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Athena's Pets by keight Athena's Pets by keight
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1275 x 1650 x 300 ppi
Photoshop 5 & 7

Created for the art director at Technicraft Design. She liked the "couchant" hound while the editor wanted the standing hound for the Fera Vita supplement for the Pax Draconis role playing game. They bought both. The standing beast, which I posted some time ago, is to be used in the game book.
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amazoncanvas Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
How cool!
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Thank you very much.
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Love the anatomy here... Really nice piece. :)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Thank you very much, Liam; both for the kind words and the fave. This one was a lot of fun to do.
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:iconhorai:
horai Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
So alien and so believable. :)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Thank you. Getting the subject of this kind of piece to look believable, and alive, is very important to me.
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:iconhorai:
horai Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
You're very welcome, remarkable image. :)
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:iconorbitalchiller:
OrbitalChiller Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Awesome, i always wanted to see the full piece of this (because of your avatar on PixelBrush.net).
I was expecting a dragon, hehe. Great work, awesome scale textures.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Thank you very much. I'm glad this was a pleasant surprise. Thanks for the fave,too.
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:iconorbitalchiller:
OrbitalChiller Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
;)
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FloralFaerie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Wow! Awesome :) I love them! I like the leonine hint that the 'mane' of tentacles/filaments gives.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Thank you very much for your compliments and the fave.. They are sort of a melange of pharaoh hounds, lions, 'gators, and man-o-war jellyfishy-thingies. :D
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FloralFaerie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
You're welcome :) I showed them to my teenage son too who also thinks they're Awesome!
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
:D Thanks again. It is fun knowing others enjoy them.
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ftourini Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Weee your avatar in PB! :D
I was always wondering how the rest of the pic would look like! This is one of the weirdest creatures i have seen, yet i love it! Great work on the scales! It must have taken you ages! :faint:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Thanks. The company really wanted an alien look. It did take forever; however the tentacles made the scales tedious but simple in comparison. I maxed out the layers in Photoshop three or four times getting those twisty things to position and move correctly. :D
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taintedbrush Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Very original and creative, along with excellent photoshop skills. Keep them coming! :)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Thank you.
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DWALKER1047 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
:clap: :clap: :party: :party:CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :winner::winner: You are one of over 100 artist’s I have featured in my Festival of Features 2---> [link] News article ---> [link]
I LOVE TO EXPOSURE MY FRIENDS!!!!!!! I hope this feature will bring you success!:clap::dance::clap::dance::clap:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
Thank you.
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:iconthelma1:
Thelma1 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
Totally awesome work, just absolutely AMAZING :jawdrop: :+fav: :jawdrop:



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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
Thank you very much, Thelma.
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:iconburnchild:
burnchild Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
very good work :)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Thank you.
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supremextreme Featured By Owner May 21, 2006  Professional General Artist
wow! aren't they unique. I love that. Excellent job and congratulations.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner May 21, 2006
Thank you so much.
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ValentinaRDEste Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice designs :D
I don't like the standing guys hair, but that's just a matter of taste. Great work on the scales though.
The other creature though, that one is close to perfect. The head, the ears, the body, the scales... Wow!
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005
Thank you! I'm glad you like the reclining one. Of the two animals, that one is my favorite.

The editor wanted "really alien". His description from read: Dog Thing - domesticated animal for police work with some combat capabilities, but an emphasis on its senses, including smell. So the "hair" is more like sensory tentacles, and a real pain to render.


This piece, and "Is It Dead Yet?" were posted on CGTalk, quite a while back now.
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zarathus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2005   Artisan Crafter
They're both very interesting looking creatures... do they have a name? I've never seen anything quite like them before. And how you've illustrated them looks amazing. Love the detail you put into it, and how you've done each individual scale on both of them.
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keight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2005
Well, the editor and art director of the game company called them "guard dog analogs" when I was assigned the illustration. Thanks for your kind words.
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2005
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.....:eyepopping: I love the textures and the freeform layout of the hair.
very nicely done

:hug:
bernie
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2005
Thank you, glad you like them, Bernie.

Hope you had a great holiday season!
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Shikamaru-Trunks Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
The image is even better as a whole now; I'll be surprised if you find anything else to update on it...
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
Thanks, Justin.
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gz12wk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
the only thing I see tht might be a possible flaw is the shadow from the rump of the standing beast. based on the front shadows from the beasts, to me it looks like the shadow would be a bit farther back.

and another question... is the green line grass against the wall? if yes, it seems a bit small...

oh, and BTW I really like how this has came out!
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
Yes, the green bit is grass. I thought about widening the "verge" a bit, and may yet do it. I am glad you like it.

In case we don't get to "chat" again before them, Happy Holidays to you and your families.
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gz12wk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
thanks! and Happy Holidays to you too!
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OrcOYoyo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004  Professional General Artist
Interesting.
i like em both but the one on the floor more.
very nice work on the muskles, senews and the texture.
the floor would cause some blue greenish reflections on the boda of the creatures and other way round brown on the floor though :)
nonenthless very nice drawing.
I thought i had you alreayd added to my friends list but looks like i didn't so i thought you were lazy recently cuz of no new deviations :D ;)
i will correct that.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
Thanks for the C&C and suggestions. I really have to finish the background properly on that soon.

No, I haven't been lazy. I've been very busy getting graphics done for my oldest daughter's wedding on 10-31. When the frenzy is over, I can get back to art for fun, and hopefully, profit.

Thanks for adding me to your list. :D Finally! :D
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OrcOYoyo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004  Professional General Artist
Haha yeah i was sure i had you added :D
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Ah wedding uh you had to draw a lot of kitschy flowerrs n stuff huh :D
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
:D Not exactly.... Because the couple are getting married on All Hallows Eve (so they wouldn't forget the date), and the reception theme is "Nightmare Before Christmas" (the groom's favorite movie), I got to render a lot of the main characters from the movie as decorations for the table identification cards and the individual place cards. I did the typesetting to go with them as well, and we ran them all off on my handy Epson 2200 printer. I'm rather glad that we're through with that part of everything. :D
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shaved-fish Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
my word... awesomeness!
it scares the crap out of me tho... what are they, rat-horse-lizards or something...
but beautiful stuff, the detail's quite fab, and the muscles on the standing one are spot on.
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
:D As guard dog analogs, they're supposed to be scary. Thanks for letting me know the creature design works. If you want to know what they are really like, you will have to wait until the game book is released.
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steeldolphin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The rendering and illustration of the 'animals' are fantastic...mind blowing. I am not overly famikliar with anaimal anatomy but they look very convincing to me.

If anything could be improved I wold think the background could be spruced up but I imagine you left it undetailed for other reasons like indicia or other information/design that would have to be added. :)

Great stuff!
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me.

Yup, the background is pretty much a doofer. I really had no clearly defined idea in mind for anything beyond the tiles, and ended up using stock brushes thoroughly blurred, and the colors to hold it together. I do plan a bit more research to bring the background up to a properly finished level.
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ChibiZac Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
Kate, they look beautiful... i love the scales. its awesome to see them finished.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
Thanks, Zac. They went out with the rest of my Fera Vita art, via priority mail, to Technicraft this morning. I hope the editor will be pleased on Monday.
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mrcynic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Alien anatomy is a mystery to me. These are very impressive. The only crits I have are the shading in both sets of eyes needs to be a bit more subtle, but they are scary with the sharp colors in the eyes and where the hindquarters of the resting alien comes together, its hip socket appears to juts up and out, but its an alien so that could be normal.

Great work as always.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004
Thanks for the c & c, Chris. The reason I went with the unsubtle eye coloration was expressly for the scary effect. They have compound eyes, and in my mind anyway, see into the infrared. The bodies were based on Salukis and Great Danes. I was working from a lot of photos and my Atlas Of Animal Anatomy For Artists, which is published by Dover. The hindquarters of any quadriped work very similarly to those of humans. The bones are in the same places, they are just shaped slightly differently. In the case of hoofed animals the bones of the hands & feet merge in such a way that they run/walk in their middle finger(s) and toe(s). National Geographic, in their January 2002 issue, devoted nearly the whole issue to the evolution of wolves into the widely variable breeds of dogs today. There was a double page spread of comparative skeletal structures.
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mrcynic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
See once I understand your reasonings it is all clear. You are the thinking artist.
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