When I go somewhere, to school, to shopping, to friend, etc. I like to let my mind wander while I walk. And more often than not it starts to tinker with world or creature design, and here be some sketches of things that have been occupying my brain lately. They are an old alien race of mine from years past that I just randomly started to redesign and they haven't let me go ever since.
Triaformica, also sometimes called triadis lizards (although being nothing like reptilian biology wise) are a highly intelligent species with unknown origin. They very possibly have alien ancestry, but some of their features (being able to breathe the air on Earth, having red blood and hemoglobin, having two eyes and somewhat humanoid-ish body shape with understandable face on human standards) suggest some genetic tinkering to fit them into this new environment for them.
They are measured to be a bit more intelligent than humans, which manifests in their ability to easily adapt to not only new environments, but also new cultures and habits. Individuals have been shown to adopt not only human speech, but also gestures and the skill to use their otherwise less used facial muscles to form human like expressions to communicate with this other species. It's rather interesting to note that their intellectual superiority shows in a way of feeling familiar and more normal to humans, instead of being like highly intelligent professors or such. When left alone with their own kind, they return to use their species' own alien gestures, but surprisingly many of them retain some ways of their learned human behavior.
And even though they posses the ability to become rocket scientists, only very few individuals are interested in jobs we humans view as being intellectual, and they prefer simple lives often as hunter-gatherers, although they'll still probably be in close contact of humans or their own kind living like modern humans. This might be due to their rather peculiar way of individual developement that I might poke around later, if I get to draw more of these.
And about the sketches themselves.
Triaformica skulls have large brains taking up most of the space in their heads. They have two eyes with horizontally slit pupils with strange curve on the inner side of the pupil. Despite of having this seemingly large pupils, they don't see too well in dark, and instead their color perception is better, about the same level as humans.
Their jaws are made up by two halves that look like a crossbreed of piranha teeth and a beak of some sort, both jaws being separated from the main part of the skull and thus being able to move independently. And although their beaks look sharp and carnivorous, these things are actually omnivorous, having grinding teeth like surfaces inside their throat. (They chew inside their throat, not in their mouth.) They have an organ closely resembling three webbed octopus-like tentacles that works as a tongue among other things.
They breathe air through tubes located on the either side of their neck, right behind their jaws. These tubes can be stretched a bit further, or pulled in and closed if needed. They are very sensitive, and because of this, a good way to tell if a triaformica is nervous or feel threatened is that they pull their breathing tubes in and start breathing through their mouth in order to keep the thingies safe.
Their face also has a distinctive stripes going from the inner corner of the eye forward and down to their lips. This stripe is sunken compared to the rest of the skin and it is also softer and more flexible than their skin on average. These stripes lack any pigment and are on normal conditions very pale color. They are also very sensitive, and touching the face stripe of a triadis (usually by tongue) is considered their equivalent of a kiss.
The last feature here worth mentioning are the bony plates at the backs of their heads. The main job of the plates is to protect their brains, but they have evolved a secondary function as a sexual display, of sorts. The triaformica species is divided into three sexes (too complicated to explain now, this description is way too long as it is already), each of which have their head plates in distinctive shape. The sexes are coded with letters as X, Y and Z type, X being considered basic with no special projections on their plates. Y type has the top most plate to sprout a single horn pointing backwards (... that I apparently drew wrong in here and forgot to correct. Dang.) and Z type having the top plate thickened and pointing backwards in a trident crown like shape.
Yay for a wall of text! Congratulations if you ever survived through all that.
TL;DR: Critter design with overly long text. Plus ~Haikaras
, who drew that cute little scribble on the top left corner.EDIT:
A full body study is now located in here: [link]
Oh, and by the way, these guys are adults of this little guy's species: [link]
(c) You know the stuff, right?