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That is an obscenely shocking change by VCR-WOLFE That is an obscenely shocking change by VCR-WOLFE
So much like my precious Tezcatli babies, who received a big ol' overhaul, I decided to give an overhaul to another species as well, from the same world as the Tezcatli.

This species is called Tecatl. You may not recognize them now that they've changed, but this here is their previous iteration:

Now, all those years ago that I first made them, I had always wanted them geared towards having a very lemur-like appearance. Unfortunately I was shit at drawing primates back them so the Tecatl ended up looking like blue humanoids. To be frankly honest they even looked like scaly Na'vi, hell the buggers were even blue. Going back to them I desperately wanted to shift them away from any semblance to Avatar or giant blue cat people. I think I succeeded pretty well in that.

I didn't really choose any lemur species to base them on, but I had to do a lot of research into lemur biology. I'd say for appearances, these guys are very loosely similar to sifakas and ruffed lemurs. Generally, though, they have toothcombs like lemurs, as well as the sublingua used to clean the toothcomb, though with them being sentient with a civilized culture they've developed floss-like tools to aide in teeth cleaning, etc. They got some other lemur features but I just wanted to talk about the toothcombs mm. The species is widely variable outside of this basic form here that I've drawn. Different faces, hair length and color, eye color; much like how humans can be widely different. On these drawings, the dark coloring on the body denotes where bare skin is, with minimal to no hair, and the lighter coloring shows where hair and fur grows longer and thicker. The hair color is often a light, almost white color but can also be creamy colored, rusty red, or black. The hair on the head can be many different lengths, is often styled or even shaved. Eye color generally tends to be yellows and oranges, but rarely can be green, blue, or very dark brown. The flesh and innards are bluish grey in color, and the blood is a deep blue.

Species relations-wise, Tecatl are a mammalian animal that grew and developed alongside Tezcatli in a sort of symbiotic relationship of sorts. The two species share a blended culture, but with obvious species-specific differences boiled down due to natural morphology and biological needs.

If you were to generalize a cultural aesthetic, Tecatl culture is like a vague mixture of African and Meso-American cultures, more leaning towards Meso-American. When not adapted to city life, they live in smaller outlying villages that rely more on hunting and gathering as opposed to agriculture and fishing. They wear intricate woven and dyed clothes that are most often simply draped around the body, or sometimes fashioned into more fitted clothes, it depends on personal preference. In some regional cultures and ceremonies, individuals will have their tails docked. Jewelry and piercings are also very common, as well as fur dying.

In the catastrophe that ended with Tezcatli being pushed to the edge of endangerment and extinction, the Tecatl remained resilient. Whereas the Tezcatli are prone to relying on technology and intellectual bliss, Tecatl are more 'survival' oriented. They hold culture well, they know how to live off the land since they require a far greater variety in nutrition much like ourselves, rather than snarfing down salt incessantly like their chitinous friends. Where the Tezcatli are always moving forward in advancement, the Tecatl know the old days, they remember them and will call upon that basal knowledge when in need. It is this contrast that actually binds the two species together, the Tezcatli build for their futures and advancing them immensely, the Tecatl hold onto the past and culture so as to preserve both races and avoid them from being lost and forgetting who they are.
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StarEclypse Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
The Tecatl have such a rich culture and I am excited to see some of the clothes that they may wear? But I am really liking the new design for them they seem more connected to the Tezcatli for some reason, if that makes any sense. Great work as always :D
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ahh yeah I've been workin' on the clothes a little. Variances in region, use, etc. and all.

Thank you!
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Kanizo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Whoa, quite a change from the last design! I really like this new design though, it works really well, and you can definitely see the lemur like appearance in them. (And the toothcomb thing is so cool as well xD).

Aaah I really love the ears and feet/hands for some reason haha.
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ahha yeah they certainly look closer to what I wanted.

Thank you! I'm fond of their hair patterns muhself.
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Springheart16 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Hrm... What's the relationship between the Tecatl race and the Tezcatli race, exactly? Like, do they live together or work together, or, what? Or do they have a non-direct-contact relationship?
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
The answer to that is in the description.
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Springheart16 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, I see it now; apologies for not paying attention to that...
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah I kinda type all this stuff out for a reason.
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Springheart16 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Noted; I shall look more carefully next time.
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annarcky Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god they look so different than before i'm gonna freak out
like i always feel like you can't improve further cos you've hit top and then you get like 200 times better than before and i'm just sitting here dumbfounded
good artist alert
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