FiddzyDesign – Concept Art

Tag: Mythological

Rubber, Bone, Rubble, Snow – The Calcibus:

by on Mar.01, 2014, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Prop & Technology Design, Sentients

Out of all the drawings I’ve done over the course of this Blog there’s one creature design that I absolutely love revisiting, the Calcibus. Originally designed as nothing more than a simple minded magically conjured golem, I later re-imagined them as their own race and have slowly been expanding on their mythology ever since. Here shows the four Calcibus designs I’ve developed to date, the Rubber, Bone, Rubble and Snow Calcibus, along with a far more in-depth explanation about the races unique physiology and ancient history.

The CalcibusThe Calcibus

Each individual Calci is nothing more than a minute ball of almost pure energy, not much bigger than a speck of dust. At this stage they seemingly live for one goal, to find others of their kind. As small swarms of Calci begin to build they start to cluster towards the centre of the group forming their collective hive mind, a hive mind that eventually builds large enough to take on the persona of single collective presences known as a Calcibus. Not only does this Calcibus have the collective intellect of the billions of Calci that make it up, but also the effects of each individual Calci’s personal anti-gravity field, an aurora that on mass has the power to lift colossal weights  and suspend them in the air to build up a protective shell around the central swarm. This shell, often composed of whatever is found around it, is not only used as mobile shelter and means of protection but also to help give the Calcibus a physical form. To help maintain and suspend their shells without too much strain on the hive minds concentration, the Calcibus once having reached a critical mass creates “lifeless” drone Calci known as Supporters. These Support Calci help bolster the total anti-gravity field of a Calcibus without superseding the natural limit of intelligent Calci a single hive mind can support before dangerous split personalities begin to form. The Support Calci can also be “programmed” to perform tasks not only autonomously but also remotely. This means that the Calcibus can use the Supports to do monotonous and unintelligent jobs, such as keeping a pillar afloat, without wasting any of its overall brain power. Additionally these Supporters can do their jobs without rest and little upkeep. While the standard Calci do require rest, regularly rotating shifts within the swarm, it has long been a mystery how or even if they require sustenance. Most Calcibus carry a reserve of minerals, normally metals and crystals, deep within their core where they are slowly broken down, however this appears to be used more in the creation of Supports than culinary purposes. They mostly communicate with each other through luminescence and murmuration, but can also use vibrations to mimic speech. Thanks to their unique abilities the Calcibus are a much revered, often miss understood and sort after race. Thankfully their defensive and intimidating powers have helped prevent exploitation and their civilisation has become one of the galaxies most thriving.

Unsurprisingly the Calcibus and the Calci that form them are not a natural race, instead they are an extremely advanced engineered lifeform, created by an individual known only as Kaleem the Ancient Sphere of Configuration. While much of their early history is kept secret, It is known that they were originally created by Kaleem as labourers to help protect and care for the elderly entity. It is said that when he saw that his creations had developed beyond mere servants he freed them to pursue independent lives and build their own civilisation. Despite being free the Calcibus continued to care for Kaleem, building their culture around him where he has became regarded as a god and leader. Since freeing the Calcibus Kaleem lapsed into a coma like hibernation, only ever awakening from his slumber once every two hundred years for a few days to check his creations progression. Despite revering him as a god, they known that he is infact a highly evolved alien, a fact he regularly reminds them off. However aside from that and the fact that he is most likely the last of his kind nothing else is known about him or the race he belongs to. Although it is theorised that the ancient cities of their homeworld Cheljm in which Kaleem took shelter may have been cities belonging to his ancestors.

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Hells Oasis:

by on Feb.07, 2013, under Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes, Sentients

Although fresh from Photoshop this newest piece, the Puppet Leech, is infact the oldest design featured to date on this blog, not in terms of completion but in the appearance of creature itself. This demotic mummified totem is a reimagining of a creature I actually first drew way back in my early teens, a creature that for reasons unknown has just stuck around in my mind waiting to be redrawn.

Puppet LeechPuppet Leech

One of the many myths that surround the Puppet Masters is that they can never feel fear for they are fear personified. This would appear to be true as a Puppet Master uses fear as its primary weapon to attack the mind of its victim, mentally breaking them apart layer by layer so as to ensnare their bodies and pull them into their dimension to feast off the energy that they used to exist. However unknown to anyone but themselves there is one thing they truly do fear, the Puppet Leeches. A cult of renegade Puppet Masters who remain in our dimension and instead feed off the essence of their Puppet Master brethren. However just because they’d rather cannibalise their own kind does not make them any kinder to us, infact their psychopathic nature makes them far worst.

I am not entirely happy with the final outcome of this piece, I feel it looks quite flat and the composition is all wrong. However I do like the mythology behind the design and that is something I wish to continue and develop upon in the future.

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Snow & Lights:

by on Dec.26, 2012, under Beasts, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes, Prop & Technology Design

Seasons greetings! While getting into the festive spirit I could not resist taking a short break from my current project, (that I aim to upload within the new year) and instead design something more fitting for this chilly and wondrous time of year.

Reulan Winter WispsReunilan Winter Wisps

The Reunilan Winter Wisps from the chilly world of Reunila are a small but numerous species composed almost entirely of energy. Living for just under two Reunilan years (425 Earth days), the wisps spend the majority of their lives underground attached to the tree roots of Reunila’s northern forests. There similar to a fungus they feed off decaying matter, breaking it down into nutrients for the trees themselves. It is only when the wisps “flower”, during their second and final winter that they actually become visible, leaving the soil as floating balls of energy surrounded in a thin silken shell, which has the appearance of glistening crystalline ice. In this stage they live for no longer than three days as they “dance” in any available ray of light within forest clearings and over frozen ponds and marshes, searching for a mate with which to breed. Their floating bodies are extremely cold, so much so that they can actually chill the air around them, creating beautiful ice crystals that glimmer in their wake and deterring all but the most specialised of predators. There are fables that tell of times of when they was once so numerous that they turned night into day and dragged winter into spring.

The planet of Reunila is a small world located on the frontiers of the Human domain, and almost always covered in ice and snow even at the peak of its summer. These conditions were not favourable to the desert dwelling species that first scouted the system and as such largely ignored Reunila in favour of the systems easier to mine mineral rich moons and asteroids. When Humans arrived they were permitted to settle on the planet establishing a small collection of towns in Reunila’s Northern hemisphere, where the wisps native range lies. Thankfully the wisps seem unaffected by the Human presents and are increasing seen swarming within populated areas, lured in by the street lights.

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The Bacteria that Blocked Out the Moon:

by on Nov.17, 2012, under Beasts, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes, Prop & Technology Design, Sentients

Ah feels good to be drawing again, and to shake off the rust this first piece was all about experimentation in colour, lighting and form. Drawn pretty much on the fly its not exactly turned out how I originally envisioned, yet I am still very pleased with the outcome regardless. So here I introduce you to the Star Egg…

Star EggStar Egg

Many a spacer will tell you the legends of the Star Eggs, colossal beings so rare and illusive that almost nothing is truly known about them. With a central core of over a kilometre in diameter, it was long thought that the Star Eggs where some form of biomechanical space probe spent out by an unknown civilisation, however in truth they are actually living creatures in their own right, infact trillions upon trillions of individual organisms living together as a single symbiotic lifeform. So far with the few poor quality samples collected over five thousand individual species have been detected to comprise the collective form of a Star Egg, with estimates speculating that there could be well over double that in total. composed of an extremely diverse collection of mostly microscopic multi and single-celled organisms, no as of yet discovered individual symbiote has been bigger than a centimetre. What’s even stranger is that no single Star Egg appears to have the same composition making their study even harder. Based on the documented behaviour patterns the general consensus is that the comprised intelligence of a Star Egg is that of sentience, however all attempts at communication have failed. Despite this rumours of the Star Eggs showing interest in other lifeforms is common, with reports of them mysteriously scanning and even hacking lone spaceships and stations, although whether their intentions are merely out of curiosity or potential hostility remain unknown. How they evolved, where they come from and even how they traverse space with such ease and speed are all still unknown, along with countless other questions.

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Reanimated Rubble:

by on Feb.12, 2011, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

The Rubble Calcibus, is not a new design but rather a re-imagining of a golem design done well over a year ago when I first started this blog (Conjurer & the Conjured). The spark which triggered this re-imagining was from my more recent golem inspired creations, the Rubber Golem & the Bone Calcibus, plus my desire to see just how far my skills have developed since them early sketches and what areas still require improvement.

Rubble Calcibus / Stone Golem

The Rubble Calcibus, also known as the Rubble or Stone Golem, is the final hive mind form of Calci (a gravity altering race of colonial microscopic entities) found inhabiting the many ancient ruins and dungeons of their homeworld, Cheljm. Typically taking on the form of a humanoid consisting of broken statues, masonry and quarried stone, the Rubble Calcibus bears a remarkable resemblance to the mythological golems and as such these mysterious creatures have acquired many myths of their own. Most famously its is said that they are the undying guardians of hidden treasure’s and riches from a long lost archaic civilisation.

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Modern Mythology, Rise of the Plastic Age:

by on Jul.30, 2010, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

The Rubber Golem

The Rubber Golem is a mysterious modern elemental, that first appeared locked inside a shipping container full of the rubber ducks which make up the vast majority of form. Its origins and creation are entirely unknown, with many sometimes wild theories explaining as to how it got in the container to start with and from where it gained its lone space hopper head piece. The current leading theory is that this golem is in actuality just a renegade swarm of Calci, and that its proper definition should be the Rubber Calcibus. Since its first appearance the Rubber Golem has completely vanished, becoming nothing more than a modern myth, with only the occasional rubber duck left in an obscure location to remind the world of its presence.

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The Eclectic Graveyard:

by on Jul.07, 2010, under Aliens & Monsters, Beasts, Character Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients, Studies & Sketches

Bone CalcibusBone Calcibus / Bone Golem

The Calci are a colonial race of microscopic semi-corporeal entities that gather together in the trillions to form the Calcibus, a powerful hive mind which acts as a single voice for the colony, and as such is often viewed by others as an individual entity. In addition to this the Calcibus has the power to incorporate inanimate objects into its body, to create a projective shell for its occupants, and as means of further interacting with the corporeal world. Dozens of myths surround the Calcibus, with many cultures mistaking them for ancient golem or paranormal entities and spirits with rumours that the feared Bone Calcibus are demonic guardians of the underworld. In truth these skeletal wielding Calcibus are often members of a dark Calci cult which believe other lifeforms should be their thralls and hosts. Thankfully the cult is small and isolated, with the greater Calci civilisation being fundamentally peaceful and respectful of other lifeforms and their remains.

The design and inspiration of the Calcibus came form some recent animal skull studies I had been doing over the last month (which I‘ll post at a latter date), as well as the mythology of the golem.

 

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Don’t Eat Red Snow:

by on Dec.31, 2009, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Fiddzy's Artwork

Between the festive cheer of Christmas and the build up towards the new decade I have being playing around with a rough holiday sketch of a demonic snowman character, known as the Snowdemon.

Ho-ho-ho, Mincepies & Tinsel!The Snowdemon

The initial idea behind the Snowdemon was the pure and simple concept of “ho-ho-ho, lets draw an evil snowman”, which is exactly what it is, an animated snowman embodied by a psychopathic winter spirit, able to walk the earth again for however long the winter chill may last.

…and on that cheery note I wish you all a Happy New Year! Ho-ha-ha!

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Hells Toy Shop:

by on Nov.08, 2009, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Costume Design, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes, Sentients

This new demonic creature design is the third consecutive experimental piece created entirely as a digital render, following on from the Nuu Nulip.

Puppet Master - "Pony"Puppet Master – “Pony”

Puppet Masters interact with our world through a stitched together leathery husk known as a Flesh Teddy. It is said that they roam the stars, within the very fabric of space, searching for ill-fated ships to both scare and demoralise the crew with its often deadly practical jokes. It’s believed that these “jokes” are used to hypnotize the crew into childish dreams, luring them into its own twisted dimension, known as “The Dark Playground”. Once trapped the victim’s souls are believed to be converted into new Puppet Masters, while their reanimated bodies become the mangled Flesh Teddies in-which they reside… Or so the myths say.

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Extrauniversal Tourism:

by on Aug.24, 2009, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Costume Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

NimmNimm

The Nimm was designed to be a lifeform that can naturally travel between universes. Able to exist as both non-corporeal energy and as a corporeal humanoid, the artwork above shows the Nimm in a transition state between forms. The Nimm are generally considered a mythological race since an encounter with on is extremely rare. It is unknown from which universe or universes the Nimm originate, however it is known that they are not indigenous to ours. The few scholars that actually attempt to study them believe that the Nimm may have actually lost their original home universe long ago.

 

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