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Giant Goobus Family by RCWikkydArtist Giant Goobus Family by RCWikkydArtist
This was for one of my courses at CSULB. Anatomy for the Artist. Though we usually focus more on people and their form, anatomy, muscles, and bones, one project we did was creature design in which we used elements of different animals to create a creature. So I went back to Goobus but this time I decided to go all out. I redesigned the Giant Goobus into a more realistic form, looking to gorillas for the bodily form and iguanas for skin texture and facial structure. At first I was going to use a therapod like a tyrannosaur (I still used elements of that for the feet) but I wanted to show that though these beings are large and can be fierce, they are for the most part gentle giants.

For those of you who remember my Goobus and other creatures, you'll know I was extremely excited! :D

Giant Goobus can range between 8-10 ft at the shoulder while on all fours, some can be as large 16 ft while standing and weigh between 8-12 tons. Males tend to be larger than females, they also have larger claws and more numerous long spines down their back. Males also have colorful markings that go from their faces down to their backs, limbs, and tails. Giant Goobus can live to be as old as 160 though the average lifespan is between 70-120. They are omnivores, live in family groups and communities (as do all Goobus species), and believe in a particular God of the Capital Pantheon. Each species worships a particular God based on their values and beliefs. The Giant Goobus worship the God Yuuba of Truth, for they value honesty and trustworthiness above other virtues. Giant Goobus are also unique from other Goobus species in their form. Other Goobus species stand on two legs like a therapod lacking arms and have one eye.

This here is a family spending time together in their mountain homelands. This was during a time before the Divine Empire launched their attack on the world of Doobay. A time of peace and harmony. All the races lived in good grace with each other, the land was pure and untouched, King Santbos' people flourished and thrived in their homelands. But then came the Dark Claws...

This took me about 4 days to do, 2 of them on the details alone (mostly the scales). May color later.

Goobus (c) :iconrcwikkydartist:
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Critique by AesopJones Nov 9, 2012, 12:10:29 AM
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with your prior work (from what I saw in your forward, you've done a lot of work with these creatures before), but this work stands on its own very well. The time and effort you put into this is evident, especially in the scales. Good lord the scales. That alone is impressive, but the background and foreground are well drawn as well, detailed and expertly walking the tightrope between stylized and realistic.
I would recommend that you colour it, at the moment there's a bit too much going to be really clear. The Goobus' (Goobi? I don't know, I'll just use Goobus') sort of blend into the grass, not too much, but enough that it becomes a bit confusing.
Nevertheless, this is an excellant piece of work, and I shall have to find out more about these Goous'/i.
Many Thanks.
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Black & white pictures often tend to easily escape the viewer's attention. Not this one!
Speaking of attention: The attention to detail to the creatures and the background in this image is absolutely breathtaking. The scales, the grass, everybody, who has experience in drawing, can imagine how long it must have taken to draw all these details.
The creatures also fit well into the environment. The one to the right maybe even blends in a bit, which, from a natural point of view, is a very good thing. In reality, those creatures, who fit their environment the best, usually live the longest. It's survival of the fittest out there :D

A great picture in my eyes!
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devineworrior Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Awesome I love this.
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Rhelna Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, must have taken ages to do the scales! This is amazing! Well done
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RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!  It did, a couple of days were dedicated to the scales alone!
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Rhelna Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well it paid off.. they look amazing! :D
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RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:)  Thanks again!
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manaista Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice :D
I really like your scale work!
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RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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manaista Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very much welcome :D
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Vanna1994 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Great job! Lots of nice detail on this! ^.^
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RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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