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SORUS Chal1 - Butterfly Sword by Tawadi SORUS Chal1 - Butterfly Sword by Tawadi
There are two groups of creatures, according to Fenix, that can accurately portray deadly beauty: plants and sea creatures. So, when the order went out to SORUS employees to create a beautiful but deadly aquatic creature, Fenix hopped right on board.
She began by taking three of the, in her opinion, most beautiful carnivorous fishes: the sail fish, thresher shark, and the lionfish. Though still deciding on an official name, shes come to call it the butterfly sword, to emphasize its deadly beauty.

From the sailfish the animal got its deep blue base, lean muscular body, long bannerlike dorsal fin and and sword like bill. It can raise and lower all of its fins and turn on a dime. Though its bill is primarily used for investigating things (such as poking unsuspecting humans to see what they do), they can be used to ram into or batter an enemy in a pinch.

From the shark it received a full set of teeth, extra gill slits, and the long thresher tail. The tail, combined with the sailfishes already impressive muscle structure, gives extra speed to help balance out the drag from the long fins. Also from the shark, it gets a keen sense of smell and sight, and a long strong tail to batter enemies.

From the lion fish it gets its true beauty. It has the trademark long wispy fins and bold orange color or the lion fish. It also gets an extra weapon: every spine in every fin, not just the orange colored ones, packs a poisonous sting. Regular lion fish toxin, although painful, is typically not fatal to humans. However, in these creatures, the sheer size and amount injected makes it fatal. If the size and placement of the spine itself doesnt kill a victim, the hyperconcentrated neurotoxin will if not treated immediately. The fins are not all perfect however, as their size and fan shape cause a lot of drag, slowing the fish down a bit.

Their body length is an impressive 6-8ft long, and the tail and beak add another 3-4 feet on either end, making a typical adult somewhere around 13ft in length. While this is not very big relative to most sea predators, these fish hunt in packs like sailfish, allowing them to overwhelm anything from a school of baitfish to a stranded whale. Given the choice, they will choose a diet of fish over one of mammals or larger predators, but can be trained to hunt and eat just about anything. They are fairly non violent, usually only attacking if threatened or hungry. They are somewhat curious, and will poke at people, boats, and other creatures or vehicles they encounter to figure out whether or not they should eat it. Though their intentions are usually not to kill anyone, people generally dont want to swim with them.
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Lune-du-Marssi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
These are GORGEOUS!
I'm in love with that shark look on their pretty faces and the way you turned the dorsal fin from lionfish to sailfish :heart: lovely gradual shifting

xD And I imagined them poking somebody with their bill's, that's funny and cute!
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sharks are known to "bump" things they arent sure about, I imagine these doing something similar XD Sucks for the guy casually floating around in his innertube!
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Lune-du-Marssi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
xD Hahaha it really does! I can barely imagine it
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Chrizesu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Pretty mix, though those dorsal fins would create a lot of drag while the the rest of the body is made for speed.
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe I mentioned that. The goal was a pretty but deadly sea creature, not a racehorse, so for the sake of argument itll do =P
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Chrizesu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Well if you know anything about physiology you'll need to adjust and blend a bit better or your creature will end up swimming very awkwardly.
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If education people regarding physiology and anatomy is your goal, I dont think Im your mission.
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Chrizesu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Well if you want to make truthfully beautiful predators, it helps to study.
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauty is not always functional, just look at the peacock. Short bursts of speed for hunting and a lot of lounging around and showing off the rest of the time. Ive had a lion fish, they arent helpless. Such fins fold up like a fan. Still a lot of drag but not nearly enough to put it out of business.

Thank you for your comments, but I suggest saving your lectures for people who dont think at all before they splice. It was fun talking but I have nothing more to say. So good night, and keep drawing (you have some nice stuff). :)
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Chrizesu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
If it felt like I was lecturing I'm sorry. I do deal with a lot of naive artists.

You should meet *Dragoness77 , I think you would like her work. ^_^ She also every once and a while does free advice over livestream. Maybe I'll even see you in one of her streams.
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, you want to talk about anatomy/physiology? Your original argument was against the dorsal fin, which real sailfish have (and they are damn fast). I think you meant the pectoral fins.

So there =P
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually have at least have some idea what Im doing, and I never made any claim that this was the fastest thing in the sea :P Im not one of those "and it can hear things ten miles away, jump over buildings, hold its breath for an hour and poops rainbows to fly" creators *shudder*

Doubtful, I tend to get bored in livestreams ^^; But Ill be sure to check her out, thanks! :D Sorry if I snapped, I was pretty tired when I wrote that ><
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ipodsmakemyheadhurt Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
will comment tommmorrooow!! x
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thought you cant comment on contest entries :P
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ipodsmakemyheadhurt Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is for the sorus interaction one though, right? not for a contest?
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whichever thing requires us to design a pretty but deadly aquatic creature, I assumed it was some sort of contest :S
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wild-as-the-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool!!!!!!!!!!
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx
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wild-as-the-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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VolbeatFiro Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh, great fusion of the lionfish, the shark, and the sailfish. the colors compliment each other quite nicely. GREAT!!!
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought so too XD I just wish I had blended the blue and orange together a little nicer, but thats hard to do :P
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VolbeatFiro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
true, blending can be quite the pain to do X3
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Especially when the colors are on opposite ends of the color spectrum XD
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VolbeatFiro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
XD
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Erzdaemon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its so beautyful D:
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Why unhappy face? D:
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:iconerzdaemon:
Erzdaemon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
because I haven't got so much creativity :C
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Never hurts to try! :P
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Erzdaemon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lawl, I try it every day |D
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well try moar D:
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Erzdaemon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay |:C
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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alienatedallie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
i love this and i love how she came to creating it :) the colors are amazing and it really is beautiful ^_^ Im finishing up a chapter that im writing b4 i start mine, my idea wont leave!! Not to mention i have an idea for another aquatic creature!! :D XD
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:icontawadi:
Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No stealing my idea now! :P
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:iconalienatedallie:
alienatedallie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
no no no , dont worry i have an idea all my own xD LOL hehe starting nowz!!
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good! I wanna see what Im up against XD
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alienatedallie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
ok ill have it up tonight!! btw, i have a lovely test subject nowz XD :iconvinio2323: offered to be one LOL this should be fun, so i got u as my worker buddy who keeps my alien secret n i promice i wont piss u off xD n i have a pet :P LOL!
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And you prefer working with humans, not creatures, so were cool xD
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alienatedallie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Filmographer
exactly :D xD
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Kaia-Ulv Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so pretty!
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Tawadi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Kaia-Ulv Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np =p
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