Ubiqood dog from The Healer Book 2: The Tree of Pain (coming in early 2011)
Ubiqood dogs evolved on the planet Hirasa. Their hides are a combination of dog and reptile. They live in packs with alpha males and females. The stem-like filia on their faces end in leaf-like glomeks which are vibratory and chemotactile sensory organs used to identify and track prey. They eat a swamp plant called snake grass, incorporating its scanner scattering properties into their skin; for this reason, their pelts are worn by Hirasans seeking to evade detection.
After seeing a tutorial from Neville Page, I thought it would be helpful to draw the skeletal structure of the Ubiqood before I started modeling. Here is the sketch.
Here are some work in progress renders.
I hope to be adding more images from the Healer series soon.