In Wayne Douglas Barlowe joined the first manned flight to Darwin IV, a newly discovered world beyond our solar system. Here he provides naturalistic. – Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online for free. An abundance of lavish full-color illustrations and detailed black-and-white sketches dominate Barlowe’s fictional account of a 21st-century exploratory space.

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This is, perhaps, the signature painting and animal from the book, a painting that seems to appeal to the public. There was to be no hair, no eyes or external ears. Retrieved from ” http: Most of the remaining fauna, save humans, have suffered horrible mutation.

The sole glimpse about the Yma’s appearence is a single picture of their upper half by Barlowe. Little else has been revealed about the Yma other than that their technology includes faster-than-light travel and their language is made out of whistles and harmonics, with rapid clicking sounds as their form of laughter.

Any use of any of the materials on this site other than for private, noncommercial viewing purposes is strictly prohibited. In the 24th century the exploitation of the Earth’s ecosystem has created an environment so toxic that mass extinctions have wiped out nearly half of its animal population.

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All artwork copyright Wayne Barlowe or its respective copyright holder. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Living exclusively in the dwindling pocket-forests of the planet, these roughly man-sized creatures travel in small bands, communicating with bursts of sonar pings and following the movements of their prey, the small, quick flyers called Trunk-suckers. Equipped with a hyper-developed set of halteres for balance, the flexible-bodied animal can turn on a dime eluding most predators with ease.


During mating season the chill air is rent with the sounds of their bugling, an eerie call created by the inflation an deflation of their antler-bladders.

It made all the sense in the world to continue in their tradition and do wildlife art. After all, I was the son of two natural history illustrators.

Their fingers are much more thinner and lack fingernails or claws. Biology Edit The sole glimpse about the Yma’s appearence is a single picture of their upper half by Barlowe.

Spending the greater part of their lives dormant, these enormous creatures rise from the loamy soil to wander ponderously from one breeding ground to the next. Faster and more agile, the Rayback can out sprint the Arrowtongue and, as a result, can tackle prey such as low-feeding flyers, young herd animals or ambushed Gyrosprinters. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Do not use without permission. Views Read Edit View history. Not that I was aware of the project, as such, at the time; I had simply set out to do an alien wildlife painting. Their two “middle fingers” have their proximal phalanges fused with their two “index fingers.

Expedition: Being and Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV

It is an intentionally iconic image of what was to become my favorite animal on Darwin IV. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. The Yma are a sapient extraterrestrial civilization characterized by a strong sense of conservationism and protection towards alien ecologies. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Sign In Don’t have an account? That barlowwe unquestionably the spiritual underpinning of this piece.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was an early idea to do an aerial painting — a tip of my hat to all the aviation art I enjoy so much. Webdesign by Laura Hansen. The expedition is designed to have as minimal an impact as possible on Darwin IV’s environment.


Barlowe The Yma are a sapient extraterrestrial civilization characterized by a strong sense of epedition and protection towards alien ecologies. Following the discovery of the Darwin Binary Systemthe Yma have been the main expedtiion and developers of an Exepdition joint mission to explore the environments of Darwin IVclosely but passively studying the native biosphere and taking extreme care to prevent unnecessary interfering with the native life.


Writing and illustrating a book about alien animals can be a tight-rope act. The Darwin IV expedition, which took place from throughresulted in the discovery of dozens of native species including a sapient although Paleolithic race known as the Eosapiens. Nothing like a bit of comic-relief in an otherwise savage eco-system. Barlowe Designed by Wayne D. I really wanted this creature to be big and threatening, my version of what might have evolved along T-rex lines on another planet.

Since that, the entire Darwinian system has been deemed a preserved area by the Yma and is under constant monitoring from their robotic probes. Unlike the aliens presented in much of popular science fiction, which often seem to be variations of terrestrial lifeforms, Barlowe’s creatures are truly alien: However, instead of being presented as the artist’s own experiences, the program is presented as the findings of two autonomous robotic probes.

The weird region around the Amoebic Sea seemed to me to be the perfect place to push the envelope in terms of designing stranger creatures. When an unmanned Yma probe discovers evidence of alien life on another planet, the titular “expedition” is sent to investigate.