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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...


Tsukumogami by NocturnalSea
A new t-shirt design. In Japanese mythology, when a household object reaches 100 years it comes to life as a tsukumogami. If the object was well treated by its owner, it is generally friendly. If it was mistreated, though, the tsukumogami can be vicious.  The blue parasol creature is a Karakasa-obake, one of the most popular tsukumogami. The red creature behind it is a chochin-obake formed from a paper lantern. The one-eyed sandal creatures are Bake-zori.

After finishing this piece, I realized that I owe a lot of the stylistic design to the works of avancna and scythemantis , who have both influenced my work quite a bit.
Smetty-- Wyoming Cryptid by NocturnalSea
Smetty-- Wyoming Cryptid
Finally a new entry for my cryptid blog. Smetty is a monster (or, more likely, group of monsters) believed to inhabit Lake DeSmet in Wyoming. Though usually described as your typical plesiosaur/water horse, I've chosen to depict Smetty as a gigantic mollusk distantly related to Pterotrachea.  Check out my blog to find out why:
Flint Elemental for Inktober by NocturnalSea
Flint Elemental for Inktober

For day 2 of ‪#‎Inktober‬, I've drawn a flint elemental as a companion piece to the chalk elemental. Flint is a silicon-rich mineral found as nodules within large deposits of chalk (when the same mineral is found inside other limestones, it's called chert). Flint is believed to have formed from a gelatinous silicon-rich fluid that flooded cavities within the muddy calcium-rich sea floor that would eventually harden into chalk. The source of this fluid is believed to be the spicules of sponges and the shells of planktonic algae such as diatoms and radiolarians.

The "head" of the spirit is a fossilized sea urchin test-- a common fossil in flint beds. The test lies within a bed of sponges, representing the spicules that initially formed the stone.

Flint was used for thousands of years to make stone tools, so a quintet of said tools serve as a crown or halo over the head.

Several smaller knives with faces on them inhabit the hollow interiors of the sponges and serve as the eyes and other senses of the spirit. These knives are based on the Tecpatl, a flint knife that served several roles in Aztec mythology.

Beneath the sponges is a gigantic wheel-shaped diatom, and below that five elongated, lozenge-shaped diatom serving as "feet".

The arms of the elemental are bundles of kindling with gigantic radiolarian shells on the ends surrounded by a trio of more flint knives that serve as crude fingers. The arms must be "activated" by being lit on fire by one of the Tecpatl striking against a firestarter steel to generate sparks. Several fire steels float with the space below the elemental's body.

So, as you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun designing this critter.

Chalk Elemental Inktober by NocturnalSea
Chalk Elemental Inktober

This year October is Inktober! For the whole month thousands of us artist-types will be doing an ink drawing a day. Or at least trying to. Unless life gets in the way. Which it frequently does.

Anyway, for my Inktober entries, I'm going to be playing around with one of my favorite subjects: D&D-style monsters. I'll do my best to draw a different monster every day-- mostly original creations, though I'll also be drawing some of my favorite D&D critters (duckbunnies and flumphs ahoy!).

To start things off, here's a Chalk Elemental. Chalk is a type of limestone formed almost entirely from the microscopic shells of planktonic marine algae known as coccolithophores. Here, the elemental has taken on the form of one of these organisms. It interacts with the world around it via the floating, jointed rods that hover around it's body.

Honestly, this wasn't my best work, mainly because it was done late at night and I was really tired. But I wanted to hit the ground running for Inktober. Hopefully I'll be able to invest a little more time in future entries.


My novel, At Yomi's Gate, is finally available in both print and Kindle form.  A version for Nook is coming soon.

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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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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Edited 6 hours ago  New Deviant
i love you incredible art of lesser known creatures of the cambrian and maybe the ediacaran period, and your speculative aliens too, have you thought on drawing lesser known cryptids or lesser known alleged aliens like the Paciencia Abductors?
Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hope you had a roaring birthday
Tarturus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday.
squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015   Digital Artist
happy birthday! hope your summer's going well!
theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Bonne fête! :cake:
Tektalox Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! :)
Rodlox Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Hope your birthday is full of greatness, like you.
The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
:) Happy Birthday! :cake:
Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy  birthday John
Ryvienna Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fav! I'm glad you like my work!! :happybounce: 
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