FiddzyDesign – Concept Art

Tag: Translucent

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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Animal, Mineral, Vegetable?

by on May.17, 2011, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Costume Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

This whimsical pot clad creation came from a simple sketch drawn while thinking up new idea’s for future Calci golem designs (Bone, rubber, stone), and my own personal interest in the biology of the Portuguese man o’ war, a colonial organism made up of not one individual species, but several, known as zooids. It was this idea of a symbiotic relationship among two distinct species, as well as a species relationship with an external non-organic structure, as seen in my Calci golem designs, which lead to this alien oddity, the Klingting.

Terracotta Klingting

The Klingting is not one, but two drastically different species living in a symbiotic relationship that together form a single colonial organism. The two creatures that make up an individual Klingting are, the Kling, a bulbous fish like animal with two arm-like eye stalks, and the Ting, a green gelatinous slime mold decedent.

Both species survive together in a perfect state of mutualism. The Kling provides all the benefits of a complex organism, such as, sight, the ability to communicate and in the case of the Kling, sentience, all of which is shared through a neural bond between the two. It also provides the Ting with food in the form of its waste and a special sugar it excretes. The Ting in turn provides the Kling with a liquidity home, a means of terrestrial mobility, a boosted immune system and further protection from its ability to form inorganic shells. If separated both will eventually die, although the Kling can sometimes survive if it finds a body of suitable water.

The Klingting communicate with each other by drumming on their inorganic shells, hence their onomatopoetic name Klingting.

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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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Swimming in an Ocean of Gas:

by on May.10, 2010, under Beasts, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes

The creation of this vast gas giant inhabitant came from two separate factors, the first was my desire to further experiment with the translucent effects I had been working on in my last creature design the Turoktune, and the second was the brief from C.O.W #175Great White Carnivorous Worm with Young. I then decided to set the piece within the upper layers of a gas giant so I could play around with atmospheric rendering.

Rytanni Vrymiju & Young

The Rytanni Vrymiju are a species of colossal floating worms, found within the upper layers of the gas giant G. Whimlip, a world where life thrives in “oceans” of gas. Adult Rytanni Vrymiju can grow up to 120 meters in length, and drift through the upper atmosphere hunting for smaller organisms in a process similar to filter feeding. The young, which are normally born in broods between 4 and 5, are not quite as placid as the adults, parasitically feeding off their mother and constantly trying to out compete each other for the richest feeding area behind her head. They continue to feed like this until they are large enough to fend for themselves, usually drinking their mothers dry in the process.

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Demonic Translucent Ooze – Turoktune:

by on May.05, 2010, under Aliens & Monsters, Beasts, Character Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

The design of this gelatinous demonoid, the Turoktune, was born as an experimental piece focusing on highlight rendering and translucency.  Like my other most recent designs I have also thought up a backstory for these vicious underworld sirens to help expand upon their design.

A “Human” Turoktune

The Turoktune are a mysterious species of unknown origin found in the dark back allies and under layers of the luxurious casino metropolis’s world of La Raxi. They stalk and kill anyone foolish or drunk enough to enter the cities long abandoned lower levels, and even though the authorities “officially” deny their existence they are believed to be responsible for thousands of missing person accounts. While no one is believed to have meet a Turoktune and survived, it is rumoured that they lure in their prey with a mesmerising light display which emanates from chemical reactions within their translucent skin, captivating any creature with the ability of sight, creating an irresistible, hallucinogenic and provocative spectacle. They then consume their transfixed prey, incorporating their bones and memories into their own. This ability to steal its victims memories can turn a Turoktune from a mindless hunter into a sentient assassin. It is unknown how much of an impact its victims memories can have an a Turoktune’s psyche, however it appears that they remain detached from any emotional bonds carried over, either through suppression or from a general lack of understanding towards higher emotions such as compassion.

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Jellyroom or Mushfish?

by on Oct.14, 2009, under Beasts, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes

Nuu NulipNuu Nulip

The inspiration for the strange mushroomoid creature above came to me while redesigning the Mulood fungus monster from the post below, “Danger Trespassers Will Be Consumed”. However unlike the mobile Mulood, for this creature design I wondered what a static carnivorous mushroom might look like. The outcome was the Nuu Nulip, a strange cross between a mushroom, a jellyfish and a table lamp. Luring in its prey with its bright luminous cap, then snagging it with its stinging jellyfish like tentacles and adsorbing its fluids till its nothing more than a lifeless husk. Similarly to my last piece, the Nuu Nulip was a completely digital creation developed entirely by the skills picked up from its forbearer’s creation.

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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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