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Grappler Shark Attack by Seaurchinstosun Grappler Shark Attack by Seaurchinstosun
'Grappler sharks' live near the surface and use the eyes on the tops of their heads as light meters to camouflage their bodies to prey that swims beneath them. Though fast on their own, they prefer to sneak up on prey and latch onto it with their pharyngeal jaws before reeling it in. In this illustration it's attacking a human in an uncharacteristic fashion, adding to the many accounts of bizarre or aggressive behavior the planet's animals exhibit in the presence of humans...
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MCFireDraw Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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GiulsPat Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
uao!
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UnlimitedT Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
after the image was taken

"whew i'm sure glad i decided to wear my cyber suit!"
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Reminds me of Opabinia a little.
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's a weird one, for sure!
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Skihaas1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful image, is this for a personal project your working on? Or just for fun
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! This is part of a larger personal project, named Project: Foster. You can see/read more about it at projectfoster.tumblr.com. I haven't had the time to work out any presentable art for Foster in a while, as I've been exploring taking the story in several directions, and dabbled in programming a game based around a few characters exploring the world.

I checked out your portfolio and saw your Monster Fishing concepts. Looks like my grappler would fit right in! Good stuff!
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Skihaas1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just read the idea, very original idea, purely because you're steering away from the command and conquer the planet side of humanity haha, hope this project takes off for you! If you want me to paint up a creature for fun, let me know, good practice :)
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
To be fair, I've only written that I hope it'll be something different. The story beginning to end that I have written is not as original as I'd like it to be. I have no experience with storytelling, and the only writing I'm confident doing is taking research notes. The main reason why Foster sounds original is because it's a Man vs Nature story with minimal Man vs Man conflicts (Most Sci-fi is Man vs Man or Machine, which makes things 1000x easier)... But Man vs Nature stories have to involve Man vs Self to be compelling, so that takes a lot of characterization to develop.
On that note, I had originally planned to create Foster as a graphic novel (or webcomic) but unfortunately I have no experience with either of those, in creating or reading them...  I've played my share of video games though, so it's been a little more natural for me to explore Foster's story and ways to immerse someone in a world through the idea of some visual interaction. But then I'm a novice in programming, so that just creates another hurdle for me I can't seem to find time to jump...
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Skihaas1 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I hear you on the programming part. I tried to learn even the basics, but it's just too much. That's why my game idea will probably always be on stuck on hold and be a hobby instead of reality, so I pray you will find a good programmer, or find that hook-up/uplink thing from the matrix to learn it instantly (I certainly wish that for myself).
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's a huge time sink with no guarantee of success... I think I've come up with a way to turn the game into a metroidvania-style game, which makes things a lot simpler physics/controlls-wise, but I just plain don't know enough coding to make it more than a platformer. I'm also sort of afraid to ask for help on it, as I have very little time for the project myself anyway.
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Skihaas1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it, so is that how you would like to introduce players to the world of Sero 387 c? via video game? Because if you did this I would love to play it, I love personal projects like this, good to know I'm not the only one who takes joy in this sort of thing, and thanks for looking at my concept!
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ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
reminds me of some kinda prehistoric thingy... good thing mother nature doesnt coppyright stuff! its relly cool!
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
When you get into creature design, you learn very quickly that there are no original designs-- in some way shape or form, mother nature's made it happen on our planet already.
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ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well ok. i still like it
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
excellent!
(tiny question - was Obinia an influence, with the trunk)

superb image.
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And I have no idea what Obinia is, so no, it wasn't an influence.
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
[link] (typo on my part before, sorry)

its still a great creature you've created.
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oooh, I've seen those guys before. I might have been influenced by them more while working on my other creature sketches. Some of those concepts were much more arthropod-inspired.
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Vertous Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Artist
dude a tongue is just creepy but a Jaw latching onto you...You know what you my friend should be designing new creatures for Avatar (Movie) or something! This is pure originality!
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PhoenixMerrick Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
I would love to know more about the mechanics of this beast.
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I took inspiration from the pharyngeal jaws of the moral eel and goblin sharks, and attached them to a long tongue-like structure in the mouth of the beast. It darts out like the tongue of a chameleon or frog, but the muscles in the tongue allow it to "swim" (hence the round fin-like outcroppings on the corners of the jaw). After closing, the shark can reel in the pray, or reel itself in, depending on the size of the catch. The large paddle-like fins in the front of the beast allow for extra bursts in speed, or to push backwards when reeling in prey. The large dorsal fin that runs the length of the shark's back it used to detect vibrations in the water, and to appear larger when herding groups of prey. Unlike Earth's sharks though, they tend to hunt alone, preferring stealth over brute force, as there are larger, more clever creatures that live in the same waters...
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NightmareCC Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great idea!
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DavesPineapple Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome concept, I love it ^-^
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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AyseEFE Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice work :happybounce:
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Seaurchinstosun Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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AyseEFE Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ur welcome:D
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manaista Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One epic concept!! :wow:
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That is one fierce looking animal!
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Croot Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Awesome!
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