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Gordenobyte by JoeMacGown Gordenobyte by JoeMacGown
Colored ink, acrylic paint, and Rapidograph pen on birch plywood, 11.5 X 24 inches. Another weird fish/mud puppy kind of deal.

"Gordenobyte"

The Gordenobyte is a fishlike, semi-aquatic, amphibian that dwells in small, sun dappled, ephemeral pools in the Fernal Forest. Although it appears to be a single creature, it is in fact, an amalgamation of several symbiotic and parasitic creatures that together form the one. Not unlike the many cells, bacteria, and viruses that come together to form the human body. As a result of its different organic components, the Gordenobyte has the ability to ingest many types of food. Depending on availability of resources, it may be carnivorous, herbivorous, bacteriophagous, or omnivorous. It even has the capability of absorbing nutrients from the air and water through minute feeding pores located on the dorsum of the body. Gordenobytes are typically accompanied by a variety of other symbiotic and parasitic creatures that feed upon leftovers, wastes, and exudates produced by the Gordenobytes. Eventually, many of these smaller creatures become incorporated into the Gordenobyte itself. Living in fleeting pools of viscous, golden liquid, this wondrous creature lives in an extremely harsh environment that at times is entirely aquatic, but alternates between being completely dry. The Gordenobyte, a living fossil, has had adequate time throughout the vast millennia to evolve in such a way as to thrive in such an impermanent ecosystem. To accommodate the various stages of watery to anhydrous conditions it is relegated to exist in, the Gordenobyte can survive for long periods of time in a completely dehydrated, quiescent state for long periods of time. During those times in between, when the pools in which it lives become muddy slime-pits, the Gordenobyte extends its various pseudopod-like breathing tubes through the murky depths to bring in air from above. At these times, it brings in nutrients through the rich primordial ooze in an osmotic action. Reproduction is a relatively simple budding process. As the Gordenobytes reach a maximum population density for a particular pool, body parts are released. These "young" Gordenobytes then travel in search of new habitat. While locomotion is not its primary function, a Gordenobyte can travel across terrestrial surfaces with leg like facsimiles. In times of flood occurrences, these ancient creatures simply flow to new destinations. During severe drought conditions, the desiccated and seemingly dead crystallized bodies may be carried in the wind and dropped inadvertently to new locales. Gordenobytes may also be ingested by other creatures; however, due to their unique physiology, most organisms cannot actually digest them. If, per chance, they are ingested by another denizen of the Fernal Forest, they eventually are eliminated as waste; thus finding yet another pathway of movement to a new destination.
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:iconnovus41:
novus41 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic work
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! these are fun!
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:iconnovus41:
novus41 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You`re welcome:)
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kd-matheson Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Fantastic!..i love your incredible and brilliant imagination !!!! Bravo Joe!!!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks man! I think I see things in a different way. And, the feeling is mutual! Love your stuff. 
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eroger4 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, these are fun. Sold this at the opening of a show in Dallas last week!
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Design for your new avatar? :P
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
haha, no, just some weird stuff I see regularly;)
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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RainReedshimmer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for all the accompanying info - very interesting!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
just don't believe any of it;)
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:iconrainreedshimmer:
RainReedshimmer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awww.....and it sounded so impressive ;)
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
well yeah;) 

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SalHunter Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
WoW ... such beautiful detail!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much! Very fun to do. 
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:iconforevergaard:
Forevergaard Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks much! This was a fun one. 

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SmileyJEM Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconeagerplz:
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks much!
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SmileyJEM Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome!! This is stunning!
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danieldenta169 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Got a link to an image of an actual gordenobyte?
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
As far as I know, there is not an actual gordenobyte. I made that word up and the info about it up. Thought it sounded cool.
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dholms Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol.
i don't know what's more insane,...this incredible image or this description!!
'rapidograph pen on birch plywood'?
ok. that's kinda insane as well!
well,...whatever,...it works man!
love the sweet color and,...yeah,...INSANE detailing!
very cool!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks eh! yeah, I know right, rapidograph on birch, who knew. Very effective actually.
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:iconmbkkr:
MBKKR Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Love this one, great job Joe... it's time i should do one of these again :D
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! yes you should, you do amazing things! Wish I had your technical abilities. These are pretty cool in person, I like the effect on wood.
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SanderJansen Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank ya man!
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:iconsanderjansen:
SanderJansen Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Welcome Joe!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
hey, this is the sort of thing that I would like to do with you. Would you be interested??
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SanderJansen Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Can it be done with watercolors?
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:iconsanderjansen:
SanderJansen Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hey Joe that would be very cool! Only need to know how it is done.
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agre76 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great details i love that
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! trying to create something detailed, but still having some form, albeit somewhat loose!
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:iconagre76:
agre76 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i love to discover Your new works Joe..
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Yainderidoo Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Beautiful iconsparklesplz: and delicious organic....MMMMmmmmmmmm....
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:iconyainderidoo:
Yainderidoo Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Now better: Beautiful and delicious organic....MMMMmmmmmmmm....:iconsparklesplz:
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
both good, thanks!
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Fractalvision Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love it.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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ChlorineCrows Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
That's nuts!!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah,
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AdmiralSilv Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazingly unique.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, starting to feel like I have my own thing going on
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galapogosian Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Your absence is always felt.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, nice to know I am missed. I have lots going on, but this stuff takes forever, so, yeah...
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rui-thinik Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
the detail ._.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ah yes, the detail!
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