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Corundum Critter by Amaruuk Corundum Critter by Amaruuk
2-hour piece done as part of a new collaborative blog. For Monday's prompt I read of metal oxides as potential alternatives to carbon as a basis for life. I went with aluminum oxide (A form of which is corundum, one of the hardest materials, which is what rubies and sapphires are) and made a critter that chips away minerals to eat with its beak (and possibly to fight with others of its kind). The crystals on its back act as both armor and as a counterbalance. It senses the world around it by detecting chemical signals through rows of orifices on its limbs.
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Fantastic-Music Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow cool! ;P
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mnevil Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
awesome. looks like a kiwi ant-eater. it's kinda funny in a good way :D :dummy:
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th3punk1n4t0r Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
quite ingenious. I can imagine them living in rocky outcroppings and chipping away at mineral crystals.
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EvanMcBean Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Any imagined size for this creature? I can imagine it both as a giant and as a cute chicken-sized thing (perhaps the youngsters of the species) :)
Great job putting this together.
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Veru cool! I like its body plan. It feels balanced yet a very different kind of balance, as if it evolved outside of our universe.
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Blebot Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehehe I like it! it is a kiwi mixed with a kind of stone. or is its shape like this due to the wind?
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Amaruuk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I didn't really have a specific influence for the shape other than functionality, but it does look rather like a kiwi!
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool! Love the concept too. ;)
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Amaruuk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome!
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