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The Spiders From Mars by nemo-ramjet The Spiders From Mars by nemo-ramjet
Although the first giant spiders evolved on Earth, they produced their most spectacular forms after being transplanted to Mars by Earth's second wave of intelligent species.
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:iconabawsomebeats:
ABAwsomeBeats Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very good I wold suggest coloring them.
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! After listening to the entire album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars," I was wondering if anyone actually drew alien creatures named after the band.

You've done a fantastic job here combining realism with creativity. The creatures here look both authentically alien and incredibly detailed.
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Mnynames Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I am reminded of the 1986 cartoon series "Galaxy Rangers", wherein the insects and spiders that hitched a lift aboard colonial transports to Mars developed into gigantic, dog-sized animals, several of which were domesticated as pets.

A similar development occurred in "Doctor Who" on the planet Metebilis III, where a peculiar form of radiation from Metebilis crystals caused the spiders to evolve into sentient, man-sized Arachnids that enslaved the original Human colonists.
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elfmoon3 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cooooool
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:iconfroninj:
FroNinj Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
"OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!" from troll 2
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grazatt Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Questions
1)Just how big are they?
2)What is the second wave of Earth's intelligent species
3)What is that ferret like thing on the end of the lead fang?
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ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GORGEOUS!!!
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Hellmouth Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I've probably already commented on this but I inexplicably come back to it constantly because it's such a great mix of idea and execution. Makes real spiders look drab in comparison.
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Ziggyman Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Suddenly, I thinked in David Bowie.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the Ziggy reference!!
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LittleBigFish1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Also do the pair of limbs in the air serve a purpose similar to a mantis' graspers or is this just for the sake of visual interest?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
They are used as battering clubs, or "sifter" organs that comb through the undergrowth for small prey.
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LittleBigFish1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Thank you very much for the clarification, also it would be very interesting to see these two species in color.
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LittleBigFish1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I'm assuming that the atmosphere of mars has been restored to a tolerable level for organisms to utilize. But I have one question, do spiders breathe through trachial tubes like most insects do? Or have they evolved past that need due to size increase, and now breathe through a nose, mouth or something similar?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
The spiders breathe through advanced para-lungs located on their abdomens. And yes, the planet has been terraformed :)
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kingcarnagh Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nice!
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WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are these really descended from spiders? Or am I missing something XP
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
They are as realistically descended from spiders as I could make them :P
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WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool, I really like the design.
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't noticed this one untill now! "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"? :)

Loved the spiders, specially the bigger one!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thanks!
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Favninthedirewolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whatever you say, Ziggy Stardust.
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buddah123 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
kool time for some :chainsaw::chainsaw::chainsaw::chainsaw::chainsaw:
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Mechatherium Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gravity is the biggest factor. On Earth, I thing moulting creates the biggest problems.

Really? What about respiration problems?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
If you solved the molting problem, a more efficient respiration system may evolve - perhaps in the shape of a fluid-filled chamber encasing the gill/trachea with some sort of "diffuser" to pump air into it.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
Barsoom meets speculative evolution! :D
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
I think Ziggy Stardust would be a much more likable character if he looked like this, oh well. Happy to say that two of my favorite things are mixed now! You and Bowie? Made my day.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Why, thank you!
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missmaddi38 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
HOPE THEY AINT REAL!!!
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bare-sandals Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
And just like that I will never sleep again...
Seriously though, great design~ :>
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Haha, thanks for liking them!
They are actually not that bad, the biggest one would be the size of a gazelle or something. When something is that size, it doesn't seem all "spidery," at least not to me :)
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missmaddi38 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
MEEP!!!
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Very cool drawing. Is the web being discharged by the lead spider in order to tangle the legs of his pursuer and slow it down?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Exactly! A bit like silly string...
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Have you, by any chance heard of Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
No, can you tell me more about it?
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh. My. Darwin. It is one of the best work of art and story you'll ever seen! I can explain forever, but to give a short version here:†It tells the story of Nausicaš, a princess of small kingdom that is pulled into a war between mighty empires as a looming environmental apocalypse threatens the very survival of humankind. On her journey she seeks to find peaceful coexistence between the nations of men, as well as between man and nature.†

What happen is that a man-made mass extinction refer to as the "Seven Days of Fire" had wiped out basically 94% of all life on Earth. This include the vast majority of mammals, birds and plants. However arthropods and fungi fill in the void and evolved an incredible diversity: Sapient woodloce twice the size of titanosaurs, predatory wasps that look more like raptors with the attitude too, mold that acts like a virus and fungi the size of redwood. Basically arthropods are "neovertebrates" and fungi "neoangiosperms" and the environment produces spores that will kill humans in a second. Basically it's the original Pandora of Avatar. Only better (in addition there are also dromornithids and cattle that really look like horned mesonychians as beast of burden; Also a shit load of humaniods that were genetically created which look something from your All Tommorows 0.0)

Are you drooling yet? If so good, cuz it's a speculative zoologist dream! And I would love to see your wicked designs on these species. If you type in "Nausicaa insects" or "Ohmu" you will be amazed. And this critter, the spider, would fit right in. ††
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Wow, sounds like a great movie - I'll definitely give it a look...
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:icontassietyger:
tassietyger Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student General Artist
There are two versions: the original manga (graphic novel) and the movie. Both really great, written and created by the same genius (Hayao Miyazaki). However the movie version is based on a fraction of the novel's saga (it is more jucier and better, explains more of the ecology than the movie does. But it may be easier on your part to look for the movie version instead).
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ethanizabunny Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
the title could be a david bowie reference
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Not "could be," it "is!" :)
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ethanizabunny Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
wasn't sure, absolutely love bowie
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8H29B Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
awesome!
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ethanizabunny Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
i think this second intelligent life form and mars terraformation deserve some more art...
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
You know what I'd love to see come from you - Macroscopic Tardigrades.

Maybe as some sort of habitat experimentation, human scientists produce macroscopic tardigrades and set them loose on Mars - several millennia pass Mars is dominated by all sorts of Water-Bears ... or Earth has rotted due to massive nuclear fallout, the hardy tardigrades are the next progenitors of Earth...
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
I guess macroscopic tardigrades might just evolve to look a like insects or spiders... However, I'm betting they could make some great first-wave colonizer species for a place like Mars.
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Their evolutionary pathways could be quite interesting, especially on a new planet, and slight genetic tinkering.
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AirborneTerror Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Beautiful
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Thanks!
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AirborneTerror Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
do you have more giant spider illustrations?
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