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Slake Moth by scarypet Slake Moth by scarypet
The nightmarish bane of new crobuzon's night skies..
the slake moth from
China Mieville's novel - Perdido Street Station

this bugger hypnotizes people with it's wings;
fixated on the swirling patterns in the shapeless black wings, the victim succumbs to a dazed stupor..
slobbering serpentine tongue shoots out... and sucks the victims neural pulses/brainwaves/dreams/mind..

nothing is left but a drooling imbecile... incapacitated,

death is better.

prettyface closeup here ---> [link]
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Do the Weaver next! :D
28dragons Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Amazing! You really capture how terrifying and ferocious and alien it is.
soozeQ Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
sick ass beastie
Araiii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
I just finished this book. Very interesting concept of a slakemoth.
umlando Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Ouch! That's pretty freaking awesome. Just finished PSS, and I'm not sure I'm brave enough to go back to New Crobuzon.
LoonyYunie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Student
This is amazing. This is most what I imagined the slake moths looking like. I love the art.
MoroNoKimi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
This is the only illustration/interpretation of a slake-moth that I've seen that didn't seem far too "cute" XD

Perfect job on the teeth and tongue.
scarypet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009   General Artist
thanks! how could you make a slake moth 'cute' though? hahahaha
UglyDuckling629 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
omg... You know, I kinda saw, in my head, the wings were a bit more colorful. But this picture really captures it, so much so that I feel now my head was wrong, and this is the correct version!
scarypet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009   General Artist
oh.. hehehe thanks for checking it out!
steve-flow Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Nice job mate
CrystalJoy-Creations Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:omfg: Holly crap! That really scared me, first I thought it was a dragon of some sort. When I zoom up on it by full viewing it wasn't a dragon XD

Now I understand the title of this picture :giggle: awesome and amazing job! I really enjoyed this picture a lot. :hug:
scarypet Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008   General Artist
thanks! hehe try to read the book (if you're into science fiction and fantasy) ^^ :hug:
CrystalJoy-Creations Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure i'll chack it out, I love science fiction and fantasy. :heart:
Mottenfest Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh whoa!! I'm reading this right now, you did a stunning job!!
scarypet Featured By Owner May 10, 2008   General Artist
Oscarthe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
Wow, I did not think that it could be done!

seawolf9 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007   Photographer
I've been thinking of sketching one of these since I hit the portion of the book where the caterpillars are delivered, so I thought I'd check out the competition.

I really like your design (especially the wings), but thankfully it's different from the one I had in mind. What program did you use for the coloring? Photoshop?

Did Mieville ever give a more detailed description of the moths? I'm currently at the page (about 200) where Isaac tells Yagharek that everything's gone to hell.
scarypet Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007   General Artist
I used photoshop and painter.. actually, i don't recall an all-over description of the Slake Moth in the book. The only particularly striking descriptions were of it's head and wings, and it's attitude.. Though it was definitely humanoid to some degree.. Leaves a lot to imagination, thus i bet there are many different interpretations! Show me your design! (spoiler-the garuda will be ------------ hehe kidding)
Trevone Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Slake mutha packing moth! I heard there were suppose to be 4 of them..
Now that would be a "scarypet" indeed..
tyleena Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
my my come give mommy a kiss*is torn to bits*wellit just so cute i couldn't stop myself!!!
scarypet Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007   General Artist
oh no! heheheh
tyleena Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
sorry !!!can i still touch it with the nubs that i have for hands?!!!oh please:giggle:
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