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Big Five: White-Backed Vulture. by CrazyAsian1 Big Five: White-Backed Vulture. by CrazyAsian1
White-backed Vulture - Gyps Africanus

Vultures patrol protection zones providing aerial recon and basic first aid capabilities. Their main job is to locate recently poached animals and mark them for investigation. If anti-poaching units are in the area the Vulture can land near the corpse of the animal and protect the body from consumption by other animals. Compartments in the wings and the chest area house basic first aid supplies to aid in field operations. These include bandages, tourniquets, antivenom, antiseptics, resuscitators, field rations, and water among other things. Another function is to transport DNA samples of poached animals quickly and efficiently for analysis to help keep records up to date about the remaining animal populations.Vultures also serve as locators for tagged ivory and rhino horn. By locating signals from planted GPS units Vultures can help anti-poaching units and law enforcement locate the contraband and hopefully the poachers as well.

Overall the Vulture units serve as aerial watchdogs as well as CSI. Though they are non-combatant's their auxiliary functions aid greatly in field operations.

Kinda sucks that the first real Rhino I've painted is also dead. Not fun at all looking up reference for poached Rhinos.
I'm not done with Big Five. There will be more! Stay tuned for more progress on other designs and illustrations.

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springheel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015


May the Vulture be with you!
cyborg450 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Student
Have you done the "anatomy" of this?
helderm Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Unfortunately this is not entirely a work of fiction.
Kaezzy Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
This made me sad :(
olapidot Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
How awesome! Thanks!
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is SO COOL. I love the concept of a vulture that combats poaching by helping law-enforcement find and investigate.  It's sad that this is such a problem, and I think equally sad that vulture populations are suffering in real life because of poachers who kill them to prevent them from drawing attention to them and their poached kill :(
amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Doez it fly by flapping or by some other means?
NeonBoneyard Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This extremely badass...I'm a huge fan of vultures and this is just insanely epic. Awesome job, to say the least! :love:
ElZahir1989 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Very well done :3
shininglife88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Nice, very original
sioSIN Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is such a badass idea.
Umbralwalker Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
This is amazing. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
MisterEmm Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
My favorite one of these designs by far! And it's not even a battle-type. Simply incredible!
rafaelzrt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Nice concept. Amazing work on this project.
lutrasilvereye Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the idea and the creation (of all of these!) :D
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Yeah, vultures are the health patrol of the sky, so why not artificial vultures?


BeyHowrse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, it's so creative!
grianadartwood Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Awesome work 
calvin-bah Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
This honestly seems like something I would see in an Issue of Elephantmen.
LeoCooper120515 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Incredible artwork, I love the mecha animals idea, and a scavenger being the one to lend medical aid is brilliant! Love the work.
AstraDragon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I love the concept.
AGV120395 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
if this was real nowadays...
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Very cool  :)
k9ufjekro09ufdjdko9i Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
This is painting is excelent and the premise you have created is nothing less then inspired. I mean this in all seriousness: Joss Weadon would produce this. Not for a tv show but definitely as a graphic novel. Too be honest this would probably not work as a series but as a moody low key character drama this would be one of my favorites. It would be like house on the plains. I'm going to make a promotion on my ADJ Tobias youtube channel. Thats really all I can do but i wish i could have more done. By the way I fucking love the vulture irony. Really cool.
Picture-Bandit Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
October Journal Feature -->
NixKat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jalrs Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
dat bird .__.
redkidOne Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Love how the concept on this one is a complete reversal of a vulture's normal behaviour.
tatchya Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece! This series of paintings brings back memories of the TV show Zoids. These are really inspiring!
Motion-Music Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Dude nobody would be poaching with giant scary looking things like that patrolling the air XD but then again poachers are preeeeeeetty stupid people... or just... evil... which is stupid...
ArchAngel23 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Evil, that's all they are.
Motion-Music Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
yeah, which is stupid.... evil people is stupids!

they may be intelligent and well read, but at the end of the day you have to be an idiot to do evil things.
ArchAngel23 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Good point.
Grey-Terminal Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If all mecha would look like that, I would be a big fat meacha fan.
TheGurch Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
too awesome for my words!
SNAPADILE Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your work rules
TalonxCreations Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Last-Verse Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is my favorite by far (though I might be partial to birds). The idea is just so creative; I love it!
ronbaird88 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
beautiful piece and very well rendered...but the scale looks strange. like its a very tiny human and and rhino. 
CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ever consider it's a big bird? XD
ronbaird88 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I did consider that :) and please don't misunderstand, I think it is a beautiful piece of art! the kind i'd certainly show off in a portfolio. really terrifically rendered. I just think if you added something that was human scale it could sell the composition even further. for example some human scale birds, so your eye recognizes those as real birds and then realizes that this is a giant mechanical fowl. just a suggestion. but all your work is fantastic and i admire your skill.
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Another awesome one! the vulture' protective stance
Toxiclilly Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
Does it have a person ride on its back, or just send out a signal and it's location so help will arrive?
CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha no riders on this. It's autonomous and rangers will go to its location. XD
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG if we only had this shizz D:
RoloX Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
man, i just love this animalistic war machines, i wouldn't think that a vulture would be the medics pet, but it kinda works actualy
ACXtreme Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
incredible idea... instant fav
Danilov89 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Wonderful concept, you crazyasian! Bro fist from Romania!
XAQT Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Great idea & execution! nice!
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