A creature inspired by AVATAR ^^ [Download for 1500x790px version] [see other image colour variation [link]
Name ideas for this critter would be much appreciated!
After seeing the movie, I really wanted to try creating a creature inspired by Pandora's environment. This particular beastie primarily hunts Mountain Banshees- hence the huge wing-tearing claws and tusks. Its thick mane of tendrils helps guard its neck from aerial attacks, as well as multiple poisonous spines along its head and tail. Its claws and prehensile tendrils help it to climb the Hallelujah mountains, and its long tail allows for balance. Powerful legs help it to jump great distances between the floating rocks- which is what it's doing in this particular picture. As well, it can flare out its tendrils in an almost peacock-like display, thus mesmerizing its prey as it moves in for the kill
Further revisions of this piece might be underway (adding in floating mountains in the bg and such) but I think I'm done working on it for now.
this is *not* a contest submission- since I'm contributing to the prizes I think it rules me out from entering? xD)