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Painting with Markers by povorot Painting with Markers by povorot
Some color and concept tests I did with my prismacolors. The idea is that these ten-foot-tall giants communicate like humboldt squid or other cephalopods, using a complex system of specialized chromatophores. Their ancestors originally would have used this feature for camouflage, but these sophonts have specialized this system into something used strictly for communication.

The three small examples are meant to be examples of varying stages of social stimulation, going from high-stress/combat at the top to strict formality at the bottom. I also included a coloured sketch of an alien brave in woven armor, because I've been working on the design for a while, and I really liked it.
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Alagremm Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Wonderfully alien, this creature would feel right at home in H. P. Lovecraft's beastiary. 
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Binaryrobot Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Love your work 
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ssiddharthaa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Incredible visualization and a well thought-out concept. I'm digging it!
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povorot Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Thanks man - one day these guys will star in their own story, i'm sure of it. As soon as I'm smart enough to write from the point of view of a radially symmetrical hunter gatherer...
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ssiddharthaa Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Haha, I'm having a hard time even picturing what the world would look like to them!
Do you ever try to draw or write from your creatures' point of view or do you usually do third person descriptions?
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MrJmZack Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really like this concept, and your marker technique. The idea of sentient extraterrestrial species communicating with chromatophores similar to Earth Cephalopods is a really cool idea.
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Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a book called Mother of Demons by Eric Flint with this exact scenario.
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MrJmZack Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I read up on Eric Flint's Mother of Demons; it sounds quite similar, I agree, but I still really appreciate ~povorot's artwork and the concept overall. Thank you for the info, though; I'm trying to find a usable link to download the ebook now.
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Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob ;)
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Exobio Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the idea of communication via sight rather than sound. I've wondered a few times if that is what squids or octopi would do if they evolve further. Great work!
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countconkula Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
These are the greatest aliens I've ever seen. The ingenuity and creativity in their design is amazing. They look truly alien. I wish I could delete the space of memory for "Avatar" and replace it with a feature length film on the Amphoran species/world, because that would truly be an extraterrestrial experience.
Great stuff.
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Director1265 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
How would you react if it turned out that there really was an actual alien out there EXACTLY like the Anphorans you designed here? Because I seriously think it's possible!
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P-ns3 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
you know what your lucky you can draw people because i shure as hell cant. i can only draw creapy alien things or machines
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Nederbird Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Wow! This is the most original intelligent alien I've seen yet! Amazing! Now this is what I call imagination!

It's sad to see how the sci-fi scene is dominated by Human look alikes when it comes to alien species.

I'd guess that this guy'd be a member of some less developed ethnic group, considering he still runs around with spear and arrows (I take it that pouch or basket on his back are arrows), or is his entire species at roughly the same technological level? Also, I take he uses body language in combination with this colour-based form of communication, or?

Again, real good word! You ought to win an award for this.

Instant favourite!
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Giant-Blue-Anteater Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do they retract their eyestalks?
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povorot Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Yessir.
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Giant-Blue-Anteater Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because not being able to retract those things would be very dangerous and would not create a stable all-around view.
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Singemeister Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Would a covert group of these get really pissed off as they insulted each other in order to camouflage?
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souhjiro Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
a wild idea: they can have a ideographic or "cromographic" script, for example, they go white when are in combat mode/rage, a ideogram meaning "white" also means "rage" depending of the context,and with added modifiers(dots?)representing the arm-color wording, then are all the tenses and derivations of the ideogram. Other meanings could be added if the ideograms are inked on determinated hues or colors, the species is very good in color discrimination.
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povorot Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
That's actually pretty brilliant. I might just try and work that in, man... thanks.
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souhjiro Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
I would suggest the main body coloration shows emotional states, while the arm tonalities express words or subtle emotions. In that case, an armor hiding almost all the"trunk" could be advantageous in combat, is not good to show your emotional changes/fear while you are in a melee combat...

Also depend, how adept is this species to singular combats-Iliad-style between champions?
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povorot Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Yeah, keeping up a good poker-face. I haven't really figured out the culture of these guys yet - I'm just using them to test out different ideas about alien communication. You're a big help, too.
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DSil Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Cool concept, I'd been thinking about doing something similar myself (though not quite as alien). I love the woven armor!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Has this warrior taken the eye stalks of killed enemies as trophies?
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povorot Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Oh yeah. Said eyestalks are also tied onto the warrior's spear, near the blade, to show how many enemies he's slain.
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Arkkeeper Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how this species is developing. personally I'm a fan of Humanoid-Esque Sapient Species, only because it seems, in my mind, that sort of body is generally a more sapience friendly form, but I love seeing others ideas for none humanoid sapient's. You have any plans as to how they converse with other species such as Humans? and any plans to develop them to later stages of Civilisation, I've always been fascinated as to how people portray the Civilisation stages between Hunter Gatherer and Space-Faring.
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povorot Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Well, I'm working on a few small stories touching on just that - the interaction between human and non-human intelligences, and how non-humans might take advantage of the technology human invaders might bring with them.

Generally, I'm much more intrigued by the non-humanoid alien, as I think it's much more plausible then a human-like form. But it's all make-believe, so I suppose it doesn't matter...
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M0AI Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, awesome, and then some more awesome after that! I love this so much. The armor/accessory design and the color variations are great.
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povorot Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Thanks, man.
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fractalxavier91 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Perhaps warriors develop some kind of shorthand or even their own language using just the color patterns on their legs?
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povorot Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Yeah - I was thinking about having some sort of 'armpit shorthand' - like a simplified language spoken between warriors and between trading tribes who might not share the same visual dialect.
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labgnome Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
I was actually going to suggest something similar, or that the primary portion of information could be in the arm chromataphores, and the body color is more analogous to tone of voice in humans, so less important for military or formal purposes.
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frazamm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Would like to see more involving these aliens. Good job as usual.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps the armour could be coloured, painted or dyed, in order to communicate battle-readiness or rank etc?
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povorot Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
I like it. I was kind of uncomfortable with the straight gold armor, so armor dyed in high-contrast colors would work well.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Not that I'm telling you how to suck eggs...
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124085 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
wonderful coloring man and i like the concept of skin coloration as communication

I also like the guy in there smiling. proves that he's friendly :D
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Facist101 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Some snazy works.
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! No sound based communication?
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povorot Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Nope. Think about it - if a creature can see in 360 degrees, sound might not be as important a sense for survival.
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh ok, how does it communicate with humans? Have we learned to recognize the color patterns?
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Wow, this just made them seem so much more real !
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danieljoelnewman Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow, very nice. Great coloration. The weaved-clothing/armor on the bottom one adds a nice touch.
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povorot Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Thanks, man.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Lovely. They have a real sense of solidity and weight.

Won't the armor get in the way of communication?
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povorot Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Thanks.

With the armor, it would have to get in the way of communication a bit. But to what extent, I still need to work on. I think it needs to be a little bit more open in places...
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Well, how much could knights talk with helmets on? Maybe there could be some sort of hinged flap over the place where these things do most of their visualization.

That being said though, are they deaf? Do they have any sense of hearing? If not, battle-field coordination must be difficult.
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