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Red world Steppe Runner by Griatch-art Red world Steppe Runner by Griatch-art

Planet explorer's log:

"The innermost planet was very much alive, despite bathing in the dim light from that small, red sun.

Among the strangest creatures prowling that harsh alien steppe were what we quickly came to call a "Steppe Runner". This predator lived off the giant hydrogen-breathing biopods that scattered the landscape - the planet's equivalence to trees.
So heavily armoured were the biopods that extreme measures were required to take them on. The Steppe Runner managed by having developed into the living equivalent of an armour-piercing bullet. Charging from a long distance, the Runner built up a tremendous speed before literally ramming headlong into its target with its long lance-like horn. Piercing the biopod's armour and diving inside, holes along the base of the Runner's lance then quickly sucked out the soft tissues of the defenseless biopod.
They were curious beasts, perfectly adapted to that harsh world."


An original creature design, originally inspired by a Deviant-Deadlines contest with the theme "Creature" [link].

GIMP + MyPaint, a few hours.
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VGiselleH Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Very original design! It's eh, front bits make it look built (windows), yet at the same time perfectly acceptable as some kind of naturally occurring design. I actually consider it's color the weirdest part, ha.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hadn't thought of the front looking like it had windows, but you are right - it does!

Half the fun of this was figuring out some sort of evolutionary reason for its existence (as outlined in the caption). The Deviant Deadlines challenges really helped spawn a lot of ideas.
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kaede-kit Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Ooh, nice work!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Griatch
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Ink20 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
An amazing piece of work.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! And thanks for the fave!
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Griatch
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Ink20 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
No problem Griatch :)
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RAW6319 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
That is a BIG one...I WAN ONE!

Ima call it Steral
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, Steral eh? Some suggest calling it "Steve" too. :D
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Nixon7 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Nothing special.
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