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Drawing of Mekkul by andrea-koupal Drawing of Mekkul by andrea-koupal
This was an attempt at creating a zoomorphic garter snake naga. His name is Mekkul.
I imagine he used to be a normal garter snake who lived for 100 years, and eventually achieved enlightenment, shed his skin, and changed into a new shape that was better suited for communicating to the humans in the interest of protecting his race.
Pencil with tinting added in Photoshop.
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EmeraldDawn-16 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks so sweet and kind. ^^
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Sidhechaos Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
Wow, this one is very cool....at first glance I thought maybe gecko, because of the pads at the ends of his fingers, they sort of remind me of the lizard suction cups, but once past that I definitely see the snake too!
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black-dragoness Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2005
I like how the snake markings remain on his body, and the belly scales are visible along his torso and even faintly showing up over his pec muscles, a nice way of melding the humanlike body with snake features. I think his nose might look better if it were more snakelike slit than humanlike nose, but I still think he's great. :)
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milpreve Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2005
Very interesting take on a naga. Though are there naga males? The eternal question about "fantasy" creatures... Nicely done. I like the hair. ^_^
~Mil
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ShanoaRavendare Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love the way you take a concept and go with it! As always I am amazed by your skill with Fantasy artwork.
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thedragonlady Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's beautiful. I love the brilliance of the colours, absolutely stunning. :clap:
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TheMisfitDragon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
Amazing. Wonderful detail put into the scales.
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woefulinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Neat concept! I like his nose. The textures are pretty. I really like how you do scales. Shiny work! X3
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Twentieth Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work on the subtle scale textures. it looks amazing!
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wulfiesacolyte Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Yay snakes <3
Suddenly you made me wanna bust out my half-dragon half-elf from DnD 3.5, haha... I miss you, Ivengarr...
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alith-ai Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
wow i really like ths!!!such a lovable character
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dsw Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
omg, I love the fingers
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supakat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
Beautiful colouring! The detail on the skin looks wonderful! :)
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ises Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
Your characters are so wonderfully creative! Much :love: and a :+fav:! <3
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belavrana Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful in form, texture, and emotion. He looks so tender and sweet to the little snake.
:)
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Vinty Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
I like it. Usually Snakes are portrayed as vicious creatures. This makes snakes seem...cute. My Chinese animal is a snake.
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maskofmemories Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
You utilize colors so well. Nicely done...
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TwistedViper Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
that is AWESOME! Amazingly done, you even put in the texture of the scales. Very nice, well done! Plus, snakes just rock ;P
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DigitalShark Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
looks realy nice!
His eyes reminds me of the unique robot in "I,Robot"
The only critism i can give here, is that the scales on his arms are pointing the wrong way, and looks like you found that out too late. ;)

How did you do the background?
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
The background is actually just some quick painting in Photoshop with my Wacom :) Thanks for your comments!
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yaddie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
;_; Waaaaai! I love dear little snakes... I think the stripes and light underbelly on him are especially cute. And the ball-fingertips. n_n
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Whisperblue Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
This is cool...really!
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:iconpbeckley:
pbeckley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005  Professional General Artist
What a neat and well executed idea!
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purplerose Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005   Photographer
Nice work! The eyes are pretty and I like the way you did the fingers.
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gryllus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
Is he stinky like a real garter snake? :D
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
XD If someone grabbed him by the tail, maybe!
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valentinecrow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
lovely work, though not sure i like the design persay. i think its original, but something about the face doesnt seem quite snake-like. then again its your character, still love the pencil detailing and the texture of his skin.
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
I would kind of agree with you in that it didn't turn out quite how I wanted and so I'm not completely happy with it. But there was a lot of work and time invested into it and so I decided to put it here.
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valentinecrow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
oo of course i understand! i still think its neat, i did a sketch of some fan-art of him today. he;s all sexy hehehe!
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PearlBane Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
That's really nice!
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Blitzballbaby Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
woah, thats a cool character. the texturing on his skin is certainly admirable.
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LunarSeraph Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
This made me go "wow"

The detail in this picture is incredible. This is the best depiction of serpentine qualities I have ever seen in an image portraying a naga. It's so unique! Excellent job--well done! Clap! Clap! Clap!
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lxt-angel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Wow, that's a great background story as well, so imaginative! I can see it all in my head :wow: That's pretty pretty cool. And, though you probably hear it all the time no doubt, this is a fantastic piece of work and I think it's pretty close to perfection, if not perfect!
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Firretayl Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You make art look so easy. It's beautiful.
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Kazroth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Very nice one. I really like it. Maybe a little bit of an darker style would have be better but on the other hand it`s also pretty nice the way it is ^_^
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bittykitty Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOhhh, awesome!!!!!!!!!!! As usuall, you have produced a wonderfully detailed piece of art for us all to admire, which we do.

BittyKitty :kitty:
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Delanthaenas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Wow, totally awesome. Something about him seems so huggable!
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electra-gretchen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
Evolution, cool :O_o: and is a pasive guy ^_^
I like the details 'n the way that he still look like a snake; he still have a snake tail?
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
Yeah, he should have a snaketail in place of legs, which I really ought to have shown. Maybe in another try :)
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electra-gretchen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
I supposed it because there're the tail entries and he only needs the face-arms to explain the humans about it race, isn't it? Well, that's my theory xD
And looks really cool with half "human" and half "snake" body =D
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paul-w52 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
wow this is just incredable. i love the sci-fi feel (reminds me of Isac Azomov)
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rogue-rpz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
very nice work with the scales
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starchanchan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Oh wow, that's such a neat concept ^^! I love how you've incorporated the snake into the humanish figure, but still completely kept the essence of the snake. Awesome :D
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anjel-rocker Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Very nicely done.
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badkhemmie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
oooh wow.. i love the texture of the scales.. and those friendly looking eyes. This is incredible, everything looks great!
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, the design and coloring are really appealing. Hooray for snake people. Very good job, had to fav :heart:
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White-Ryvnn Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
very very nice
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amazinggrace Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
First, I love your zoomorphic style :) In this case you have outdone yourself!! I especially like the expression on his face...so tender and loving. Excellent work!!--AG
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RoseImmortal Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Interesting!

His gentle, almost nurturing-seeming character really fits what I've heard about garter snakes...that they're very docile animals. The big, watery eyes in particular get that impression across, especially with how he seems to want to protect the his "little brother".

Is there a story these nagas come from? And how does an animal achieve enlightenment on the order that a human would?
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
The idea of an animal achieving a higher concious was inspired in part by certain Japanese myths, in which if certain cats live for 100 years they become Nekomata. Also certain Hindu ideas where humans, animals and other beings are all just different stages of soul reincarnation. I love mythology so ideas like that help inspire my artwork. :)
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