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  07 July 2014
Question Sand Insect Concepts page, would love some advice!

So I have recently finished this group of concept sketches and final image; presented them together here:

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I had some tips on the layout and think it works very well. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
Would like to know in particular what you think of this style. Also things like adding numbers to the different versions and a human silhouette for scale?

Last edited by SamanthaW : 07 July 2014 at 10:22 AM.
  07 July 2014
What is the logic behind your design?

The two pointy forearms--what are they used for? Insect with pincers are more logical because pincers are actually useful. And what would be the reason to have its neck area exposed like that?
  07 July 2014
Basically the pointed arms are used as weapons to spear prey, they are also used as a way to cut a path through the sand, the points focus pressure and allow sand to be pushed away in a wave pattern from the creature to allow for swifter movement.
The shoulders/neck area is designed as a way for the creature to dig itself down into the sand to hide. The sharp edges of the shoulder areas allows for the creature to shuffle below the sand level, think of how desert snakes shuffle and wobble and flatten their bellies to get below the top layer of sand. Almost like a shovel.
  07 July 2014
For the neck area, I was referring to the orange sponge like area. It looks like soft flesh that's unprotected and not really helpful.

In general, I think having two prominent arms with limited purpose like that on an insect that doesn't have legs and don't use legs when moving around is a bit odd and illogical. It's range of motion appears to be limited (due to the design of the joints) as a weapon, and its shape and orientation also doesn't seem that useful for creating a path (its main motion seems to go from out to in, which isn't as effective for moving dirt out of the way).
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