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Kythrick the Mantis Warrior by Galindorf Kythrick the Mantis Warrior by Galindorf
This is a commission from ~BitVyper of his fantastic Thri-kreen character, Kythrick. He is a graceful creature, alien and powerful. I've always loved the concept of the Thri-kreen mantis warriors, but I have never seen one illustrated to my liking. I was very excited about this project and did a bunch of research and development to come up with a feasible bipedal mantis that looked like it could move, fight, and breathe. The Chinese characters in the corner mean 'bravery/courage'.

Original size: 3300x4200 pixels (11x14)
Custom digital brushes and textures~
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:iconnielspeterdejong:
NIELSPETERDEJONG Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
Wow! Gorgeous job! :)

I was wondering, could I commission you for a picture like this as well? :)
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Wow, this is awesome.
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Galindorf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, man!
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The-DungeonMaster Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
The internet needs more Thri-kreen with abdomens
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Galindorf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! Oh man... I've been a fan of the concept since Dark Sun first came out and the illustrations always frustrated me... I'm big into bugs and, while I realize this is a FANTASY SETTING I do like a little sense thrown in. The commissioner was wanting a more realistic depiction of how a Thri-Kreen would look and I jumped at the chance.
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DwingvattWarroir Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
you have done well
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
wow, this is.. cool.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never cared for a lot of the Thri-kreen's official designs myself...this is much cooler, gorgeously done and succeeds at preserving actual mantis anatomy. I'm glad it has an actual abdomen, unlike some official illustrations :)
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Galindorf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, thank you. I always wondered how those guys breathe without their abdomens..! This piece was definitely a bit of a challenge.
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CIODemolitions Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Elegant and beautiful, There is little more to be said.
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madlarkin88 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
I must say absolutely stunning I just started a Thri-Kreen monk and this is exactly what I pictured
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Galindorf Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh GOOD and Thank you! I have a great love of mantids and I got really tired of seeing the bizarre disproportionate "ant man" illustrations. When I was commissioned to draw a portrait I jumped at the chance.
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Awesome!
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Michi8 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
The artwork is stunning and I especially love the concept. Having little hands under his forward claws is truly ingenious! Haha, quite the work-around for staying true to mantid anatomy while allowing him to carry kick ass weapons.
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fevereon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009   Artisan Crafter
that turned out really well beth :) the textures are really nice!
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Pesto-Posta Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Yeah, I do so dig that race. I made a monk with one of them, and focused on getting him to jump as high as I could, when all was said and done, the full jump height was around 360'+/- from a stand still :iconx3v2plz:

Anyhoo kick ass piece of work here :D
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MegLyman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, awesome work!
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bbyoung1971 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome job.
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BitVyper Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
He looks breathtaking (that's what she said). I'm really happy with this piece.
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MegLyman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
coooOOOL character!
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BitVyper Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Hehe, thanks, but it's the art that's making him so awesome.
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