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Just Some Corny Doodles by Altalamatox Just Some Corny Doodles by Altalamatox
If you've not met Cornelius, he's a middle-aged politician who ran afoul of the Lubii noxius virus. It scrambled his genes with those of all previous hosts of the strain, leaving him fifteen feet of grouchy periwinkle amphibian thing. Because of magical cellular memory he can, for a few hours at a time, force his body back into his precious lost human form. He despises his new shape in every way and will lament his condition for hours if you get him started. But deep down he can't argue he's not a more empathetic person for the experience.

Anyhoo, wanted to practice actually moving him around as a monster.

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Cornelius' tail is the driving force when he swims, his limbs are pretty much just for steering/kicking off things/batting fish out of his way.

Because this body just happened and didn't evolve like a reasonable creature, he's not particularly suited to do anything in particular. Amphibious describes him well. He's both bipedal and quadrupedal but not super graceful either way. His eyes are suited for seeing underwater and suck on land while his lungs are awesome and work much better than his gills. He is a damn excellent swimmer, but he's never actually liked swimming all that much.

Don't think I've explained his gills. He does have them in addition to lungs but they're kind of crap and if he's doing anything strenuous he holds a breath of dry air as well. The systems aren't connected so he can swim with his mouth open to pass water through his gills in addition to holding his breath. He has burly lungs in the style of dolphins and can hold his breath comfortably for seven minutes. He can, and does, sleep underwater using just his gills and can do so indefinitely. After leaving water his gills stick flat to his neck and ooze a slime which congeals over them. After a half hour or so they're sealed shut, smooth and dry. Contact with liquid dissolves the protective layer immediately. He will not thank you for throwing water at him to try this out.


The other living glatni:
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GilmourApatosaur Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love his character design! He looks so fluid and sleek, perfectly adaptable for swimming!
The question I want to pose is what's behind Cornelius' hatred for his Lubii affliction?
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:iconshralana:
Love his threatening pose where he just puffs everything out there lol
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:iconjaderavenwing:
His toes please me for some reason lol. I love seeing doodles of this character, they're relaxing in an odd way and I think I'd like to take a walk with him somewhere. xD Just to watch him walk. His anatomy is just absolutely fascinating and I hope he wouldn't mind me poking and prodding at his fins and gills. xD Gently of course.
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TsuriaDragon Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa I like how you done the poses I wanna learn how to do that ^^ so need practice
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:icontysonlafollette:
Poor guy.... but now I wanna throw water on his gills!

That's a lot of sketches of the same character! and they're all proportionate and whatnot! How fast do you draw each one?

Or are you like me lately, stuck with a pencil practically glued to your hand? XD
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:iconaltalamatox:
Recommendation: be ninja and do it with a water gun from behind a potted plant. I'd love to see his reaction. XD

I don't usually draw on the computer, as I did here, which helps for tweaking proportion mistakes, honestly. I have a habit of making his head the wrong size. Wish I knew times for you, I'd guess they were around ten to twenty minutes each?
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:icontysonlafollette:
XD I'm sure he'd be very... pleased. :roll:

True that! It's so nice to be able to just tweak the angle on a misplaced hand by a few degrees instead of having to redraw it.

;_; I make heads too big too...

And twenty minutes? That's pretty fast! I bet you spent half of it on the faces though, right? That's where I always spend the most time.
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:iconaltalamatox:
Normally I do spend the most time by far on faces, but not with animals. I'm so out of practice with animals. I can blarf up animal faces in no time but poses like these make my tiny brain do contortions. Human faces, however, are HARD AS HECK. The tiniest line changes everything, you know?

Oh man, and yes on the digital tweaking. It's like a dream come true. Finally, when you've painstakingly drawn the most amazing face in the world but then realized it's way too small for the head, you can just fix it. Three clicks, five seconds. Done. And it's not 'cheating' in any regard, in fact you're recognizing a mistake and correcting it and there's no better way to learn!
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:icontysonlafollette:
I love digital art. So many editing advantages. When I moved over to traditional art, I still reached towards the upper corner searching for my undo key. ;_;

So true about the tiniest changes to a human face. Especially on the nose and mouth. I always want to put a line from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth. But it always makes them look older than I intend. :roll:

Well, you've got a lot of strange poses here, I can swee (Swee, yes, that is now a word. 8P) why your brain would be having a hard time stretching around them.
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julianwilbury Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Oddly I keep finding myself staring at the teeny doodle of him actually standing on all fours. Man, getting a creature with claws that function as decent hands to look believable has been the biggest pains to come out of my gryphon designs. (Actually the forearm structure is very similar, right down to silly decorative frilly things at the elbow...doubt Diana digs them as much as gryphon girls were supposed to dig the frilly feathers.)

CORNELIUS. SWIMMING ISN'T DUMB OR USELESS, IS GOOD EXERCISE. I DOUBT RUNNING ON A TREADMILL WOULD WORK OUT THAT GREAT FOR YOU ANYWAY. (Great now I'm just wondering about gyms in the Network...)

My GOD those splayed newt toes are adorable.
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