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Xolotlan ref by Exileden Xolotlan ref by Exileden
Xolotlan's reference.
Still in the process of development. Also thanks a lot to legendary artist Terryl Whitlatch for the guidance :]
The harp is organic and biologically connected to creature. These threads are elastic and soft (and thick thread on the furtest end) which allows motion and are adjustable with the size- they are just part of body but it still gives some limited motion- but enough of motion to raise head down, up, turn right left, function for it's needs and fight.
I've been also playing with thought of removing all threads which gives fully biological possibilties to move and fuction with head (originally Xol is a divine and sacred creature which doesn't need to function in real life) and with divine powers Xol summons threads to use it for his goals. Like appearing and disappearing.

Next my task with Xol is to create motion headshots to mark his movements with harp and scenes to mark his personality. That's the third step of development.

1 step is a rough concept where I transfered my first imagination of Xolotlan which has born in my mind on paper to bring it's primary shape (I did several rough sketch attempts and I picked this one:


This one is the second, where I define it's anatomy and functions.

The third is more details and defining personality while sketching scenes. It's important when we define it's personality because personality MAY affect change on creature's design.

PS: Ignore upper corner doodle of Xol in cartoony style :D

Xolotlan to me.
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LrsMichaelis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
You could work for James Cameron. Avatar2 you know? :) Thumbs up!
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XElitaX Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
love it but it looks like a harp X3
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Roflhoundx Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really love this guy! Want one of these lol.
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TheLymantAnnex Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this picture has to be one of the most original ideas I've seen in a while. The concept of organic instruments is far from a new idea, but using a horse/harp design really made this one stand out and gave it its own unique quality. Great job!
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Ratonhnhaketon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
HOLY CRAP. XOLOTL IS MY BAND NAME.
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CAT-J55885522 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very good
sounds peaceful
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Kimahri-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, the rider can play a harp? XD
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SeraphineKH Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
May I ask, where can u get good reference for muscle structures of diff animals? :)
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Cold-Creature Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god! This is the most gorgeous design-! As a musician- I'm particularly in love with it~ <3 But I'm sure a fantasy writer would kill for this creature!!
Anyway, I love the fact that you're discussing the steps you've taken to design him- and how he's developing!
And I love that toony doodle in the corner-! <33 Just too cute~ XDD
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant concept!!!
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