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A Congregation of Cephalopods by tekelili A Congregation of Cephalopods by tekelili
Been swamped by the holidays, so been ages since managing to post and catch up here.

I'm still stuck in the Ordovician Age! This time, it's manifest as an illustrative drawing inspired by my friend Carter Kaplan's writing. Without the writing though. . .the explanation would be. . .challenging. XD Suffice it to say that Rabbi Dada Kohenum announces his discovery of the Second aether, a vast realm of darkness and stars, and god's out there, all by himself. . .

Portrayed are several varieties of nautiloids and endocerids, the straight-shelled cephalopods. The cephalopods went through an explosion of diversity during this period, becoming the dominiant predatory life form. The ancient ones were all shelled, they didn't start losing that trait until a long while later. Todays chambered nautilus is an almost exact example of its prehistoric predecessors, it's changed very little from those that came before it. But, back in the Ordovician, there were tons of different kinds of nautiloid, not the one variety we know of now. I say know of, since we know more about outer space than our own oceans.

Also portrayed are several crinoids, which are animals, and not plants, although they look plantish. Today, the remnants of the species are very few, feather stars and sea lilies being pretty much it.


The fact that the first "intelligence" appeared in this specific era is probably one of the reasons that I'm so fascinated with it. Prior to cephalopods, there wasn't anything with an advanced brain, but suddenly, that all changed. Cephalopods are amazing creatures, intelligent, emotional, sentient. It's too bad that since they don't feel the need to go building anything that humans in general don't seem to recognize their sentient aquatic brothers. Especially octopuses.
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, so so awesome!!!
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MarkoftheSavage Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
I want this tattooed. Eeee, so many ideas inspired.
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AxelThePossum Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
I love cephalopods but... Are they SUPPOSED to look that devious and scheming?
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jiangzu Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
I LOVE CEPHALAPODS! I love the almost-psychadelic colours on this, so much vibrance and detail. And they all look kind of cranky...
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely nothing beats a good ol' pile o' cephalopods. Wonderful work - and quite a lot of color for you! I particularly like all of the textures on their shells. :D
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tekelili Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Really, nothing does beat a pile o' cephalopods. XD Thanks much! =)
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ulbandi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
That's beautiful. I really love cephalopods, they're such fascinating creatures...
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tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Thanks for the comment! I've got just a bit of a cephalopod obsession. XD Not that anyone could guess. =P
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madbaumer37 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
great job!
love the dark atmosphere.
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tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Thanks for the comment! Really enjoyed working on this one. =)
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anacharis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
Orthocones for the win!
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tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Gotta love 'em! XD
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blind-dancer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering... Were they very intelligent back then?

I've heard that the reason why they were so smart was because they had lost their shell, so they were helpless and had to find ways of surviving... So only the smartest survived.

But maybe they were already smart?
Any case, they're cute and cuddly ;)
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tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
They were smarter than anything else at the time so. .. I'd say that's very intelligent in comparison at least. XD Chances are they did get more cunning as they grew to be more stealthy, but, the first cephalopods already had a whole lot more brain in comparison to body than any other creatures.

And yeah, they're awful cute. XD
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blind-dancer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice :D
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Tar-Vanimelde Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
every single one of your posts is a treat. and the title on this one so made me giggle as well...
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tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Thanks for the comment!=D
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squizzlenut Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so much more colourful than the others. Coincidentally, I was watching a documentary on ancient sea life just yesterday! I love how you've represented them, especially the crinoids.
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tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Thanks for the comment! I had to do one of these scenes in color- there's so much color underwater, and, as much as I love monochromatic themes, color's fun too. I'm thinking nudibranches soon, for some more fun with color underwater. XD And I really need to have you properly friended. =)
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squizzlenut Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008   Traditional Artist
Eep! You're friending me? I feel so honoured... :faint:

In other news, I love nudibranches! If you're going for colour underwater there's no better subject. I used to draw them as mermaids. :heart:
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The-Mythanian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Are they supposed to look that evil?
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tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
They -did- just pluck the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, so to say. XD
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The-Mythanian Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
okay
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Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detailing and sense of movement are excellent.
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tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Thanks! Water's so wonderful for movement, so much space to work with, and free of the bonds of gravity. <3
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