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colossal aquatic female - tiny airborne male by Banvivirie colossal aquatic female - tiny airborne male by Banvivirie
Speculative creature design that displays sexual dimorphism.

This species displays a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The male retains its larval form and develops an elastic, balloon-like airsac that is inflated with the gases that are the byproduct of the floating microbes in the atmosphere. Females grow to a colossal size and are much rarer, appearing in a ratio of one female to a million males. They spend most of their life as a deep sea predator, and when they become sexually mature, they rise to the surface to mate. They have a display of red and green feathery appendages which exhibit bioluminescent receptacles that attract males. The bioluminescence of the receptacles is produced through the same methane and hydrogen byproducts that keep the males afloat. The males mate with the receptacles and sperm is transported through the appendages to the female's ovaries.
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Neruall Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
 I love both drawing and description *__*
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :meow:
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!
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:iconcreator-of-life:
Creator-of-Life Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Hey i'm new to the art community what program do you use? and this is one of my top 3 favorite pieces :)
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks! :D
I painted this in Adobe Photoshop CS5, this is one of my few pieces entirely painted digitally.
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Creator-of-Life Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Thanks :[)
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Acrionianspeculative Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG A SHRIIIIMP! or at least a shrimpy-thingy. i love this piece, and you've done incredibly well both on the art side and the science side! tell me- how do these things mate if they live in two different environments? reply would be much appreciated, keep up the good work! lots of love! :hug:
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The females have a display of red and green feathery appendages which exhibit bioluminescent receptacles that attract males. The males mate with the receptacles and sperm is transported through the appendages to the female's ovaries.
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Acrionianspeculative Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, i must say you do have some veritably fascinating ideas. love it! well, keep up the good work and hope to hear from you soon!
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very creative idea - the sexual dimorphism! :) I like it a lot, also the drawing itself, especially the view that we have.
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Tannon34 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
This is amazing! Almost plausible as an actual species
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :meow:
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What an odd creature, but very interesting. What is it from??? You do such a fabulous job on the water and the details of it. Very, very impressive.
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I made it for a creature design contest. :meow:
Thank you very much.
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What was your inspiration???
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The parameters of the contest were "a species where the female is colossal and aquatic, and the male is tiny and airborne". We also had to explain how they would reproduce.

I immediately latched onto the crustacean form because it seems as well adapted in the water as it would be in the air. The mating mechanism was trickier, as the structures needed to be homologous. Most people were making females who trailed eggs, but I wanted mine to be a bit more sophisticated.

As for the composition I referenced the lensing effect of partially-underwater photos of whales; it was not well received in the contest because I used too much pure white.
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems like a rather strict contest. But I must say for a little bit I thought it was a real creature and was rather confused why I had never heard of it. It all makes sense now though haha. I really enjoy your choice on it, it is fascinating and would be something wonderful to watch in action. ^.^ But I don't understand why to much white is a bad thing, but then again I don't fully understand the contest it seems.
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rannveigfunderud Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, that is impressive. Both the design, but the water is amazing.
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting design. And quite plausible too as we have even more extreme cases of sexual dimorphism here on Earth.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :meow:
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ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fascinating.
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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memuco Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
So owould this guy be like the Axolotl? It's amazing! wow!
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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BerryLuna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful :)
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful creature!!!
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :meow:
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome.
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Squid-Dragon-Games Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Awsome!
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Squid-Dragon-Games Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thats okay! I think your art's great! how did you make that picture?
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It was for a creature design contest, I painted it in Photoshop. :meow:
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Squid-Dragon-Games Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Wow! U R really talented!
Read below! Reply if you like them!
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I like squids and Mexican food, I don't know what the other stuff is.
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Squid-Dragon-Games Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
What about moray eels? I went scuba diving in Egypt last year and saw loads of them (two metres long and can bite off your hand!) and they are a bit ugly. I've had a bendy plastic moray eel ever since i was little. Do you think thats weird?
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Marmot-of-Doom Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the design :) They seem to be loosely based on prawns, right?
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Initially yeah. I like the little fins they've got under their tails and I thought it might make a good land/sea creature design. :D
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Marmot-of-Doom Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So the males are in the air all the time and never enter the water again? Does that mean that the males are air breathing while the females are breathing under water? And the females are coming to the surface only during the mating season and then return into the deep sea again?
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes for the most part the males feed from the land; yes like the crustacean it is modeled after, it can breathe air with its gill so long as they're kept moist; I imagine that the females would die soon after laying eggs, to make room for the new generation of competitive females.
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Coluber Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
This is such a beautiful image. If only the people who made 'The Future is Wild' were this creative...
Just a dumb question here; given the description of the animal, would you say that the females are what some of the younger people call 'shotacons'?
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
;p Maybe, but I imagine the females aren't really aware of what's going on up there. If anything, the males have a giantess fetish.
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Thysania Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Haha, kind of like a plant where the pollen makes a pollen tube down to fertilize the seed. It is a really cool design though and you're very talented at drawing too! The little male shrimpies floating on bubbles is so cute.
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it! :D
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Clawedfrog Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's awesome! I think that sexual dimorphism is an underused idea for designing spectulative creatures on Deviantart. :yum:
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very nice creature you've got here!
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:iconbanvivirie:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :meow:
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