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Jellyback by Eclectixx Jellyback by Eclectixx
The jellyback is a tall creature which feeds on the high fruits of certain trees. Once the creature reaches maturity it produces egg cysts within the large sac on its back. These eggs are very small, hard, and numerous. The timing of this is correlated with symbiotic flying creatures' breeding patterns. Once the flying creatures begin their courtship, the jellybacks begin a transformation. Toxins usually stored in their sacs become neutralized; in the process the sacs turn a bright red color as the creatures' limbs stiffen. The jellybacks die in this process, retaining a rigid standing position, and using the red color of the jellybacks' sacs as a signal that it is time, the symbiotic flying creatures tear into the sacs and feast on the mass stored therein. These nutrient-rich tissues and fluids give the flying creatures the energy they need to produce their young. The jellyback's egg cysts are also consumed incidentally, but are not harmed by the flying creatures' digestive processes; in fact the process is essential to allow them to hatch. The egg cysts are later deposited by the flying creatures as they excrete them far and wide. The cysts then hatch and, using the nutrients from the flying creatures' droppings, begin the first stage in their life cycle. The dead jellybacks' bodies can remain fixed in a standing position for years, providing structures for the flying creatures to build safe nests high above the plains.

Rising up through the fog in the distance, the fossilized remains of complex mega-structures formed over millions of years by long extinct burrowing tube worms have been exposed by geological processes to form dramatic arches looming over the plains.

To see an anatomical diagram of this creature see this illustration:[link]
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Gd8909 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  New member
How do you think of this stuff? Is it drugs?

cause if it is where can I get some
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is one gorgeous image. Amazing job on it!
Talonai Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is an awesome, creative idea for a creature. new body plan, interesting life cycle. it is great!
Marsumaxi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thatīs a NOPE!
DSil Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
The palette effectively evokes the savannah.
Echinemon Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic creature design! This is one of the most beautiful creatures i've ever seen!
FinisCoronatOpus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. Such beautiful creatures!
Myrethy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would really like to see more of the creatures that might coexist in this environment alongside the Jellybacks, are you planning on doing any more creatures like this? Those tube worms, perhaps? :)
Darwin-King Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
This is one of the most amazing creatures I've ever seen! EVER! I hope some of my creatures' reproductive cycles aren't too similar, I've been making some... I guess plantimals and they are usually spread like seeds, much like your Jellybacks... could this pose an issue?
natesdevices Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
these are arthropods, correct?
Naeran Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting concept! :clap:
Well done!
Marmot-of-Doom Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww, is this a dead jellyback in the background?
JHMiles Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
It reminds me of that creature they showed at the end of that Movie the Mist.
Chrestovenator Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
It's like I've stepped into another world, breathtaking!
NewmanD Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
N-o-B Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured. :D ([link])
artbypaulfisher Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic vision for the creature design and great atmosphere in the painting!
Zegaroth Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That's really cool, and I love the story line. Especially how the arcs are burrows from worms left over millions of years.
Yondercat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
An interesting story to such a interesting creature. I like the background. :)
nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Really cool
Buhaaghule Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hoho501 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Made me think of those stilt striders or w/e from morrowind
BinturongBoat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool :)
strtl0011 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
What an interesting story to this creature! Love it!
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Great atmosphere!
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Looks very good love you're creature it's awesome :)
nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
I enjoyed the WIP version and like this even more. I like the expired specimens looming in the background, that was a nice touch. I appreciate how much consideration you've put into the concept- kind of how Tolkien might build a history behind everything to give it a more authentic feel, you've done it on an ecological level.
Artistic-Masochist Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D: ... amazing. How in the world do you paint so god-like?

and now since you've mentioned said burrowing tube worms, now you must draw them. lmao! Fan-freakin'-tastic!

Bizzare or not, the Jellyback kinda looks cute holding the fruit.
Inoosh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Pffffff Nice job ever!
rumpleteazer875 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very... err... odd! Great work!
ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absollutely ingenius creature design and I love that you've put so much detail into developing its lifecycle! :D
NanoAngel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
This is beyond marvelous...this is GENIUS!
rajasegar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
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GuttermouthGurl859 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
uh-mazing :heart:
AxioArt Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this kind of work. Makes the mind wander and ask what kind of life could be on other planets. A hot subject in this point in time. You've inspired me to do a painting of this kind lol. Keep up the good work.
cristoF-D Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
superbe travail ,bravo!
Stealthdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Shame they have to die.
But those things are cool!
thandav Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
excellent Concept cool work
MidgetPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I would highly suggest writing a book and incorporating this work into it. I promise you something like this would be flying off the shelves as fast as it could be stocked.
Emeowrald Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Awesomely bizarre creatures.
I would take it from your story that all jellybacks are the same gender then, eh?
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. They are hermaphrodites, possessing both male and female characteristics, though they can not create viable eggs without a mate. They couple only once for breeding at an earlier stage in their development, and keep the genetic material stored until it is needed.
ArgentDandelion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
This could fit in a book; it is so beautiful. Everything about it is perfect.
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your kind comments!
OS9 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
A believable biology description :thumbsup: I totally love the design <3
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I appreciate your remarks!
kitendawili Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Very well done! Believable biology, and interesting creature design! I also greatly appreciate the skeleton in the background with the plants (or mushroom..?) growing on it. The tree in the front is very beautiful, as well. The whole scenery reminds me of African savanna. Great work!
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I appreciate your comment very much. Actually the "mushroom" thing is part of the inner skeletal structure of the creature itself, but there are plants growing on it as well as nesting creatures!
kitendawili Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, okay, I can see that now! And small, nesting creatures, too, that's cool. A nice, high up, relatively safe place. Also, I just reread the description and must have missed the part telling about the arches in the background. They look very neat by themselves, but as remainders of previously buried tunnels they are all the more interesting. Very cool world you're building here!
sashark Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I especially like the deceased jellyback in the background with plants growing. Marvelous:heart:
Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I wanted to illustrate that important part of its life cycle. I'm glad you like it!
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