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This creature is one of the fastest predators in his world.

Concept design for a personal project.
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:iconrandalthor05:
RandAlThor05 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
I would expect him to have bigger nostrils, for shifting the that volume of air needed to run at high speeds? Also, the back foot looks strange? its like he is standing with his toes bent under?

Just observations. You work is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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SilverHawk626 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I love how you have created like your own world with your own creatures like they were a real part of history
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:iconbrokenstar60:
Brokenstar60 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   Writer
This is my new pet, ya know
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FlygFulaFlugaFlyg Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Who am I to utter a single thought about your fantastic work? But still I cannot keep shut :)
From an engineering perspective I think this fellow would benefit from having those chest claws working upwards instead of downwards. In that way they can cooperate with the head and jaws like a giant grip on whatever unfortunate being within reach.
I realise that my suggestion implies more than a little redesign but it would be interesting to see what it would look like.

Cheers!  /Thomas
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spirit-of-Kashmira Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is epic. I was curious if you do requests and may want to illustrate a creature I have for a science fiction story I so desperately want to make called transport to kimergia. if you decline I understand but here is the link to my creature if your interested.
spirit-of-kashmira.deviantart.…
I hope that someday I will be as good as you
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:iconthewizard9333:
TheWizard9333 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Predaraptor? Cool anyway!!! A+, dude!;) (Wink) 
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:iconushi-o:
Ushi-o Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
aw but its so cool
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:icondeemonef:
Deemonef Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Carnivore?
Than a human is really fu**ed :D
Great design:clap:
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:iconrainbowstr8ghtjacket:
RainbowStr8ghtJacket Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
just absolutely incredible...such a beautiful design 
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:iconartisttaylorann:
ArtistTaylorAnn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing vision, love your work a lot. 
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:iconk-i-w-i-t-u-r-t-l-e:
k-i-w-i-t-u-r-t-l-e Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If that thing came after me I'd probably just give up on life then.
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:iconwingpeanut:
Wingpeanut Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Is the creature extraterrestrial?
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:iconjbconcepts87:
jbconcepts87 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Epic. The head reminds me of a dunkleosteus
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:icondavionx:
DavionX Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
name?
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:iconmaliceabyss:
MaliceAbyss Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh daymn, this is so epic!
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:iconcrescentlala:
CrescentLaLa Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Awesome drawing, you may want to fix the extra leg in the shadow though lol.
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:iconineyraei:
iNeyraei Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Extra leg? This creature has three pairs of limbs. There are no extra legs in the background.
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:iconstargazer808:
Stargazer808 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
how do you turn sketches into things like this :O
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:iconpsiberdragon:
Psiberdragon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
man... if it weren't for the spikes on the neck/back of the head, I'd say saddle that thing up!
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:iconigarcia:
igarcia Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks fast, very fast!
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:iconreekhavoc121:
reekhavoc121 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I've got to admit that scary
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:iconlavampyress:
LaVampyress Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i want one!!! hehe
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:iconwolffur11:
wolffur11 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ITS CUUUTE
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Sigmaviper11 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'd love to see this thing in 3D fully animated. It looks. . . well to be perfectly honest absolutely terrifying.

This strikes me in a similar way to Clover. I don't mean they resemble each other, I mean this feels like something that can actually exist. Something that I could meet in person (though I really really wouldn't want to).

Incredible job! Its amazing.
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:iconcybershot:
cybershot Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Nice creature! What's its species name?
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:iconliquidink80:
liquidink80 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Your creature concepts are Fantastic "with a capital F" I always enjoy seeing your work and visiting your gallery. Your work never dissapoints and always gives me great inspiration. Keep being excellent!

Best
Liquid
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:iconicedragon300:
Icedragon300 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
That looks very cool. :)
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh how I wish my concept creature art was as good as yours.
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:iconquietones:
QuietOnes Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The texture on the skin is marvelous and the colors are beautifully subtle. A very cool piece!
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:iconfroden:
Froden Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Just wondering but as it has 2 rib cages does it also have 2 sets of lungs?
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:iconhardvaro:
Hardvaro Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Damn good question, considering its lifestyle.
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:iconfalafler:
Falafler Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
man, i love this!!!
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:iconfaranior:
Faranior Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Great beast! It's alien, it's terrifying and feels realistic. I'm glad it's in the middle of the afternoon here or I would have nightmares tonight, still might. :D
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:iconryuseitfs:
RyuseiTFS Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Looks a bit like jadinko, more realistic and aggresive version though.
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:iconthe-swoosh:
The-Swoosh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
For some reason I find it cute...
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:iconcamichicamagica:
Camichicamagica Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
aw is so cyteee
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:iconharroway:
Harroway Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I... I want one. o_o
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:iconprollei:
Prollei Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very nice, although I think it should be smaller if it's main attribute is it's speed. Cheetahs are not big cats, but they have speed over power. Faster usually means nimbler, and nimbler can often mean smaller. Larger mammals are usually slower, but have more muscle power. I like the head, but I don't like the way that chest sticks out, it kinda makes the head unable to move up and down, and seems to force that neck up, that would mean it can't hold it's head straight if it were to run to create an ultimate speed, it wouldn't be streamlined enough.
Maybe try recreating it into a much smaller concept, it's worth a try! :D

Just giving some criticism, your detailing and concept is incredible, though. :)
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Ranay-L Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree completele :)

And also the position of the visible vs. "non-visible" legs feels very un-naturral.
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:iconorcbruto:
orcbruto Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's a scary guy! :fear:
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:iconazureith:
Azureith Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Artist
creepy! haha i love it! i really like the texture of the skin too, is that all hand done? or do use a texture and apply it to the painting? :)
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esk6a Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely great work. The anatomy looks top notch!
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:iconkurvos:
Kurvos Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Interesting design, and overall a well made picture.

I just hope I won't get a lot of hate from other commenters for saying this - but I just personally think the head looks misplaced on this body. The head is so short and bulky, and the neck is so think and strong - it makes it feel like that would look better on a much more muscular and maybe even fatter body.
As a zoologist (on a unprofessional level, but still), I am just saying I can not buy this creature would exist in real life. I know it doesn't - but making it authentic is never wrong, I'm just saying. :)

Very good job either way. I just don't see why you put that head on that body. Sorry.
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AbandonedAmbition Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Can I pet it!? :'D
Awesome artwork.
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ensignpulverize Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Why can't we see the back legs? Is that limb with a talon in front a single or double? How fast can it run?
I vote to put it on Lallande 21185 gamma, the 4th planet out in the (ns) Lallande 00001 system. A hot world where just barely enough water was present to let life evolve into complex forms, competition is fierce between the Gammaraptors and the two other dominant top predators on land, both as lean and tough as he is.

How's that? :-)
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Scary creature!! :) I wouldn't want to be marooned on the planet this guy lives on- it would be a quick way to become alien lunch. Maybe human explorer starships need to have projectable force fences to keep dangerous animals away from the landing site...
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:iconflinxerone:
Flinxerone Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My God....
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:iconwolfenamphithere:
WolfenAmphithere Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Artist
beautiful :)
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:iconartgeek99:
artgeek99 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sort of looks like Alien O.o
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