long time since the last upload, but I was kinda busy. And I had no idea what to draw next. Monday I finally started to make some sketches and I really adored them. The drawing progress was really "easy-going", had a lot of fun figuring out how the creatures could live together on a single tree.
First I was thinking about an ecosystem on ancient Mars (before the theoretical oceans dried out). But then I decided that the creatures look to advanced, they had to come from a more habital planet with big forests and a complex ecosphere . . . sigh, my english is really rusted.
The size comparison of the shown creatures is not correct, most of them are much smaller in real life. The "tree" in the middle is as big as a palm-tree, the slug-creature at the bottom right for example has the size of a turkey.
The concept of this compilation is about lifeforms living on one of the Gliese-planets (I wasn't sure if it was e, f, g or ? so I just used the name of the systems sun). Think the planet would have higher gravity and although higher air pressure, so it would be easier for animals to slide, to crawl or to walk on more and stronger legs. I don't think it would be a nice place for mammals, insect-like critters are more plausible. That's just my opinion, please tell me if I'm wrong - unfortunately I do not have the time for long researches! But, lets come to the actors:
Middle: the "tree of life" is just a metaphor, of course there are many trees on Gliese. It means "the importance of a single individual to a group of completely different species". The tree has a thick scale-like skin, so it can stand against the high gravity of Gliese. The leafs have "muscles" and can be moved slowly when attacked by enemies.
Left, top: the "leaf wing", a really silent dweller, waiting in the shadow of a leave and then falling down quickly onto the unhappy prey. The jaws were inspired by Helicoprion, a really strange permian fish. The green wings are for camouflage.
Left, middle: "juice tick", like the same says it's a tick-like animals, crawling along the scaly stem of the tree of life and searching for "wounds". If they find a weak point they can suck up so much plant juice, that they end up as green, fat footballs.
Left, bottom: "pillar crab", the size comparison here is correct. The pillar crab is one of the biggest creatures of Gliese and devours the leafs of the tree. It although feeds on meat, so no creature of the planet is save from this titan. Would like to know if the arrangement of the eight legs is physically correct . . .
Right, top: "nectar ear", a harmless, but really unique creature. It's like an odd hummingbird, always buzzing around with its wings - or ears - or whatever this could be. Think it looks like gills that turned into wings. A really nice concept
Right, middle: "snatching leaf", it developed into a leaf-looking thing (evolution still in progess, the shape is not perfect yet) and dwells inside of the treetop. If a juice tick comes around, the snatching leaf grabs it with its massive jaws and devours it completely. Nasty fella.
Right, bottom: "acid slug", a huge slug-like creature, using acids to melt down the scaly surface of the tree. The "wounds" I mentioned before are caused by it. The head can be hidden completely inside of the body, the skin is poisonous. Even the pillar crab doesn't like it . . .
Phew, hope you like it! Maybe I will draw some more creature for Gliese, or maybe I continue with some more waterlife from Europa. Let's see!
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