This a critter for an upcoming title? Or just sketching/thinking aloud?
It's actually something I concocted with the help of a book called "Fantasy Genesis", which is basically a rulebook for a creativity game centered around creating creatures/characters. The four lines on the upper-rightleft
of the page are notes from the first round, and I took off with it.
The design art was just something I scribbled on the same page. It's basically a catfish, but with the addition of the filtration membrane in its mouth. I decided to take an indirect route with the tree and machinery items, and just made them work together. The fish is linked to the tree (from which the tar sap comes), uses its sap to produce suds/bubbles (which is highly combustible), and the result can be used as fuel oil (for powering engines, as gasoline or petrol would).
I was planning to post a follow-up today, but it looks like it'll have to wait until tomorrow -- got wrapped up doing other stuff around the house, and didn't get much else accomplished.