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Out of the Silent Planet: The Hrossa by Deimos-Remus Out of the Silent Planet: The Hrossa by Deimos-Remus
Again, wanted to give these guys a slightly more otherwordly look than in my previous attempt from a couple of years ago. 

For those that don't know the book's significance, C.S Lewis was a great friend of Lord of the Rings creator, J.R.R Tolkien. Sometime in the 1930s they challenged each other. Tolkien challenged Lewis to write a Sci-Fi story, which ended up becoming a trilogy, collectively known as the Space Trilogy. The trilogy consisted of Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Lewis in turn, challenged Tolkien to write a fantasy novel... The Hobbit. 
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joethoughts Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
I like your rendition. The face is great. I'm attempting my own, which is sort of an aubergine shape, more of a droopy and fat body with otter-like face and beaver-like hands. The idea to draw it unfortunately comes after I've read the book (i.e. not during) so I may have missed some nice details of what to include. Do you know of a summary of all the text which refers to hrossa's appearances?
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Lewis really crafted some memorable aliens! 

Lemme see here:

"Suddenly the water heaved and a round, shining, black thing like a cannon-ball came into sight. The he saw eyes and a mouth, a puffing mouth bearded with bubbles...it rose streaming on its hind-legs, six or seven feet high and too thin for its height., like everything on Malacandra. Had a coat of thick black hair, lucid as seal skin, very short legs with webbed feet, a broad beaver or fish-like tail, strong forelimbs with webbed claws or fingers, and some complication halfway up its belly Ransom took to be its genitals. Something like a penguin, something like an otter, something like a seal; the slenderness and flexibility of the body suggested a giant stoat. 

The great round head, heavily whiskered, was mainly responsible for the suggestion of seal; but it was higher in the forehead than a seal's and the mouth was smaller."

Ransom mistakes a sling-like liquid-containing pouch to be its genitals, but it's actually wearing some kind of canteen or flask. 

I think this is the most complete description found in the book. Hope this helps!
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joethoughts Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
nja, thanks for this. I must have read quickly in my excitement because I took the Hross as a somewhat chubby creature, but clearly that wouldn't fit with the Malacandran gravity and the above quote. I guess it made the Hrossa friendlier in my mind, still these massive creatures but a little more rounded than the Sorns for example. Again, I really like your rendition.
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
There could always be slight variations and whatnot between individuals, so I don't think a more chubby one is out of the question or anything! I think as long as they have a kind of unnaturally tall kind of look to them (along with the odd proportions that'd come with that) then you can always come up with a bunch of different approaches to it! 

Thanks again, much appreciated!
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sin-and-love Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2014
Actually, Lewis challenged Tolkien to write a time travel piece. It was never finished, but his intention was to tie middle earth to modern day.

Also, you made the Hross look more like an anorexic manatee than an otter.
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Don't remember ever hearing that. The two were published within a year of each other, was Middle Earth already well-established at that point? 

As far as the Hross goes, that's what interpretation is for. The book says 'otter like' or 'stoat like' if I made them look exactly like otters and stoats, it'd have been boring to conceptualize. Wanted to give it a more unearthly and odd look to it. 
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sin-and-love Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Well, I did read it on Wikipedia.

Makes sense.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Lewis was definitely an amazing world builder!
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, never read of him :) (his books)
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
His Narnia series is his most well known, but I prefer his sci-fi books. If you're into a dose of theology-infused sci-fi stories, Lewis is your man. :)
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, my !
Actually, I do have read of him ! I've read Narnia ^^ The fierst which has been adapted to motion picture.

Then, I will look for his books ! He's on my list. My two thousands meters-long list xD
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I know how that can be. My reading list is too long right now, haha.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And I have about ten books waiting for me in my bedroom, and twenty on my "to-buy-or-rent-list"
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have quite that many, but the ones I want to read happen to be very long books, like Frankenstein, Dracula, and some others that are even longer. ;)
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Intuslegere Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Absolutely fantastic! And the scale helps a lot.
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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