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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...


Dungeons and Dragons Trosip by NocturnalSea
Dungeons and Dragons Trosip
Another entry for my D&D blog, Dungeons and Duckbunnies.  In this entry I talk about the trosip, also known as killer dust bunnies.  They are one of my absolute favorite D&D monsters.  If I ever have a chance to play again, I want to be a mage and I want a whole herd of trosip as my familiars!

Go here to read more about them: dungeonsandduckbunnies.blogspo…
Dungeons and Dragons Killer Pillow by NocturnalSea
Dungeons and Dragons Killer Pillow
So, I'm starting yet another blog. This one focuses on my nerdy love for silly, obscure and just plain weird Dungeons and Dragons monsters.

For my first entry, I'm talking about the "Death Linens"-- bedclothes animated by malevolent spiritual entities.  Based on the short stories of M. R. James.  

Go here to read more about them: dungeonsandduckbunnies.blogspo…
Montauk Monster by NocturnalSea
Montauk Monster
Another state cryptid.  This one for New York.  The Montauk Monster was a mysterious carcass that washed up on the South Shore of Long Island in 2008.  The animal was squat and hairless and, although clearly mammalian, it appeared to possess a bird-like "beak".

There has been much speculation on what the creature was-- from a turtle without its shell, to a drowned dog, to a genetic experiment from the nearby Plum Island Animal Disease Center.  The most likely explanation, though, is that it was merely a raccoon carcass that had been distorted by decay and prolonged submersion in salt water. Looking at the original photo:…

it's pretty clear that the "beak" is really just the front of the skull without the skin.

For this drawing, I did a little speculation on how the Monster might behave if it had been a genuine new animal species. I imagined it using its beak to rip bark off of pine trees in the manner of a porcupine or Amebelodon.

you can read about this and other state cryptids at my blog:


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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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Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy New Years
VisualKeiBunny Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your artwork is absolutely stunning , very unique and creative
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!
Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Happy Birthday! :cake: :) :dance:
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