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Xolo by velvetcat Xolo by velvetcat
My concept of Xolo - a dog who is accompanying the dead in their journey into eternity.
Loyal to every soul and fearless when facing dangers in the world of Death.



P.S. it's completely blind :oops:
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:iconvalhalrion:
Valhalrion Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love how its blind!! awesome design
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SeekerofAwe Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Hey ya! Dread Knight allowed me to use this concept for a 3D character.
Have a look at the results if you're interested:
-here: [link]
-here: [link]
-and here: [link]
Have a nice day! Thank you!
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velvetcat Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sorry for the late reply.
this looks so cool! amazing job, I love it :heart:
was this concept difficult to model?
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SeekerofAwe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Well it gave me some headaches around the head but I managed to get it done. Despite that, I loved the shape of the creature and the fact that it has no eyes, those was the main reasons why I had chosen go for the 3D model. Thanx!
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purplend Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
more please.
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ArisenDreams Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ooh wow, fantastic creature concept with an interesting story :boing: really nicely done!
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xTorchwoodx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not actually a concept with an interesting story. It is a twisted (and very well done!) form of a real dog who is, according to the history of the peoples of Mexico and South America, who is said to accompany the dead through the underworld. The xoloitzcuintli is a hairless dog native to Central and South America that has been around for over 3000 years. When a person died a xolo was sacrificed and buried with them because, in order to cross the underworld, they needed the xolo guide.

There is a river (or rivers, I can't remember) that must be crossed and it is said to remove the sin from one's body. Butterfly xolos (the ones with the round white spots on their legs and bellies) are said to be the xolos who chose to come back to earth and those spots are from where the sin was washed from their bodies from the river.

With all that said, it is easy to see where the inspiration for this piece came from. It is weird and creepy and looks nothing like the beautiful xoloitzcuintli but it definitely has something xolo-ish about it and it is a great piece of art!
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ArisenDreams Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, I love myths and legends like that so thanks for this! :aww:
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xTorchwoodx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)

I come back to look at this piece often because, while an original concept, there is definitely something obviously xolo about it. It's wonderful :)
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Vir-Norin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like his profile, gesture and zig-zag lines.
I wish i could make so beautiful concept-art before make it 3D. Unfortunately I am a noob in a drawing
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ha ha, I wish I could do 3d models for my concepts ;D
you know, if you want to do a collaboration some day, let me know :blushes:
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Vir-Norin Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am pretty new in 3D (2 years as whole and almost one - as sculptor). But who knows, maybe in the future I will create something based on your concept and that will blow peoples mind :). That will be great :)
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup: :heart:
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WolfDragonSpirit Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome! I want to be able to do conceptual art like this. (Like game artists do with the landscapes and characters etc..)
I get a good idea in my head but when I draw it, I just can't do it :'(
Also how do/did you practice, like did you use references and then just used your own ideas with the body shape etc..?
And how did you learn to shade/colour like that? :? :heart: :love: :+fav: I hope to be like you one day :')
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ha ha, actually i feel like there's still a lot to learn for me, I'm surprised when people want to reach such skills as mine :) but thank you :heart:

Well, I finished art academy, but when it comes to such conceptual art, I learned everything on my own. Used a lot of references (and still am in most cases). I use references for some parts of my drawings, like muscle references, or for some objects that I don't know how to draw.
I guess I learned how to shade way before I started doing concept art. Back then I drew portraits of people and animals, using only pencils, so that helped me a lot to get the idea how shading works. And about coloring, I'm still learning that. Reference photos help here a lot as well :) I always say to myself that I should check some tutorials or just read some books about coloring, to get a better idea, but I guess I'm a little bit stubborn when it comes to learning from other sources, so I try to understand everything on my own. Which is a bad example actually, so I suggest that you should check some tutorials or read some art books, or even take art classes :)
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TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
How do you do such awesome backgrounds??
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
textured brushes and smooth blending when painting :)
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WorldPowersEarth Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Thats suppose to help you? XD

it looks something you'd run away from the moment you see it!
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Axawatta3 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
THIS IS AWESOME! you really depicted xolotl extremely well in this picture =D
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ARTISTvrayLOVE Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... going to my favs!
OMG !!!
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chainsawkoneko Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
omg I love it!
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Love it! Looks like Alien's only natural enemy!
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :la: would be interesting to see them fighting :nod:
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
:D Welcome! And yes it would! They'd probably find Alien blood deeelicious! :D
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dassM Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
great work ! and thx for brushes .
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GotTwistedKnickers Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
awesome. i love those dogs =D
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XoCoLaTT Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
xolo was my nickname in junior high n.n
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DimmuCZ Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! I love it!! I wrote a story about it, but it's in czech XD
I love your art! : )
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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YakuzaKuroi Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Wow. Beautiful colours :D the creature is amazing and very original :D It's great, really :+fav:
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LycanLilly Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
For some reason, I think this reminds me of a furry frog. Very well painted and thought out. :) GREAAAAAAAT!
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targetll Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Student Artist
looken' goood:D:D
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your concept of lighting is very powerful, i love this~
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Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
the concept is really interesting and the realisation is beautiful with a nice choice of colors perfectly fitting the creature. I really like the anatomy and the fact it's supposed to be a "dog", it's very original.
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much :D :hug:
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digitalinkrod Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome creature:)
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:iconvelvetcat:
velvetcat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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digitalinkrod Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Youre welcome:)
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AlexandraValeria Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
wow that thing help you to pass to the underworld?look scarry...but real like you make it in a 3D program^_^
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kvetogaro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Красивый монстр! Язык его нравится;)
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SlowerThanZero Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That thing freaks me out but this is very well done! Wonderful job. =)
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:iconxxacid:
xxacid Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Great design. I love how fluid looking the body is.
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SchneeKatze09 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow what a great and unique monster I love the claws especially great job on this! :D
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Inku-inku Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Beautiful creature.
:+fav: ed.
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Karurina Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
I like the design.
It scares me!
Nice coloring and good job with the musculature, I really like his head :3
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JenCamacho Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Scary! Excellent work.
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:iconvelvetcat:
velvetcat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Dune-Epsilon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really cool!
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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Dune-Epsilon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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