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Giant Nebula Whale by Taena-Doman Giant Nebula Whale by Taena-Doman
Two Giant Nebula whales are floating in the vicinity of a gas giant and its three moons through the space. Ok, there are not whales, but rather related to plants :). It is not really known whether this species evolved naturally or is possibly a creation of a high developed alien race.

These "whales" are able to use a bride broad spectrum of electromagnetic radiation for the energy synthesis, which is similar as plants use visible sunlight for the photosynthesis. They are able to reduce their metabolism and get water from asteroids or comets, live very long (thousands of years) and have a lenght up to 500 m. Usually they can be seen nearby gas giants.

Giant Nebular Whales and planet surfaces in MyPaint. I did not make a sketch before, I just started painting. Background completely in Picture Publisher. This time I used more filters for the nebula and also a photo of clouds taken by me. The idea to use photographed clouds to create nebula I got from here: fav.me/d1qaqim The planetary surfaces are painted.

Thank you very much for you comments and faves.:hug: Constructive criticism is very welcome.

For all who are interested: Alien plants can possibly absorb other wavelengths for photosynthesis than red (maximum number of photons that reach the earth are red) and blue (high energy photons). www.solstation.com/life/a-plan…
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be more than glad to feature this piece in my group :iconflying-cetaceans:
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TheDrydenExperiment Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.:):)
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vasix Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Floating giant plant-animal symbiotes would be a better, more interesting description of these animals, like huge alien lichen, and don't forget, the carbohydrates, the starch that the plants store, would not be enough to sustain such a large animal, so it might need to prey on other, smaller animals, at least occasionally.
But, since you already gave a description of how they feed, my suggestion really doesn't seem to matter much :)

That being said, I love the background, and also the idea of whale-like giants in the vastness of space. It seems to be the concept that many conceptual artists are working on
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much and your suggestion is very welcome.:):)That gives me the possibility to reflect more about these creatures.:)

These "whales" are not fully developed yet, because I still have no idea how the energy synthesis, thus the conversion of electromagnetic energy (radiation) into chemical energy (similar to photo synthesis) can function, because it needs low molecular weight substances...as CO2, H2O for the photo synthesis. These creatures are however both...producer organisms like plants and destruents like fungi.

I think your idea there are symbionts is very nice, although I can imagine that this symbiotic is relationship with bacteria. These microorganism live anaerobically and can withstand strong radiation and cosmic rays. And they provide an additional contribution to the outer skin of the "whales", which could be partly the polysacharide chitin.

"...don't forget, the carbohydrates, the starch that the plants store, would not be enough to sustain such a large animal..."
I agree with you it, such huge plant has problems with the metabolism.

It doesn't have movable limbs, only a kind of several impulsions to be moveable in space. Since it stays near gas giants and otherwise doesn't travel great distances it doesn't need a very strong impulsions..., haha, something what is known for the bombardier beetles would be nice.:XD:
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vasix Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's just that I haven't much knowledge about biochemistry either, I'm just pulling things out of what little I know about nature, and from ideas of alien creatures that I've been creating at times. The symbiont idea and the slightly-carnivorous "whale" thing comes actually, from the lives of corals, with symbiotic algae, and being able to capture their own prey.
The bacterial symbionts would be real extremophiles to live in such harsh environments as their hosts :)
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW WOW and wow. A great concept and a properly design and implementation of the idea of spacial whales. I LOVE IT absolutly!! Great!!
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much:):)
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saracaindica Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
:iconawwplz: I love those colors:aww::love:.
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :hug: :iconbigheartplz:
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saracaindica Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
You´re much welcome:aww::iconbigsqueeplz:
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AlbinoOctopus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
amazingly cool creature design! :D Love it!
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much:):)
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WraithWorshipper Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Besides being a wonderful painting, I like the concept of the "whales." In "The Seed," Beckett says Wraith hives are made from biopolymer, "similar to a polysaccharide but with organo-metallic compounds mixed in." Dentists use UV light to harden polymers used in tooth fillings, so UV radiation could benefit such creatures, making their skins more resistant to other forms of radiation which could otherwise harm them.
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.:):) Yes, indeed, I think about chitin or cellulose, materials which are very flexible and stable. With additional metal or other atomic inclusions, if this might be possible, the skin or hull could withstand strong radiation.

I'm gonna think that organic tech is much better than the usual tech. First it looks better (imagine cities who are similar to forests :D:D) and is more flexible and not so vulnerable...as an example: steel concrete structures are very weather dependent, and must be maintained. If it possible to use an organic structure which is similar built as trees, that would be great.
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WraithWorshipper Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the wonderful thing about fellow Wraith fans: many of them see the beauty and value of natural, organic tech (along with the beauty of the Wraith themselves). :hooray:
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the organic tech and style with their harmonious, soft and smart forms. An aurora class battleship seems like a chunky block next to the elegance of a Wraith hive...or a Wraith cruiser.

It would be nice to use tech by a neural interface:):)...however the most fascinating part of the Wraith is always there telepathic and empathic skills.:):)
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IncyVortex Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool concept! I love the nebula clouds a lot, and the little... plant creatures.
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :dance: lol, mega plants are cool, some kinda flying Redwoods :D:D
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Vala70 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
wow belle nébuleuse et jolie baleines (si je ne me trompe pas)
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oui,c'est exact. Merci bien, Vala:):)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful design and concept :)
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Glad your like it:):)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most welcome!
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome! :omfg: I completely love it! :nod: Maybe floating creatures that live on gas giants would be a nice idea as well! :)

P.S. The ring on the planet looks a little odd on the left side, where it borders the planet... :hmm:
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.:):)

Haha, that would be cool, like kinda giant balloons :D:D

Thank you very much for the hint :):), there I've forgotten something. I uploaded a update version now.
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D

Yes, indeed, something like that! :nod: I actually don't know how gas giant look from up close... Are they just complete spheres of gas, or do they actually have some sort of core:?

And yes, much better now! :)
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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As an example for Jupiter this planet has a rocky core, probably even rock-ice core. But otherwise it has no hard surface because there is no typical phase transition between the states of matter. The pressure inside is so high, that hydrogen becomes metal properties ..however the main elements of Jupiter are hydrogen and helium. Oh, and it very cold there...:XD:
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Indiliel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Awesome color selection. That species sounds very interesting :nod:
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you:):):hug: That was "Fummelarbeit":D with the background, but also a lot of fun, because I learned something new.

Well, the whale I don't know whether such can be possible, but the imagination that hard electromagnetic radiation such as X-rays could be used similar as the photosynthesis process would be great.
However, the repair mechanisms in the cell to be much higher.
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Indiliel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
You'Re welcome :hug:

Even if it might not be possible it is still an awesome thought. There are so many things we don't know about and so many biological mechanisms we haven't discovered yet, so who knows what's out there =)
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:

Perhaps it is even possible to live without water, if you have liquid methane as a solvent, though it has other chemical properties.
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Indiliel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I heard theories like that, too. It would be so awesome, if that would be discoverd one day :eager:
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, the Saturne moon Titan.:eager:

But there are also a kind of water ice, which is not your typical ice we know, but has kind of flowing characteristic. However, the molecular bonding and hydrogen bonding is different in this ice and the molecular lattice is not hexagonal.
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Indiliel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I'm already nervously watching what the newest Mars discoveries are. It so cool to see the geology of that planet is like ours :XD:
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!!!! :XD: Curiosity found pebbles.:D:D The evidence is so clear that there is water on Mars.
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