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Relk - Basic Anatomy by beastofoblivion Relk - Basic Anatomy by beastofoblivion
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Before I begin, a little history. The Relk got their start in 2003, when I decided to try and put as much effort into creating another creature as I did the Locks. By 2005 I had finalized the design, and over the next few years made a good deal of progress on making them a solid, meaningful creature in my headworld.

The above reference sheet was made February 2008. I was working on it around the time I had my heart surgery. There are several inconsistencies, which I hope to eliminate as I pick the Relk apart into tiny pieces.


Basic Relk Anatomy Sheet
This is a brief overview. Details will come on separate sheets, if/when they are finished and uploaded.

Skeleton
Relk have pretty hefty skeletons. They are big-bodied and barrel chested. Weak points are in the shoulders and hips - as a Relk reaches full maturity, the combination of muscular atrophy and increased bulk makes them susceptible to dislocations, particularly in the shoulders.



Basic Musculature
Relks are heavily muscled, and are extremely powerful. They are not the fastest things in water or on land. Young Relk have a fairly low, even distribution of fat, which allows them to move about more easily on land. They also do not need the extra insulation until they begin to spend more time in the deep ocean. Mature Relk develop large deposits of fat, particularly around the torso and neck, to help keep their innards warm in the cold ocean.



Fin & Membrane Attachments
Note - inconsistencies in fin attachments - head and hip attachments were not completed.

Relk sport 3 bundles of fins, which allow them the ability of complex communication underwater with other nearby Relk without having to make sounds. As Relk are NOT the top of the food chain on their homeworld this comes as a plus. They can also detect nearby electrical currents and changes in the water with them.

Membranes are primarily for protection both against their own species and primarily against their main predators the Avatta and the Kiliokeo. The membranes are tough, thick, and stretchy, and will regrow if damaged up until a Relk reaches full maturity. They primarily prevent predators and rivals from hamstringing or otherwise disabling a Relk during a first attack, allowing the creature a chance at escape.


Skin Color & Patterning
The skin color and pattern shown is that of the Basic Oceanic Relk, which make up most of the Relk tribes on their homeworld. Several other Relk races exist, which I will elaborate on later.

Color and marking variations for the Basic Oceanic Relk do exist, to a certain degree. They can be broken down into Basic, Bleeder, Monarch Bleeder, Breeder, and Albino. More information will be available on these at a later date.

Size
Non-mature adults stand at an eye height of about 6-7ft for females, and 8-9ft for males. There will be more on size comparison later, as a Relk goes through several stages of growth and can end up pretty big.



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Thanks for looking guys. I apologize for the strange watermarking, I will work on something a little more slick after deadlines are met.
Artwork, Relk, Writing (c) Allison Theus 2009
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:iconpocketstash:
Pocketstash Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are these an open or closed species
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:iconbeastofoblivion:
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Artist
Open.
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Zephyriguana Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Awesome stuff
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SilverFangra Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
the Relk is the perfect size for a mount!
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wombattikus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
You know you've played one too many D&D campaigns when the first thing you look for is a weak spot... Very cool!
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monstermyth23 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Nice work, my friend!
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PineRain Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
gosh, i wish i could get my charaster sheets out that well.
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Jesagon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
This is interesting, and there are naturally other solutions...
It's too bad evolution doesn't really work by just thinking it though. (on the other hand, in this case it sort of does.)
Soo, I'll just get to the point.

What if these Relk was able to store and build up brown fat? -that is to say, fat that is meant to create heat as it is consumed by the body, and not so much else. (as far as I know.) Then, if they could replace it when they eat... they wouldn't need an excessive amount of body-fat. If this could have been combined by the technique that some birds here on earth use with their feet, they let warm blood and cold blood exchange the difference in temperature to save energy from not having feathers on their feet... well. It would make an interesting sub species of these Relk. Or so I would like to think.

On the other hand, these are already fascinating creatures, or beings which ever you prefer, and I don't really feel like there is a need to change anything. I love it!
//Jesa
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Exodrake Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nice, the only thing that bugs me is that the females are that much smaller than the males. Come on now :|
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Artist
Look at the size differences between the sexes in elephant seals, it's not that big of a leap.
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Exodrake Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
True...
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Dragoniade Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Very nice. I like anatomy sheet like those when making a specie :)
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katarthis Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Heart and soul!

I always love your anatomical creature references.

k
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Toxic-Animal07 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
Im a sucker for skeleton and muscle detail
:)
Might i suggest you make the image a bit bigger?
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DSil Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Massively cool. This is a great study!
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X-Ray0128 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Wow, this is pretty detailed, and the rest is yet to come. Very informative and interesting, and some good ideas aswell!
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:iconbeastofoblivion:
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Artist
Thank you!
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X-Ray0128 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
You're Welcome
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SolRflare Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
I love anatomical drawings! Nice work!
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evil-santa Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Damn I love it when you do one of these! I would comment further, but I am too occupied with skeletons and muscular structure now.. :D
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is really wonderful work, the overall design in beautiful, and the amount of thoughtful speculation you've put into it just ices the cake.
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StormyHotWolf88 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Filmographer
great job X3
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McFlabwobble Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Locks, and I love Relks.

This question is probably stupid but, do you write books for your creatures? And can they be bought or found at a particular place?

I've always been curious and I think I tried to look a while back but I don't remember if I found anything or not. I got the memory of a doughnut, so...yeah.

-big freakin' smily face-
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Tralamander Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic creature design!!
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Kaboomantor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
You did an amazing job on this. :D
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Meredies Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh i remember how fun it was to draw one of these ~ ill def have to do you a pic again soon. I love the muscle break down and of coarse, the over all anatomy as usual.

I miss talking to ya ill have to catch you on aim again sometime :) Unless you have texting - im such a text whore.
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Artist
Ahaha, awesome! I still need to do Weaver pics for you. I miss catching you online as well, I haven't been online in a good long while.

Hahaha I totally have texting. If you want I can shoot you my #, it changed back in July.
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Meredies Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh why didn't that message send, i hope it doesnt resend haha.

Im the same way lately, i just rarely use the computer for internet like i sued to.

But yes, please do! im such a text whore haha ~
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:omg:

Ah, these are beautiful and remind me that I should really do something along these lines for my pallanophs. :noes:

As always, extremely envious of your designing/anatomical knowledge and skills! :D

(I still would like to draw one of these lovelies for you...)
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Artist
Aw, thank you! I'm glad you like these guys, and I'd love to see you do something similar for the Pallanophs! Lol, I keep wanting to call them Nophs for short.

I'd love it if you drew one! You'd just have to let me know, so I could return the favor. :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah yes, it would definitely be worth the effort for me to start pinning the details down on the pallanophs. (And do you know what, I think Noph is an awesome shorthand name. You should totally use it. :D) These Relk are totally inspiring me. I need to work more on specific muscular anatomy!

I totally will! :dance:
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amoryllis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
How about internal anatomy? Considered showing off what would make them tick? :P
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Artist
Yeah, I've thought about it. Haven't gotten that far yet, though.
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amoryllis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
mm..make sure you put it up when you do :)
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nelfalot Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Wow... I love how much thought you've put into these things! The design is so detailed, and it's actally kinda like looking at a reference picture out of an encyclopedia:)
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o0Andraste0o Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
omg I love you.

Sheets like this and Relks in general just make me happy
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Psydrache Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Relk have a very beautiful design :3 I like the colors and the "goat"-eyes. But it's a pitty that the females are suposed to be smaller than the males, and I say that without beeing a feminist ;)
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Artist
As a non-mature adult there's a significant size difference (males just grow faster). Most males and females when fully mature and water bound usually end up around the same size. The larger-than-normal size ones, usually tribe leaders, while often male can be either sex.
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Psydrache Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, okey :)
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ghost-eye Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Thanks for the ref, I always like learning a bit more about people's creatures
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Koyukionna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Nice, very detailed.
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frazamm Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Very detailed reference and instant favourite! I appreciate the full treatment from skeleton through muscle. It must have taken a lot of thought and work.
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Lomeloke Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing and downright inspiring! thank you! you gave me new ideas :)
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redbeardcreator Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have always loved your character designs (at least since I first saw them ;)). This explains in part why they are so awesome. So much detail. Can't wait to see the breakouts!

BTW, great to see you posting here again. I've missed your work...waiting until Christmas to unwrap your book :D (My wife won't let me open it until then.)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i remember this from old times in your eljay and still have these on my faaavs <3 bebe, they're so lovely as usual and were a very great read! thanks so much for posting. are you allowing people to create characters?
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Artist
Thank you much! That's so funny you still have them. And yep, peoples are welcome to create their own characters. :)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome <3 I'll definitely have to draw fanart of them some time or something. >XD
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Maxrunn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
they are awsome. and a real challenge to draw!
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Silerenth Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I don't know if anyone else mentioned this, but did you notice on the 'fin and membrane attachment' section that there is a space between the top of the deltoid and the bottom of the shoulder that is just blank?

Doesn't really matter, because its great and very informative, in any case, but just a nitpick, lol.

I keep on meaning to do something like this for my own critters and can never quite get around to it; for the similarity between the different examples do you use a standardized 'outline' and then just change it depending on what you what to be highlightning at that point in time?

Or are they all individual drawings that just look identical?
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Artist
Ooo, I didn't notice. If it's yellowish-white though, that would be a layer of fat that the membrane connections float over. Either way, I'll make sure to get everything when I break it up.

I used the same pose for everything, pretty much. One of the reasons I put off uploading it was because I wanted to make an interactive reference with different poses for each section. Seeing as I haven't gotten to it after all this time, though... well, better late then never.
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