This little fellow might not be the most handsome of creatures to the human eye. However, in his world, he is a supermodel.
The line along his side will pulse different colours during the courting process. Making him quite the catch to his female counterparts.
The more varied the colours, the better his chances at finding a mate.
Its favourite food is the nectar of the Gurita, a flower that dwarfs this little creature as he flies right into its opening.
It is safe in its world as his blood is pure poison, making him unpalatable to any poor creature that might fancy a bite.
Its name comes from the old saying, 'You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear'.
Because both of its wings resemble pigs ears, attached to something as colourful and as beautiful as a silk purse.
Done for ConceptArt.org's Creature of the week.
Brief: Aposematic Stalk-Eyed Honey Sucker
Very colorful, and a really neat concept! I like the variation in 'focus' as well, you did a pretty good job of simulating a macro effect.
Cool design. My first thought was, it's a hummingbird-moth! I like that you came up with a plausible role for the creature in its own habitat. It's nice to see people doing more than just drawing weird creatures without any thought as to how they might actually function. It's actually quite beautiful, in an ugly sort of way! (Does that make sense?)
Thank you very much Brandon. Yes that makes sense. Many of the strangest and 'ugly-est' creatures on earth have their own charm. I like to add a little story to my creatures. It helps them to exist in the imagination. The Hummingbird moth/Hawkmoth was definitely referenced during the creation of this piece. Particularly the proboscis in its mouth. Thanks again!
It reminds me of something that you might see in Half-life. Like, one of the more pleasant creatures from Xen Lovely work, great colours!
Nice artist comment too!
Thanks a lot Natasha, I know what you mean. Pretty nice reference.
You gotta read the description in your best David Attenborough voice!
I love it. And such a creative backstory!
Thank you. Im glad you like it. It helps with pushing the existence of the creature I think.
Indeed! I love it too
beautiful creature! Great work!