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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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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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