Vultus horrificus

Vultus horrificus

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Title: Vultus horrificus
Pixel Artist: Mandrill  (Level 9 T-rex :: 35672 points)
Posted: 7/9/2015 13:24
Palette: 10 colors
Statistics:  64 comments    96 faves    0 avatars

Allow me to break the ice


(For the weekly)

This creature, simply named "Vultus horrificus" (terrifying face) by the few survivors of colony L-17M7B, lurks for incautious prey roughly 1-2 metres under the ice. Not much is known of its anatomy or behaviour, but judging from the bite marks of its victims the head must be around 87-95 centimetres in width. ...

Used a some weird Nurgle daemon minature as ref. Papa Nurgle protects.


Was aiming for a mostly cool-coloured palette with a warm shadow.


I'm very surprised by the attention this piece has received, and I'm quite amazed by all the faves and points given.  Thank you very, very much for voting! :)

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Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 12/20/2015 10:48

Your comment slipped through somehow...

You are too kind, thanks a lot buddy! :)

Fusionnist (Level 10 Operative) @ 11/15/2015 05:10

Gave you the extra points I got ;)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 10/12/2015 14:32

Thank you. :)

Frece (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/8/2015 09:39

nice colors man!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/29/2015 04:53

Thanks, man!

BathMaster_2000 (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 8/28/2015 06:02

nice bubbly dithering! it really shows the bony texture!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/27/2015 06:30

Great to hear that. :)

Thanks a lot!

eigenbom (Level 4 Deputy) @ 8/26/2015 15:13

great composition and i love his blue eye 

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/17/2015 17:02

Thank you very much!

Haha, that's up to your imagination ;)

Lordz (Level 4 Murderer) @ 8/17/2015 13:16

Great monster and colors. :D  I'd love to see the whole creature.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/14/2015 15:38

Me too, cool you are digging it.

Thanks, man!

Terff (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 8/14/2015 15:17

I really love this one!  I'm a big fan of monsters, and this is very dynamic!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/13/2015 16:56

Hehe, cheers!

RGBfumes (Level 1 Depressed) @ 8/13/2015 16:13

Wow, that's some ass kicking pixels man!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/2/2015 08:44

@ pixel chicken

Thanks a ton! Great to hear that you like the tutorial. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/2/2015 08:43



Thank you, Bob! I really appreciate you taking the time and writing a comment like this!

I've never done that. Very interesting indeed, but can't read it either. There isn't much vocabulary left from my school days. ;)

Version 1 had a much darker border and looked a bit weird. I felt the upper right spot needed something in order to get a more harmonic composition. Glad you like it.

You are right, breaking through thick ice head first requires something a bit harder than flesh and a tiny jaw. A horn would be ideal, but very hard to make readable without sacrificing most of the face. More of a designe choice, luckily the ref miniature had all of this already... can't find the pic anymore unfortunately. :(

I keep searching though! ;)

That would be horrible, and twice as bad for a good kisser!

Thanks again! I imagine this thing would have a body quite similar to that of the earliest synapsids, which lived during the permian..... larger arms and thorax of course.

the pixel chicken (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/2/2015 02:14

You would not believe how happy i am that you linked that tutorial

Thank you so much

(also fantastic work)

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 8/1/2015 15:05

Er will nur spielen...


Slowly catching up :)

I can see some tyranid in it but never thought about nurgle demon.

Have you tried googling Vultus horrificus?
I can't read it but I find the result still interesting.

Can't complain about critique much except that I find the area in the right upper corner a bit wierd but contrast wise it works out anyway and looks nice.

Very interesting anatomy on this one, I always find animals with a bigger lower jaw wierd (althrough a much bigger upper jaw looks wierd to me, too).

It must've had some tough predetors or prey to have evolved an exoskeleton with that size (on the other hand, you have to be kind of insane/stupid to evolve your delicious meat around your skeleton instead of inside it, that's just asking for it )

Must really hurt if it accidently bites in it's tongue through

Anyway, great piece and nice creature design (would like to see the miniature)! Would love to see more of the body or how it looks from other angles althrough this way wondering about how it would look is also nice

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/23/2015 13:40

Thank you very much! ;)

Shackhal (Level 5 Detective) @ 7/22/2015 21:56

Wow. So high level!! Congrats!!

gunswordfist (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/22/2015 20:19

You're welcome!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/20/2015 08:34

Thank you, buddy!

No, not even there. I'm a PJ exclusive. ;)

I reckon such sites as DA, Twitter, Tumblr and what not would help me to get more popular with the "pixel"/low-res/8-bit crowd, but I don't feel safe there.I might will start to post stuff on these sites one day though.

But for now, I rather stay with this great community full of people I really like.

Volrak_Rutra (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/20/2015 00:03

thanks and congrats on the win! are you on deviantart at least?

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/15/2015 13:14

No worries. I'm glad it's somewhat helpful to you. :)

I never have been active on tumblr to be honest. I merely registered to save me a good name with Mandrill in it if I ever decide to start posting my stuff there.

Volrak_Rutra (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/15/2015 08:35

awesome, thanks for that tutorial, something i can learn from for sure. are you still active on Tumblr?

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/15/2015 04:56

Thanks a ton, man!

I never use NPA stuff as underpaintings. I always begin with compiling a palette I think could fit the topic and then start straight up pixelling. First, I fill the canvas with one of the mid-tones and then lay down the strongest shadows with my darkest colour.

I actually wrote a little tutorial on how I pixel.

Check it out :)


Volrak_Rutra (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/14/2015 19:19

this is unbelievably cool. did you draw it high res first or did you straight up pixelled it?

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/14/2015 09:00

Thank you very much jok, means a lot coming from someone who knows the pixels. :)

jok (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 7/14/2015 01:32

very good -  strong contrast, nice palette - I like this blue motive

Vinsanity (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 7/12/2015 14:55

That's great to hear :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/12/2015 14:10

Wow, man! You are giving me way to many compliments.  Thank you very, very much, I feel really flattered. ;)

I'm working on a few pieces at the moment. I hope to upload at least one of them very soon.

Thanks again, feel free to use the palette. :)

Vinsanity (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 7/12/2015 10:05

damn....  just DAMN... this is so awesome I want to frame it and put it above my bed :D you never disappoint, Mandrill.  I'm already eager about seeing what else you 've got up your sleeve

btw. LOVE the color palette

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/12/2015 08:30

I had to look that up; you are right, same basic concept.

Thank you!

marlenblaze (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/11/2015 12:19

Looks like the monster from Temple run, sick.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/11/2015 05:31

@ gunswordfist


Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/11/2015 05:30

@ ||||

Yeah, it bears a likeness to the guy from Slaughterhouse , one of the characters from Blizzard's new IP, and, of course, a tyranid carnifex (Especially the jawline and teeth)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/11/2015 05:22

@ Brink

Thanks a lot! Glad you like it. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/11/2015 05:22

@ dami 1310

Awesome to hear, thank you very much!

gunswordfist (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/11/2015 02:25

Incredibly cool and creepy.

|||| (Level 8 Venus fly trap) @ 7/10/2015 19:24

It reminds me of something; it's like I've seen this monster before. Maybe there's jut something real about it.

dami1310 (Level 5 Detective) @ 7/10/2015 12:32

You have my vote, that's... *-*

Brink (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 7/10/2015 07:39

This is just outstanding!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/10/2015 05:41

@ azurealsky

Hehe, I wish I were! No extraordinary skills involved unfortunately. I merely try to stick to the rules of pixel art... magic sounds less boring though! Thanks a bunch! ;)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/10/2015 05:33

@ Theoden

That means a lot! Thanks a ton, buddy.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/10/2015 05:31

@ Cayla

Thank you very much. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/10/2015 05:30

@ drain

Again, I'm more than glad to hear that my pixels are taking this route. Thanks a ton. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/10/2015 05:29

@ Evidence

Big compliment, mate. Thanks a lot!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/10/2015 05:28

@ Toth

Thanks for the fave! Cool you like it. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/10/2015 05:27

@ eishiya

Thank you very much for your critique. :)

I see what you mean, but I have to disagree on that it is not what I intented. The red is only there for balancing the quite cool colours of the rest of the palette. It has been my intention to leave the shadow barely visible in order to give it a green/blueish overall look.

But you are right about that a softer transition with a more neutral colour and brighter red would enhance the balance... if it wasn't for the ice planet theme though. ;)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/10/2015 05:17

@ Ubisavis

Thank you! That is one of the ways to show that the other half of the face is a bit further back. ;)

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