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Title: Girantis
Pixel Artist: Snake  (Level 2 Flatfoot :: 9401 points)
Posted: 12/12/2006 08:20
Palette: 12 colors
Statistics:  136 comments    611 faves    0 avatars

Giraffe, Angler fish and Mantis.

Study records from the International Biology Institute:

After introducing the Girantis to the African plains, it has in a short few years become a common sight on the savannah. Its lifecycle is relatively long given its size and has adapted to its environment surprisingly well. The Girantis feeds primarily on insects and uses its long tongue, rather than its claws to grasp its prey. It possesses bacteria capable of producing bio-luminescence. Mostly active at night, this is used to its advantage to attract the insects. The claws and light patterns are put into use when fighting for territory against another male. Each male tries to make its claws seem larger than its opponent and their light glands flicker to seem threatening. As opposed to its frontal legs and claws, its four hind legs are composed of only two joints. Some sources say this may be an indication that they were evolved at a later state, or that the frontal legs once worked as claws. Even more surprisingly, in contrast to it's biological makeup; recent studies have shown it to have a genetic makeup closely resembling that of a chameleon. The institute has yet to come up with a feasible conclusion to this. More research is required.

Should have uploaded this before, but I was waiting for my computer to return from the repear shop. Sadly, it came back as a separate disc and 3 dvd's, so I'll just do this now. Chimera competition on Pixelation. I suspect there might be transparancy issues for explorer users. If this is the case, just give the word and I'll fix that.

Ah well. Enjoy.

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HummingBird (Level 1 Thug) @ 12/6/2010 04:37

Thats what I call an animal!

licnep (Level 1 Private) @ 10/30/2010 16:49

there are 12 colors!  

greengun (Level 1 Gangster) @ 10/25/2010 20:41

thats so fucking wicked. crazy design

jan kuijken (Level 1 Gangster) @ 10/24/2010 11:21

 very original dude, i love it 

KrypToniTe (Level 5 Soldier) @ 8/26/2010 09:07

By god, its stunning! F-A-V, right away. I love the idea, colors, everything... Will they tame these risky animals soon? I want to get a ride on that one!

cervical_lordosis (Level 1 Depressed) @ 7/29/2010 06:57

Great combination of colors and details are amazing.

colorlemon (Level 1 Thug) @ 5/31/2010 07:53

my god,It‘s so nice!

Pumpkinbot (Level 2 Peon) @ 3/11/2010 18:06

Mommy! Mommy! Can I take it home? :D

varuks (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/2/2010 04:47

soo coooooooooolllll!!!!!!!

JekHazit (Level 1 Depressed) @ 1/26/2010 14:53

Freaking awesome.

Rain Maker (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/23/2010 15:47

i dont want to bump into a wild one of those...:(

Spherical Ice (Level 2 Dealer) @ 1/4/2010 14:39

I want a pet one.


The execution of this sprite rawks sawks. I love this. -fav- 

pkjo (Level 4 Deputy) @ 1/4/2010 14:38

Woah! Now THAT's epic!

Pixel-Janz (Level 1 Private) @ 6/23/2009 09:16

Fantastic work! Am i freaming? Nah, i dont think so!

bakariboss (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 3/23/2009 07:53

Dude, that's beautiful...hahahah.

Eldboll (Level 4 Murderer) @ 2/5/2009 00:18
I'm in love    

stonewall (Level 1 Thug) @ 12/28/2008 19:12
Haha thats seriously awesome.
i love the colors.

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 10/9/2008 04:36


Girantis,brilliant.Not only is the concept incredably funny,it's drawn incredably well.

RAMTO (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 10/7/2008 04:13
Very very sick and cool!

Mindsreturn (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 6/14/2008 18:11
Nice concept. I like the colors.

Expand (Level 3 Stalker) @ 6/14/2008 07:27
Really creative and very well executed!

loaderror (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/26/2008 06:53
Hahah :D Super mix!

taquito143 (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 4/21/2008 16:48
Giraffe, Angler fish and Mantis. ...
this animal is soooooo crazyyyy!!

mr mushroom (Level 1 Thug) @ 1/30/2008 01:42
amazing., i wish this animal existed .

mk ex (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 12/11/2007 11:24
unbelievable its so amazing good and cool man

Biffo (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/1/2007 18:45
Unbelievable.   On a side note you're painted stuff over at deviant-art too is flipp'n awesome.

Sururu (Level 1 Depressed) @ 8/1/2007 10:13
Wow, this is so cool!! You did an amazing job!

K.s (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 7/1/2007 08:06
wasn't expecting a dragonfly/giraffe when i saw the head of it lol ...

ScarredShadow (Level 4 Deputy) @ 6/24/2007 22:15
This is almost orgasmic..

Zhou9 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/23/2007 17:17
Why don't you make it transparent?

llyd (Level 1 Depressed) @ 5/15/2007 03:58
Just like the real one amazing

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 5/4/2007 13:19
excellent ... low colours but colourfull :)

rockybolan (Level 1 Thug) @ 4/8/2007 01:40
Originality like this makes life so precious.

This is amazing man, keep it up. 

United (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/6/2007 13:05
Damn! This is amazing! you are in incredibble

Jellysauce (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/8/2007 15:17
this is so original and cool.

draggiie (Level 1 Depressed) @ 3/2/2007 15:46
 omg. claps for joo. D: good  GREAT job.

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 2/21/2007 07:03
5/5! Very crafty! Great colors! Soft underbelly is my fav bit.

vanSchmidt (Level 1 Intern) @ 1/16/2007 11:33
I just can't understand how you can pixel this good..

AndyOaks (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/4/2007 07:09
Amazing! You're one of my fav artists.

silent sniper (Level 1 Depressed) @ 12/17/2006 19:54
shit is that awesome.

Mrmo Tarius (Level 10 Master Sniper) @ 12/17/2006 16:18
oh XOMG i've seen this on pixelation, and was left in awe O_o
really amazing picture, what can I say :)

inkspot (Level 4 Button Man) @ 12/15/2006 11:47
Wings are cool!

Snake (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/15/2006 08:34

Once again, thanks for the feedback guys. To answer the questions:

@mikey: The wings are a mixture of Mantis wings and Angler fish fins. A mantis can actually fly. In fact it's very good at it, though usually the wings are tucked away on it's abdomen and are mainly used for escape. Given that the Girantis is partially composed of a mammal, it would most likely be too heavy to fly. The angler fish I chose can make a faint light in some of it's fins (hence the bright colour), so the wings are mostly there as decoration. They can be used as a speed boost in full galop as well as rudders when changing direction (much like the tail of a cheetah).

@jalonso: The background in the icon was really just to make the icon more interesting. The picture was made so I could post it on various background colours, which is why there's some sellout on it. The sky in the icon was to compliment the description really. If I am to put in a background, I'd have to do quite a few changes to the original.

@spunos: It's about the size of a small elephant. It's main body is roughly close to a rhino.

@milkjon: The font was just doodled with the middle circle paintbrush in msPaint. Thought it looked spiffy.

@Flyguy: I can't say the colour choice in this piece is one of my best, but I made it so it would stand out against most types of background so using less sadurated colours wouldn't work as well for my purposes. In general though, I try to apply pretty standard colour theory. You choose your palette based on what  impression or message you want people to get. In this case, I used bright sadurated colours to take away the the feeling that this was some sort of freak. Then I can use hot-cold contrasts. The more sadurated a colour is, the hotter it is (in most cases). There's also red/yellow-blue contrasts to add to that. Lastly it's considering shadows and where the light is hitting it to define what hue it should have (sadurated, unsadurated, hot, cold, neutral). There's hardly any hot-cold effects applied here as there is no background, so the warm and cold colours could be better used to unify the whole thing in terms of colour and composition.

@CuteBunny: I wouldn't be so sure about that...

Huggkruka (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/15/2006 03:04
Colours, concept, creation...this is just amazing.

Setzer (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 12/14/2006 19:37
Oh look, snake made another masterpiece.

The selout looks abit off in parts, though. on the top of the nose, right side (our right side) of the neck, and it seems abit rough around the edges in other parts, but other than that its ace.

tacky (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/14/2006 17:10
love it!! you picked the right animals to coombine. I love the way you chose your colors. Its increadable! =[]

Aleiav (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 12/14/2006 12:11
I really like the fact that it looks like an [i]actual[/i] animal, not just a bunc of random animal parts put together. :)

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 12/13/2006 17:27

I'm really digging the color choices man..coming from someone who can never seem to pick the right colors, how do you do manage to pick the right ones? Obviously from an artistic standpoint there are colors that blend well with each other but i've never taken an art class so I dont know all the rules..

So please how do you pick such amazing color combinations?

Again, awsome work 6/6

milkyjon (Level 4 Murderer) @ 12/13/2006 16:08

The thing I like about this creature is that it looks like it could actually have existed. Theres something aboutthe wings tho that are a tad cartoony feeling compaired to the rest. And at first glance at the prewiew I could have swore that id seen that font (reminds me of smarties). I usually go for things that are well animated or cartoony and stylised, but credit has to be given on exeptional work like this. well done.

eckered (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 12/13/2006 12:41



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