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Lao Yu Su 108 by avancna
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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
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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...

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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.

Read more at my blog:  statecryptids.blogspot.com/
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Anomalocarids Christmas Card by NocturnalSea
Anomalocarids Christmas Card
This may be a bit early, but here's a card I designed for the holiday season.  Featuring an Anomalocaris and Opabinia in Christmas red and green, along with a school of multicolored Waptia "Christmas lights".  All of them bordered by a Celtic knotwork (which was ridiculously hard to draw). 
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Philadelphia Purple Glob by NocturnalSea
Philadelphia Purple Glob
Another creature from the Cryptids State-by-State blog.  Here's Pennsylvania's state cryptid.  

In 1950, two Philadelphia police officers saw a strange, purple glowing object descending form the sky into an open field.  Upon investigating further, they found a large, dome-shaped mound of purple slime sitting in the middle of the field.  The "glob" as they dubbed it gave off a faint purplish light and was so light that it barely even bent the grass it had landed on.  

When the officers tried to touch the glob, it dissolved into a sticky, odorless residue on their hands.  In less than an hour, the entire glob had completely evaporated.

8 years later, the story of the Philadephia Glob was used as inspiration for the surprising hit B-movie The Blob.

Read more about it at my blog: statecryptids.blogspot.com/
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North Carolina Ass Urchin by NocturnalSea
North Carolina Ass Urchin
Another state cryptid.  This one form North Carolina.  A few years ago, a video went viral which supposedly showed a colony of slimy blob-monsters living in a sewer pipe.  Although there was all sorts of speculation as to what they were-- aliens, medical experiments, toxic waste mutants-- in the end the blobs turned out to be colonies of common Tubifex worms that had clustered together.  These balls are apparently well known to plumbers, who call them "ass urchins".  Lovely.

Tubifex worms are actually pretty cool.  They live in low-oxygen, often highly polluted areas such as the bottoms of lakes, mud or, as happened here, sewer pipes.  To survive in these low-oxygen environments, they have high amounts of hemoglobin in their bodies, giving them a bright red color.

You can read more about the Ass Urchin, and other state cryptids on my blog: statecryptids.blogspot.com/
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Crawfordsville Monster by NocturnalSea
Crawfordsville Monster
Another state cryptid-- this one from Indiana. 

In 1981, a strange, amorphous flying beast was sighted in the skies above Crawfordsville, IN.  A local paper described it as:

"about eighteen feet long and eight feet wide and moved rapidly through the air by means of several pairs of side fins. . . . It was pure white and had no definite shape or form, resembling somewhat a great white shroud fitted with propelling fins. There was no tail or head visible but there was one great flaming eye, and a sort of a wheezing plaintive sound was emitted from a mouth which was invisible. It flapped like a flag in the winds as it came on and frequently gave a great squirm as though suffering unutterable agony."about eighteen feet long and eight feet wide and moved rapidly through the air by means of several pairs of side fins. . . . It was pure white and had no definite shape or form, resembling somewhat a great white shroud fitted with propelling fins. There was no tail or head visible but there was one great flaming eye, and a sort of a wheezing plaintive sound was emitted from a mouth which was invisible. It flapped like a flag in the winds as it came on and frequently gave a great squirm as though suffering unutterable agony."

Ultimately, two men followed the beast to figure out just what it was.  They discovered that it was actually.... a giant flock of kildeer.  Apparently the recently installed electric lights int he town had messed up the birds biological rhythms, causing them to take to the skies in a massive cloud.  

For my version of the Monster, I patterned it's fins and movement after an anomalocaris.  
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Since Halloween is coming up, I figured now is as good a time as any to start my State Cryptids blog. I was going to start with Connecticut's Melon Heads, but I don't like their mythology, so I'm writing up a new one for them, based off of another New England supernatural occurrence

For now, enjoy Massachusetts unofficial Official State Cryptid-- the Dover Demon.

statecryptids.blogspot.com/

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John Meszaros
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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.

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squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Is there a collective noun for anomalocarises?
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, I've usually seen the plural as anomalocarids
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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?
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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: i195.photobucket.com/albums/z9…
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
cool, thanks!
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Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HAPPY BDAY DUDE
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Happy Birthday! :cake: :) :dance:
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Happy Birthday! :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake:
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Evenape Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! All the bests :)
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