This is my first pixel-artwork, although I already gathered experience by making sprites for games. But up until now I didn't dare to something this size. I made it within 5 months (holy shit) but also did a lot of other stuff meanwhile. Do be honest: I didn't thought I would finish it. I wanted to create something that looks nice and has enough depth in it. Now the time has come, and yeah... my first entry for pixeljoint.
You can guess of the title what happens. Curiosity is nice, sure, but poking into things that don't concern you? May work out and you discover great stuff but every investigation has a chance of risk...
I love to draw humans and animals. Downside is you are running out of elbowroom. You can draw hybrid-forms, but as I set much value on anatomy. So monsterdesign is always a nice challenge.
My ambition was to design a creature that is gigantic and looks even bigger on first sight. So say hello to Agicreperus.
The Agicreperus is a troglobiont that feels comfortable in warm but dark places - preferable in volcanic cave-systems. The split limbs allows it to steady itself between rocks and it crawls direct at walls or at the ceiling. In the long spine every vertebra is stabilized by muscles, that makes it to an very agile climber. The head is twisted and formed so it can catch its prey from everywhere. They cut their pray in pieces with the tentacles and wont left leftovers over. (lol syntax) They can digest every bone and chondral.
The emergent ribs and vertebras serve the regulation of its thermal cycling. As it is very hot in the caves it is important to dispense heat and keep enough moisture.
They mark their territory because their only enemy are other ones.
When a young agicreperus hatches, it has to search for food on its own. Preferable a weaker sibling or an egg. As grown-up agicreperi lives in symbiosis with a yellow glowing cave-mushroom, they grow on their body. Their eggs will phosphorise, which makes them easier to find by the pups. If one pup sees an other it will try to sneak attack it. A fight wont last long as they are very strong but have obvious weak spots. Two grown-ups will either avoid each other or... well, reproduce.