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You Could Pretend by phantom-inker You Could Pretend by phantom-inker
...that I'm human.


I honestly don't know what happened to Josie here. It's pretty obvious that she's half scorpion. Beyond that, it's hard to say. Was she always like this, and fell in love with a human boy? Was she recently transformed? I don't really know.

I had this idea ages ago, and I've been trying to draw a decent scorpion-taur girl for a while now Josie here is my third attempt but I didn't have much more than "scorpion-taur" and "shy" when I started it. I started drawing it about two months ago, and finally gave her decent hands before posting her. I realize scorpions have eight legs, but somehow, she looked better with six when I drew her.

Poor thing. Looks like she really needs a little cheering up.


Challenge! Give her a story! She needs a good story of some kind. Use your creativity! If I get more than ten story ideas suggested in comments just write a short paragraph I'll pick the best one and it'll become her official story!

Story suggestions so far from:
  • ~avacadoramabot: Josie works at a genetic research lab, slips on a wet floor, and gets injected with scorpion-taur serum.

  • ~CayleyGraph: Josie is a non-human actress fighting for a role in an upcoming production of Cinderella.

  • ~Starfighterace-421: Out biking, Josie finds a cave with hieroglyphs on the walls; touching the scorpion-taur glyph, she transforms.

  • ~Ayame-Seeker-CjBArt: Josie is a reporter visiting a toxic waste spill at a desert research lab, and gets stung by a mutated scorpion.

  • ~Xweetara: Josie lives out in the desert, rescuing lost hikers, which she herself once was before an accident changed her life.

  • ~Jonat: Josie was once a spoiled pretty girl, cursed by a witch for wanting to be even prettier, until the curse should be broken by true love.

  • ~darkelemental1: Josie was always a scorpion girl. She feel in love over the internet, and this was the first real-life meeting with her boyfriend.
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:iconwilnet1tractor:
wilnet1tractor Featured By Owner 6 days ago
We just met, & besides, don't scorpion girls eat their mates?
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Eboreg2 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Josie was always a bit weird in her preferences. When a high-profile genetics company began selling human body mods, she went whole hog and changed herself into something barely human. She now regrets that decision due to the resulting plummet in her social life and especially she has not yet been able to get enough money to be changed back.
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Kevinlolpop Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
U haven't picked a story yet
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Kevinlolpop Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Where the story
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sakuraboy91 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
But why pretend? It's the scorpion part that makes her who she is.
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Patchi1995 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I agree with Sucheran-Fan. We need Josie to be colored. I have a color suggestion, Josie's human skin was fair, and hair was redhead. Also her scorpion body can camoflauge in sand. I got a belated story suggestion, that Josie was a scorpion gal, that in the end, she was cheered up by her human boyfriend.
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Suchuman6 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist
I wish you'd have a colored version... but great work on all your pics!
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squibble9 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Going off of darkelemental1's idea:
What if never knew humans existed until she met one, and thought everybody was part scorpion?
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squibble9 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Also, here's my idea. She invented an infinite improbability drive and it zapped her.
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laughingvulcan Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The LOOK on her face..!

ASSUMING I wouldn't get stung DEAD, I'd want to give her a hug... :)

I'd go for darkelemental1's take...If she was BORN a scorpion girl, she'd logically have a scorpion family...Which COULD make things...interesting...for her new boyfriend...
And would make that Earth MORE interesting...(With MORE than JUST humans...)
If ANYTHING, the boyfriend would have at LEAST 2 BIG reasons to keep his libido in firm check at all times...as her Mom & Dad would be likely be WATCHING him very CAREFULLY... 0_0;;;;
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aintn0body Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Why pretend she's human when she's fine the way she is?
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Neoninja2 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
She's adorable! I personally like the " lives out in the desert, rescuing lost hikers, which she herself once was before an accident changed her life." and the love over the internet stories.
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zandraxofnebulon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
She could be a product of the change...but i bet that that explanation is a bit overused, so maybe she...i dont really know...maybe she is teh daughter of the egyptian scorpion goddess serquet? or something to do with that goddess?
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zandraxofnebulon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
oh wait, nevermind dammit a lot of suggusteons relating to serquet/serket have already been suggested, my idea wasn't so original after all, but i didnt steal it from those other people.
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VincenttheCrow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's so cute.

Do you like to RP?
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zandraxofnebulon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
i like the avacadoramabot one.
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice pic.

Incidentally, scorpion people appear in ancient Mesopotamian mythology, where they are called Girtablilu. There is also an ancient Egyptian goddess called Selket who is part scorpion.
Perhaps your characters story could involve a "mythological beings are real" type of scenario, and she could be descended from scorpion people of the ancient Near East.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'll be darned, they actually have a name, the Girtablilu, created by Tiamat to wage war and stand guard outside the gates of Shamash. Now I have plenty of interesting ideas for future stories for them. Thanks for the info!
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^^

I've long been fascinated with ancient mythology, and have familiarised myself with various mythological creatures, including ones that aren't all that well known (e.g. the Girtablilu).
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any other weird obscure ones you think I'd find interesting?
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are plenty of mythological creatures that get very little time in the spotlight.
Here's just a few examples:
-Ugallu: lion men from Mesopotamian mythology.
-Aswang: dark winged vampiric demons with backward facing feet, from Philippine mythology.
-Selkies: beings from Irish folklore that were women who could transform into seals (or seals that could transform into women depending on how you look at it).
-Pookas: man-faced demon horses from Irish mythology.
-Amemait: a creature from Egyptian mythology with the tail and snout of a crocodile, body of a hippo and mane and legs of a lion. It ate the souls of people who'd lived corrupt lives.
-Abatwa: tiny people from Zulu mythology, who rode ants.
-Encantado: a being from Brazilian mythology that is normally a river dolphin or a sea snake but can take human form.
-Vetala: a vampiric bat person monster from Hindu mythology.
-Basically every single thing from Japanese mythology. Japanese myths tell of all sorts of strange things like fire-breathing roosters, corpse-eating bipedal rabbits, living silk ribbons, giant monster sea cucumbers, skeletal whales, women with mouths in the back of their heads and many, many, many more too numerous to mention.
-Early depictions of angels. Before the winged humanoid image created by medieval artists, angels came in all sorts of unusual forms like bestial headed four winged beasts, six winged serpent dragons, flying wheels with eyes on the rim, and so on.

Those are just a few examples. The number of lesser known mythological creatures is simply immense.
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Un-Artistic Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I love your entry for the Japanese!
They have all kinds of weirdness you can only get from the Japanese!
One example, the game series Katamari Damacy!
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, Japan probably holds the world record in number of weird mythological critters. ^^
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minecraftbob Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
awww. gives hug.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice, how about this for a story, Josie was a pretty girl who just got out of a relationship with a guy who just liked her for her looks, depressed about never finding someone to love her for herself, she visited an old antique shop and bought a necklace that would help her find true love.
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Marscaleb Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor girl, she must be sad because she's missing two of her legs...
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dod424 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
im going with darkelemental1
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zandraxofnebulon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
i would disagree with that, i think that that story is too boring and anyone could have come up with it, but its ok to have ur own opinion.
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MidnightMinion Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
the reason it looks better like this is because the human arms kind of count towards the proper limb count, so it parses right.
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Un-Artistic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
I got an idea!

Josie was stung by a magic scorpion and was cursed, now she's supposed to spread the curse by stinging others...
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zandraxofnebulon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I think that's a great idea! maybe less about the part about stinging others...but still! could make for an interesting storyline!
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Masterweaver Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Josie was genetically engineered by aliens to be the human liaison. Since they used their own sequence as a base, concessions had to be made.
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mdizzle999872 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmm...She was ALWAYS a scorpion-taur, but was watching man kind in secret, but eventually her lonliness got the better or her
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Unpronouncable Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She's the avatar for the goddess Serket, and this is the first time she's revealed what she considers her true self to her lover, or indeed anyone
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Captainface Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I kinda like the idea that she was born a scorpion girl near a desert, maybe near the Sierra Nevada or Sahara, and had a "mother figure" for a while, but she passed away (maybe a few months before this picture). She wants to meet with others, but feels she'll either be rejected by society or treated like a test subject. However, she does encounter a man in her life, perhaps a wildlife expert or an archaeologist and she is shy to talk with him but she begins to warm up slowly to him.
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darkelemental1 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Josie was always a scorpion girl. She feel in love with a human over the internet, she only ever showed herself from the waist up on webcam but their love was very real. This was their first real life meeting and a test of their love.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the story suggestion! I've added it to the list of stories for Josie!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Very good indeed, you're losing your self-consciousness, I think, about the arms and hands.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I've just grown to accept that crappy hands are better than no hands. I didn't spend that much time on these, and they don't look great, but at least they're tolerable.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Every hand isn't perfection. That's why they have Hand Models. They're different from the Fashion Models...
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Jonat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I'd treat her like a person so long as she kept that stinger-tail wrapped. XP

Hm. Story...

How about...

She was a normal girl, who could never approach the person she fancied in the town - whichever boys they were. She would always shy away or avoid talking entirely, making her seem wierd or creepy when she would just loom, etc. So, to try and fix it - she went to a local magic brewer for some kind of potion for it. It was closed and she seemed distressed, so an old woman approached kindly to lend her an ear. After the crone had heard her problem, the woman scorned her. She was never that pretty and the girl was spoilt with just about every part of her life being so easy and carefree.

The old woman cursed her with a body that looks exactly how she feels, only to be broken by the one person who could accept her truely in love. Though she wasn't cast out of society and dispised (her parents, influencial, were able to make it obvious she were the victim) and the witch was hunted down in fear and revenge. The last chance for her curse, she is now doomed in mind and body from being unable to approach the people she likes.

:3
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the story suggestion! I've added it to the list of stories for Josie!
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Jonat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
yay
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nothingsp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Aww, man, I'd take her as-is, no denial involved. I like the expression here; it conveys a lot more "wariness due to experience" than a lot of the "shy naivete" that people draw when they think "shy." Makes me wanna give her a hug...

I need to have a go at a scorpion-taur sometime; sketched a couple, but never made a picture with one...

(The other two legs are her arms ;))
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, the normal reaction is to want to give her a hug... tempered by the prospect that she could, in fact, kill you in an instant.

Scorpion-taurs are strange creatures, but not that much stranger than most of the rest of the stuff I draw. If you like them, give one a try: The worst that could happen is that it could turn out weird and strange, while the best that could happen is that it could turn out weirder and stranger ;)
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nothingsp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Well, she could, but would she? That's what trust is for, no?
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty much. So do you trust her?
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nothingsp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Well, I'd give her the benefit of the doubt, at least...
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Mavraster Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I've a backstory for you, and it's short, too!

"I just don't know what went wrong!"

@DERP 9_6
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