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Big Five: Rhino 2 by CrazyAsian1 Big Five: Rhino 2 by CrazyAsian1
So I think it's about time I explained what all this animal mecha is about.
The Big Five robots are part of an anti-poaching organization that protect endangered animals from illegal poaching.
Today poaching of endangered animals in Africa is becoming quite a problem. Particularly for Rhinos and Elephants. Organizations like the IAPF(International Anti-Poaching Foundation) fight to protect these animals everyday. They're constantly understaffed, ill equipped, and rely mostly on donations to continue to operate.
The inspiration for this series came from their recent application of UAV's in the operations. I wanted to take that idea further and use the animals themselves as the drones taking their natural characteristics and behaviors to protect their real life counterparts. I chose the Big Five animals because most of them are threatened/endangered and they are iconic animals of the African continent.

I'm going to keep developing this series. I'd like to turn it into a book and use the profits to support the IAPF. Thanks for all your support and feedback for the work I've done so far. It's a good feeling to know that my work is being appreciated by people around the world.

Stay tuned for more!
samuraivalerie Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
A book huh?
does that exist yet?
i find myself wanting to read it.
Cleturner7 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Very beautiful detail....mind blowing
artsyfactors Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
this is out of this world! I am fascinated!
Jacsanti Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
I like the tribal paint on it, as well as the idea of the robots protecting their real-life counterparts. Almost something out of an old cartoon, a robot animal with a similarly "themed" human character.
BLACKPANTHER67 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Effing amazing!!!!
GlassJay1 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Holy crap dude, you basically just drew a Masai warrior in Ghost Recon gear! This is amazing.
roffle Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Hello - I am creating a custom set of Magic: The Gathering cards for some friends, that I would eventually like to make available online. I have used this art on a card. Can you please let me know if I should credit it differently than "CrazyAsian1", or if you would prefer I not use it?

amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are you gonna do a crocodile for research purposes?
Rookie141 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really adore your pictures, they're just perfect!
but i have two questions: how long do you need for a picture like this?
and are you going to draw such a mech hyena one day? that'd be cool. or a baboon or something like that :D
sioSIN Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i will read that book! it would be cool if it was turned into a movie
Avast-Smith Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Great Concept.
warrior-cat-poet Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Writer
This is honestly such an inspiring and lovely idea. I cannot wait to see it evolve into something much greater. You bet I'll be running out the door if in fact this is published. :giggle:
scarreach Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
I love your work, mixing two things together seamlessly is a deep love of mine and I believe your cause is most just. Yes I would love to see more of your work and believe when I say this I do hope you have this in a book of some kind
Comixwiz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really awesome concepts!
skyfireJax Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Yes!!!! Keep it up and make a book!!!!!
Hydrus-v-riddle Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing.

I would love to see this as some sort of video game too. Maybe a vs game that would be a combination of something open world like DayZ and a class-based teamfighting game, like Team Fortress 2 or Primal Carnage.
Wallaceclan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Using robot animals to hunt poachers. There's an interesting idea.
rajasegar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
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Injin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant idea, and great execution. If there is an artbook someday that will be for charity, I'd love one. Heck, I'd buy one for my mom as well, she'd love it too. :)
brouthwaite Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I see some people talking about a published book? I think that's a great idea, I love your robot animals, even better if the books created donations to really go the IAPF ;)
Gatekat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would absolutely love to see a book of your mecha animals, the big 5 and otherwise. I'd even pitch in for a kickstarter or something like it. It'd be so gorgeous.
TheDoorstopper Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, I am down for this!  A good cause and an extremely awesome concept!  I wanna see where this goes.  Animals are a great source of inspiration, and they must be protected.
Toxiclilly Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
It makes me really happy to find out that this is meant to support the IAPF! :) If theses drones were real, I think poachers would be to scared to even set a trap!
I  have enjoyed your art and found it so amazing and interesting, keep up the great work and I really hope you make that book! :D
Ranggiana Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I commend your part of for this action! Poaching is really huge problem.
MalinaIthil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Writer
Awesome pick - yeah the rhino poaching here is revoltingly bad, vultures are also really suffering - well all the animals are but rhinos and vultures are on top :(
Guardian105 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
If you indeed create a book, I'll be one of the first in line with a fistfull of cash.
JMiera Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is a wonderful thing that you're doing! Please keep going! :D
ComputerCoyote Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Man, that's a great idea!! I hope everything turns out!! :)
Good luck!!
kasuka-chan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Very cool!  I know they might not be as iconic as the others, but I'd love to see mechs of Cheetahs and Zebras. :)
AxisEnigma Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You know what would be super awesome? Is if they actually disguised robots to look like the animals, and them when someone shoots at it, it shoots back.
Betakamo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That mechanic Rhino is A W S O M E !!! :headbang: 
marinamaral Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work!
SythMog Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Too dope
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
It's a GREAT concept, a worthy cause, and most of all , great art
DorianOrendain Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
FastFlyer01 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I can't WAIT to see the other animals! I love the idea/concept of turning the animals into drones; that is a very original idea.

Also, I favorited an artwork by another artist that drew a couple of giant mech turtles in a style similar to the ones you drew of your animals; the link is below:

Do you know this artist and this artwork? I hope he is not copying your style; that would be wrong.

Keep up the good work.
CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha thank you!!
Yeah i know that artists work. It looks great! :D
Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's getting common when some artists 'replicating' CrazyAsian's concept, they just want more species joining the concept with their own designs. I see no harm for it, unless the artist really copying the design of his as well as the animal. 
Auwinhawk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
The Info Is were You  keep going with it. but your artwork was cool now it is on a new lavel man
CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha thank you. I'm trying to push myself as hard as i can for this project :)
Auwinhawk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
there groups on this site and I have friends on them like Map and Flags for one an not to be rude your work  is so good. It is not bad idea I am I right .
InanisTesta Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just. Awesome.
wolftrash Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very cool!

Ajax94 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Cool! :J
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CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! :D
Rhunyen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like it!
CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
I kinda figured it was something like that, and I think it is awesome that you're going ot keep developing the series. It's been really astounding.
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