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Basic anatomy by Exobio Basic anatomy by Exobio
Some basic anatomy sketches, just overall composition. Been tweaking things here and there.

I doubt anyone can read my script, but it basically says that the underside of their forearms are like big gecko pads. They stick to things easier now, gives them leverage for shimmying up trees.

Also, curly second arms. Easier than "folding" them like a jointed arm, seemed like it'd be easier to roll them up like their tail.

Tumblr post.
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TheSeaLemon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, these guys are really cool! I remember looking at this a while back, but I just now finally made an account. I'm happy I could find it again to favorite =)
I love the hunched over, gorilla like posture and anteater toes! It's wonderful to see something so familiar and yet so alien. 

You really have a knack for this! 
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Exobio Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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3Devrian Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Photographer
wow
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Derpuri xD
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Exobio Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesssss xD
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Love the forelimbs on the first one.
Why the different anatomy of the different appendages? Is there a functional reason there or developmental or evolutionary?
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Exobio Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The evolutionary path of the Gapuri's ancestors caused the odd limb anatomy. The back half of the animal had more boney fins that let them cling onto rocks in rough currents, while the front limbs grew longer and more flexible for feeling around small crevices and snagging prey. The "spine" of the forelimbs allowed them to start holding onto other things as well, and eventually they took to climbing, or at least jumping out of the water and grabbing low hanging branches to evade predators.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
So those limbs have something like vertebral columns running through them?
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Exobio Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, of sorts. It's not the same as a spine, but it serves a similar purpose. It just reinforces the arm, but it can be a bit of a weakness too because the spine can be broken. It takes a bit to DO that because they are so flexible, but chances are if you are using that much force you would have crushed a non-boned arm anyway. You can't really snap a Gapuri arm like you can ours, but you can overextend it and tear the ligaments and muscles and nerve bundles within.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
With a limit to flexibility compared to a boneless octopus tentacle, I imagine.
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Exobio Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, not quite that flexible.
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EvanMcBean Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Digital Artist
So cool. I admire this a lot
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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Solifugus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They look like huge lumbering beasts! Look at those huge shoulder muscles! I would not want to mess with a Gapuri! Kadu down there looks really monkey-like, but he looks a little bunched up, like there's no room for the extra arms. When are you gonna paint some agile Gapuri gracefully swinging through the trees? I wanna see how the arms look uncompressed.

Also, green Gapuri!
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I have been so bad with drawing NON tree swinging Gapuri! Which makes no sense because that's where they live.
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Vespitomb Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
No Melanistic version on this particular deviation... you must be a racist! No, I'm kidding, your artistic ability and accuracy is so good that I hate you a little bit.:L

Weird question but what is their language like? Is their language pallet like our own?
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD hahahaha, truly I must be a horrible bigot! I'll be sure to add a melanistic fella in my next sketch ;)

The language is not easily spoken by us at all, their languages are far more bird like in sound. They use a lot of throat sounds as well, sort of like a mimic bird. They are very good mimers actually.
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KatWylder Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Digital Artist
I don't think you've shown us an individual with the coloring of the one in the right hand corner, before. Is that a typical color morph, or something atypical, like albinism?
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's Kadu, an albino morph.
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John-AM Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool design! looks very natural and realistic. Although to me these look more like a gorilla-like, possibly simian animal then a sentient alien. Just me opinion and, eh, I don't even care about my opinion.:-)
But let me ask, are there front arms still tentacles?
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They do get rather gorilla-y when on the ground, their arms sort of retract and compress to be sturdier while on land. They extend when in the trees.

They are still tentacles, but not purely muscle, though they've never been purely muscle. They are more like highly modified tails than "tentacles" or arms.
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Ayumi-Nemera Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
not to be rude, but just because something doesn't walk on two legs like a human doesn't mean it should be considered unintelligent. It's a flaw in human thinking to see bipedal creatures as smart. :T it's why most aliens in sci-fye movies walk on 2 legs. For some reason our brains allow us to relate to them better. In reality, there could be tiny ant-sized quadrupeds out there with a higher brain function than the smartest human!
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John-AM Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, just sayin'. I've tried developing some non-bipedal intelligent aliens my self. It really dose get tiring seeing all the sci-fi aliens looking exactly like humans.=p
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Ayumi-Nemera Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know. D:< did you know that the director of District 9 was originally planning on the aliens being quadrupedal or centaur-like, but the producers asked him to humanize them because they were afraid audiences wouldn't be able to emotionally connect to them? *raaagggee*
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John-AM Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. And then their's Star Trek... That's what I like about the new 2009 ST that they added a few species that weren't... Well, they're still fairly humanoid... but that's fiction for ya.
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Ayumi-Nemera Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:shrug: yup.
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NotXRAY0128 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Their arms are so strange, in the cool way.

'specially love all that loose-ish skin
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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NotXRAY0128 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay i missed the gapuri love what youre doiing with them,nice patterns on the skin too
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: thanks!
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem i really like the idea of geko like arms also like how the skin apear loose
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) thanks
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem its awesoem to see the gapuri developing
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Andrew-Graphics Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wunderbar!
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Exobio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke schon!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
mde enjoys seeing gapuri again! :squee:
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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Ojanassassin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome
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