Weird animal features – Part 4

Art is nothing without inspiration, and where better to get inspiration from than from mother nature? So here we are again, with the 4th part of weird animal features! Even if you don’t draw creature designs, there are enough opportunities to use features like those below in your character designs or maybe even other designs! Think of special armor when it comes to the tunnel blocking feature. Or weapons, building designs, you name it!
We are part of nature and we need nature in every way, shape, and form to improve ourselves and our craft.

Weird features of the plant kingdom – Part 1

If you thought the animal kingdom was strange, try the kingdom of the plant. Especially terrestrial species had much more time to evolve into what they are now than any fully terrestrial animal species ever had. When mosses like the liverwort started to take over the land, it took quite some time before aquatic animals started to take on a terrestrial life permanently.

It is believed that liverwort, the first species that could live on land, did so 476 million years ago. The first independent terrestrial animal is thought to have moved on land 450 million years ago, Now, 27 million years look like nothing over a period of nearly 500 million years, but humans, or more specifically: primitive Homo sapiens first appeared 300.000 years ago. So terrestrial plant life has an advantage of more than 475 million years over people and 27 million over terrestrial animals. That is 90x the time it took for humans to evolve from primitive homo sapiens to what we are today. Take the modern homo sapiens and we’re talking about 200.000 years back in time.

We as a species are just a blip, animals though, or plants… That’s a whole different story.