Beast number one hundred! The beast’s plating has separated into a thick shell and the front branches of its legs have separated further into weight-baring limbs. The horns on the top of its skull have become hinged, a pinscher-like helmet that can move independently from the rest of its head.
Folks, that is the end! We would like to thank you all so much for your support and enjoyment of this project. There is a chance that in the future Evan and I will continue the Exquisite Beast past its 100th iteration, but for now we have other projects on our respective plates (including Benign Kingdom and our respectivewebcomics). Feel free to follow me on tumblr at aidosaur and Evan at evndahm. Thank you again and please watch here for news in the near future!
Oh gosh, it’s over! Thank you guys so much for your support over the past year, this has been a really fun and fulfilling project.
I did a lot of art this year! Unfortunately, most of it is unpublished and/or for unannounced projects. And while I prefer to put this yearly meme together with exclusively private non-fanart work, a good deal of fanart/published/professional work made its way into the spread.
I would like for 2013 to be a “keep your head down, work work work and don’t stop” year, though that was the intention for last year and I didn’t get half the things done last year I wanted. Or maybe I keep unrealistic expectations of myself.
Funny how the year both opened and ended with Dhio and Kaia! Maybe I should do another portrait of them before the month is over.
The beast has moved to the shallow murky water, its eyes moving to the top of its head to peer out of the water or from underneath silt. It can survive outside of the water during drought, but not for extended periods of time.
Every one of my roommates individually laughed at this dude while I was painting him.
After doing the Exquisite Beast for a year, I’ve been meaning to push myself more with real media, maybe emulate something similar to the whimsical lineless stuff maruti-bitamin and tir-ri do, or the mixed media paintings Sam Bosma seems to be able to churn out in his sleep.
Anyway, I seem to be on a Beast Husband kick. I think it started about a decade or two ago and expect it to putter out around the time I die.
The beast has streamlined and elongated to adapt to a primarily aquatic environment. Its body has flattened and a membrane stretches from its front legs to its back to give it a undulating, eel-like movement.
I’ve been looking at a lot of photos of leopard seals today. On a side-note, it brings me a visceral glee whenever someone is terrified of a new beast.
The beast has adapted to wade in the water and hunt small crustaceans and fish. Its wings still boast an eye facade and strangely specialized feathers for threat and sexual display, but do not support flight.
The beast’s elaborate mask has shrunken into something smaller and more practical, being replaced by a voluminous mane as its point of sexual selection. Its scaling has shrunken and thinned out into a feather-like fur.
Aww yeah, we’ve finally evolved into a proper fu-dog.