Sunday, February 4, 2007

Barnards' Swordswallower - Rough Circulatory and Nervous Systems




1. Blood flow diagram, showing the main veins and arteries. The little blue loops are de-oxygenated blood entering the gills and leaving red, loaded with oxygen. The little red sacs beneath each gill are simple hearts; this slow moving life form has no need for an efficient vertebrate like pump to keep oxygenated.

2. Nerves transmit the data the creature uses to manage its metabolism, feeding and movement. Though not a sophisticated network, there is a simple brain to analyze and respond to stimuli more effectively.

13 comments:

Matt K. said...

Wow, I had no idea you went as far as to design your creatures' circulatory systems! That's such a great idea for grounding things in feasibility. The majority of the time, I just start haphazardly drawing forms and shapes, imagining it as I go along, but I think I'm going to put a little more effort into preliminary designing of some creatures and see if I can't make something worth showing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rhys said...

Very interesting Alex, I wonder how you create the internal systems of these beings, and what references you use. Obviously though you are grounded still by refering to internal systems of what we know so far.

Alex said...

A big challenge I want to take on is to invent entirely novel internal organs and nerve networks. After this creature is complete I will try to do so with the next.

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