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Caracara 2 by sinyx Caracara 2 by sinyx
Preliminary concept work for my submission to the Raptorfolio project. This guy's a Carunculated Caracara.

Big apologizes to anyone who's already seen and commented on this. I forgot that most people don't view scraps here and since this is concept work for a printed piece, I would like to get as many critiques as possible.
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Neat! A sapient Caracara! :D
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katarthis Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Pretty sure I commented. This stuff is like taking the animal critters of Redwall and their limited clothing/societal workings and pushing it a few steps farther. Very good sketches; very interesting material.

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sinyx Feb 23, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Cool. I can't say I've ever read Redwall, but the concept does seem to lend itself to the same sort of design issues as this project. I picked up a copy of the first book at a yard sale months ago, but haven't gotton to it yet. Do you recommend them?
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katarthis Feb 23, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
I recommend them to anyone with an interest in animorphic fiction. Anyone who doesn't care one whit for good fantasy wouldn't go for these. They're just a tad on the "kiddy" side, but characters are born, grow old, and do die in battles. Excellent reading just for not talking down to anyone, despite the fact the characters are all creatures you find in the English countryside.

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sinyx Mar 2, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Sounds cool to me. I'll have to slip it into the already too long pile of books I still need to read.
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i dig it dig it dig it
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:iconpepius:
Not much to add here. If only, I think he shouldn't stand too erected. In regards of the pose, I think the lower image fits the animal better.
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sinyx Sep 22, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Figuring out how these guys move is a little perplexing. With such large wings I keep feeling they would be a bit ungainly. I just want to keep his posture as birdlike as possible, but still allowing for movement that befits an active, aggressive civilization.
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Well, what about this?

There are some small bats that while they do their usual "bat-things" (flying, hanging from the ceiling and the like ;p), they also travel (and specially hunt ;p) on the ground. In that case, the fold their wings, and extend their long arms forward. looking like a cross between a rat and Gollum ;p. They walk more or less like a crouching human would walk on for legs, if the arm an leg proportions were different. They can be real quick, btw :)

I saw this in one of those "siesta time" documentaries, those made by David Attemborough (or whatever the hell is spelled ^^;) if I recall correctly, so maybe you can find some more info/images googling...
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sinyx Oct 19, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Ah yes, I've seen some bat footage and think I know what you mean. Sounds like an interesting idea that I could possibly incorporate. Thanks!
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