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Predator skin colors by merrypaws Predator skin colors by merrypaws
A bunch of skin color/pattern studies, done just because. I've had predators on my mind lately, so I decided to roll with it. More fun that way than trying to move to other things when the muse won't agree.

I know I've set myself up for blue million 'dat ass'-comments with this, but I suppose it was coming sooner or later.
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Res-Gestae Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm a traditional animator so, when someone mentions texture or patterns, my immediate reaction is HAHAHAHAHAHAHA no, absolutely not. However, this is is really interesting. You made me want to up my game since all my predators are so boring by comparison!
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I know. I've tried my hand at comics, so I have some idea of what a pain it can be to draw the same character over and over again while trying to keep everything consistent. Animating... gah! Don't even want to think about that.
Pretty, detailed things are best saved for individual pictures.
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Res-Gestae Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
No kidding. But it's still fun to see nice things like this!
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geekspace Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Oddly enough, while the topmost left & middle right skins look more than film-plausible to my eye, I'm seriously digging the middle left's ocelot motif. Some felines just have the market cornered on camo & style. Not that either green-striped variant is exactly hard on the eyes...well, harder than usual for Preds.

Pointless tangent: was that Aliens/Pony fic worth your while?
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merrypaws Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Definitely yes, thank you. I haven't finished it yet, but I fully intend to. At first I balked a little at seeing blood and gore in a pony fic, but later on I found myself giggling out loud at several turns. ("Scuttles", phfffft. :XD:)
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geekspace Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
:iconyautjaplz: "APPLESSSS?"

Well, no hurry-the fic itself is still in progress, and the author admits his rate of update is "glacial."

I don't mind fics with a bit of extra edge, whatever the franchise involved, but there's a fine balance 'tween effective use of life-or-death struggles and, well, torture pr0n. Perhaps that's why I can stomach AvPonies, but have no clue how "Cupcakes" and its imitators became a meme du jour.
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merrypaws Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Amen to that. The less there is any violence in the show canon, the more jarring even a little bit of it is. Some people seem to enjoy pushing the contrast as far as they can, but that's not my slice of apple pie, thanks.
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geekspace Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Funny thing is, there's plenty of creature-feature action in MLP...for the purposes of that crossover, Scuttles & its brethren are just markedly nastier than the Equestrian norm. For what it's worth, I've always preferred lethal beasties to plot-omnipotent slashers.
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Fiji-Fujii Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive. :) A bit too colourful for my taste because I usually try to keep my Yautja in natural colourls like brown, sand, beige, black, muddy or olive green, and auburn. (There are a few exceptions tho, of course.)
Anyway, great work! Very creative! :)
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Thank you. I was mostly going for variety rather than realism, just to see what works. Personally, yeah, the green and bluish ones are a bit too much even in my mind.

I actually significantly toned down some of the patterns I came across while doing research on reptiles. (I dare you, do a Google image search with words 'colorful snake'. I was hard-pressed to believe some of those pictures were real.)
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Fiji-Fujii Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, I just forgot about all the weirdly coloured animals, there are a lot of those in the jungle and in our oceans. :) I tend to forget that. xDDD
Still, it's a great picture showing wonderful concepts. :D
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possumpie1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Photographer
I really like these designs :) it kinda reminds me of what I described in one of my predator fan fics :) I was talking about how predators from different environments have different skin colours.
desert, forest, plains, mountains, (swamp? ocean? yeah Idk with that last one ^_^")
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DasTierLockjaw Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, some very nice patterns you have here. Love seeing more 'wild' colors like this, rather than the more human-like colors, like in some comics I've seen. Seems to take personality away from them.

Personally, I like all of them alot, my favs have to be the green, bottom one, and the orangish brown with large spots. Mind if I borrow some of them or would you rather me not?
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Thank you, and go ahead. I didn't make these for any specific purpose, so I'm glad if others get inspired by them.
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CzarnaArcher Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's some great skins! Love them! I usually make my preds pasty yellow or pistacia green (sometimes with frikles), but now thatnks to you I feel like doping more detailed pigmentations.
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MrSkaiz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Woah really nice skins !
Amazing work !
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are some awesome concepts. :wow: I personally like the more neutral brown once like them first two to the left and then the forth bottom right corner. :nod:
Great work! :clap: Will browse your gallery in search for more! :gallery:
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The-Zerg-Overlord Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that fourth one (the brown one) has the same idea as my female Pred's skin type, only hers is full-body. But I'd bet my Sniper Pred OC has the 3rd one's skin type.
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Compeepip Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are awesome. I have a hard time coming up with pattens and this has given me a few ideas. I appreciate it!
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TheCreatorDude3 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student
wow thats so cool! one of my oc preds have the same skin type as the bottom one!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
THis is AWESOME. x0!! I like the grey speckled.

Hehe, butts! :iconirapeitplz:
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Your skin colors is giving me ideas for my Predator OCs. :D
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katyalupescu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
dat little toe! :D
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
:rofl:
Congratulations, you totally caught me off-guard with that!
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katyalupescu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah! :iconhurrhurrplz:

predators are sexy!
do you plan to draw some more?
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
We'll see. The muse is kind of a bitch when it comes to planning my projects beforehand.
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katyalupescu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are damn right! ;)
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vikkipedias Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Wow, cool! :D
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