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Red Planet by GuthrieArtwork Red Planet by GuthrieArtwork

Another picture where I tried to give more attention to the environment. I came up with the creature design first and then decided that it would be interesting and practical for a bright red creature to live on a planet where all the foliage is red. The creature in the image is an eyeless predator that hunts and communicates by body heat.

EDIT: Thank you DA community for the Daily Deviation! Thank you :iconanimalartist16: and :iconalicexz: for making this happen, this is a wonderful Thanksgiving surprise. :)

2011 :iconguthrieartwork:
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Given 2011-11-24
Red Planet, an alien landscape with amazing details by ~GuthrieArtwork. Captures a real sense of space and otherworldliness. ( Suggested by animalartist16 and Featured by alicexz )
lxblack Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
creature 1 cools to a comfortable warmth (hello stranger, I approach as a friend)
creature 2 heats up suddenly (go away!)
creature 1 goes cold (I am sorry I will leave)

gusrgdrums Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
i need that staff!
PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
the environment looks great, and nice clouds... I can never do clouds right.:D (Big Grin) 
Starrweaver Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Writer
using this picture... could you come up with a design, for a creature that is mostly like those tiny lizard dinos on the one Jurassic park movie, only smaller, here's a link…

but also part critters & part vicious rats? Rats are usually cute, but this creature has more teeth and is more likely to have you for dinner.

Figured these would be reddish, but didn't go farther...

It would also be awesome to see one of these with a few young... just a thought. Mostly cause I can't see the face of this one...
lxblack Featured By Owner Edited Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Small swarming predator with a rat-like appearance, lots of teeth, red skin and perhaps a bit of compsognathus features...
and you want it for an environment like this one? I think I could do that. I'd need more information about their role in the world though. Just so I know I'm imagining the same creature you are.
Starrweaver Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional Writer
Sorry not to get back sooner... have been dealing with both financial and health issues in the family.

The role is to eat, scavenge and breed. They are the clean up detail on the planet. They hunt in packs of 15-20 and most times only take down medium size prey, about the size of a pony, sheep or goat.

But to take down a group, something that's agile and smart... then they send out a call that brings others running. No need to fight over food if you work together to bring down something larger.

The idea was to find a visual for a problem that characters in my story are having to deal with... the large cat-like creatures are deadly to these in fair number. The felines are very watchful over their young though since these pack rats would try to attack a cub or two when Mother's off hunting.

Haven't been working on the story for a while, real life has a tenancy to interrupt the creative process. Once things settle down I may get a chance to get back to work on it.

Thanks for the reply to my post.
Starrweaver Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Writer
this creature, did you give it a name? I'd love to use this scene in a fanfiction I'm collaborating with another - but if there is a name you'd want used for this, let me know. This image was very inspiring and a great fit to the story...
lxblack Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I do alien names/ designs. I can do some for you as trade or commission if you'd like.
Starrweaver Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Professional Writer
Thanks I'll let you know when things calm down enough for me to get going on this.
uraeusmax Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
That is some crazy camouflage man! I'd love to see this archived in like some alien animal planet documentary.
TheAwesomeTRex Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
I has Alien 
SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

This is gorgeous. 

I've always been a fan of both SCI FI and nature. Yours combines both.

You've gotten me very curious about this planet and I want to see more of it!

Another thing I like is the textures; it feels very realistic.

GOD bless

John 3:16

Arlekin243 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Это это! Убийственно! Очень красиво! Я в шоке!
GuthrieArtwork Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Digital Artist
большое спасибо :)
avatron1230 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
this painting is just awesome............
well i got this feeling to draw because of it....thnx for the inspiration
wish i could draw so good...
i ll try to catch i guess
Roxalew Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great attention to detail in this piece :iconawwwplz: The plant covering looks stunning, same with the character :love::love:
dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
SGTErikPike Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Interesting concept and nice work.
Sylvennya Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This looks like a creature that would be on the made up planet Gallifrey. Nice work.
RavaNearo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Whatever it is it's pretty.
Yeti-Labs Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love this! Beautiful colors!
Platypus1973 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
A nice landscape of a "what would be planet with another animal life"

TheTrollGuy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice. It's quite awe inspiring. Deffinatly an alien world but it feels very..."earthy"... If that makes any sense
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice work!! :+favlove: Indeed, alien plants need not be green- they could be purple, red, black, or some other color if they use a some other molecule than chlorophyll. It's nice to see a different color from green. Eyeless predators, however, are unlikely on planets where with enough light to see with- eyes just evolve far to easily, and confer far to much of an advantage over eyeless animals, for such organs not to prove fairly universal on Earth-type planets. Earth animals who use senses other than sight use them in conjunction with their eyes, not instead of, after all. That said, this creature's head looks admirably alien due to the exclusion of recognizable eyes. The vegetation and surrounding landscape is wonderfully alien, as is the bluish sun. Truly, this is a beautiful and otherworldly painting- it captures a real sense of the wonders of space and alien planets.

P.S. This slightly reminds me of the opening chapters of A.E. Van Vogt's The Voyage of the Space Beagle, in which the cat-like intelligent Coeurl desperately searches for the trail of the "Id creatures" he had been hunting, just before the Space Beagle descends from the sky- bringing a whole crew of humans from him to stalk. :) I keep waiting for an ungainly star vessel to come hurtling out of the sky and descend somewhere over the horizon...
Zeldawolfen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Now imagine if THIS is what we all saw when Curiosity landed on Mars. xD
DanteVasquez Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Red is such an amazing colour~

I really like this, it brings back memories of being in a few of the open desert valleys back from my childhood, and also kind of invokes my geeky, sci-fi side. :P

I can almost smell the air ^^
MrJmZack Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous execution of an exceedingly gorgeous environment. Kudos!
jaquieang Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OH MY GOD. i love this!!!!! the sky too, wow. i dont even want to know how long you did this for. it's amazing! :+fav: it
IncorrectBird Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Gwasanee Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link]

If you want it removed, please let me know :heart:

Have a wonderful day!
sunset-little-girl Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
looks like earth in the future
John-AM Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Verry interesting piece. This struck me first 'cause I just started developing a planet whose's main photosynthesis color is reddish because of the wavelengths (or whatever, blah blah blah) it's sun emits different then ours.

This helps me visualize Shan (the planet) a little more. Thank you! And do you mind if I use this as some semi-inspiration?:-)
GuthrieArtwork Featured By Owner May 1, 2012   Digital Artist
As long as you aren't copying anything I don't min. Inspiration is fine; depending on how closely you intend to base your ideas on mine crediting my piece would be nice. Other than that I am always happy to have inspired others. :)
John-AM Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, yeah, absolutely no copying, just inspiration.:-) Most of this piece isn't like 'my style' anyway. Thanks!:-)
Kimoyan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Bodyheat? Then why is the creature buildt for speed? And wouldn't it be nocturnal becouse of the heat of the sun?
JenniferMulkerrin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
beautiful work! Have featured you here on my journal [link]
Have a great one!
ACephSoldier Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Holy **** this is awesome!
GuthrieArtwork Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Frogger1093 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda reminds me of a coral reef. I'm loving the creature design, the colors are breathtaking, and the image itself is simply spectacular! :)
GuthrieArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
Frogger1093 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. Always glad to give a kind word for great artwork.
Angela239 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!
Blackbolt64 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Magnifique, j'adore:love:
Sharkfu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Holy detail.
Elise-Lucy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice piece of art :D It was an interesting idea to create segments on this creature's neck ^^
The rock in the background reminds me this giant rock from The Lion King xD
Shaliara Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I *really* love the enviroment over all, cool use of reds and blues :)
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! The color of the sky and ground are absolutely breathtaking!:heart:
GuthrieArtwork Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
sanityhorse Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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