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Kore and her Zoog by AphexAngel Kore and her Zoog by AphexAngel
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What was supposed to be a really quick sketch and color...
Everything went well until I started working on the coat of the Zoog (creature sitting on the girl's shoulder), and couldn't decide on a good forest omnivore coat pattern.

Fought with ideas for about a week and settled on this one, based roughly on a chipmunk, but with stripes like a sumatran rabbit, in mocha and cream colors.
I'll be doing a full creature study on this thing and it's animation cycles later (especially the run cycle. Six legs should make for an interesting run pattern.)

The Zoog is not based on Disney's... thing. Detestable design. It's based very loosely on Lovecraftian mythos, and is a denizen of the dreamworlds. These creatures, while small, can take down a man in packs. Generally they'll leave you alone, especially if you bring them food or something to play with. Clockwork toys especially.

The deviance from the Mythos is mainly because I figured this would get better response from people. A six-legged squirrel-like creature with huge ears definitely looks better than some freakish monkey with an octopus face and bulbous, freakish eyes. Take a gander here - [link]

Though completely different in appearance, they maintain the spirit of the mythos, delineated by these criteria:

# Rodent like creatures that inhabit the Enchanted Woods in the Dreamlands.
# Are intelligent and can understand most human languages. Their language is made up of whistling sounds that may be difficult to master for most people.
#Zoogs prefer tools as gifts, telescopes, clockwork toys work very well. If you have food, offer to share.
#Zoogs also make an alcoholic like drink called Zoog Juice. Not for the faint of heart, or the weak stomached.
#An angry Zoog can be troublesome, a whole village of angry Zoogs can and will rip a man asunder.

In our story, this little Zoog was taken from the forests as a wee kit and raised in the ghoul warrens. It has imprinted on Kore and her sister Kupray, and prefers sweet nuts to flesh. While Zoogs normally are difficult to raise, when properly imprinted they are highly affectionate and loyal.

EDIT: UPLOADED WRONG COLORSCHEME/PATTERN. REVISED VERSION UP.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Rather different from the zoog as depicted in Petersen's guide to the Dreamlands. A paucity of description is reponsible. the facial tentacles aid in gripping an offender's arm while the zoog - amputates it !

Chronicled is the zoog - cat war that took place in Ulthar. The law of Ulthar regarding cats is rather logical.
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AphexAngel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Unfortunately, I never had the chance to read that one. That and I tweaked the design to make the character a bit more marketable.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Zoogs figure in Lovecraft's "Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath". It's claimed to be unfinished, BUT I find it does reach a nice climax.

I tried writing a dreamworld story, but it died in gestation as a burn-out and writer's block of years' duration set in again. It involved returning a deadly book banished from the waking world, to the realm of dream, lest mankind ... Re-edited, it became 6 pages of director's cut in an already finished story that suffered from writer's block that only partially lifted.
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Ashadria Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live the design of this character. The expression is particularly nice in this one. :aww: And of course the fluffy one is just perfect, his little sharp claws look pretty impressive. oh! I love the eyes of both of them... so green, very pleasant shade. :hug: Great work!
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AphexAngel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm hoping to redesign her later when the rest of the team and I aren't so busy with our own projects. This game really needs to be made... Then again, it might be enough ahead of it's time that it's good to wait. XD
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Ashadria Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe I'm sure you'll get to it in time. :aww:
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AnonDesu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Writer
I really wanted to call it a Korean Dozmo.
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AphexAngel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yes, but that just sounds silly.
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AnonDesu Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Writer
I thought it was a witty and clever idea.
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Spengybob Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
somehow i imagined zoogs to look a bit scarier
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