X-tinct mythical creatures
Just couln't stop drawing with my ball-pen! Always wanted to do some mythical creatures, but extraterrestrial design tooked a long time. The first sketches for this compilation were based on already shown monsters and creatures from books or movies and I honestly didn't like them. Then I ask myself: why not showing mythical creatures that extinct and influenced the fantasy of ancient people? And that's the result! The whole idea is based on a story about the fossile of Mosasaurus - when people found that large sea creature, they thought it was a lithified sea snake or dragon.
Every creature shows one era of earth history combined with one mythical critter, but let's finally take a look at this freak show:
a. Cambrian Mermaid - I've read some stories about how people faked mermaids by mixing a monkey with a fish or something like that, they just looked so odd . . . My version is a mix of the cambrian superpredator Anomalocaris and the worm Ottoia. Not really sexy, but more plausible than the old fish-girls.
b. Ordovician Kraken - damn, I loved the Kraken from the old "Clash of the Titans", the new one is more badass, but where's the love? The old one was moved picture by picture, the result seems to be kind of ridiculous in today's watchers eyes, but DAMN that was "loving your creature". Computers can't love! My Kraken is based on the Cephalopod Cameroceras, biggest animal earth had ever seen 450 million years ago!
c. Carboniferous Ent - well, the Ents are not traditional mythical creatures, but i like them anyway. Cause the carboniferous (why is that word so complicated in english? we just say Karbon!) was the age of trees they would feel home there! BTW its not a tree, but a tree-like fern - just to be scientifically correct.
d. Permian Unicorn - honestly, I don't like unicorns. They are just horses with a long horn and they look kind of queer, because they're always beautiful and elegant. So, I just drew it gross! My version is based on the reptile Estemmenosuchus, a really ugly and weird animal of the permian period. Think a ride on that creature would be really painful . . .
e. Triassic Hydra - oh, thats one of my favourites! It's based one the weird triassic reptile Tanystropheus, which had an extremly large neck and tail. Would like to hear your opinion if that creatures were able to swim or just laid at the coast and played the lazy dweller!
f. Jurassic Dragon - argh, first I wanted to draw a jurassic phoenix based on Archaeopterix, but then i remembered that i hate drawing feathers! So, this one was just the second choice and I don't really like it. I just crossed a random dragon with Pteranodon and . . . the arms look so crippled - NEXT!
g. Cretaceous Sea Snake - here we have the Mosasaurus! Like I said before ancient people, I think in China too, thought that bones of dinosaurs or sea reptiles like this, showed the evidence for some gigantic monsters - we know them today as dragons. So, I just mixed that up! BTW yesterday I saw a documentary about Loch Ness - it accrued not until 10.000 b.c. - so, Plesiosaurus wouldn't have had the chance to survive the last 65 million years there. Sorry, Nessie-Fans . . .
h. Eocene Wolpertinger - if you don't know what a Wolpertinger is, I'll explain it right now: it's a bavarian chimera-like and mostly small animal. Wolpertinger can be crosses between fox, rabbit, duck, deer, otter, cat and so on. They are shy and can only be seen after the third liter of beer. Unfortunately I never saw one of this critters when I was at the Oktoberfest in Munich . . . My version is a mix of eocene creatures: horns - Uintatherium, head - Ambulocetus, forelegs and wings - a random duck, hind legs and tail - early monkey. An original Wolpertinger you can see here: [link]
i. Miocene Chupacabra - Chupacabra means "goat sucker", this critter is well known in latin and south america. It's a really modern mythical creature, first reports started 1995 in Puerto Rico. Some say this thing can change it's colour, some believe it's kind of alien or vampire. I believe it's just wild fantasy, but it's cool, that even in our times some kinky facts can become a mystery. My Chupacabra is based on a saber-toothed cat, but that's really obvious.
j. Pleistocene Troll - has somebody seen "Trollhunter"? The trailor looked just awesome! This one is based on Megatherium, a gigantic sloth from ancient south america. Think, that fits perfectly to a plump and stupid, but dangerous being a troll is.
All in all I really like this compilation. My favourites are the Triassic Hydra and the Eocene Wolpertinger. Which ones do you prefer?
P.S.: Hope you excuse my little excursions into fantasy and out of exobiology. I promise I will draw some more aliens soon! So, keep on watching and please comment!
AND: I've finally managed to finish my website!!! WOAH!!! Unfortunately in german, but PLEASE take a look! [link]