luckily my shep is awesome and saves everybody. Except those scripted to die of course.... so many tears...
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Mazamba Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I ws about to point out that it has four legs but then I noticed that it says tree not Three.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
correct
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MIKECORRIERO Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Very cool Katie!
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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zesk4 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
but it has three legs...*sniff* LIAR! *sobbing loudly*
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zesk4 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
four legs it has four legs i meant
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mcfacebags Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Tree legged not three legged XP
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zesk4 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
oh......
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:iconhardvaro:
Hardvaro Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Neat. I was actually going to ask you about the size, for some reason it looks bigger than that to me.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I dunno, I often think we forget just how big an elephant is. Such animals don't seem so large until you're standing next to one, so I try and restrain myself when describing the sizes of things.
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Hardvaro Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Now that I think of it, twice the size of an elephant, that's about the same size as an indricotherium :3 That seems about right now.
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ontels Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
An interesting picture and read! Are you designing this for anything in particular?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My own personal project
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ontels Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Ah I see, what kind of project is it?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Explanation can be found in this folder: [link]
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regklubeck Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really rather disturbing. I like the tusks-like-antlers idea.

The lower half of the forelegs are pretty massive considering the light musculature of the upper half. Is that just dead weight below the knee?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Basically, it's armoring for kicking things around with. I imagine his feet act like suction cups in a way; the leathery mass of ankle skin sucks to and lifts from the ground, leaving deep impressions and anchoring him in place.
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regklubeck Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! Thanks. :D
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akireon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I totally understand the mass effect addiction. This creature reminds me so much of some of Wayne Barlowe's stuff, which I love. Great work. :D
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this thing is badass, reminds me of a deer and a buffalo mixed with a pachederm
this would be something cool to see in a movie.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cute creature!! What does this behemoth eat? A long tongue suggests a diet of flowers or something like that, but they would have to be very large flowers. Does he just grab food with his tongue and lift it too his mouth? That would make sense for a creature that would have to bend down to eat anything but the tops of terrestrial trees. Mass Effect addiction withdrawal- sounds bad. I hope you get just as addicted to painting big creatures. :)

I'm spending my summer reading Ray Bradbury. I've started on The Illustrated Man and read as far as the short story "The Man", and I also have found a big red book containing a collection of Ray Bradbury's short stories. I plan to read Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, and Fahrenheit 451, once I can get all these books from the library and/or pry them from the fingers of my family, that is!! Ray Bradbury has rekindled my long love with old fashioned rocket ships- which actually make a lot more sense than modern SF spacecraft- and just yesterday, I found [link] on DeviantART!! A classic single-stage reusable rocket ship!
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
His long tongue works in a similar fashion to an elephants trunk, he can grab all manner of food with it to stuff into his mouth. Due to his great size, he's not picky about what he eats, fruit, flowers, leaves, grass, roots, whatever he can grab.
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Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D wow
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Thunder-Red Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What a cutie.
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jbrenthill Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Crazy/awesome! I love this design! There are so many amazing details! (I have also had to deal with Mass Effect addiction!)
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