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Creature concept - Hieronaut by Cloister Creature concept - Hieronaut by Cloister
This is a CLOISTER CATALOGUE CREATURE (CCC) 

Non-exclusive publishing rights: $100/creature

Don't have a budget?
Use 1 to 50 of the Cloister Catalogue Creatures in your product in return for royalties on the revenue/turnover from that product: 

1-2 Creatures - 1% royalty 
3-5 Creatures - 2% royalty 
6-10 Creatures - 3% royalty 
11-15 Creatures - 5% royalty 
16-25 Creatures - 10% royalty 
26-50 Creatures - 25% royalty

Make sure to contact me through nicholas@cloister.se before you go ahead and publish or use these creatures as concepts. 
There is a simple contract to be signed, and a few simple terms.

This particular image comes in one layer PSD, PNG, and JPG file formats at 3508 x 2480 pixels.   
See the CCC folder for more Cloister Catalogue Creatures. 


/Nicholas Cloister
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:iconfimbulfang:
Fimbulfang Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Looks like a giant hagfish... OF DEATH!!
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:iconunialien:
Unialien Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! So amazing!
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:icontfsakon:
TFSakon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I feel like this would be very quite as it walked. Eerily so.
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:iconguilthas:
Guilthas Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Wow. That one is amazing.
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:iconcrzyfetus:
Crzyfetus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Amazing, really impressive detail, fantastic work.
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:icondraegornatose:
draegornatose Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
a giant mutant sea monkey! I really like how it manages to have an earthly look, while also having an other-worldly aspect
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:iconnefur-studios:
NEFUR-STUDIOS Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think these sort of sea monkeys would be in stock long if they were sold in stores. :rofl: I know I'd buy one!
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:icondraegornatose:
draegornatose Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
You can be sure that I would be one of the first people to get one :sprint: (or through one heck of a fit if I don't get one :pissed: :pissedoff: )
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:iconviperagonzero:
ViperagonZero Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it!
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:iconbachanozar:
bachanozar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
sea monkey! :la:
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:iconrajasegar:
rajasegar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com
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:icondarkelektra:
DarkElektra Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Great artwork! well done! :clap:
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:iconcrystal-firefly:
Crystal-Firefly Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You asked what kind of creature this might be. I would suggest it could be an amphibia like creature that lives in caves, maybe watercaves under the sea.
Anyway, it looks kind of interessting. You really seem to have a great imagination. Good work!!!
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:iconpiperpie:
PiperPie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
This is very realistic looking! :D
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:iconsoulslayer317:
Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Awesome looking creature, dude!
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urielflame Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
"the holy"(hiero) + "naus"(ship)"nautes"(sailor). so this sort of needs to be plausible, if you stick with the - admittedly rather cool - name. So, the name could either be attributed to it by observers (i.e. humans and other sentient races) or it needs to describe its function within its own society. Any number of reasons could be plausible here, e.g. the travelling patterns on its birthing or dying places (much like a pilrgrimage, and hence the "hiero" part of the name) or some sailors first witnessing the luminous birthing grounds (as in, for example, it spreads its young-egg in a sand bank which becomes bio-luminous due to any number of plausible reasons) near a place identified as holy and hence the name sticking ever since, albeit rather mistakenly. Or it could be a social function (more on this later).
so, its obviously aquatic, about 50' long judging from the relative size of the dentures and the biological structure plausibility of its body, and it evidently exhibits characteristics of adverse marine biological groups (like lobster-carapace, tentacles, multiple eyes, shark-like fins, anemone-like luminous appendages, etc). So, based on this appearance and its name, it could be something like this: an organism birthed in great numbers in a weak anemone-like form (the luminous sand banks of birth etc) and gently "herded" by its parent to gradually consume and imprint other forms of aquatic life, perhaps even land-based as well), as it is some sort of creature that absorbs and utilizes genetic advantages from diverse life-groups (an overplayed trope, but a good one if done well). So, the "parent", like the one depicted here, are the ones who actually managed to survive this "quest" so to speak, of absorbing traits and defeating antagonistic creatures, and thus managed to evolve into something formidable. Playing the game flow ( [link] ) would absolutely get the idea of consuming-evolving in you head. So, in a sense, this "congregation" of younglings, this veritable flock of lesser creatures guided by a greater one of their own race could be interpreted as some sort of holy-guidance-towards-evolution arrangement, and thus the name "hieronaut" becomes applicable. It could be known because of someone of this species once acquiring characteristics of speaking mammals (i.e. humans) and emerging into the world (possibly in a relatively small island society) as some sort of "propher" for its racial evolution. You can really go anywhere you want after a while, the chaining of ideas carries you on. So, that, i hope it helps. And, dude, mind if i steal this for my campaign ;PP btw, i like your attitude about fantasy monsters, yes, they should be justified and plausible and detailed, the appreviative player/reader will appreciate this.
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Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks for the highly detailed suggestions and thoughts about the creature. Interesting ideas.
I have now posted the creature and a description of it at the blog: [link]
I hope it still deserves its name.

Thanks, Urielflame!
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Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If I could be one as to make a suggestion for a description...

Based upon your description you already posted, this beasty would be a marine animal, likely very large - ranging in size between about ten feet tall to at least almost Godzilla-like in height. Based upon the color of the landcape I'd have to say that its marine origins lie somewhere beneath the arctic. It would be a large and hungry carnivore whose metabolism means that it doesn't have to eat very often but will be forced to ravage the surrounding countryside once every set period of time in order to get the proper nutrients it needs. Its fins on its back could be used either for attracting a mate or to intimidate rivals in its territory due to its need to feed over a wide area. Its tentacles could be used for grasping prey and pulling it into its mouth as its tremendous arms could likely do little in the way of feeding save for crushing food into a gooey paste...

That sound good? By the way, this is a great picture. I love the color scheme - it matches the marine theme very well.
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the suggestion. Aquatic..arctic. Sure!
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:iconkerian-halcyon:
Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're quite welcome.
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:iconhollow-nyan:
Hollow-nyan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
OMG !!! a dungeon boss XD!! I like so much !! wonder work
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Hollow-nyan!
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YikYik Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Wow, where do you get all ideas from anyway! This looks really interesting. Large underwater monster with tentacly thingies on it's... tail. :) Are those to lure pray in close underneath it so it easily can attack and kill it? I like the colours!
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I get them from.... Oz? I don't know where ideas come from. Everywhere I suppose?
There is now a full description of the creature at [link]
Thanks!
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:iconyikyik:
YikYik Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
*lol* :D Yeah, I guess. Me too. :)
Awesome! :clap:
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:iconscarecrow2011:
Scarecrow2011 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Supper cool! :la:
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great! Thanks!
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:iconscarecrow2011:
Scarecrow2011 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!!
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:iconenigmatic-ki:
Enigmatic-Ki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Design! *-*
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Deltorafann!
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:iconzeuslike:
ZeusLike Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
the big monster from The Mist? :D
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many big monsters around... I enjoy the Mist!
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:iconzeuslike:
ZeusLike Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
cool, keet it up :w00t:
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:iconsanguineepitaph:
SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you mind if I ask: are you self-taught, and do you know of any useful resources for learning techniques in digital painting? :aww:
Someday I'd love to put my ideas into fantastic illustrations like these. They're always good fun to look it! :D
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
4 years in a traditional art school. The web is abundant with tutorials. Check out the blogs of digital artists. Many share their techniques.
Good luck and thank you!
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:iconsanguineepitaph:
SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks for the advice! :D
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:iconseth-d-forbes:
Seth-D-Forbes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student General Artist
[link] This dude does a lot of sick digital painting tutorials well more like a "making of" nonetheless helpful.
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:iconsanguineepitaph:
SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh, thank you so so much! :D
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:iconcrayauchtin:
crayauchtin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
It looks fantastic!! Although it's pretty clearly an enormous aquatic creature, I could also see it swooping through the air, or at least leaping out of the water and soaring over a ship full of potential victims!

And are those tendrils on its tail something like a jellyfish's? Maybe it can paralyze it's prey or poison them with them.

Anyways, it's fascinating. I can't wait to see what it turns into!
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aguatic indeed! A description is now added to the rpg-creatures blog.
Thanks for the suggestions!
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:iconcr0atoan:
Cr0atoan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A marine beast that dwells in the deepest trenches of the black abyss of unknown oceans, a sign of the end of the world in some religions when it rises from the depths to feed every 50 years. :D

^ I just brainstormed that. :P
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are partially right. Thanks!
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zeuqramjj2002 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
cool
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great! thanks!
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:iconzeuqramjj2002:
zeuqramjj2002 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I like a lot of what you do its all so cool!
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