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Insectoid Thumbs by DSil Insectoid Thumbs by DSil
Round two of the second race I designed for an MMO (first thumbs here: [link] ). The first one I did is at top left, and the three along the right side are the final thumbs the art director approved. As you can see, with the first four I had yet to venture into the phylum arthropoda. Once I made that jump, I really got cracking! To be honest, before this I had drawn nary an exoskeletal creature (I know, an embarrassing oversight for any would-be creature artist), so I scoured the internet for every reference picture I could find, and started mixing, distorting, and experimenting with the anatomical elements and design tropes I found. There are a lot of straight up copies in my sketchbook of the photos I looked at, which I might upload at an unspecified future date. Anyway, the final designs are sort of a beetle/mantis/wasp, every tough bug rolled into one. I think it probably is the best of the designs amongst these, though I'd like to play further with the chap second from the right on the bottom.

Blah! End text vomit. Anyway, more designs to come!
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NAstyJ Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa love looking at thumbs like these so cool riser loadsa designs on one page! My face one is the one to the left with hands for feet and feet for hands :)
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DSil Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! I like that one too, but it was before we decided to go in such an insect-y direction.
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NAstyJ Sep 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it still have an insect like vibe to it :p
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Groudan383 Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Very cool design. i really like some of these :)
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DSil Apr 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! They were fun.
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Groudan383 Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I can tell :)
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:iconsphenacodon:
Awesomesauce! The end product is lovely for all the things thomastapir mentioned, but I do like top-right corner as well. Beetle o' doooooom! The helmeted chap next to final design is cute, actually. :)

Is that a Sebulba influence in the non-insectine ones?
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DSil Apr 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah, well then you'll be pleased to know that all three along the right side are versions of the same final design! :)

As for Sebulba... I was thinking of those ambulatory bats from Dougal Dixon's After Man, but I guess it does look more like a grouchy Pod-racer.
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:iconsphenacodon:
Sweet! Alien caste system?

Yeah, but those are even more nuts than Sebulba. I mean, what sort of acrobatics must the wing do to get there?
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DSil Apr 16, 2011  Student General Artist
AcroBATics, lol. :XD:
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