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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...


Xenoturbella monstrosa by NocturnalSea
Xenoturbella monstrosa
Two years ago I was contacted by Greg Rouse of the Scripps Oceanographic Institute to create an illustration of a giant pink sock-like organism called Xenoturbella which he and his team had discovered around a deep sea mussel bed.

Greg asked me to keep the drawing under wraps until his paper had been published, but today the article finally came out, so now you can see my work.

The big purple sock here is Xenoturbella monstrosa (not profunda as the article states. That's another species Greg's team discovered). Also in this scene are the deep-sea mussels the creatures may have been feeding on. Other smaller animals include red jellyfish, brittlestars and tube-dwelling amphipods (those yellow soda-straw-looking things). The orange thin g in the lower left is an acorn worm, or enteropneust.

Here's an article about the discovery:…

And here's the article itself:…
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Jupiter Sounds
  • Reading: The Collected Clark Ashton Smith
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Eating: Black Bean Tortas with Chipotle Mayo
  • Drinking: Homemade Lavendar Lemonade
My Great Race of Yith and Tsukumogami designs are now available on my shirt website! Check 'em out!……
Haeckel Yithian by NocturnalSea
Haeckel Yithian

UPDATE: Shirt design is now available on my website!…

Just finished this illustration of a member of the Great Race of Yith from H. P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Out of Time" done in the style of an Ernst Haeckel biological plate.

"Shadow" mentions that the bodies of the Great Race beings were native to Earth. So I imagined them as gigantic, bizarre echinoderms. Surrounding the central Yithian are other species from this highly-diverse fictional Yithozoan lineage.

Most Great Race depictions make them into bilaterian creatures with two arms, a head and the weird trumpet things kind of flopping in the back. But I like the idea that the Yithians are radially-symmetrical and the appearance of having arms and a head arranged like a biped is purely an illusion. Thus, I illustrated the two claws on top of the body with the sensory structure off to one side.

I'm going to eventually put this on t-shirts.

Van Meter Visitor in flight by NocturnalSea
Van Meter Visitor in flight
Here we see the Visitor's body changing shape like a fleshy flower.  The dragon-like "wings" have become a membranous hood. The neck, head and glowing horn have become a clump of flailing tentacles. The three-toed feet have become fins on the bottom of a gelatinous sack of a body.

I based the design of my Visitor on the Swimming Sea Cucumber, Enypniastes eximia.  The hinging "head" was inspired by the bizarre, almost detachable head of the Stoplight Loosejaw, Malacosteus niger.
Van Meter Visitor-- Iowa Cryptid by NocturnalSea
Van Meter Visitor-- Iowa Cryptid
Go here to read my full post:…

For a week in September 1903, a bizarre flying humanoid with a glowing horn on its head haunted the small town of Van Meter, Iowa.

Though the exact nature of the beast was never proven, supernatural investigator Kevin Lee Nelson proposed that it might be an "ultraterrestrial"-- a being that had entered our world from another dimension via a "window" between the universes.  One of the more intriguing ideas Nelson addresses is that the creature people saw may have only been an approximation of the Visitor's true hyperdimensional form which their four-dimensional brains wouldn't have been able to comprehend.

Going off of this idea, I wanted to make my version of the Visitor look fairly conventional at first-- like a typical dragon. But when it takes flight, the creature unfolds like a fleshy flower and you realize that it isn't at all a dragon, or  even a reptile.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Jupiter Sounds
  • Reading: The Collected Clark Ashton Smith
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Eating: Black Bean Tortas with Chipotle Mayo
  • Drinking: Homemade Lavendar Lemonade
My Great Race of Yith and Tsukumogami designs are now available on my shirt website! Check 'em out!……


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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
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XL
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 Nov 27, 2015
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?
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like my work. It's always great to hear people enjoy what I do :)

And yes, I am totally going to do some lesser known cryptids/aliens soon. I've actually been considering adding the Paciencia Abductors to my holiday cryptid cards.

Right now I'm actually working on drawings of some fairly obscure cryptids like the Van Meter Visitor, the Lake Elizabeth 12-winged Alligator, The Oklahoma Octopus, the Berkeley Square Horror, the Snallygaster, the Solid Muldoon and others.
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
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