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Hork-Bajir Chronicles Alternate Cover- Aldrea by CharReed Hork-Bajir Chronicles Alternate Cover- Aldrea by CharReed
This is the first half of the alternate fan-cover I'm doing for the Hork-Bajir Chronicles. If this were printed on a book jacket, this would be the back of the book. This is Aldrea, as she is running/skidding down an embankment to check on her family, who she fears is in danger, hence her expression. Next, I'll be working on Dak Hamee for the front. It never made 100% sense to me to have the cover of the Hork-Bajir Chronicles feature an Andalite, so that's part of the reason I made this alternate cover.

I changed some of the intrinsic Andalite features, namely her nose. I never really liked the vertical arrangement of the nose as it was depicted on the covers. I studied cow, horse and other ungulate noses to get a better, more natural, yet still alien look to the nose. As a nod toward the book descriptions of the Andalite nose, I made a dark vertical marking, similar to the cleft below the nose of a dog or cat.

The Hork-Bajir homeworld is surrounded with gigantic trees hundreds of feet tall. They emerge from deep valleys cracked in the planet's surface and grow high into the atmosphere. I tried to make these trees large and imposing, but we may just have to imagine these trees as saplings compared to the really giant ones.

Hopefully you like what I've done so far, keep your eyes peeled for the next update! :)
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Dkaz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CharReed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
WiseOwl123 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Ooooh... she's pretty, isn't she? :)

Great job!
CharReed Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
Mini-Wolfsbane Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL, you gave her breasts. (I say lol, 'cause on the actual cover she didn't have them and I made a pixel andalite with them mistakenly.)

This is absolutely gorgeous. :)
CharReed Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, believe it or not, I actually did that on purpose. Even though I'm sure the creators didn't consider it this much, I figured with that "jaw line" on their face, they had a mouth at some point in their evolution. With a mouth on the face, it made sense that they'd be like mammals and had mammary glands. I figured with the continued evolution of their foot-mouths, their face-mouth closed up, but the mammaries remained (though vestigial) maybe due to selective breeding.

Or maybe I'm full of it and I just needed the Andalite to "read" as female! XD

Your call ;D
Saint-Walker Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Nice drawing,t hough I always imagined her tail blade being more triangular than curved, more like a scalpel than a scythe to make it less aerodynamic and a less effective weapon
CharReed Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
True! The version you imagine does match the covers a bit more. I keep fiddling with the male/female tailblade designs. One day I'll find a design I really like! :)
Realms-Master Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks SO much for all the awesome Animorphs fanart, I love seeing the Andalites so well done! Cheers!
CharReed Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I'm so glad you like it! :)
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