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The Ymir by Ashere The Ymir by Ashere
No one knows where it came from. Some say it emerged from a crashed American spacecraft. Others say it clawed its way out of the sulfur pits of Mount Etna. Nobody can say for sure.

But whether it came from the bowels of a volcano or from 20 million mies from earth, the Ymir was a strange beast indeed. When exposed to oxygen and sunlight, it grew at uncontrollable speed. A shy beast by nature, it lashed out viciously when attacked. With heavy claws and large canines, the Ymir was a beast to be reckoned with, even when small. But it did not stay small. By the time it was brought down by the Italian Military it was far larger then an elephant.

The body of the Ymir was removed by the authorities, and in the political turmoil following its appearance and subsequent death, the body was lost. But some have claimed that other Ymiri exist, feeding in secrecy among the welcoming warmth of the volcanic sulfur pits of Mount Etna. But nobody knows for sure.
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Ymir is copyright Ray Harryhausen. The redesign, however, is mine.
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:iconuruturamanzenith:
UruturamanZenith Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
One of my most favorite monsters from Ray Harryhausen. This design makes him look more like a dinosaur than in the original.
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verge-1 Jul 18, 2013  Student
ahh the ymir one of my fav monsters of ray's work I feel that this creature and Gwangi should be remade in good taste films
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:iconsupercj:
Is there any reason it's named after the giant from whose dead body the earth was made in Norse/Germanic mythology?
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Ashere Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not honestly sure. It's Ray Harryhausen's creature, and I don't know that he ever gave a reason other then that he liked the name.
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Stargate38 Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know a moon of Saturn that's called "Ymir". It was named after a Norse myth as well. :)
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:iconenshohma:
Its both ironic and cleaver that you redesigned the Ymir as a dinosaurian entity, seeing how the original 1957 movie monster was inspired by the than reasonable notion that Venus could have had a hot, swampy atmosphere, with prehistoric type animals. I know several other movies and more so comics and literature touched upon the idea with their own 'Venusian Kaiju', though the only one that comes to mind is "Planet Berg" (Voyage To A Prehistoric Planet).
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:iconguyverman:
Matt Frank is a good artist and all, but he sometimes just gets a little too stylish and cartoony.
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:iconguyverman:
Nice one!

One suggestion. I know this is a redesign and all, but shouldn't he be a little more humanoid? The head is perfect though.
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Ashere May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was going for a look more in line with a giant sloth, and somewhere along the way it morphed into a more classically theropod style body plan. Oh well. :)
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