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Mortasheen - Exonaut by scythemantis Mortasheen - Exonaut by scythemantis

Fusion between human and water bug. This heavy-duty hybrid's aquatic adaptations are equally practical in a wide range of hostile conditions; storing days worth of oxygen in specialized rectal sacs, the creature can hermetically seal its unbelievably durable shell and function comfortably from the vacuum of space to the abyssal trenches of the sea, resisting extremes of pressure, temperature, energy bombardment and chemical agents alike.

The Exonaut is strictly carnivorous, injecting a paralyzing digestive enzyme through its beak and drinking the liquefied contents of prey. While happiest in a fluid environment, its hybrid anatomy does not lend itself well to active swimming.


I've had this idea for years, but it went through so many revisions that I just didn't like one bit. Very happy with it now. For a long time I wasn't sure what a waterbug hybrid could even really do, but I figure its ability to stay underwater makes it tough against all sorts of attacks.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
This is a creative idea, and it looks great. Reminds me of the lifeform in Lifeform as well as the Mummy Nest Flyer. But honestly I've never seen anything quite like this, either visually or conceptually. Actually, this seems really familiar. Is my memory failing again? Did you do an earlier version of this very same Mortasheen?

The almost featureless shell suits it well, and I love the pincers with 4 equidistant digits. I remember seeing a robotic submarine with claws almost like that. The feet look like they must have 5 or 6 digits. It would be nice if they matched the hands more closely. The gooey, fetus-like seahorse-mantis seems approprate for the inner being. The head could use some more details to make it interesting, but I like how you drew nearly microscopic segments on the neck.

One of the best Mortasheen yet.
scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I was inspired by the look of some of the earliest real diving suits and submersibles. I had various sketches where it would have had just a big head with eyes giving a diving suit impression, but it seemed really boring until I finally put a little bug body for its "face" :)

You've reminded me I want to review some Expedition creatures sometime.
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
An exposť on Expedition would be fun!
possessedtim Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Ah It's a new favorite of mine! I think the name fits it perfectly! Can it escape from it's suit or is it one with it?
Kothoga12 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This idea is pure genius, I love it!
Ziggywolf5 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist
This is now one of my favorite mortasheen.
Bake-kujira Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Where you inspired by the Vacuumorphs form "Man After Man"
Crysomandiaz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was thinking that exact thing. Vacuumorph is somehow scarier, though :)
scythemantis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, I was just thinking of diving suits and how a waterbug's body is kinda structured.
revereche Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, "water bug"? Not "water bear"?
scythemantis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah it's a giant waterbug, though I guess it came out with a tardigrade's abilities :p
X508 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
wow this thing was made for fanart. So simple
Daimera Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I love how this one doesn't even look remotely insectoid when the small 'main' body is withdrawn. It's rather comical, even.
Demonlemon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Was going to say it reminded me somewhat of a vacuumorph but somebody beat me to it, so i'll just say its cool
NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I have to say, I really like these cute alternate forms that you sometimes ad as scetches.
This one kinda reminds me of [link]
Rasec-Wizzlbang Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The name 'exonaut' is already being used by cartoon network. :B
scythemantis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, well...I've heard it around for decades anyhow, not hard to combine "exo" and "naut" really. I didn't care too much for the name though, still looking for something more waterbug-appropriate.
Platinum-titan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this design works, though its weird to think that its "main body" is just a heavily adapted crotch.
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