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The Matriarch and the Administrator by povorot The Matriarch and the Administrator by povorot
At the link here: [link]
A series of character designs set in 'Delta', a world I was working on last year. The seeds of a project, maybe.
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sharknob Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cool creature! 
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SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A centauroid-type alien species, right?
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Helixdude Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"*various disgusting alien curse words*"
"Y' callin' me a WHAT!?"
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Ponentguy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this idea about humans living toggeder with other raddicaly different intelligent species, not in perfect armony, not in war; just living a normal life, with it's pleasant and unpleasant moments and it's conflicts.
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I wouldn't be comfortable looking that person in the eye....
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Elgorfo1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
who's who?
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artisticlibido Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL. I'm not sure I'd want to have an argument with something with a face like that.
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M0AI Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant design work, both here and in that link!
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povorot Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Thanks, man - coming from you that's a big compliment!
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sergiocornaga Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
The alien's outfit reminds me of Lisa Simpson... Weird association, I know.
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povorot Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
No, no - I see it now...
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great creation. To me it has the feel of a good 70's/80's far future SF tale - the kind of setting I most enjoy.
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povorot Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thanks - me too.
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katapraktoi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am fascinated by the interaction between alien and human characters, makes the alien elements of the story feel so mundane and believable, like in the Delta's market illustration on your website.
Love the amount of work put in making the alien clothing and tools, it is so easy to anthropomorphize and forget that aliens should work within their own cultural boundaries and morphological needs so I love your commitment to developing your aliens to their full potential.
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povorot Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I agree - spending time trying to make non-human clothing and gear look like they belong on the creature wearing it is one of my favourite parts of creature design.

And culture clash - whether between humans and humans, humans and aliens, or aliens and machine-minds - is still one of the most universal story-types that can be told. And still super-effective.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Awesome awesome awesome! I love the idea of cultural conflict extended across species boundaries. What keeps these competing, non-interbreeding populations from killing each other?
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povorot Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Well, they're both isolated from their parent culture in a large, resource-poor region - and the crashlanders, as refugees, arrived with nothing, so they need resources from the well-equipped humans to survive.

I don't know if that will prevent them form killing each other in the long run, though...
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Perhaps they can trade? So like what do the crashlanders offer the humans for the resources the humans give them?

Or maybe the different species can tolerate different habitats that are difficult for the others. That might buy some time, but in the long run, I think the niche-partitioning will have to be economic. Whichever species emerges as dominant, the others will have to prove their value or be destroyed.
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povorot Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Well, I'm imagining the human-crashlander relationship as a employer-worker one. The crashlanders act as beasts of burden to the humans, albeit ones that can negotiate better contracts then a horse could. The major story-tension of this world, once I can actually spend the time to flesh it out, would be between the crashlanders who are simply happy to have survived their civil war (and to 'work honestly' for their living) and those who want to push out the humans and take over the colony. Think of it like 'guest workers' in foreign countries, and all the subsequent socio-economic problems that can come from that.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
I like it. The situation is unstable, but that's the point. I'm seeing a lot of interesting parallels. Slavery, serfdom, indentured servitude, guest-worker contracting in Europe, guest-worker contracting in _the UAE_ (imagine a small population of humans, paying a huge population of aliens to do everything from farm the fields to design the skyscrapers). You could of course do all of these things simultaneously.

Two questions, though:
Does this take place on Earth?
How is it different from District 9?
(Damn, I have to watch District 9 again)
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povorot Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Well, first off, this takes place on an alien world, where both crashlander and human are new arrivals on the lands of another, more aloof hunter-gatherer species (the amphorans).

Secondly, the relationship in District nine is more straight-up refugees, a separate, unwanted and alien society showing up on human soil. This scenario has a lot more interplay between the two species - the crashlanders are an integral part of the human colony's economic operations, and are perceived a lot more positively by the humans then the 'prawns' were. Racism and discrimination would be thematically important, but not really a core element of the story in the same way. Similarly, District 9's heavy emphasis on human greed and exploitation would not really play the same part - with Delta as a non-profit scientific settlement, it would be more akin to the golden age of exploration, with the angst and unrest among the crashlanders being played against a backdrop of naive and short-sighted academic rivalries among the human scientists. So it'll still be partially about racism and discrimination, just referencing different real-world instances of it.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Ah, okay, I remember this world.
Hey, a book that might interest you is 1493. I'm reading it now and it's about "Ecological Imperialism," or the way European settlers replaced native ecosystems in the Americas, southern Africa, and Australia with ecosystems from their homelands, in order to create a landscape that was more useful to them than it was to the natives.

So the human society (Delta) is only researchers? Is it a permanent colony? I can see a possibility for an aristocracy to emerge, with human scientists spending all their time doing research while their lifestyle is supported by alien workers. Something like Dubai, where Emirati play in a city constructed and run by foreigners.
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povorot Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
That sounds like a fascinating book. I was recently reading an Atlantic article talking about how tons of well-meaning people are trying to resurrect 'native' farming practices in former colonial lands that are better-suited to the environments then the brutal western-style farming, which only works well, oddly enough, in europe. (this was mainly in regard to africa, where crops with productive shady trees overtop of them do better and retain more water then the classic european open field.)

Delta, for the moment, is early in it's development, with a small human population of under a thousand - it's only been in existence for a short time - maybe only a generation or so, with few permanent residents. Like a research station in Antarctica, only with extremely long journeys to and from the station, and work-terms that last much, much longer then they would on earth. The story I'm working on would be set in that limited time frame - only a few decades into the colony's existence - so it's more of a frontier situation then an established, stratified society.

The human society in Delta isn't just researchers, though - there's a solid class of workers, technicians and soldiers who work on maintaining the colony itself, operating heavy machinery, etc. Many of these are full-body cyborgs (with only the brain and/or spinal cord intact), seeing as their per-pound transportation cost would be the cheapest. Even using whatever futuristic technology needed to propel themselves across the stars, the starships of this future will probably be run by cost-conscious individuals. Perhaps most of these cyborgs will be indentured labourers, too - hints of deeper societal stratification back in Human space.

CRashlander labour comes into play because, like most human endeavours, the colony will be understaffed and their various archeological (and other) projects will require more work then the planning committees Earthside could have anticipated. And the crashlanders, as starving refugees, will gladly work for calories (which is cheaper then the salaries of more staff that require costly transport to and from human space).

So there will be tensions between humans and aliens, to be sure - but also tensions (class based and otherwise) between the researchers and the workers that keep them going. Depending on the composition of the human population, there's a lot of room to play in. I've been reading some of Bruce Sterling's "Schismatrix" stories recently, and he does a great job of drawing a tense human solar system split into myriad warring factions of trans-humans and cyborgs... I'm thinking of maybe bringing
some of that into this story, too.
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thoughtcrimeisdeath Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Between this, the world of Tiger Lung, and the alternate history where aves succeed instead of mammals, you're an absolutely amazing world-builder. Please continue.
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povorot Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Many thanks for the encouragement - I will continue.
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fractalxavier91 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
These are so very similar in anatomy to a design I'm working on that I dread uploading it when it's finally done because I fear people calling it art theft. Even though I've been working on the design off and on for over a year. :(

Oh well. I guess I'll deal with that when it comes. There are some significant differences.

This is very cool, despite my dread. I especially love the shoes. But that sheath looks awkwardly placed. Unless they have some higher range of motion than humans, they might have trouble drawing that blade (if that's what it is). Maybe have it more horizontal?
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting pic. I wonder what those two characters are saying to each other.
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povorot Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Contract negotiations, I bet.
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HellricofHellinbone Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I ADORE your aliens
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roninvalkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
This is cute. It looks like a serious conversation between a teacher and parent over a naughty child.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Maaaaan, I love your work :faint: .. every detail is perfect! I really like the shoes especially :D
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povorot Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thanks!
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Stridex Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Simon, I really, really dig how full-on alien you are willing to go with stuff. I wish more folks would even dabble in the realms that you just fully embrace.
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