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Mortasheen - the Smut by scythemantis Mortasheen - the Smut by scythemantis
Another illustration for the Mortasheen role-playing game. No, I still don't know when it can be released! I have at least a couple dozen more drawings to finish, for a final total of somewhere around one hundred full color pieces.

I have no idea if the lighting effect here is realistic, I totally winged it without a reference and have never really attempting anything like it before.

This is one of around twenty or thirty illustrations representing the exotic locales in and around Mortasheen city. Here, we have a desert dominated by a sentient bone-collecting fungus.
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AxletheBeast Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds like my kinda place. Nicely drawn!
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:iconzippo4k:
It'd be interesting if such fungi could also glue together sand grains or wreckage of machines into either working or at least mobile constructs (could have an army of 'sandmen', even!)

I had similar thoughts once but never followed through to produce any finished work. This is a great idea and I look forwards to seeing your completed work! :D
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scythemantis Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It evolved specifically to fuse with bone because I like the idea of a desert of animate skeletons c: ...they can take on any shape, as long as it's bones and skulls
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:iconthatkid14:
I have to ask, was this one inspired by Noxxus from FernGully? It's pretty great either way, though.
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scythemantis Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was just thinking of animal skeletons lying in tar pits
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asya173 Dec 20, 2011  Student General Artist
"You think this is cool? You should see my femurs."
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:iconlee-sherman:
Cool! I could nitpick the lighting, but really the awesomeness just overwhelms any and all else. I like how the skulls seem half-human, half-animal. And of course a river with bleached bones in the bank is a great concept.
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scythemantis Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to know what to do though! I just sort of guessed how backlighting works from a couple photos I'd seen.

Both skulls are monsters, but no monsters in particular. The upper is just exaggerated from a baboon, the lower made up as I went along (you can tell, since its anatomy and angles wouldn't make any sense :p )
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:iconlee-sherman:
I was thinking baboon-person and horse-person, both with gratuitous sharp teeth.
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:iconzetron:
This is pretty badass, good work.
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