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I'd barely had any decent images of Blattahali (cockroach) Vera in her freshly molted stage, and since I plan on commissioning several artists to draw her down the road, I figured I'd paint a somewhat realistic example of her squishy, fresh exoskeleton. In case you didn't know, cockroaches are, as many insects, white after they shed their skin. It's only temporary, lasting maybe a couple hours. As their exoskeleton hardens, it slowly darkens to its original (or a new) color. I will be posting some photo examples of this to my photography folder soon, along with educational information on roaches. *edit* here are 3 so far, will be posting more later! -

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Here were the only previous images of her in this stage:
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Her segments and such don't have to be exact, obviously, this is just a general idea. I try to draw her as close to a cockroach as possible while retaining human and feline characteristics, which is not easy xD

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Oh wow... thank you so much for the DD. Second time this has happened in the 7 years I've used dA. <3
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-04-09
New Skin by ~v-e-r-a ( Suggested by rioIu and Featured by KovoWolf )
:iconhappyhorseshoe303:
happyhorseshoe303 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
i faved this a while ago, but i think i forgot to tell you how TOTALLY AWESOME this is!!!!!!
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:iconcatiescarlett:
catiescarlett Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Okay in real life I am freaking terrified of roaches... but this is really awesome! Great job!
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:iconchikco:
Chikco Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
beautiful
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:iconofficerwrathpbp:
OfficerWrathPBP Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this gave new meaning to bugs bunny for me i love this so much
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:iconhtflover777:
HTFlover777 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
wow, very nice
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:iconlukequeler:
Lukequeler Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful work, a very intriguing style, would be lush animated.
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:iconbluesquirreldude:
bluesquirreldude Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
gratz on the DD! I can see why this was nominated :D
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:icondindellathedefender:
DindellaTheDefender Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfallingplz: OMGLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love how you managed to capture the very beauty of this moment in an insects life. :love:
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:iconnora302:
nora302 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
how interesting. i love all the color you used and the realism of the digital work.
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:iconmarratokensuto:
MarratoKensuto Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Awesome! ;D
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:iconbutterfleyestudio:
ButterfleyeStudio Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
This is crazy!
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:iconthelaarc:
TheLaarc Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Insect anthros! Damn right. :heart: So glad to see cockroaches get the love they deserve! They're such successful insects and people made idiotic assumptions about them. I'll be working at an insectarium this summer with some of these guys.

Vera is so beautiful, too. She makes me want to create my own insect-inspired anthro (all I have now is a dolphin, haha). The video of the beating heart is amazing!
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:icondigikids:
digikids Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the transparent look on her.
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:iconloki-odin:
Loki-Odin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Curious...there are furries...this is?
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:icontarik94:
Tarik94 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
:iconheavyplz:
IZ GOOD!
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:iconguardy:
Guardy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A... cockroach? Well, that's definately different from the usual "kawaii" cat/bunny-girl stuff. Love it. It's not only very creative, but also well painted.
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:iconhardvaro:
Hardvaro Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
What the fuck? A pearly flying cougar-cockroach-mantis humanoid?
That is beyond awesome.
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:iconsplitpea202:
splitpea202 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist
COOL!!!!
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SUGAR RUSHES STIMULATE THE IMAGINATION! JUST LOOK AT ME WHO'S LIVING PROOF!!!!!!!
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:iconhotpinksexfiend:
HotPinkSexFiend Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both really gross. . .

And really frickin' cool.
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:icon3dbrooke:
3DBrooke Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wicked cool!
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:iconchakat-stripedfur:
Chakat-Stripedfur Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Major congrats on the Daily Deviation, Vera!
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:iconticklecom:
Ticklecom Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
This thing should be in "Men in Black 3". Yrp. Its that good and cute.
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:icondrawitout:
drawitout Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :D
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:iconfungalzombiex:
FungalZombieX Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dayum!~

Look me up, I could probably do this critter justice if you commission me~
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:iconvolknerrealm:
VolknerRealm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
The first four or so comments made me want to run and hide somewhere xD
Anyhoo, I love the sqishyyy look. Lie you would hug it and it would stick :'DD
Unless it's tentacles, that hair stuff would get stuck to the squishyness ;D
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:iconxdemonheartx:
xdemonheartx Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is awesome...ditto, I'm not usually a fan of this kind of stuff, but this is amazingly done
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:iconxxdawnshadowxx:
XxDawnshadowxX Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome design! I don't usually fancy anthro insects that much, but you pulled it off so well. :wow:
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:iconpaigenulph:
PaigeNulph Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's Beautiful!
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:icongfvdgfvgdsfsf:
gfvdgfvgdsfsf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
r
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:icongfvdgfvgdsfsf:
gfvdgfvgdsfsf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
is this a roach
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:iconnominus-expers:
Nominus-Expers Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Very awesome, and congrats on the DD =3
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:iconrosepetal24:
rosepetal24 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cool
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:iconnesokaiyoh:
NesoKaiyoH Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Perhaps one of the most strangest things I've ever seen... I love it!
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:iconreygarfaust:
ReygarFaust Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wonderful work! I love you!
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:iconpuuronen:
Puuronen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
You seem to love everyone! :)
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:iconrayetherna:
RayEtherna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Congrats on DD! :3
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:iconlenlenlen1:
lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool! Is this character fantasy or sci-fi based? What is the character for? and why the fascination with roaches? thanks.
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:iconv-e-r-a:
v-e-r-a Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Sci-fi and fantasy..? I guess? Haha, I don't know. I just really love cockroaches. They're highly misunderstood and misrepresented creatures :) Only about 10 out of the 6,000+ different species are invasive; the rest spend their time being more useful to the ecosystem than most people are. =P
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:iconlenlenlen1:
lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm originally from the inner city and let me tell you, roaches there suck ass! In the city they're nothing but vermin. yuck. But your creature is very cool!
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:iconunknowntone:
UnknownTone Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
whoaaa.
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:iconnighzmarquls:
Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely deviation, but I really find the most lovely quality of those photos in how well, 'human' the new exoskeleton really looks?

Hard to describe but the texture detail is all kinds of wonderful and really makes for an amazing and rarely seen quality :)

Thanks for sharing that I'll have to mull on it and maybe try painting something off that inspiration.
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:iconmichellemonsterous:
MichelleMonsterous Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Artist
wow
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:icondendril:
dendril Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011   General Artist
You have a wonderful talent for drawing reflections and creating that smooth, shiny kind of surface.
I love the iridescent quality of her.
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:iconbritolitos96:
britolitos96 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student General Artist
GOD !!! THOSE LINKS ARE SICK !!!
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:iconv-e-r-a:
v-e-r-a Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Good or bad "sick"? If bad, kindly take yourself elsewhere and leave those of us who love insects to appreciate them in peace. :)
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:iconbritolitos96:
britolitos96 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Uhm, i just made a comment, i didn't meant to be mean... Your deviantion is great, but I just didn't appreciated those links, that's all !
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:iconvolknerrealm:
VolknerRealm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
You and you alone made me curious enough to follow the links :'D
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:iconv-e-r-a:
v-e-r-a Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
You were warned, didn't have to look. Thanks
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