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3 Waterbears by Banvivirie 3 Waterbears by Banvivirie
Tardigrades are represented by more than 1000 different species, and here are just three. They are distinguished mainly by the shape of their pharynx and the shapes of their claws. The central waterbear is the "standard", most widely recognized tardigrade, and not many people are aware of the different forms that this creature can take.
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Excellent!
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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EuphoniousCacophony Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
WATER BEAR ART. My life is complete. ^_^
These little guys are the definition of creepy-cute! They're slightly nauseating and also very adorable. :D
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww: Glad you like them!
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e-Literati Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
At first I thought that these creatures were made up. "Water Bear" seems to be a good name for them. Nicely drawn :D Love the gallery too. 
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :meow:
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
remember, they can survive atom bomb...
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
yup :meow:
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
We should understand their biology further so we can develop an ultraefficient escape pod  or maybe a micro spy drone
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
We already have a thorough understanding of how anhydrobiosis works in Tardigrades, but preventing radiation damage while in space is something scientists have been working through.
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Clawedfrog Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Wow, these are very well done! 
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :aww:
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PineRain Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These were my favorite animals in middle school :D Awesome depiction!
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :la:
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Ganymo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tardigrades - because tough and cute go together soo well...
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
yup. :)
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hannacoy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh, I love tardigrades!  This is a beautiful illustration!
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Personinator Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic illustrations here, I like the extent of which you have conveyed their anatomical contrasts. The one of Echiniscus Virginicus is the on I'm particularly fond of out of these. I absolutely adore tardigrades, they're easily one of my favourite invertebrates.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Tardigrades are one of my favorites too, obviously. :D
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sillydeadperson Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
They are all gross and adorable.
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lol :iconokayfaceplz:
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Timidemerald Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
gah, i love water bears. I remember my sister asked for a microscope a few christmases ago so she could look for them but we never ended up having the chance to...
love the picture, and I really like how science-y your gallery is! I love these kinds of vintage-y looking illustrations... really captures this sort of curious spirit, like you're the first person to have ever seen these animals and you want to show them to the world :D
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
I would totally love a microscope too, I'd be tardigradin' all day errday.
I really love the way natural, earthen pigments look, maybe that's why they look kind of old-fashioned.
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SepiaCoerulea Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
wow, amazing work!!!
tardigrades are awesome ^___^
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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SepiaCoerulea Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
^__^
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EEHills Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is really nice to see realistic biological illustrations. I think it is becoming something of a lost art, and that is a shame.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree, it is a constant defensive battle among colleagues; they say, "Wouldn't a photograph be better?" No, because an illustration captures and defines the essence, the nuances, and the details that the human eye seeks out to understand the subject. If you are trying to learn muscle anatomy you would not learn much from a photograph of an open carcass. If you want to learn about the wildlife of a biome, a single photograph will not exhibit every key plant and animal. An illustration can show a process, a cycle, cross sections, and species interactions not observable at a glance. That is why biological illustration still exists. It is still essential for us to understand and define the world, not just mirror it.
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EEHills Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My supervisor didn't like it when I did some for my honors thesis and made me take them out. Granted, the scanner did not do them justice and they weren't as good as yours to start with, but he seemed to have something against them in principle.

I'm glad to see it being used.
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Ater13 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
May I use this in my school science magazine? I'm doing an article on tardigrades.
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binderiem Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
AAARGH at the awesome! :D
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :lol:.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Tartigrades FTW
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed! :D
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naught101 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
I wouldn't want to be goldilocks sleeping upstairs in their house. The third one especially makes me think of a mutant naked mole rat from hell. Nice work.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't make a connection to Goldilocks before... but now I think that it's a children's book that must be made.
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changewinds Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Woohoo! Tardigrade love! Thanks for giving us a peak at the diversity of species. It is indeed amazing how diverse their forms can be.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad you like it! :)
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joeyboy31 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I remember (from a childhood encyclopedia of the animal world) tardigrades are able do survive extremes of dehydration and exposure, seemingly reanimated when rehydrated. Love them. Nice illustrations.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh I just love this.
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you~ :meow:
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GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Tweeted about it using the Scientific American @symbiartic Twitter feed. ;-)
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! Thank you very much! :la:
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Eusoniptera Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Thanks for the sharing. I didn't even know waterbear species look so different. They all look great!
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :) Thank you.
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely to see the differences between unseen species!
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you~ :D
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Tardigrades! <3

The middle one looks a bit like a grub, but it's cute nonetheless!
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