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Fire-bellied Bufo by DrManiacal Fire-bellied Bufo by DrManiacal
A scavenger hailing from its planet's desolate swamps, the fire-bellied bufo possesses one of the most unique and interesting digestive systems of all the species documented to date. Upon ingesting any microbes commonly found on the bufo's main food source, carrion and rotting plants, a chemical reaction occurs within the intestines of the beast, resulting in the production of a massive amount of heat. The pressure of this reaction as well as the resulting fumes are vented out of the creature's body through a unique set of pores, resembling volcanic vents, dotting the toad's back. This internal furnace allows the creature to survive the deathly cold nights of its environment in relative comfort. Interestingly, the locals have found a way to harness the power of the bufo's digestive reactions, and utilize it as a source of power. Since the ingestion of bacteria, fungi and the like triggers this reaction, the locals have taken to herding these creatures and domesticating them, feeding them the waste and garbage of their society, and harnessing the resulting reaction as a means to power their cities.

For last week's C.O.W. topic over at [link], in which we were tasked with designing a creature capable of generating heat, kinetic or electrical energy in large amounts through its own biology, and is used by humans to generate energy for their power grids. I would have loved to paint an entire scene but I started brainstorming like 4 hours before it was due. :(
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love this 
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maczopikczo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Really great sense of texture. It's a very interesting creature worthy of being absorbed by any RPG environment.
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DrManiacal Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Thanks bud, glad to hear that!
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FLUMPCOMIX Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is a grand beast - like a frog bong.
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DrManiacal Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
A frong, if you will.
I almost wish I had thought of that while trying to name it.
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MessyPaperCut Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
i like the hammershark head
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DrManiacal Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Glad to hear that! The head went through a lot of changes from how I had originally designed it, hehe.
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LauraBev Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome concept! I love the textures and shading too :D
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DrManiacal Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thanks! I was trying a new time-saving technique involving photo textures since I had about an hour to get this in, seems like it's really effective at establishing a coherent base to work from as far as texture and lighting is concerned.
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LauraBev Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
An hour? That's impressive :D
It definitely did the trick!
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