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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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samurai-jirafu Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice creature design!
LrsMichaelis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
You could work for James Cameron. Avatar2 you know? :) Thumbs up!
XElitaX Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
love it but it looks like a harp X3
LordOfThePugss Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really love this guy! Want one of these lol.
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!
Ratonhnhaketon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
CAT-J55885522 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very good
sounds peaceful
Kimahri-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, the rider can play a harp? XD
SeraphineKH Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
May I ask, where can u get good reference for muscle structures of diff animals? :)
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
marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant concept!!!
saky1996 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Photographer
wow an awesome imagination you got there....!!!! :D
AngelicRedConquerer Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Is that... harp??? D8 -reads- OH YES, IT IS!!!

Is that playable? I mean, it's part of his body and soft and elastic and... yeah, is it playable?
TheCloverParadox Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Whoa. Very cool.
Nidae213 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I actually can't ignore the cartoony Xol. It's cute. Thanks for sharing that. :)
LadyEmberGuardian Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you are just so creative! I Love the creatures and scenes you design!
laraapatel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the little arrow in your mini sketch :)
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He's very ornate looking, gives him a good mystical feel
Maybe-Im-Dreaming Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I feel like there should be music notes floating from his neck...
FalconClarinet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just the coolest thing ever :heart:
Kumotogi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the anatomy! :love: and the cartoon made me laugh
Ulquiorra-Grimmjow Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool!
NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love how original this creature looks! Such a wonderful design!
xxxHaru Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012   General Artist
Wanna do a rifle
FalconofFire Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's amazing! Great concept :)
kimarytheru Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
<3 oooo love iit!!!
TheGreenGurl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Very Avatar-like. I love it! :D
TMT89 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
artist' imagination never failed to impress me. A lot of thoughts and detail put in this sketch
Belnt01 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Really cool and creative design.
JennOkami Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The cartoony style is great though, specially with the arrow just kinda springing off of it! You are welcome to completely ignore me now. I feel as though the Xolotlan should have like deer hooves or something. That's probably based on the way the critter looks, and how my experiences with harps have had hooves for feet. Anyway, the whole concept looks great!
Darkwolfgirl20 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool!! I never could've drawn something like this <3
danbrown1990 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Sensei-Tenshi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Haha the arrow...first thing I though "Cant touch this" XD Amazing creature :]
SoloSyndrome Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am so in love with this creature and this drawing *___*
alienation Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent creature! I love the threads, it's very creative. Don't remove them!
SrtaQuesadilla Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool, reminds me of a specific creature from final fantasy 8. don't remember if his was a harp, but same shape. very cool none the less.
LegacyofanArtist Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Such a bizarre creature, Love the imagination though. I personally never give any thought to whether or not my creatures parts could work if they really existed.^^; IDK, i just love fantasy creatures and art.
Ashealath Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This creatures is absolutly gorgeous. :D
turquoise-skies Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
i love this species so much! What an awesome idea :).
RyukaK Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Id want that as a pet/friend OwO
firefox147 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
thats so amazing!!! how do you pronounce the name???
FARRAH99 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Zolotlan ref i guess?
firefox147 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
WolfPredatorWarrior Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
xblackbird Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is an awesome creature! i love the idea. great job :)
ashesonfire Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really Cool!
gingerjoker Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Woooow. I can imagine it racing rhythmically against the wind, to the sound of the music from its resonating threads. Woooow again :D
MakeTheWorldYours Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow. such creativity :)
Avield Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
For the harp to work, the strings would have to be a muscle or tissue that could be stretched at extreme lengths and regrown if torn off. The frame could easily be a horn, but that would mean that any child born would only gain strings as it matured (no horn at birth). The rest of the body looks good, but I would personally remove the back frame since it would physically impossible on any animal. The ability to move ones head is essential function for any animal, unless they have evolved to such a way that they can gain nutrients via other means.... such as jellyfish.
Exileden Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you for interesting comment, I shall make another development sheets of Xol how it moves the head and construction of it and other alternatives how it could work- I'd be curious what you'd think would be the best. :)
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