What Do Idirans Look Like?
Idirans because they appear in Consider Phlebas are the first in a line of aliens in the Cultureverse and they're quite hard to draw.
It's mainly because there isn't a summary description, bits of their anatomy are revealed throughout the book or they're described doing stuff which makes you rethink how bits of them should be.
You can sort of get a handle on most of their bits but not their legs. The legs are described as 'a tripod of thick legs' and there's nothing at all on their configuration or how they move although there might be a clue when Xoxarle carries Balveda (depending on which way she's facing).
I had a go with a design that had a central front leg which one critic helpfully described as a 'ridiculously well hung guy with toes poking out of his johnson'.
Andrew j Short's version (check out the animated clip in the forum) works very well biomechanically although it's quite animal like albeit Xoxarle isn't wearing clothes and Big Orange did an Idiran head which I thought was pretty good.
Affronters and Chelgrians are pretty easy in comparison.
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