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Elasmoray by thomastapir Elasmoray by thomastapir
Despite her long neck, this gal is neither a Dinomammal nor a dino-anything-else; in fact, she is a manta-analogue relation of the Elasmomorph ([link]). Like her cousin, she could represent a potential future or an alternate past, but is probably the result of a panspermic seeding and recombinant gene-mixing project. Like many fictional marine creatures, this one also strikes me as cryptid-like…I could see a lone fishermen startled by this mysterious phantom drifting just below the surface and disappearing into the dark, never again to be seen by human eyes.

Not much to say about the concept behind this one, it was just an image that came to me when I was looking at the branched head of my dental floss holder juxtaposed with a little toy manta ray on my computer desk. I was struck by the idea of a ray body with a manta-like head at the end of a long neck. It took me a while to make the connection that the body design is essentially a seagoing Groveback! And as *DSil could tell you, it has canard wings. :lol:

I’m still struggling with watery effects in my backgrounds; they always end up looking like sky. : / I used another of my own beach trip photos and "tarted it up" in Photoshop, as some of my UK friends would say. I tried adding some extraneous detail to the creature’s ventral surface for the sake of visual interest, because let’s face it, the underside of a manta ray isn’t the most captivating thing in the world.

I’ve had a lot of ideas for marine and aquatic creatures lately, many of them with overlapping morphological similarities despite their lack of any relation to one another. I’ll have to see how many of them pan out. And oh, the name on this creature is terrible! I just wanted something parallel with "Elasmomorph" to close the association between the two. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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sidetrack1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Some ppl draw strange creatures with tentacles but I think in some of yur pictures you've found a cool way of making a thing out of drawing creatures with fins! :)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Hah, thanks! I'm glad you like them. Thanks also for all the faves, btw! :)
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
FWA.... I love it. 8D It looks weird and cool at the same time....
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thomastapir Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Hah, thanks! I'm glad you like it. Thanks also for the fave!
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hybridtheSharkasaus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Artist
koolest ray EVAR!!!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Haha, thanks! I'm glad you like it. :)
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schlageter00 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
I like how u made abizzar concept out of a recognizable creature.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!
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schlageter00 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
np
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pauloomarcio Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Very COOOLL ;)
I really like the drawing, great idea .. fantastic! :D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Thanks very much, I'm happy you like it!
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pauloomarcio Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
I'll add you as a friend to keep in touch.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
It's beautiful!! I like especially the neck and the head.. ;)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :)
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fractalxavier91 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
A name.... How about Brachiomanta? Not much better than Elasmoray, but it speaks to her neck the same Brachiosaurus' name speaks to his.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
I kind of like the "elasmo-" prefix because it implies both the elasmobranches (sharks and rays) as well as the long-necked elasmosaurs. "Brachio-" actually means "arm," which wouldn't quite fit for this guy, but I have a couple of different Tetrays in the works for which it might be very appropriate! :)
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fractalxavier91 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Yes, I realized that "Brachio-" meant "arm". I suggested it to evoke the same image as a Brachiosaur, with the extended neck.

"Elasmo-" works just as well though. It's your Rajimorph, after all.
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taketheSky Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
I think this is my favorite of your gallery. :) Such a pretty ray!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Well thank you so much, I'm glad you like it! I kind of cringe when I look back over these rays, as most of them are so simplistic in design. But people seemed to like this one and the Atlas Ray particularly, for some reason.

Thank you also for the fave, it's very much appreciated! :)
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capitanmontressor Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
you know the interesting bit about this? when I saw the thumbnail I though it was a design for an organic aircraft or something along those lines...
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
Others have commented in the past that my creatures have an oddly "engineered" design to them, as if they are either organic machines or artificial life forms. I tend to see organisms as machines and am also interested in mechanical engineering, so I think some of that seeps through into my creature designs. Some of it probably comes from my influences as well--Barlowe tends to take an engineering approach to his animals, and Shirow's machines are often fairly organic-looking, so....

Thanks for the feedback and fave! :wave:
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capitanmontressor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
ehehehe, well, I just thought to myself... if you launch that thing in the air hard enough it just might generate a bit of lift :lmao:
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evanesces Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
you've got some great talent and imagination here.... these aquatic creatures you draw are so incredible
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Thanks very much, I'm glad you enjoy them!
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Marshall-Turner Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
Very interesting creature you've got there. She looks beautiful.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
Thank you, I'm glad you like her! : )
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
nice man!
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Wow. Definitely one of the more beautiful creatures of the sea - the long neck on a manta works, in a strange sorta way...

Isn't the neck a glaring weak spot for predators to go for, though?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Hm, good point! I wonder, would it really make that much of a difference? I think of large, slow-moving creatures like mantas as being protected by their mass and little else anyway. But yeah, I can see the long neck being a vulnerability.
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
But, as you said, mantas themselves don't really have any predators. Unless there's a giant pliosaur (or whatever) sharing the water with this elasmoray, it needn't worry.
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DSil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Student General Artist
Ahaha, oh you! ;) Awesome work, I love the socalled "extraneous details". Very cool fins in the back there.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
It's a good thing the Nazis didn't apply their crazy Luft '46 designs to submarine warfare! :lol: Hmm, wait a second, that actually gives me a few ideas...
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DSil Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Student General Artist
Uh oh, lets hope there aren't any Nazis listening. :paranoid:
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous again! I just love your beasties.

And who doesn't need a bit of tart?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Thank you! And everybody does--need a bit of tart, that is. At least that's what they keep trying to tell me, down at the docks.
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:above:
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
They're best with custard, I heard... :innocent:
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
it looks like it can feed just about anywhere - it can lower its head and sift the finer sediments of the shallows, or it can corral krill in a slow-motion version of what whales do.

excellent creation!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
I could totally see that! I wouldn't have initially pictured it as a bottom-feeder, but in researching manta rays while working on this I learned that they did possibly evolve from such ancestors.

Thanks for the great feedback! :wave:
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I like her! What's her length and wingspan? How do they reporduce? Still filter-feeders?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
Thanks! I was thinking of the main body as being about the same size as a conventional manta ray (7.5+ m/~25 ft. across), so the neck would just add another couple meters in overall length. The tail is a little longer and more robust as well, to reinforce the "plesiosaur" implication. Other than that, I pictured physiology and lifestyle being analogous to a real-world manta ray. Rodlox (below) has an interesting take on feeding possibilities, though!
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, that is interesting!

And now the question: Do you think she'd be able to support weight while in the water? :3
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
Are you calling her fat?? She's just BIG-BONED, alright!! :tears: No, I'm sure she could support your weight, divers hitch rides on real manta rays all the time...It's not really good for their skin, though--it damages the protective mucous covering that prevents them from getting infections. But just for you, I will say this is an uber-manta with super-thick skin! :thumbsup:
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Whooo! :D And poor Mantas! Would it help if I like rub my hand with say vassaline before grabbing ahold?

And giant manta rays must actually weigh a lot, huh?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Whoa, Vaseline?? Getting a little frisky with my Elasmoray, aren't you? :omg: Hey, that's cool--whatever kind of manta-loving lifestyle you want to lead. My page is all about creating a safe and nurturing place of acceptance for men, women, and of course large alternative marine organisms. :petting:

And they DO weigh a lot--up to 5000 lbs!
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
0.o Dude.... ew. That didn't even occur to me! I was just thinking aobut getting a ride without damaging their skin! D:
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
Some of the weirder palaeosharks could have plausibly given rise to something like this. Groovy!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
O elasmobranchidae, ye had such promise! Well, the world's not over yet. Maybe after humanity buys it, the sharks will inherit the Earth.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Well, sharks are already incredibly diverse and numerous... just not as weird...
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
And it's the weirdness that counts! :lol:
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voodocat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
cooooooooooool
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