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Mulefa Concept by KatSaw Mulefa Concept by KatSaw
This is a mulefa from the final book of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. In the books; the mulefa are strange four-legged creatures that are as intelligent as people. They are strange in that they have evolved in such a way that they have no spines and their legs are positioned in a "diamond" shape - one in the front, two in the side, one in the back. They use the side limbs to push themselves along because the forelimbs hold seed-pods that they use as wheels.
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cricketflint Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic, the best concept I've seen so far. Most people drew the mulefa based almost entirely on elephants (which, obviously, is not even close), and others based them on tapirs and make the trunks far too short to use tools and weave.
I'm going to try to do one of my own, I'd really like to see Pullman's depiction for all the curious readers.
Great job!
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KatSaw Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much .. I should probably redraw this at some stage; it's gotten a lot of love but it's pretty old art and a bit .. dated-looking to me. And I keep feeling it should be a bit more stocky -- Mary seems to convey the sense of largeness the whole time; or so I felt anyway. My drawing looks a bit spindly to me. Thanks for your observations on practicality; I tried to make it as logical as possible =) Do please link me to your concept if you get around to drawing something.
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roisinpower Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
That is so how imagined them
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KatSaw Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ah thank you very much ... I wanted the horns to be a bit smoother; like the oiled claw, kind of; but then stuff happened and they went knobbly =)
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roisinpower Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Its still a great picture
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KatSaw Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Many thanks =)
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LozzaWaterBender Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i LOVE the mufela ^^
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KatSaw Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you <3 Lots of fun to draw .. I'm waiting with interest to see how they are portrayed in the movie [if anyone ever decides to continue with the screen versions].
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LozzaWaterBender Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah I bet lol, I don't know if they will make another movie... lol
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jiuhfgtr Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Great concept, it almost looks like what i imagined.
I hated the movie too, it didn't had the magic the book has and the plot is too mixed, too that it makes the movie just another cliched hollywood film, Pullman should ask master hayao miyazaki to do the series into a real animated movie
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