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Veera anatomy study by Riyami Veera anatomy study by Riyami
I've wanted to do one of these things for a while. Back in life drawing classes, we were supposed to do something like this but never did. :T

It's like she's had all her skin and stuff peeled off... :iconwhutplz: kinda creepy...

This was a bit of a challenge because of all the non human bits. I know there's a lot of inconsistencies but I liked how it turned out anyway. I swear I didn't mean to make her look like a zerg.

- Skin is thick and opaque, and has the same kind of texture as shark/stingray skin.
- 'hair' is more of a fleshy consistency than fine hair. (think natural dreadlocks)
-K'takzyl are Omnivores, but Primary source (and preference) of diet is Meat.

- K'takzyl are non-mammalian so sorry, no mammal sacs guys.
- Muscles are denser than humans, making them slightly stronger/ more durable.
- Has a layer of dense sub-dermal plating to protect the neck/underside/back/tendril.
- Muscles are more of a purple-ish color due to blood coloration (I'm on the fence with this, either with red blood or a more violet color)

- Tendril is pure muscle, making it a very strong 'limb'. It is prehensile, but unable to do fine manipulation.
-Neck muscles are particularly strong, and several large back muscles extend up into the tendril to disperse weight into the back and shoulders.

- Bones are again, slightly denser than humans to help carry the weight, and withstand the pull of the muscles.
- Not sure on if the structure in the tendril should be bone or cartilage, or if it should be nothing but pure muscle.
- One pair of ribs has been modified into a secondary clavicle for the smaller arms. But because of the positioning of the bones/muscle, the smaller arms have limited shoulder movement.

-I- think she works, on a biological level. What do you guys think? Any feedback is greatly welcome.
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PiuPiu-Littlebird Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I read some of the previous comments. If people are worried that her head might be too heavy for her neck, maybe you can say that the bones in her tendril are hollow like birds's, to help lighten the head?


Superb design btw :clap:

Riyami Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I settled on the tendril being supported by cartilage instead of bone, but there are a few other concepts I think could explain it too. Tendon strength, the actual neck muscles extend down to her back to anchor most of the weight on her shoulders instead her neck, things like that.
In the end I'm not terribly worried about making it 100% Real life realistic, but just believable.
PiuPiu-Littlebird Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Alright :) it does make more sense Nod 

Again, really cool concept :clap:

quiklain Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
the long muscles extending down the back would i think limit mobility of her neck. can't turn it as much as would otherwise
Ryuseimaru Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Hmmm.... now that I've seen what she's made of, I'd say she's preeeetty hard to kill in hand-to-hand... ...-to-hand... ...-to-hand... ...-to-head-tail combat.

Very nice idea in total though... and I'm just thinking out loud here, correct me if I'm wrong.
The dense muscle tissue and bone structure would imply a rather large homeworld with higher gravity than earth.
To support that tendril, shouldn't the neck be at least as thick and strong as the base of the tendril itself? Did her kind develop from a tree-climbing species?
Is her kind reptilian, laying eggs and such?
Also, I'd like to learn more about the social structure of her people/race... and also, even if it sounds strange, their way of reproduction.
Riyami Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Heh, I've gotten a lot of people saying that her neck should be 'thicker'. My excuse is that the tendons/muscle from that actually run down into her shoulders which is what bears most of the weight as well as her neck/head. That and I simply like the way she looks now, so I'm hopeful that suspension of disbelief will let people forgive the whole neck-is-too-small thing.

The tendril itself is more of a weapon than a mobility device, though it certainly can be used to aid in that way. (females have a whip-like one, males have a shorter mace-like tendril)
She's a mix of reptile/shark/stingray actually. Haven't thought much about their whole reproduction and stuff though.
Ryuseimaru Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Ok, no more "neck-is-too-small" talk then. ;)

I just had an idea: a tree-dwelling thresher shark! :D
The twin opposable thumb anatomy of the extremeties would definitely support that idea...
Since the species seems to lack mammal glands, I'd say a shark-like reproduction seems pretty legit. Their "eggs" are mostly leathery, pillow-shaped pouches with tendrils that wrap around surrounding plants. Maybe that's how her kind reproduces as well?

But here I am, rambling on. DO you eve want to discuss things like that with me?
Riyami Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
The neck thing is a valid critique, I just think she'd look awful if I beefed it up again.

Leathery eggs, high gravity and tree climbing (at least in their primitive time) make sense, I guess it just seems a bit awkward since I'd not put much thought into the details yet.
Ryuseimaru Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Ah. So you basically made up the character without giving much thought to her species...

So what! You're not the first to do that, trust me. ;)

If I remember correctly, somewhere you said that her kind are space nomads... How did they become that?

It sure is a pretty long way from tree-dwelling, thresher shark humanoids to space nomads...
CorrsollaRobot Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
amazing design, I love it!
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