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Subeta - Xotl by fidele Subeta - Xotl by fidele
My newest pet for Subeta - the Xotl (pronounced Zoh-tul). I like to fill the gaps in our pet species when I'm looking for something new to draw, and we were definitely low on amphibian/small reptile!

The xotl is a mixture of frog/tree frog/gecko/axolotl/snake and chameleon...maybe a few other things! I just knew I wanted to make something original out of a several different species, and after a few months of sketching I came up with an early version of this guy. Definitely happy with the user response, you Subeta users do rock xD

The xotl is to Keith Kurson/Subeta.net

If you would like to adopt a xotl of your very own, visit [link] !
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Ah so you're the one that did these guys! 8D
Though I'm not particularly a fan, I really love the snakeyness in their faces. Wonderful work, especially with their colors and patterns, just not exactly my kind of pet.
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fidele Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Yeah, the faces on these are something I'm really happy with. I seem to be able to work them into all kinds of expressions whilst retaining the design! Which I hope remains recognisable xD

(And it's ok, they're not my kind of pet either! I like cute fluffy things personally)
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the-Leander Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aah, I love these so much, and even more when I can see the lovely full view! So beautiful ;; Gah. You might've already seen my flailing rambling comment in the news, but I thought I ought to leave another comment here, haha. I apologize if this comes out as a wall of text, I'm... rather long-winded at times. XD

I super love how these are such a nice blend of several different creatures, and blended together so well. They just... work. Honestly, even if they're drawn in a cartoony style, the way you've handled them makes them look like something I wouldn't be surprised to see IRL. I lovelove their eyes, how they're, er, not just normal little generic anime/Disney eyes but actual... animal-y ones, and they have the cutest mouths, and those little... fin things are just adorable. But most of all, I love the cheek spot. Oh my gosh it's just the best touch. It's so cute and just... adds so much!
I was a little thrown off by the lack of tail at first, but the more I looked at it the more I realized that these things do not need a tail. At all. Actually it's a really nice change, since most pets on Subeta (and virtual pets in general) have a tail, and it makes them look less... generic! Very cool. The anatomy is really well-done. Must've been tricky to do. xD I love the ridge on the back!

As much as I love preeeetty much everything, my favorite thing about them is the colors. The colors are just... gorgeous. Every different xotl is absolutely beautiful. I really love how some of them go a bit outside the norm for the color, like the twilight being black/gold and the dusk's lovely red and the field in general. It adds such a unique touch to the xotl, really sets them apart from the other pets on Subeta even further than their unique design already did, and it looks gorgeous.
The common one is just to die for. I'm not normally much for froglike things, but I just now morphed one of my pets into one because the colors are so pretty. xD Really excellent color choice with the orange and blue; usually that color scheme grates on my nerves but it's just perfect here!

And finally... I'm really in awe of the way you do the shading and texturing. Like, really seriously in awe. It's very impressive, and I adore how subtle it is, how you don't go overboard but get just the right balance of detail and simplicity! If you don't mind, I had a question, haha. When you do this kind of cell-shaded art, do you shade with multiply layers, or do you do it in the more old-fashioned way? x)
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I've seen each of the comments you've left on this, and they have honestly been the best comments I have received in a long time - I got quite emotionally happy over them! So much so that I've never quite been sure how to reply to them with the right words!

So I've left the message here in my inbox for way too long and today I just had to get /something/ out. So thank you, so much, for taking the time to leave this much feedback. This is why I love doing what I do. Every once in a while somebody like you comes along and just makes me feel like I'm doing something right.

And to answer your question, yes I do shade with multiply layers, but each colour has it's own set of two shading layers and a highlight (at the very least). So what I'll do is just have the whole thing in one colour to begin with, and shade it completely. I then just duplicate the shading layers and create clipping masks over the other colours and markings - so I get the exact same shading everywhere, but can adjust the strength of it in the darker/lighter areas. Which may not make much sense but that's what I do!
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the-Leander Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I'm so glad. ;; Really, very glad to hear that. I try to express what I like about the site whenever I have.. some level of eloquence, heh, because I really love everything all you staff members do and I want to try to show my appreciation. And I especially love the art for this site, it's so unique and memorable and everyone always does such a lovely job.

Thanks a ton for answering my question! :D Your explanation makes perfect sense! I'm trying to get better at doing cell-shading myself and I'm always very impressed by your shading, so I was curious about your secrets, haha.
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rainbowjellyfishlove Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... Someone really needs to work on the outdated pictures (like the angelic sepenth and the chibi feli and some other ones as well)...
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
I'm only responsible for...14 of the pets? I think mine are mostly up to date!
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rainbowjellyfishlove Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I think subeta has a lot of pets XD
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Morrison3000 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, my axolotl's name is Xotl.
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
8D
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alucardsblood Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
hes sooooo cute
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tamedwhiskers Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love Dusk and Twilight. I want one so bad. But I wont have a free spot until September now! At least that gives me tiem to work out story/character :D
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Man, I hate waiting for loyalty boxes D:
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tamedwhiskers Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Me too xD Its like, I go like Veruca from Willy Wonka - "But I want it /NOW/"
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IceDragonBlue Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
How did you decide on a name? I think the nuclear xolt is my favorite out of the nuclear pets.
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Names sometimes just come to me - I was looking for a name that began with a letter that wasn't already being used by another pet, and I really liked the idea of a name beginning with X. Then it just kind of happened!
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Snufflesforever Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
It's cute! :D
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evillion21 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha... I got one named Appetizer! FROG LEGS.
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
THROW SOME SALT IN THE TREASURE CHEST :D
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evillion21 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL GOOD IDEA! He's definitely going to have an epic, mouth watering, profile.

My husband adopted one named Michigan J. Frog, you know, that singing frog from the Loony Toons? "Hello my baby, Hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal..."
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Hahahaha, I love that cartoon xD
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appledust Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student General Artist
i loveee these guys. im totally getting one once i figure out what to do with its story and stuff. common and arid are my fav colors! cant wait for chibi, i bet itll look rad
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Eeeee, that pleases me! You know whenever you draw one of the pets I've designed I feel like you're drawing for me a little bit xD WHICH IS JUST LOVELY. Dusk and field are my favourites, I was super happy I was able to go a bit outside the box with the field. I'M FEELING THE PRESSURE ON THE CHIBI NOW!
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evillion21 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LMFAO the Chibi should be a tadpole!! That would be some funny stuff!
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
The thing is, chibi doesn't mean baby! But I will have fun pushing the boundaries xD
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evillion21 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, you're right, it was a funny image in my head though, I'm so excited to see it!
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appledust Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student General Artist
<3 aw dont feel pressured, im only saying it cuz your chibis are too cute haha :P
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Oh no, haha it's not just you! I've seen the comment pop up a few times! But I do love drawing chibis :D
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Littlepainthorses Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I love you for creating a pet so different than the ones we have, like you said, filling the gaps.
AND THESE GUYS ARE SO WEIRDLY CUTE.
I love their patterns, and this is one of the few pets where I like the base color scheme better than the special colors haha. :heart:

Lovely job! c:
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Haha, I am a bit of a fan of orange and blue! The manchu is also orange and blue, but I wasn't quite as into colours as I am now so it wasn't quite as rich looking c:
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Littlepainthorses Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Oh, I forgot about the base manchu! I definitely like the richness of the colors you used here though haha. It's also very fitting for the species (poisonous frog part and all ;D).
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Goddess-of-BUTTSECKS Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really REALLY love the Twilight color! I always LOVED gold and black together. c:
It's about time we got a frog-related pet. xD
It's really cute! :iconkawaiidesuplz:
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
I was super happy I was allowed to go ahead with the black/gold combo! We did have a bit of a precedent, but the Xotl is definitely doing its best to stick out!
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Goddess-of-BUTTSECKS Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most certainly~
I'm glad, it's such a good look for it. ;p
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nikohl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I gotta admit, when I first saw this on Subeta's news page, I was a little iffy. I was immediately drawn to Common's colors, and of course thought the art was amazing, but the pet itself?

Then after staring at it for a minute or two all I could think was, "Aww!" and now I've fallen in love with it. Had I any slots/a suitable pet to change, I probably would already have one!

If I had to choose one thing I really, really liked, I'd say the eyes. But I do really like the whole thing (and odd as it may sound, especially the neck/belly shading, to the point where I keep admiring it).

I'm looking forward to the reposes. :)
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Awww, thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I must admit, I do like when at first I don't love a pet, but then I see something special about it and then I grow to love it so much more because of the initial flaw? I have a few pets like that that I originally disliked.

I hope I can get the reposes out pretty quickly!
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Obaba Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me a moment to see where the snake influence was, until I saw the Sun version. It looks like my cornsnake, Ruby. Very cute and a job well done.
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Hee, also the mouth area! The lips were inspired by snakes XD But that's awesome that you see cornsnake colouring!
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Sharkchel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Rahhh I love this pet so much. You did such an amazing job with it, and it's the perfect species for Wish, I shall be changing him soon :D I love all the colours as well, are Dusk, Field and Twilight based on real frogs? I'm no froggy expert but I swear I've seen those colour schemes in various Attenborough documentaries. Either way I love them and I can't wait for the redraws!
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I did try to base as many of the colours on existing poison dart/other frogs as I could! Field is the most obvious, the Green Tree Frog is where I got my inspiration for that one. Yay, I love Wish! I'm glad to have helped you out with a species choice :D
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Sharkchel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Ah yes I love the Green Tree Frog colours. Asdfghjk I love them all! I want a whole account of Xotls!
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
HEEE you do do great things with non fluffy pets as well as fluffy pets XD
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Paddysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I'd wondered who the artist was for the Xotls - you did a fantastic job, Rah (especially love the Twilight one) :D
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Thank you! I'm very fond of the Twilight one too, actually c:
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readytoloseitall Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just simply love this new specie! I want everyone of them....shame that my slots are full ;o; *will wait for elixirs to get cheaper*
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Aww, it shouldn't take too long for the elixirs to go down in price! You might even be able to get them from one of the vending machines if you're lucky?
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readytoloseitall Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can wait xD
and I'm still deciding which other of my pets to turn into those wonderful amphibians ;u;
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WONK2O Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
So cute~ I have a Lilac Xotl. It's a good thing I still had an extra pet slot since the 1 week premium was given out... eue
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fidele Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Hee, they did come at just the right time!
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Tychea Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work :D
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