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Unlikely Flyers by Rodrigo-Vega Unlikely Flyers by Rodrigo-Vega
This one is on me!
Back to the basics. Following the success on the prehistoric dragons, I was suggested to make a flying dicynodont.. which is one of the most unlikely thing to fly, and that way got the idea of making a little composition with some of the most unlikely animals that could develop flight.
We have a dolphin.. which was meant to be a baleen whale. But it looked too unlikely.
Now a baleen whale that floats upside-down like a zeppelin is SO much more likely. ... right? .. right?
Then there is a jiraffe. Hey if Azhdarchids could fly, I don't see how jiraffes couldn't...
So yea, I could have tried harder with the backstory and actual evolutionary path.
An elephant. I made it look sort of like those little ancient elephants. It could use some better tail support though.

This was a fun little excersice, you know?
So I know that people on DA likes to duct-tape wings on all kinds of animals, but trying to adapt a creature into flight takes more of a large-scale body restructuring, you have to look for places in which to attach muscles, create a good lift area, etc.

Do as I say, don't do as I do.
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:iconsterileritalin:
SterileRitalin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
is, is, isthata whale?
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is!
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:iconsterileritalin:
SterileRitalin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WHAAAAAAAAAAALE

only Off fans and Markiplier fans will get this
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:iconalienapestar:
alienapestar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wonderful work man! I agree 100% - working on a flying creature involves some anatomy study not just slap some wings on anything and expect it to look cool :)
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:iconfredthedinosaurman:
FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
F*cking wicked!
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:iconammonitefiction:
AmmoniteFiction Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I totally love that flying Giraffe *-*
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:iconminniedog8357:
minniedog8357 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my gosh thats amazing!!!! seriously amazing!!! im a fan of flying things :3
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JSpinoraptor Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O

I want dose!

Now to start tht genetics company, and make millions on baffling scientists with flying whales. .3.
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fencingchick Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
that is very strange but cool. you should do a wolf
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SelectYourself Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Artist
Spectacular!!!
These are some really amazing creations.
Your art is brilliant. Can't wait to see more...

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lxblack Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there another set of these on the way?

Also I'd love for them to be put together into something.
If I had your permission and the know how I'd love to try my hand at an online world based on these creatures.

I realize you're busy with a big project I just feel sad seeing something as awesome as these just sitting there being forgotten.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, I might as well make a few new ones on fan request, has they seem to have been a great hit! so Im sure the idea is there on my mind-list.
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lxblack Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
could you do a flying tortoise or doedicurus in the next batch then? I'd like to see how you tackle that one.
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:iconmuffinhunter:
muffinhunter Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
These are just awesome. I love the way you make creatures with a touch of realism though an obvious knowledge of evolution and anatomy. It makes them that much more amazing.
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:iconriver-hrossa:
river-Hrossa Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
the flying giraffe is a 'must' :-D
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QevilPieSquirrel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Would you or have you ever considered doing a video of you drawing a piece? I love your style, but I only ever see your finished works, unless I'm not looking hard enough.
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BLUE-F0X Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can just about turn anything into a dragon/winged beast. lol That's awesome.
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:iconjookami:
jookami Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
That's pretty awesome!
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:iconazhram:
Azhram Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
i like the giraffe
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:iconchewwa:
Chewwa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your Art _!!
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Spectacular! Each believable in their own way, yet wholly different and bizarre. You are unstoppable.
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Goatmanlll Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Aaaaaaaaaaaaawe yeah sky giraffe.
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
all the way across the sky! ohhh... its so bright and vivid!
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:iconferransan:
FerranSan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Increiblemente BRUTALES!!!
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
gracias
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
I can't believe you didn't go with the elephant's ears as the flight surface. :)
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:iconargema-brassingtonei:
is it okay to be in love with you?
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
I guess so, we all need love
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:iconargema-brassingtonei:
Argema-Brassingtonei Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
consider my love function activated
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:iconneojuice:
neojuice Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
those are beautiful :o ...
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:iconfenrysk-art:
fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
these are so fun
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
hey look it's dumbo the flying elephant!
:+fav:
you know Dumbo, from that disney cartoon. It's about a little elephant with enourmous ears. Dumbo finds out he can fly with his giant ears but only if he's carrying a "magical" feather. He eventually learns that he doesn't need the feather to fly, he just needs self-confidence.

It would be great if they made an update with dumbo looking like your creation up there
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Haha I was already suggested to make a ear-flying version of the elephant further up on the comments. :P
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
well I guess I should have read that...
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freaketteangelx Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
the giraffe is my favorite creature of flight you've envisioned. although the elephant looks the most "natural" with wings, i think how you've continued the wings down the long outstretched leg of the giraffe gives it something more graceful and butterfly-like than how people portray Pegasuses with bird wings suck on a horse's back.
Your imagination, control with a pencil and knack for details is astounding and mind boggling!
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Dragonfire14 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
The baleen whale looks so happy.
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
a flying Gomothere...definately a dangerous thing. (particularly when its done digesting)

tis a very creative set here, and you've addressed the problems very realistically.

kudos.
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SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
turtles! turtles should also have wings
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:iconmecha-gregole:
Mecha-GREGOLE Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Turtles don't need wings. They have rockets.
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
God, how did I miss the turtles! my oh my. I will have to make a second bunch.
Any other suggestions?
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muffinhunter Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I know its a year old now, but my imagination is firing because of the awesome of this pic, so I'll just throw out fun ideas that came to mind for no reason other than the purge:

polar bear, scorpion, hyena, starfish, kangaroo, octopus, moose, Glyptodont, Chalicothere, fennec fox, tarantula, thylacine, pangolin, gorilla

Okay, I feel better now. Your work is just so great it spins the mind off in such directions. :)
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
I actually like you ideas.. maybe if I get back to make these...
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:iconsoylentrobot:
SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
elephant? the ears and the wings can be the same thing!
and, uh, octopus? jellyfish blimp?
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yea, I could have made something with the ears, but I'm not a big fan of Dumbo. Also the muscles are almost nonexisting..
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:iconsoylentrobot:
SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
what about just the elephant's head? how horrifying! like some kind of vargouille thing.
hows about an armadillo?
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Like the Reanimator! lol.
I already did an armadillo kind of flyier in Prehistoric Dragons 2
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SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
well, im out of ideas, apart from the turtle and octopus. im sure you can come up with some good ones tho :P
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ThingFour Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   General Artist
So awesome, I wish I could mega-fave...
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Cynder1314 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting /...
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BlackHeartBeloved Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Too awesome! :D
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