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Stone In Profile by DimeSpin Stone In Profile by DimeSpin
This is Stone. The Melliferian cecropia silkmoth seen before but never properly introduced.

He's a long distance surveillance flier for the Amber Rust hive, he goes on flights of days or weeks when needed to collect information.

He habitually wears his training collar, from the days when he was too young to go on flights alone. Melliferians raise other insects for specific tasks, and they are raised by one specific individual who is responsible for them, and in charge of teaching them what they need to know for the job they'll have for the rest of their lives. To make sure he would be okay on his own, Stone had to wear a collar with a leash and his trainer would go with him on his flights. That's her number on his collar (since Melliferians, the worker bees anyway, have numbers, not word based names).

His trainer died before his training was complete. Others stepped in, but he insists his training was never actually completed and keeps his collar on, even though he's free to remove it now.

Also for the detail oriented: Yes he has a mouth siphon, even though silk moths don't have mouth parts. The non-bee Melliferian insects are all basically frankensteins created by their hive, and they make changes where the basic plan would be a problem. It'd be kinda pointless to have a critter that needed a few years to develop their intelligence that was going to die in a few weeks.

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pallanoph Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing, original concept... I love that you've put character into his face without giving "too much". Wonderful detail and colors, as well! :)
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Silence-wicked Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
I don't know who you are. but I love you. I want to draw like you draw. I love the giant silk moths and the story behind your characters is fantastic! I assume at this point they are related. you are an increddible individual. this is so good.
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DSil Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Student General Artist
Good detail and painting style. I like the lighting on this one.
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
I love the story behind this guy. Your Insect characters are very interesting!
His eyes are great, and I love his fernlike antennae! Nice lightening effects on those.
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sweething852002 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Aww poor thing. I wish I could comfort it. He's so cute. Great design btw.
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seventh7scense Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
You have very interesting creatures and draw them out very well.. I love them.
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely design and very thoughtful creation.
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Wolfyu Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
You put so much thought into your characters and their design! :heart:
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notreallypurple Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Ohmy my heart has been palpitating for a moth person drawn by you. <3 He's wonderful. Even if he does have mouth parts.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting idea! I love your characters. :)

I think you did a great job with the shading - nice purple shadows - and the highlight on his antennae look great! You can tell he's a boy because they're so fluffy! ^_^
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