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Sea Fiend by nachtwulf Sea Fiend by nachtwulf
An original fiend design... not a boss, just a critter, one of those things that die in droves under the unwavering blades of your party. Naetheless... working in the job I do, I often get a chance to study the real biology I can use to make a believable monster.

This one is based on a real animal, believe it or not. Whoever first guesses what it is gets...oh, hell, I dunno, a virtual cookie. But give it a go!
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ShadowMewtwo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just the way the body is designed makes me think angler fish. That's my guess, final answer. ^^
StrawberrySeraph Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I saw this, thought, "cool," enlarged it, then thought, "it looks like a mutated mix between a flea and a shrimp."

I still think it looks neat, but thinking about it the way I described above makes it more than a tad creepy. :shrug:

It's very detailed and the apparent effort and planning put into it is nice to see. The mono chromatic color scheme does not detract from the whole at all. In fact, I think that having the picture in “realistic” color would detract from the final effect that the fiend has. I think that I would look at home in a old, old book with crabby writing detailing the fiend’s abilities, strengths and weaknesses so that some wanderer or scholar would read about it.
Raja-Ulat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Strangely enough i actually find it "cute". ;p
Daimera Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
Ohmglove. :heart:! Marine things are my faaavorites. This one's got a nice amalgamation of a ton of 'em!

Looks more like a massive hybrid of a lot of different cool things, but if I had to choose a single creature to assume this was based on, I'd guess the anomalocaris. XD
nachtwulf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
It's actually based mostly on a combination of a crab larva and those little arctic arthropods that I can't for the life of me remember what they're called right now. ^_^
Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Aw, I thought that it was inspired by triops! Ah well, it's cool how even imaginary creatures can end up looking similar to completely different animals...
Daimera Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
Arctic arthropods... Nothing's coming to mind, though I know a few. I almost wanna say isopod. XD But cool!
SesakaTH Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Student General Artist
Awesome design for this creature! :clap:
SkitsoSquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2005
aww he's really cute too. i love the expression in his eye. He just looks pissed off yet kind of sad lol. :+fav:
FreddyC Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it :)
MentalFloss Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004
The detail on this is simply stunning beyond words. At first, I thought it kind of looked like an anglerfish, but then I noticed all the different aspects of it seperately. In any case, it's a breathtaking piece of artwork. :)
applepyro-3002 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2004
looks like a lobster from hell
turel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004
gammarus crab?
beautiful work, wherever you got the idea from :D
hoju3942 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2003
*stays away from the beach*

Amazing detail! This pic is so good.
pearlzu Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2003  Professional
Awesome critter! *stare* O_O
g-223 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2003
My guess is that its based on a trilobite and possibly something else, am I close? Nice job, by the way...
furryphotos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2002  Professional Photographer
Looks liske a bony fish. Losta detail in this one. i like it.
rwolf Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2002   Digital Artist
Kinda thought of it as a cross between of a fish and plankton...
nachtwulf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
Well, citrus3d kinda cheated by listing -all- of those options, but got nominally close. It is, in fact, based on the 'zoea' larval stage of a crab, which does count as plankton. I'm surprised someone got it, kinda, but... ^_^
ZirTuan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice, love the designs paterns, the colors use.
jidane Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
Lookit those eyes! Aaaaaawww, so kyoot. I want one!
demon-lexx Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
Very nice, I love things like this, You did an excellent job.
fizzgig Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
sweet!! it's the thing under my fridge, yes? =p (Razz)
tons-of-guns Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
qute ;]
chibi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
SWEET! He's very detailed =) (Smile) Well sheesh citrus got all my guesses except one more.. frog?
bizevil Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
mmm wusabi nice job
citrus3d Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
plankton? shrimp? crawfish? praying mantis? angler fish? lobster? mudskipper? elephant?
trash60 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2002
wow, great job. the subtle coloring really makes it feel kind of old and brings out how very well detailed this is. great work.
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