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Hydra I by K4ll0 Hydra I by K4ll0
The hydra are a reptile like, biologically immortal species. Every one to two years a hydra goes through a regeneration process called the Cycle where every single cell in their body dies and then immediately after regenerates. It’s a very painful and slow process since all the cells need to be regenerated in certain order and speed so that the individual will survive the Cycle. The older a hydra is, the longer and thus more painful the process will be. During the Cycle hydra are in a very vulnerable state and thus they usually travel back to their homeworld or a well-fortified starship built for the individuals to go through their Cycle’s in peace.

During the Cycle hydra can regenerate lost limbs, heal scars and cure diseases, but this greatly increases the pain level and the Cycle’s length. Hydra have only a handful of life-threatening diseases, and most of them affect the regeneration process, making it too strong or weak for the hydra to survive. Outwards the Cycle looks similar to amphibian skin shedding; as the skin tissue renegerates it leaves a slimy substance behind, which sheds off after a while. The new skin behind is a dramatically lighter than the old one, but the skin will fully get back it’s shiny black gloss in one or two months.

Hydra are one of the oldest known species and they see themselves as the highest form of all living things. While they might be somewhat arrogant, they’re not opposed to helping other species to evolve with their technology and knowledge. Hydra are territorial but overall not very aggressive so they tend to end up as scholars or diplomats rather than soldiers.

They’re born genderless but with a genetic code for either gender which activates around maturity. While hydra don’t have much sexual dimorphism based on body type, their marking colors are an easy way to tell the males and females apart. Male colors range from violet to light blue, while female’s from red to yellow. Young hydra don’t have markings at all and sometime before maturity the markings appear but are grey.

Both genders have a sexy walk.

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Aka sexy and immortal snake people.

ZBrush + Photoshop + Notepad


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:iconguaiamustudio:
GuaiamuStudio Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconluckytran:
luckytran Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Filmographer
pro job
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RazeHalo95 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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:iconmigorus:
migorus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  New Deviant
Wow, Amazing
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:iconjessicagoal:
jessicagoal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  New Deviant
thats so cool. how many polygons did it take to get that detail?
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's a ZBrush sculpt so millions. 
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:iconjessicagoal:
jessicagoal Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  New Deviant
wow. i'm using sculptris so none of mine can reach as high without crashing.
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
ZBrush is basically 2.5D when you don't move the camera so it helps a lot, Sculptris might not be the same. My current works have millions of polygons in each subtool so the overall count is pretty insane.
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:iconjoshua-martin:
joshua-mARTin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Cool design!
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chakradiehardfan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Open species?
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, not yet at least.
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:iconchakradiehardfan:
chakradiehardfan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So it will be eventually? Also, how long has it been since you've worked on the design of one?

They're really cool and beautiful aliens by the way! What was your inspiration?
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well at least to some extent. I honestly don't have all the details of what an 'open species' truly means and don't want to open that can of worms, but I also won't stop people from having fun.

These ones are an oooold design idea, not sure when they were born exactly. I take bits and pieces of inspiration here and there, mostly from nature. Obviously the Hydra genus is a big inspiration.
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dreamfinder23 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
This is amazing but why did you steal the name of an ancient greek monster and make it look nothing like one. If you are playing off the snake aspect but nothing else then it just feels like a lose of opportunity. this is amazing but I feel it could have been named better.
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K4ll0 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Their name is a bit special one. They have one of the most complicated languages and what they call themselves is pretty much impossible to pronounce by other species. Humans actually started calling them after the animals Hydra en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_…, since well it kinda fits.

Then these guys ended up actually liking the name because of the cool mythology aspect and so they don't really mind that now every other species calls them hydra as well. 
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Dr-Vegapunk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Would make an amazing warframe
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:iconbigjack66:
Bigjack66 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  New Deviant
Awesome! Love it😎!
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:iconmikalbro:
MikalBro Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Good idea for warframe
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:iconzoggoyweah:
zoggoyweah Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Me encanto tu trabajo ;)
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:iconramen-chuu:
ramen-chuu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Mass Effect needs to hire you on for alien species. So cool!
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WhovianBron3 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
amazing. It looks like a extremely high quality model that was made for an extremely high budget or awesome animated movie that would spawn a whole new franchise. 
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KaiiKaze Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Both genders have a sexy walk."
This killed me. I love this species :D
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
: D thanks, they're gonna get updated soon. 
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:iconkeaze:
Keaze Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
This is such a beautiful design. Like a mix between a cobra and a manta ray.
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They're space salamanders to me :dummy:
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SnaypaMan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Zbrush! I Knew it ))
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ThDen-Wheja Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist
"Sexy and immortal snake people"?
That phrase does not lie. There should be more bizarre-yet-elegant designs like this!
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
: D Thanks!
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Insane-Randomness Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
You got some insane custom race models.  How do you end up going through the process of modeling?  Everyone has a step by step for doing digital or traditional art, but I've not seen much on 3d modeling.  And finally, are you open for commisions for 3d models?
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K4ll0 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thanks. My process is pretty straightforward. I do most of my stuff 100% in ZBrush, usually starting from an idea I have in my head. So basically:
idea > rough sculpt > basic colors > sculpt the silhouette and retopo > detailing > finish the coloring > pose > render time!

I do commissions but not very actively. Most of the time I rather work on my own projects but if a commission seems fun or interesting to do I'm definitely open for the idea. I only do fully rendered images like these ones though, no lowpoly gameres models since I've learned they just take far too much time for a single commission.
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Insane-Randomness Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Understandable, now if I commissioned you, I'd assume that I'd have acess to the .obj file, yes?  And if you aren't open for sommissions all the time, do you know someone who is that does 3d models?
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K4ll0 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Obj files depend of the commission type.

I usually provide the file if I do a fullbody sculpt that is more about the overall design rather than the final render. The .obj file is either a lowpoly model with not-so-great polyflow, and/or a decimated sculpt with high polycount and details. 

Renders that are basically eye candy have much less finished looking models. ie. they're usually missing parts that are not visible to the camera and so on, so I'd rather not release those files. 

Can't think of anyone (right now) who'd be open for 3d commissions. At least I don't see them advertise themselves that much, or more likely I don't pay attention the same way since I don't really ever commission 3d stuff myself =P

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Insane-Randomness Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
The reason I ask is because I would love to have a 3d model of the two main characters of the book I'm writing, one of which has a fair amount of hair, and the other a fair amount of wire thin electronics.  I've dabbled in 3d modeling, mostly in bryce 7, and my skills are no-where near good enough.  If I were to commission you, what would your price be?  Seriously, anything, name your price.  It might take me a while to get it, but I would for something like that.
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K4ll0 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:) Sent you a note with some information.
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:iconsts1213:
sts1213 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Not the hydra I know of but still pretty cool!
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1FlamingTurtle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
this would be a great warframe model 
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jferg45 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Pretty fricken cool !!!
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Shadow-Zephyr Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
This one is superb, I love it, including the racial biography!
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:iconketoryuu:
ketoryuu Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks amazing just wow
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:iconintel16:
Intel16 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HOORAY FOR SEXY WALKS!!! This is brilliant :)
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe thanks :)
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TheMerryWolf Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, that's awesome!
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Chinesegal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
If they never die, how comes it that they are never overpopulated?
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They're not huge fans of reproduction, not like your average mammals. It's partly because of their genes and partly for the same reason the birthrate is going down in our developed nations. These days they have strict laws about reproduction but they're rarely needed.
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clokverkorange Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Breasts on a reptile. 

#notsayinganything

#justsaying
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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
=p They're only muscle tissue.
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:iconclokverkorange:
clokverkorange Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Muscle tissue that happens to near-exactly replicate human mammaries. I'm sure there's a biological and evolutionary reason for that.

#notsayinganything

#justsaying
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K4ll0 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well they are humanoid aliens. It's a design choise, same as the quite human looking hands, or the fact that they have 2 arms and 2 legs. Completely non-human looking species are fun but these are not one of them. 
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clokverkorange Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
"While hydra don’t have much sexual dimorphism based on body type, their marking colors are an easy way to tell the males and females apart."

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:iconk4ll0:
K4ll0 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
? It means that males and females look pretty much the same, the colors are the only way for other species to tell them apart. 
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