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Witchling by Scorpion451 Witchling by Scorpion451
Photoshop, ~10 hours ~11 hours (as usual, soon as I posted I noticed a few things that needed to be fixed :XD:)

My entry for the latest :iconconceptworld: contest.
This rounds magic phrase is "Master of Illusion"-
a seemingly straightforward topic, but with a twist: this is a creature round, not a character round!
Pressures on a little as I'm defending my title from winning last round...would have loved to spend a little more time to polish this piece up a little more, but commissions demanded a lot of my attention this round. I think it gets the idea across well enough though. ^^;
Got pretty elaborate on the description, since I like this critter a lot.

The witchlings are another facinating lifeform of planet TR893C. These seemingly defenseless creatures are shy, playful, and clever. Physically, aside from their coincidental resemblance to earth mammals, they are most notable for the odd crystaline "antlers" possessed by both genders, attached to advanced bioluminecent organs directly connected to witchling's brain. The colony's biologists were entranced immediately by the incredible light displays that these creatures are capable of generating, and quickly dubbed them "witchlings" due to their whimsical, magical appearance. The research team began recording the displays, knowing that the adorable living fireworks would make endearing headline creatures for documentaries and journal publications that the general public would fall in love with, securing their funding for decades.

As the researchers reviewed their footage, it was discovered that the creatures use the same exposed crystal deposits they supplement their diets with (much like terran deer with a salt deposit) as natural amplifiers for their displays. Then they found something more unexpected: as the the complex exchanges between witchlings were analyzed, it was gradually realized that the Witchlings utilize these displays not merely for mating displays or warning of danger, but as a means of expressing ideas and plans in an organized way; a fully-fledged language. This not only cemented the witchling's entry to the catalogue of known primitive sentient species, but also made them arguably the first known species discovered on any world to develop an alphabet before a spoken language!(some experts on Terran species debate the octopus qualifies for this distinction, but these are a minority)

The biologists believed that these creatures could not become more remarkable, until a new recording was discovered that explained why the seemingly vulnerable creatures were avoided by nearly all predators: a fledgling member of a theropod-like predatory species sharing the witchlings prarieland habitat approaches a witchling sentry keeping watch outside the herd's burrow. The Witchling displays a series of bright flashes interepereted as warnings to fellow sentrys, and then the moment which floored the entire team. With a series of precisely aimed pulses, a hologram of the largest predatory species of the prarieland materialised into the air above the witchling and proceeded to snap at the foolish fledgeling. Understandably startled by the sudden appearance this ghostly monstrosity, it sprinted away yelping, only to be pursued by a very real, very angry version of the same predator seeking the phantom rival it had just seen intruding in its territory. The biologists couldn't help but smile; suddenly the clever little creatures did not seem quite so defenseless after all.
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Very original work :)
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The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You did all this in 11 HOURS?! :wow:

This would've taken me days to do something similar! You have too much talent, my friend! ^^
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Scorpion451 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Artist
Would have taken me days too, a couple years back. ^_^
Never really bought into the art as a talent thing...creativity definately, but art's a skill, its just practice, practice, practice.
Speeds not the most important thing when you get down to brass tacks; I'm the first to admit that I wish I could have had the time to spend days on this piece- feel like I didn't do this idea full justice, really. Its really a matter of your "what can I throw together in a few hours that will look halfway decent" improving alongside what you can do when you spend days on something. You get faster as you start to get the fundamentals down, learn where and when there's a faster way to get the same end result, how to put the pieces together right the first time (well, the second or third time anyway),  and when its just plain faster and better to bite the bullet and do stuff the hard way. Just keep grinding away at your weak points and rough edges, while finding ways to expand your existing strengths, and take as long as you need to finish something, and eventually you too will be looking at your pictures funny trying to figure out why most other people don't see the horrible glaring flaws you do on your rushed contest entry. :XD:
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The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Heh, that's a mouthful! Thanks for the tips! ;D
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HellionSR Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
exactly I feel the same, the word talent often dis-heartens me.
I feel it cheapens the time and effort I have put in to try and get better, not like I'm there yet :P
I like the concept keep up the good work!
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U-3C Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice painting! (and nice signature, haha!)
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TraLaLayla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!!!!!:iconspazattackplz: ITS AMAZING!!!! pleaaaase say requests are open because its amazing awesome fabulous and everything :iconhandspazzplz:
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Scorpion451 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013   Artist
Unfortunately I'm not really able to take requests at the moment (barely able to fit in the contest entries) but I do take commissions... :)
 I'm always looking for inspiration, though, so I'd be interested to hear the idea...you might get it anyway via me using it as a warmup if its something I HAVE to draw after hearing it ^^; Feel free to note me. ^_^
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TraLaLayla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you take oc idea's? :iconheheplz:
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Scorpion451 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013   Artist
Possibly...
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