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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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platypus12 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Neat! A sapient Caracara! :D
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katarthis Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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.

k
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sinyx Featured By Owner 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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J0N4S Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2005
i dig it dig it dig it
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Pepius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005
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 Featured By Owner 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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Pepius Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2005
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 Featured By Owner 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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Pepius Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005
yw:)
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BoomKitty Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
Well as neat as that is ( I've seen a lot of "Anthro"ized bird characters, but these are by far the most original) , if you think about it their "hands" aren't going to be as strong as their feet, and their grip on things would be rather gimped seeing as tehy have only two "posable" fingers, so It would make more sense if they used their Feet for holding/useing weapons. ( not to mention flying + fighting )

Their feet would offer stronger attacks and grips.

Perhaps feet for heaving things and hunting/fighting, and "hands" for lighter objects would make good sense.


but either way, Nifty birds. :heart:
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sinyx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Filmographer
That's the direction I've been pushing these guys in. I can't imagine those little fingers giving much of a grip, so I see them doing a lot of tasks with their feet. You can hear me ramble about it in the original Raptorfolio post.

Thanks for so much feedback on this one. It only helps!
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Tomit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
thats sweet.hes gonna kick some Ass! or some tail feather!
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sinyx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Yes, indeed. Caracaras are pretty aggressive birds.
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Dadward Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Wow, cool.
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Dadward Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Wow, cool.
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athies Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005  Professional General Artist
nice sketches, but I'm not getting a very strong sense of their culture, or how they move and interact with their environment, their diet? The way the head dresses are worn seems pretty interesting, but not really developed. They seem to be the only item of make that they wear (presumably some sort of class status?), but they just feel like they're there. They don't feel like they're a part of their society. They also seem to be the only use of string, but then, why have string in the first place if they only have one use?

I'm seeing a lot of what they look like, but not what they are.
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sinyx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Yea, you're definitely right. This is early stuff, and I was mainly working out these guy's ataomony and appearance. I'll be uploading more as I finish them, detailing more about their culture. If you are interested, here's my original post where I describe more about what I'm thinking for their society and such...
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MyrkSuki Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005
ah bird people.
in as much as they have hands.
might as well give some thought on how they have to move to do things.
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sinyx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Filmographer
They'll be using their feet a lot. They're definitely stronger than their little hands.
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badneko Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woo
very interesting concept sketch
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