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Relk Color Variations by beastofoblivion Relk Color Variations by beastofoblivion
These pieces are old, done during the time when I was working on the Relk Reference Sheet. Seeing as I'm opening up :icontheusbeasts: to members, I figured I'd put this together to kick it off and hopefully get people fired up about it.

Quick overview:

Color and Marking Variations in the Northern Oceanic Relk

1. Normal Markings: Females are more greenish, males are usually more blueish. A Relk's markings help it communicate where it is, what it'd doing and the direction it's heading underwater. The white spots are reflective and can use its body motion to 'flash' patterned signals at other Relk.

2. Bleeder Markings: Bleeders are produced when there is a marking mutation. Markings may 'bleed' down the body, obscuring or confusing the original markings. Cases can vary from slight bleeding (which means they can still communicate) to heavy bleeding, which prevents communication. 1/4 to 1/3 of the Relk population has some form of this mutation.

3. Monarch Bleeder Markings: A further mutation of the Bleeder gene, Monarch Bleeders are much rarer. Their markings have been obliterated by the bleeding and the addition of a third color usually makes them impossible to read. They are usually ousted from tribes and travel the oceans as outcasts.

4. Breeder Color Variation: Most Relk tribes have one. Breeder Relk, despite their namesake, are sterile. Their color ranges from deep purple-blues and red-purples to black. They retain their white spot markings and so have no trouble communicating.

5. White/Albino Color Variation: The rarest color variation is a white/albino. 'White' technically designates anything from a light orange-yellow to dirty off-white, and usually retains most of a Relk's natural markings in a darker related color (in this case, orangeish). Albinos are pure white and posses no markings. Both are so rare that they are usually lumped into the same category, and neither typically are found to be members of tribes.



Enjoy!

Edit: Oh, side note. I mentioned on :icontheusbeasts: that you're welcome to make your own Relk. I realize I've posted nothing about their societal workings or tribal behaviors, but I just wanted to make it clear they're not a closed species by any means.
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:icondeadlyblackalien:
DeadlyBlackAlien Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Wow,
nice markings and colors! The normal markings remind me of the ocean more than the others though.
But the bleeder color variation is awesome looking. Sweet.
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ForgottnMilitia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally me altho the Bleeder ones are pretty it's quite sad to think about it.. It'd be like being born without a tounge..
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Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how you have included an albino :3
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:iconvablo:
Vablo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Wow, looks great! Especially the Bleeder one, awesome... :)
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:iconbeastofoblivion:
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you! I love the Bleeders, their markings are so much fun to play with. XD
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I envy your thought processes and the end result. SERIOUSLY. :iconimseriousplz: Loving these!
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:iconjkatkina:
jkatkina Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Man, that Monarch Bleeder business would be AWESOME camouflage in a kelp bed. I mean, it'd be a small consolation to them, but...
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KingGiantess Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo, the Breeder colouration is beautiful. Can the bleeder pattern mutation be in the Breeder and Albino colours as well or is it strictly for the normal colours?
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:iconbeastofoblivion:
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Artist
That's a good question. I don't know, but theoretically, yes.
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:iconkinggiantess:
KingGiantess Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet. OwO Just had biology on the brain and it crossed my mind. :XD:
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kratosfangirl32 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
These are gorgeous! I may have to make one :heart:
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:iconmydlas:
mydlas Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
monarch bleeder albinos sould be cool :)
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:iconpsydrache:
Psydrache Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too bad it doesn't exist a rubber toy of it which I could take with me in the hot tub x3
I really love the design and it's very intersting to see so many color versions.
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
The Monarch Bleeder variant is awesome!
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Koshain Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow
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nyface Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
All your beasties are so amazing!
I love how you really develop them, instead of just making up a design and leaving it at that. You really delve down into everything, it's awesome! C:
I love the bleeder and white colour variations. I think a "white bleeder" would look epic, if that's possible? I'd be interested in making one if it is!
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:iconbeastofoblivion:
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Artist
Glad you enjoy them! And yeah, I suppose a white bleeder is possible, if it bleeds enough. XD Go for it!
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Maxrunn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
the monarch bleeder is my fav
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:icondead-blood:
Dead-Blood Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Loving the bleeder markings! Super cool :) ~
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xChemi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
:o oh my do want! I'll be making one@.@ soo beautiful
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AstralWolvine Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The Bleeder looks better than the normal and the monarch looks better than the Bleeder. its very interesting story though
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WolvenMoonMist Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Beautiful!
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GaianBells Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Are Bleeders and Albinos "mute"?

Awesome sheet---it's so interesting and it actually strikes up a lot of questions. :dance:
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nuckleheaded Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
you work really hard on this i bet! it looks great!
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Wooow the bleeder markings are so pretty!
I especially love the monarch C:
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Senaru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
wooow, those are seriously cool, I love what you've done with the mutations there, the breeder one is particularly neat, but man I'd have to say albino is my favorite (as if I wasn't always a complete lover of albinos XD)
Are there any restrictions to what kind we can make? I'd love to try and make an albino if that's possible, they're jsut so neat looking XD
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:iconbeastofoblivion:
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Artist
Hahaha yay, glad you like! There aren't any restrictions as I'm not counting what people do as canon, so you can make whatever you'd like.
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Senaru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
aw cool, thats great x3 I shall have to draw it up soonishly~
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Nhyra Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Ohhh man, I love the Monarch Bleeder and the Breeder coloration. Along with the Albino, but I've been a sucker for white things since forever.
I rally want to see some animation or cycle of these critters swimming, they look like they'd just rip through the water like sharks on steroids.
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NEGOXE357 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
I think #3 is best with different colors combination and stripes, #2 is sweet, too. ;)
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SmolderBone Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Monarch bleederrrr gogogo.
These are really well thought through, great job. :D
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:iconvilest:
Vilest Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Whoa man, stand the fuck back. Are you telling me there's more than one kind of these things?
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:iconbeastofoblivion:
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Artist
Ahahaha, indeed! There are actually a few different Relk races inhabiting different parts of the Relk world, each with it's own mutation issues. This sheet is just for the race that dominates most of the northern hemisphere of the globe.
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:iconvilest:
Vilest Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
And to think my more constructive replies never get a response from you. ;D
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
omg these are awesome. It's cool to see that variation : D
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Lomeloke Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful! i love the monarch the best
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Shinedriger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
That albino one is my favorite <3 The breede is a close second but they're all beautiful really. The detail you put into everything...This makes me anxiously await the whole finished product!
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MuddyTiger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very nice! I love the colors you chose!:D
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shaloneSK Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Oo I love #3 and 4 ;D
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:iconzyden:
Zyden Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I do like the breeder colouration, and the background info is very interesting.
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:iconlacrimiya:
Lacrimiya Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Oooh! I adore the albino one's face! And the monarch bleeder one is just super pretty! ^3^
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ArrinKirr Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, I love the Monarch and the Albino. Much love to color variations!

8O why are the Breeders called that if they can't breed?
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vtforpedro Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol i was just looking at the size chart before i closed it and went to dA to this in my inbox! i love love love seeing this, i had no idea they had other variations besides the first two in colors! i love the breeder color variation, the dark hue is so different than i'm used to seeing, it's really appealing along with the others C:

you really do create epic beasties!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
neat! ;D

nice to see some beastly art from you again. :)
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Jace-Z Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Bleeder Markings :heart:
The Monarch Bleeder looks a little drowned out with all the stripes. I guess that's what mutation will do to you.
My second favorite is the Albino one :la:
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:iconbeastofoblivion:
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Artist
Yep, that's they Monarch Bleeders are ousted. Their markings pretty much butcher them - with such confused patterning they can be pretty tough to look at. Glad you like!
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Nitroximos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Monarch Bleeder reminds me of a lionfish. I love lionfish. (When they don't stab me with their poisonous barbs.)
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Jace-Z Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Also easy for predators to spot.
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