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SHARKWEEK: Velvet Belly by squeedgemonster SHARKWEEK: Velvet Belly by squeedgemonster
Shark Week continues on. Today, say hello to the Velvet Belly Latern Shark. Again, this is for ~lexuswolf's Shark Week Sketch Jam, which means stop requesting sharks I do next please and thank you.

While looking for refs, I first saw this and thought "aw, cute li'l guys, aren't they?" I then later stumbled upon THIS and was like "JESUS CHRIST, HOW HORRIFYING". I decided to go for a creepy angle, which is funny because these things are totally harmless and hardly longer than a foot. Not sure how well I did with this one but... enjoy?

The Velvet Belly is a type of deep sea dogfish and, like other lantern sharks, is bio-luminescent. It has light-emitting photophores that form a species-specific pattern over its flanks and abdomen that are thought to function in counter-illumination, which camouflages the shark against predators.

Go to DISCOVERY.COM/SAVETHESHARKS for more facts and information about sharks.

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Drawn with Paint Tool SAI
Textures & editing done in CS4
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really awesome, you have such a wicked drawing style! :wow:
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:iconwhimsical-owl96:
whimsical-owl96 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
when i saw the picture i couldnt help but lol... hes like "DURRHURRHURR. :D"
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scorpionmetal Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
thats not horrifying in the link my other comment shows real horror from dark waters
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:iconlk-nightshade:
lk-nightshade Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
This one is so cool! I liked that thresher too!
Great coloring on all these! And I also really like the little splashes of color for a bg :)
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:iconjpui:
jpui Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The shark in that link looks like it's smiling lol
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:iconeternalwandering:
EternalWandering Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
JESUS CHRIST WHY DID I CLICK ON THAT LINK AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

But he's still cute. :heart:
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:iconaxem-ranger-black:
axem-ranger-black Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
cute~<3
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:iconneotigger143:
neotigger143 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
This one's my favorite so far... so cute and deadly looking!
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:iconsunduvhar:
Sunduvhar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
O3O I love the purple fins.
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:iconcptcocopuffs:
CptCocoPuffs Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love these sharks that you're drawing they're just so PIMP! :D
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:iconsaira-dikai:
Saira-diKai Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
So nice color
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:iconprotypem3x:
PROtypeM3X Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
sick >:D
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:iconteta268:
teta268 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks so pro I actually wanna hug it.
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:icontrapezoidalkidneys:
TrapezoidalKidneys Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Almost as cute as the cookie cutter. [link]
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:iconlegendofcarbon:
LegendofCarbon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
He looks a little derpy, not saying that in a bad way, it just i can see the caption "derp" floating next to him very easly.
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:iconpsycocat:
psycocat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy he'll that is awesome! I didn't know there were glowing sharks!
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scorpionmetal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
yeah they like to be in deeeeep water like the goblin shark it doesent glow but it lives in deep water heres a link to an image of the shark coming out of dark waters [link]
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I say they still look cute! Not as horrifying as the goblin shark :greetings: ...You're not gonna do that one, are yas? :paranoid:
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im-a-narutard Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
This is really cool. And I looked at the picture links you had posted. The first one I thought was cute but the second one scared me. Even thought I was looking through my fingers. It was creepy.....O_O
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DeadAnthro Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yay! Bio-luminescent fiches are the best! :D
It's really cool! Nice work! :D
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lil-puppy23 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I've been watching this series and I must say, I like it very much :D
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RedStereoVirus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep.
[link]
Made due to you. Kthnx.
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:iconscorpionmetal:
scorpionmetal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
sharks are awsome
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:iconthoma:
thoma Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
perfect colours the orange splattas make the picture :p
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rubberbend Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Where'd you get your splatter brushes?
They look so effing good *_*
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:iconsqueedgemonster:
squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You can get most of the brushes I used here :3
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:iconimmortal45:
Immortal45 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Artist
Very cool
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:iconrequiredwerewolf:
requiredwerewolf Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
This guy just looks awesome! It's so awesome to see sharks getting attention~ And your style is awesome.
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:iconkorini-chan:
Korini-chan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
you are just fantastic at sharks. as for those pictures, I too had the 'awww it's so cute' then 'AAA OH NEVERMIND' reaction...
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:iconthe-friendly-troll:
the-friendly-troll Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've really liked your shark series.
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yuukitiny1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
it pretty :)
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ZeacorZeppelin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome. :iconsharkplz:
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:iconpolarkeet:
Polarkeet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Filmographer
LOVE this guy!!! Great work! :D
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:iconwrytergirl:
wrytergirl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*gasp* Purple shark! 8D awesome.
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sa8668 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
Do you per chance have anywhere where you've "exposed" your process? I would like to know about your workflow.
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:iconkruyken827:
kruyken827 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
tis an epic win. ^^
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:iconswifttail27:
Swifttail27 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
This looks amazing in your style ;u;
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:icongunslinger-of-hearts:
Gunslinger-of-Hearts Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh! I love those! :icondragonwant:
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:icondemonliza:
DemonLiza Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
*gasp* They're so cute! :meow: Those eyes are just so adorable. It's hard to believe that that widdle thing is a shark. :D
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DeathToSquishies Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you so much for teaching us about adorable sharks. <3
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SkuldNevermore Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
AAAHHH SO PURPLE! <3
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:iconkaijuduke:
KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
VERY cool looking critter! Well done
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:icondragonuv3:
Dragonuv3 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome sharks are awesome 8D
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:iconblackstar-chick:
BlackStar-Chick Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
T-they're adorable ;A;
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Tassy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome! =D
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AdorisArts Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011   General Artist
You are good in making sharks my friend :P Well done!
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RedStereoVirus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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Goddangit. You made me want one of these things as a logo character.
Ffffff.
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torchfang Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I was gonna request you have fun ._.
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LightLoveAngel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh, a purple shark xD awesome
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Sevour Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow I just love how you draw things and the colors! *-*
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