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Arrowtongue by Pythosblaze Arrowtongue by Pythosblaze
Creature concept!

This one is a nectar eater. The feathery bit on the end of the proboscis is used to collect sweet nectar from large flowers (that I have a design for and will submit later). The proboscis is also tipped with a hardened barb that can be used as a weapon. The headshot above shows the tongue in its retracted position. It would be coiled behind the vent.

What appears to be a mouth on the front of the head is actually a vent of sorts, allowing the creature to strain pollen out of the air as it breathes.

The creature has powerful hind legs and large feet, allowing it to run fast and over long distances. It uses its front appendages to balance itself as it runs. The shoulder flaps and forelimbs are also used in aggressive mating displays, in which the large females charge and slam their heads into each other until one is killed or incapacitated. The creatures are otherwise fairly peaceful herd animals.

I'm calling it "Arrowtongue" for now, since it was sort of inspired by a creature of the same name from some speculative space exploration documentary called "Alien Planet". I highly recommend checking it out.

Videos for the full body: Lines [link] and Color [link]

The headshot was done in Sketchbook, and I didn't record it.
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:iconpwnsage:
pwnsage Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Nice.
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spirit-of-Kashmira Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
similar to the one in this video?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmlkhT…
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Reivaxbeastly Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Incredible. Looks biologically plausible as well. Loving the colour scheme. 
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Uglypenguin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it a open species? :3
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:iconpythosblaze:
Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's not a species, so no
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:iconuglypenguin:
Uglypenguin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay :)
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Eyrin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great creature concept, i have a similiar one which i called "Hooktongue", mine is carnivorous though :3 Faved!
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concept design! And yeah... it has nothing to do with Barlowe's Arrowtongue...
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ugothomasonyeji Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is jus amazing (y) :D
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BrynnMetheney Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I love the head design and those flaps along the arms! :)
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:iconpythosblaze:
Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I need to work on this guy again, actually.
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SabertoothDogfish Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is this a re-design of the Arrowtonge from Darwin 4?
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:iconpythosblaze:
Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No, I just used that name for lack of a better one.
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:iconmustardofdoom:
mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very neat!
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:iconpythosblaze:
Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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sashark Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
oh wow! I'm loving this concept, and that ridiculous sloped snout |D
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:iconpythosblaze:
Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
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:iconaroruusu:
Aroruusu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
The design looks awesome and the body's functions sound interesting. Does the creature have eyes and/or nostrils?
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:iconpythosblaze:
Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's eyeless. The thing that looks like a mouth is actually a vent, used for respiration, scenting the air, and trapping pollen to be eaten later.
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Aroruusu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I see! How does the creature then sense it's aroundings if it can't see?
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Many ways. Sound, scent, heat signatures... The vent could double as a "pit", similar to what many snakes have.
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Aroruusu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
What prevents it to trip into inanimate objects while running? I don't think rocks can be heard, smelled or heat-sensed? :o
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Inanimate objects have a heat signature too. Put your hand on a rock and then on a tree. There's a big difference in temp. And if it's sunny out, the shadows will be considerably cooler. Same with water, etc.

Here's what a thermal camera picks up: [link]

And similar to what a pit viper sees [link]
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Aroruusu Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Right, now I remember! You're right, they too charge some warmth from the sun and wood/rock derive warmth differently. :D
I still can't grasp how navigating with heat sensors work though. I don't even understand how they work generally *blames the language barrier*. But the subject is interesting and I'll try look into it!
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, those videos I provided show how a snake's heat sensors work. Snakes do have eyes, but those eyes aren't particularly useful at night or through thick vegetation. The thermal camera they use in the snake video is a military thermal camera (of the sort they have on Predator drones and such), and apparently the snake's thermal vision is considerably more powerful and precise. I'd imagine with that kind of hardware a creature could "see" very well.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic concept :clap:
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:iconpythosblaze:
Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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nicart9 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Fantastic creature concept! Looks very original and alien. I especially like the head.
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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KingofUndrock Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i have that dvd and itts awesome! i also like this re design of the arrow tongue!
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It was a great watch, for sure!

It's not a redesign. That name is just a placeholder until I come up with a more appropriate one. The Arrowtongue and my creature are really very different, in both form and function.
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KingofUndrock Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh ok so its in stand by mode for now XD
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Tabon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I saw this in the popular section lD so congratulations! The design is really cool. I like the specialised head and flamingo like filters. How big is it?
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that was fast. I guess that's what happens when something is accepted into the #FutureZoology gallery XD

Thanks! I'd say it's about the size of a cow, but lighter. More like an ostrich or kangaroo.
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Vhyxalas Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Your creature designs are always exotic and a little bizarre (in the wonderfulest way, of course) and yet still believable and could probably exist if the world decided to be that awesome. I love the dinosaur+shark+hummingbird mutant look
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it!
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benthic Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(Wayne Douglas Barlowe's "Expedition". Sorry, I'm just a big fan of his and your works and the book happens to be sitting right next to me right now.)
Excellent design, by the way. I hope I'm not belittling that point.
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Someone else mentioned it to me, and I have every intention of finding a copy when I have the money. I loved the documentary and the art on Barlowe's website is gorgeous.
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Mechatherium Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The documentary was called Alien Planet. It is based on the book Expedition by Wayne Barlowe. I never saw Alien Planet, but the artwork in the book is gorgeous.

Used copies are available from Amazon starting at $44.95+ shipping (there's one in excellent shape for $53.92 + $3.99 shipping!).

You can see Barlowe's arrowtongue--a vicious, jawless predator--on Barlowe's website.

HTH :blowkiss:
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CosmicGrounds Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Writer
That's the first thing I thought before reading the description and this comment. I loved that show when it first aired. It blew my mind about alien life.
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
THANK YOU. I would so buy that book if I had the cash to spare. Alas I do not, but I will keep it in mind!
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Mechatherium Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Try checking with your local library. If they don't have it themselves, they may be able to arrange a loan from another one that does.

My day job is Interlibrary Loan Assistant.
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I had a look, and they don't have it anywhere in the county. Shame. I'll find it eventually.
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Mechatherium Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Where are you? Are you in the US?
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I am. East coast.
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Mechatherium Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm in the Midwest, Indiana southeast of Chicago.

I'm surprised your library doesn't offer interlibrary loan at least for your state; mine allows you to borrow across the country, and we are neither large nor rich.

Tony
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, my library system is just in the county. Not sure why, actually.
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