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Mortasheen - Shockjaw by scythemantis Mortasheen - Shockjaw by scythemantis
"Flying Mouth"

CLASS: VAMPIRIC

Small and compact at rest, the Shockjaw stretches nearly three times in length when delivering a bite, which not only drains blood but stuns most prey with a powerful jolt of electricity. When sufficiently agitated, energy arcs visibly between its teeth.

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This design is based on the real-world Rattrap fish or loosejaw, and has been only subtly exaggerated:

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(a beautiful, scientifically accurate painting)

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(a dead specimen)

I'll admit that the electrical ability came only from trying to think up a jaw-related name and coming up with nothing else.
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:iconmonkeysky:
monkeysky Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
This is the only loosejaw based monster I've ever seen, and it is great.
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Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're really good at anatomy drawing, I can easily see it all closed up.
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Duklaham Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
I love all the crazy mouths a lot of the sea vampires have.I can picture this one biting its prey and sending a deadly volt of electricity to stun it wile draining blood all at the same time.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This one's mouth comes straight from a real deep sea fish, the rattrap fish! I only exaggerated it the littlest bit :D
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Duklaham Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I know,I love rat trap fish.:)
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Veridiann Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
The electrical abilities make a little more sense if you count the original creature's bio-luminescence as electricity-powered xD
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Under-Stage-Man Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Not called flying head for nothing, that's all it is! :fish:
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InnsmouthFishwife Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Really awesome work, am loving your gallery, and this series in particular. Very creative, fun, and quirky stuff. Keep it up :skullbones:
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Vipero-the-Salabog Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
What a gorgeous fish! I noticed it doesn't seem to have scales, kind of wrinkled leather instead. But I think it's pretty anyway. It would be an amusing friend I think, as long as people aren't part of it's diet.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
it's real basis and many other deep-sea fish have a slimy, gelatinous skin. Of course I'm also just very bad at drawing scales :p
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Vipero-the-Salabog Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
There's actually a very simple trick to scales. You make crosshairs over the skin and that helps keep them all even when drawing them. Here's a tutorial [link]
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh...that WAS helpful!
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:iconargema-brassingtonei:
I look forwards to your art, and what's more (and I couldn't say this to any other artist on deviant art) I deeply look forwards to your artists comments.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, that means a lot :)

I don't comment really often on DA but you're one of my favorite people!
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:iconargema-brassingtonei:
For reals! Okay, now that means a lot. Like a lot a lot, I-need-a-thesaurus-a-lot.. okay, that makes me feel privileged!
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You should! I'm really glad I ran across you just by doing a search for yara-ma-yha-whos, and then your username piqued interest because we're in the exclusive club who know what that is!!!
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:iconargema-brassingtonei:
To right, it's so odd how we both have the same eye for creatures that aren't traditionally attractive.
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rupted Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Please tell me it screams.
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
It's amazing what nature comes up with.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
This defies all sense, yet at the same time conveys a clear sense of a face and a fish. For that alone, this is a fine deviation.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So does the real-life equivalent :)

I had to look at many, many images to figure out how those jaws fit together!
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eternalsaturn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's amazing how much it looks like the actual animal while being completely alien looking at the same time. Ain't nature grand?
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Ankaa-Phoenicis Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
loosejaws are cool fish! I mean, the mouth is like... err... huge and weird... :O like it... :D
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Ophiguris Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Easily, the best thing in my dev watch right now C:

good job ^^
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dodoman1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The stoplight loosejaw is one of my favorite fish. I like what you did to it here; you basically compacted it into a giant swimming head, but it still seems like an entire fish!
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