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The Morvanger

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The Idea of this creature is that it Travels the deserts and slowly follows animals(and humans) who look like they are faint of life. The creature attacks only when the prey is weakened to the point where it cannot defend itself.

Each victim it consumes is turned into an acidic sap that it stores into column-like sacs on it's back, which will the Morvanger will explode if every attacked. Desert Tribes sometimes worship the Morvanger's as they believe they are walking graveyards that ferry the dead between worlds. Some of these fanatics will send their elderly out to search for Morvanger's to shepard them to their afterlife.

I hope you like, was fun!

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Reader Comments (10)

Very cool!

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKray

For the love of the FSM, egg looking sacs like that always manage to creep me out. I have a few bug books and I always, always move past those particular pages fast haha! This is well done. The gloss on the head is magnificent.

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

Great concept !

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermauro matheus

Ooh yeah, that lighting is mean, what with the secondary reflections on his back and everything. Cool background story too.

February 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterSimon Dominic

Oh, that is juicy. This guy would give those camel spiders a run for their money wouldn't they? Everything from the crisp little hairs on the back to the subtle details in the legs to the shiny Red Pepper head kick ass Davi. What's the scale on this guy?

February 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterDavid Melvin

I actually had a few skulls in the sand before as scale, but i was afraid it was a little cheesy for them to be at the surface of all the sand.

I was thinking from the ground to the top of his largest sac would be about 13-15 feet high. It's mouth is about the perfect size to just chug down some humans in the way. glup glup! :)

February 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterDavi Blight

Man, your rendering skills are getting so strong! Excellent job differentiating the various materials and textures.
But, fifteen feet high?? Looking at this image, I was guessing four or five feet long/wide at the very largest. The scale of the texture of the sand suggests a much smaller creature than 15 feet, and a smaller creature would make more sense given your description. Why would such a large animal need to wait for its prey to weaken? And why would such a large creature need a deterrent like exploding acid sacks, when its size would probably be a more than adequate defense?
Hope you don't mind the critique.:) Extremely cool piece, man.

February 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterCory Trego-Erdner (Moai)

Yah cory, i'm kind of new to adding backgrounds to my illustrations, I should have though more about that when doing so. and 15 feet is probably an over estimate on my part. 10-12feet is more on part with what i was thinking, but that's still not proper scale for the ground. Thanks for the input, i'll pay much more attention to that in the future!

February 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterDavi Blight

Damn Davi -your technique is really improving ! Love this one.

March 9, 2010 | Registered CommenterScott Altmann

Brilliant !! Saw the FB vid with all those emerging legs.. How very cool !!

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Lukacs

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