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Lao Yu Su 108 by avancna
by avancna

Here's the first of probably several critiques. You've got such a great, expansive portfolio that one critique really wouldn't do the w...

mammals 3 by Nesihonsu

My favorite parts of this piece are the textures of the animals' hair. All those crinkled lines make a pleasing contrast with the soft,...

bluejay 1 by tobysq
by tobysq

I always enjoy photos that tell a story. Old, used human goods are great for evoking that sense of background. Especially when they're ...

Leucochloridium-infected Snail by Banvivirie

I think my favorite part about this piece is that you've placed the parasite in an actual environment, instead of just drawing it by it...


Sponge Ghost by NocturnalSea
Sponge Ghost
Lately I have been watching a looooooot of Spongebob Squarepants with my toddler.  And it got me to wondering about what a slightly more "realistic" anthropomorphic sponge might look like.  I find it kind of surprising, actually, that no one (except for avancna) seems to have tried to create a sponge-person.  You'd have thought China Mieville, at least, would have thrown one into his books.

In many cultures, the soul is believed to come back to the living world as some sort of animal-- a moth, a bird, etc.  But in this coastal-dwelling culture, the spirits of the dead merge with marine life.  The soul uses its former skeleton as a framework upon which it cultivates pipe sponges.  Specialized, flexible sponges grow in the place of arms, with oversized spicules serving as fingers.  A cluster of spicules also sprouts from the pelvis to provide slow, somewhat unsteady "legs" for the spirit.  

By the way, the paper for this drawing was made from dyed and processed elephant dung from Mr. Ellie Pooh:
Fresno Nightcrawlers by NocturnalSea
Fresno Nightcrawlers
The "runner up" state cryptids for my blog. The nightcrawlers are a pair of creepy, floating apparitions that seem to be nothing but a head on legs.  They are known from two blurry videos on Youtube which became famous enough to end up being featured in a Syfy channel paranormal investigation show.

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Palos Verde Blue Brains by NocturnalSea
Palos Verde Blue Brains
Finally another entry for my state cryptids blog.  Late one August night, two men in Palos Verde, CA got into their car and turned on their headlights to find a pair of giant, blue brain-like extraterrestrials sitting in the driveway.  What folowed is a classic story of "missing time" and aliens forcasting doom for humanity if we don't change our evil ways.

Read more about it at my blog:
Green Space Penguins of Tuscumbia by NocturnalSea
Green Space Penguins of Tuscumbia
Another state gets its very own official cryptid.  This one is for Missouri.

In February, 1967, farmer Claude Edwards of Tuscumbia, Missouri stepped into his yard to find a gaggle of strange, possibly extraterrestrial visitors waddling around his field.  He described the creatures as three-foot tall, gray-green penguin-like creatures with either large black eyes or black goggles, and curious black coverings on their snouts.  The beings were trundling around a large, metal, mushroom-shaped object-- apparently their spacecraft.

Mr. Edwards grabbed a pair of rocks and approached the creatures and their craft, intending to punch a hole in the vehicle to keep it from taking off.  He was stopped dead, however, by an invisible force field around the site.  He threw his first rock, which bounced harmlessly off the wall.  The second rock went through, but merely skittered over the top of the mushroom-craft and fell over the other side.  Edwards aggressive actions apparently unnerved the space penguins, however, for they quickly retreated into their ship and took off into the sky.

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John Meszaros
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I'm a marine and wildlife artist based primarily out of Connecticut, but sometimes also out of Tennessee and Florida (I travel with my wife for her aerospace job). Even though my pieces are pretty stylized, I do a lot of research to try to make them scientifically accurate.
I have matted prints for sale on my website, so check it out! I'm also available for commission at reasonable prices.
Most of my stuff is also available on t-shirts from my company Nocturnal Sea Printing. E-mail me if you're interested in seeing anything on apparel.

My Facebook page: Nocturnal-Sea-Biology-Art-by-John-Meszaros

Current Residence: Connecticut
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Favourite genre of music: Tribal Fusion, Bluegrass, Zydeco
Favourite style of art: Art Nouveau
Operating System: Windows XP
Shell of choice: Florida Tree Snail, Liguus fasciatus
Wallpaper of choice: Myst scenery
Skin of choice: Cownose Ray-- soft like a wet, muscular mushroom!

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squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Is there a collective noun for anomalocarises?
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, I've usually seen the plural as anomalocarids
squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   Digital Artist
No, no, the collective noun.  A murder of crows, a knot of frogs, a charm of hummingbirds, etc.  What's a group of anomalocarids called?
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
oooh, okay.  Hmmmmm... I don't think there IS a term for a group of them.  

A group of squids is called a shoal, so that could work for anomalocarids too.  Or I could just invent a new term.  How about an appendage of anomalocarids?  Or a grasp?  Either one of those sounds pretty cool.

On that same note, a female octopus or lobster is called a hen, and I think that would be a perfect term for female anomalocarids, too.  I guess a male would be called a cock, then?  Weird.
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squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014   Digital Artist
I found these little guys in Tomodachi Life and thought of you:…
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
cool, thanks!
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Happy Birthday! :cake: :) :dance:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake:
Evenape Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! All the bests :)
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