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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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:iconriverfox237:
Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welp, I'm in love. Your style is adorable and fun and energetic. Also this guy's design is cool. =Dd
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Mightyraptor Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think he looks amazing, "pretty much an awesome gill-dragon!"
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GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner 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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Shralana Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Love his threatening pose where he just puffs everything out there lol
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JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
whoa I like how you done the poses I wanna learn how to do that ^^ so need practice
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
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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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
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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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
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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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
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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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
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 Featured By Owner 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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Susiron Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fluidity of these sketches is wonderful; I'll never get tired of seeing Cornelius pop up in your gallery < 3
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Daughter-of-Shadow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't imagine what having that much tail would feel like. Seriously, it's HUGE!

:D Awesome looking sketches! :D
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! That's pretty cool
Hey, I'm trying do design my own species, can you please help me?
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Redfeathyrs Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
*hides bucket of water* :iconwhistleplz:

He looks awesome. :D I love how much motion is always shown in your sketches. Even if the character is standing still, they look so alive. And of course it's hard not to love anything featuring your characters. :la:
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Jezzlin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I love the thought you put into your characters. The fact that you pick everything apart and flesh it all out makes it all feel extremely solid and so genuine! It's a delight seeing these work processes, and really inspiring, too.
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Bryano37 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Love it!
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Dapper-Rabbit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   General Artist
Love your explanation of his gills, your character descriptions always interest me :) great doodles.
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Phageous Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glatni!Cornelius looks like he must be oodles of fun to draw. So many sweeping, swooshy shapes! I know you don't like this form, Cornelius, but even in this body you look like an elegant gent to me. A very proud, beautiful creature indeed! Anyway these sketches have very nice movement. If Cornelius was real I'd probably make him really uncomfortable by helplessly staring at him and just appreciating his form and motions. No offense, sir. I just. really like your anatomy. you know. artistically speaking. >_>

Hey, waitaminute. It looks like he's actually enjoying a swim in the upper left picture there! c:
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
:iconohuplz: Stop pampering the man's pride, you should've seen his chest just swell up. He's gonna break a rib or something doing that.

Honestly, take anything Cornelius says with a grain of salt. On the list of brighter sides he'll probably never admit to, he is a great deal taller and stronger in his new shape, and heavily enjoys that his intimidation factor has gone up tenfold. He thinks his claws are dead useful. He'll never get over the state of his teeth, but there are definitely times he's struck himself as not unattractive. For a giant mutant newt person thing. And he does enjoy swimming, when he can get past the feeling it's undignified or a waste of time.

Thank you! I draw him probably too much, but it's exactly his sweeping, swooshy shapes that I get a kick out of. Mwaha, and I'd be right behind you, stalkin' Cornelius 'round the mansion just staring at him. Well, to be honest I'd probably have my sketchbook out as well, just to add to the creepiness. C:

I would trade you him for an afternoon with Vax, because I'd geek out over a giant bat and keep bugging him to open up his wings for me. He's got to have the most seriously humbling wingspan.

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Phageous Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha whoops, didn't mean to endanger his health there. I guess I'll keep the flattery to a minimum. c: That's good for him, though! I'm glad he can enjoy himself sometimes.

Aww, really? :D I'd totally trade Vax to spend some time with your politician! I'd be real polite, we could just sit down to some coffee and chat or something. And Vax does indeed have massive wings, which is why he's very unaccustomed to opening them. I think he'd be pretty confused at first to have someone find his bat body that interesting, but not necessarily opposed to showing it off. That is, if you were in an open space where he could really stretch. ;P
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dragontrap Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ever thought about doing a hand/foot drawing tutorial?
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Dapper-Rabbit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   General Artist
If you mean anthro, then I definitely agree here.
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rodrev Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love this design. IT's awesome!
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xxMossfacexx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love his design. So much! It flows so nicely.
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
love how alive he looks, and his tail, the additional information really adds to the feeling...I really want to watch something with this universe now. =.=;
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MotherOfTea Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow your art is like the definition of well structured. I mean you can almost taste the strong constuction lines! Its amazing how you can see how everything works, like a machine.
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CharlotteChambers Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agh, this is awesome! Lovely work! C:
I am a total sucker for these creature-type characters, especially when they've got digigrade legs.
I also love his chubby gecko-like toes! <3
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organicmcgee Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I love that tail. He's a one man tripping hazard!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Oh god you have no idea. It's a full-blown miracle he's not killed anyone with that thing. Yet.
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taisenkatakura321 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
These are great sketches! The flow of them are awesome and he's a cool character. I really like his fins and his tail and dinosaur face.
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, these doodles are great! He looks so cute in his pants, heh :giggle:
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Darjavine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Angry Cornelius is freaky, yet SO DARN AWESOME :hooray: That sketch, and the front view of him swimming, are my two favorites :D
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winterelf86 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the one of him sitting in the chair :)
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Ana-Mizuki Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Was the transformation to a aquatic glatni just random, or was there a reason for it being the type he turned into?

In any case, I love the motion in these pictures ^^
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
There is a reason! The creatures which host the virus are corrupted zombie slime blobs which must live in or around water, on account of having no protection against dehydration. Their victims are the animals which share the environment with them (plus the occasional unfortunate visitor). So any given strain of the virus is going to mostly carry the genes of swamp, lake, estuary, and marsh type critters. (I have it in my notes that Cornelius' shape is a conglomeration of the genetic stuffs of fish, porpoises, otters, newts/salamanders, snakes, and, of course, himself.)

Good question, and thank you very much!
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Ana-Mizuki Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Interesting!

So, it varies depending on the area? So an arctic glatni would resemble a sealxpolarbear hybrid, or does it work at all on feral mammals?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
The virus will happily devour any creature you could care to throw to it! If you were a mad scientist, you could pass a strain down a couple dozen generations of avian hosts and have the material for a bird type glatni at the end. Lubii can't deal with freezing temperatures, so you'd have to get your polar bear seal under artificial conditions. Which no one would ever do, on account of how ridiculously dangerous lubii are, particularly one made from a polar bear. D: There are better ways to make a shapeshifter in the Network than viral mutagens. ;)

Glatni happen only when there is some quirk in a host's DNA that inhibits the usual corruption into a lubii snot monster. And this is so damn rare there are only two known people with glatnism at present. But yes, glatnism can occur in animals, although research into how many feral glatni might exist is basically nil. As god, I'll tell you that there are definitely a few of the terrors out there, spawning legions of lubii. (The other human-glatni, Nicole Dunn, would love nothing more than to hunt the things down and take 'em out. Good luck to her.)

I feel like I should refer you to the artist's comments on this thing, if you've not run into it before. [link] Just more notes on glatnism, if you're interested. (:
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Ana-Mizuki Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Really interesting.

I like how much effort you've put into the biology of the species, and how it can appear. Makes the creatures seem more alive.
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TTSnim Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Your art is nothing but magic to me, and every time you post I feel like I have learned.

I love his tail. And his toes. His toes man, his toes.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Just recently changed his toes over to nice squishy gecko-type toes, I'm glad you approve! Feel like it does a lot to make him more amphibian and less dragon, though I think I need to push him more in that direction still.

Aw, gosh, thank you! If my art helps you learn then that is completely fantastic to hear. :)
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Audisey Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Majestic as always! And just you wait and see, I'll be drawering up a tinynewt Cornelius for Miss Diana once this flu is gone. He'll hate me, but hopefully he'll forgive me after many Diana cuddles.
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Topkicker26 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That one pose to the right.. Man he looks pissed.
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wings33 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
You do have this lovely sense of 3-dimensionality that I quite admire/envy. Swim swim swim.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming... what do we do, we swim...

Hey, thank you! If it's consolation, I fight real hard with perspective and depth. Glad my attempts are looking alright. :)
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Hissdragon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So...um...are the pants just a fashion choice or does he actually need them?
Sorry if this has been asked a kazillion times already.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
No, it's a good question! Haha, he'd be so happy to know how concerned people are about his pants. ;) Glatni only reproduce by passing on their virus, (Cornelius has snake-like hollow fangs for this purpose) so they have no bits. And his tail covers him up otherwise. Sooo, he could probably get away with running around in the... blue. BUT HE WOULDN'T BE CAUGHT DEAD DOING SO. Because he is an esteemed gentleman. And without clothes he's terrified he'd be taken for a dumb animal.
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Hissdragon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that makes sense. I dunno' that anybody wants to be thought of as a dumb animal.
Thanks for explaining.
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FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I've actually kind of wondered how he found a tailor.
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