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TERRA MIRUS: Fanorhynchus implumis by juniorWoodchuck TERRA MIRUS: Fanorhynchus implumis by juniorWoodchuck
As a result of the accelerated rotation period and the destabilization of the Earth’s axis, earthquakes and volcanic activities have increased drastically. Coupled with the more acidic waters, this has lead to the formation of many new caves and cave systems, in which a myriad of bizarre and grotesque animals dwell... Many of them are only endemic to a single cave system as they are not well-equipped for survival outside of them. Some however are able to cross into other systems at night, which allows them to establish a more widespread population. 

One of them, the lanternmouth (Fanorhynchus implumis) is a small flightless bird descending from finches. Clinging to the walls of caves, they patiently wait for prey in almost complete darkness. To accelerate the waiting, they posses six luminescent nodules surrounding the beak that give off light to attract invertebrates and other smaller prey. They are not able to produce this bioluminescence on their own though but rely on symbiotic bacteria that live within the nodules. 
Their strong arms no longer carry them across the skies – their plumage has gone and the membranes connected to them are too small to even allow for gliding flight. Instead, they are equipped with two hooked claws each that act like pitons. Despite their awkward looks and movements, they are able to move quite rapidly should the necessity arise. 

Living in darkness, their eyes have atrophied and can only differentiate between light and dark. To find their way around their damp home, they rely on their sense of smell as well as excellent hearing. In addition to that, their seemingly naked bodies are covered in incredibly thin sensory bristles - a remnant of their once beautiful feathery coat. 

© by me

I know, it’s been far too long since I last uploaded anything for Terra mirus but other things have gotten into the way. This design has been lying around unfinished for quite some time now and I’ve been aching to finally finish and upload it... and today I finally did. Uploading pieces for mirus will always take me a bit longer since they take me a lot of time to draw due to the technique and because they are drawn on pretty delicate paper. Nevertheless, I want to make it a more frequent thing again as I still have tons of designs and ideas and it’s still bringing me a lot of joy.
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Talon0550 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017
well hello mr beakybob
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jman12351 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017
Anyone else got a craving for roast chicken?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
If anything, this makes me want to avoid roast chicken :D
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Creepy! I love it! I think troglodytes are certainly some of the most interesting organisms and Imlove how you've taken such a familiar animal and transformed it into this weird little goblin-bird. :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
Thank you! Happy to hear you like it :)
Yes, toglodytes really are pretty fascinating, it’s a shame they are so hard to study
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True. Did you hear about the cave loach discovered recently in Europe?
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/…
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
I did indeed, pretty cool stuff, eh?
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed! :D
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AntFingers Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWow this is really nice, I like the mixture of typical depictions of goblins, bats and a bit of bird thrown in (shocking). The tail is exceptionally disturbing, as is the rest of it.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
Thank you, I’m glad you like it (and that you are disturbed by it Evil grin )!
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AntFingers Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
You're welcome :) (Smile) 
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Biofauna25 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliantly evolved; I'm always a fan of troglodytes! :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
Thank you very much!
Yeah, they’re just delightfully creepy :)
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Maybe just a finch but this is the stuff of nightmares
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Thank you very much Evil Grin 
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Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Oh yes, more of Terra Mirus :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
I’m pretty excited about it myself :D 
It’s been too long since I have uploaded anything for it 
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JurassicJacob Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Ow wow I love this! Great idea!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Thank you very much! :)
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TheMightyGorga Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
El pollo diablo...
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Well... more like el fringilido gollum
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Remarkably interesting concept and great usage of claws!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Thank you very much! 
I’m glad you like it :D
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Love Terra Mirus.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
I’m glad you do! It’s one of my favorites as well :)
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017   Digital Artist
Amazing work once more. :D
The drawing technique is outstanding. Surely brings to life each creatures you represent, being that technic a distinctive signature of yours.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Thank you very much! :D
I’m glad to hear that, these types of illustrations always take me quite a long time as I’m very cautious not to make any mistakes so I slowly build it all up from very fine lines with a thin pencil... but I feel like it’s worth the effort as I’m always really happy with the outcome and by challenging myself like this, I was able to improve and acquire new skills 
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017   Digital Artist
Your effort is noticed, be sure of that. :)
The result is always amazing and I can clearly see the work put on it.
That is what makes you a great artist! :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Thank you so much for the kind words!
It means a lot :D
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017   Digital Artist
;)
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InkGink Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I did a very similar scribble the other day :D. Great idea on the bioluminescence! 
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Great minds think alike, eh? 
Thank you!
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InkGink Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god this looks super creepy!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Hue c: 
Just as I intended
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
look at that eyebrow action! OOOH!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Oh hell yah, Kronk’s got it going on 
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work love the shading and the details of the face
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
Thank you very much! I’m actually really happy with how it turned out myself... I was kinda afraid that I might have forgotten how to draw like this 
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