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December 1st, 2007, 10:55 AM
ROUND #102 VOTING
Topic: Skull Collector
Deadline for the voting: Monday, 16th December 2007
Posting thread (closed):
OK - before voting/posting read this!!!
1. Please give c&c or a reason why you voted for the image!
2. Feel free to comment on any or all entries, the artists will appreciate it!
3. No voting for your own entry!!! If a participants votes for his own entry, every member has the right to call him a stupid lame moron in this thread! And i will delete his/her vote anyway...
4. The poll is public. Your vote will be seen.
December 5th, 2007, 04:34 PM
Concept: Skull Pincher
The Skull Pincher lives within a skull to protect it's soft body which has adapted to fit inside. The creature can be found in places such as sacrificial temples, burial grounds and battlefields and preys on any smaller creatures it can find. The Skull Pincher is often mistaken for a spirit of the dead by humans, when they witness the creature skittering across the ground.
December 7th, 2007, 05:06 PM
Concept: Skull Collector
The Skull Collector is an over sized, prehistoric insect that closely resembles that of an aphid. It's body is not only very soft but it is a bright green that stands out to predators. The Skull Collector was not very fortunate to be blessed with the skin color it got from it's creator but that's fine. This insect will go about carelessly collecting skulls that serve as it's armor, which help it also blend in with its mountaneous terrain. Most Skull Collectors will fold up and hide under the skulls that they have collected on their back. They are also known to take the largest skull that they've collected and wear it on there head as a protective shield/ intimidating helmet. The Skull Collector is a simple life scavenger that is simply just trying to survive in it's life. It is not built to do much more than scavage and hide. This insect is definitely classified as prey. Feel free to prey on this creature as you'd like and keep in mind that it's toxic blood is composed of a chemical similar to cyanide,lol.
December 7th, 2007, 08:32 PM
Concept: Auricupridian Soldier
Patrolling the tunnels surrounding the Queen's chamber are the soldier class of creatures. These highly aggressive beasts collect and adorn themselves with the skulls from their victims. They were nicknamed the "Skull Collectors" by the 7th Martian Marine division that first encountered them inside Olympus Mons. Unfortunately over half of the division was slaughtered, and their heads taken.
December 7th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Born of the fourth dimension and used by the tyrant Truellmksganaruxciofe, these beasts are the burden and the brains at the same time, used to collect and transport the skulls of every species and living entity back to their master. Tusks for prying the skulls of the hapless victims, spindly legs for shearing the flesh and other useless matter from the true soul of the being, and the strength to bring down any living thing in any universe. These are the true collectors of history, the true documentors of time and what it has offered for its efforts. Don't worry about seeing them coming. Just worry about when they're done.
December 7th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Artist: Michael Jaecks
Concept: The Atoxlugon
These foul creatures treat the skulls of any and all living beings as legal tender or currency. Some are rare, some are common, some are mint and some are broken, but one race in hell knows enough to set the standard. The Atoxlugon are hell's brokers, bankers and captains of commerce. Some simply hoard skulls in great cavernous vaults, obsessed with collecting more. Some Atoxlugon pride themselves at being afficionados identifying the various types of skulls. They spend many hours of study picking at them with their extra set of forcep-like pincers. And although some atoxlugon will stoop to stealing skulls directly from graves, this is considered rather low-brow by other devils. Every fiend knows the most valuable skulls of all are the ones handed over by the condemned souls themselves.
December 7th, 2007, 10:43 PM
Concept: Puppet Wyrm
The puppet wyrms are lazy dragon-like creatures roaming the southern mountains. They are scavengers who have evolved to be able to completely avoid confrontations. By keeping skulls from other animals that they find, they can put them on their glowing tails to create frightening puppets that scare away enemies. This was most likely developed so that they would never have to flee, or do anything resembling a physical effort.
As the wyrms grow and get older they manage to lift heavier and heavier skulls. Among some of the older ones this has become a game, and the male with the finest collection of big and rare skulls often becomes the patriarch of the flock.
The laziest ones sometimes use their own grandparents' skulls, but this is somewhat frowned upon in the puppet wyrmsí society.
December 8th, 2007, 12:29 AM
The skull collector... it picks up every skull, both human and animal, that can be used to incorporate them to his tail, using his saliva as a powerful glue and make them mesh together to be used as an armor and a weapon both to defend himself and to hunt for food. His prays remains will be later incorporated to the referred shell. This creature also replaces old weathered skulls to make his armor even more durable.
December 8th, 2007, 11:10 AM
Concept: The skullabsorber
A skullabsorber is a creature which has no upper head of its own, it needs to wear skulls of other creatures in order to survive.
When it finds a new skull it swallows the old one and gains strength of it
December 8th, 2007, 12:53 PM
Concept: Lego Cranium
The ‘Lego Cranium’ (I collect skulls), are vain creatures. Not only they live of the bones from human and animals, they also expose the skulls on there body. This way the Lego Cranium shows how high he is in his pack.
With his sphere witch he can use for navigation and detecting skulls he locates human or animals. If he found his victim, he will catch it with one of his two catchingarms.
Than he usually will kill his prey with his scissor on the back of his tail.
Fur and flesh he will throw away, only the skulls he uses to feat himself.
December 8th, 2007, 03:05 PM
Although this creature has some resemblance to both the hermit crab and a tortoise, this primitive creature has its roots in the family of worms. As it is unable to grow its own bones and skeleton and its body is weak and soft, it uses skulls and bones from dead and decayed creatures to cover its body to protect it against predators.
Their lifespan is unknown, but some Skullachaons are found to be over 400 years old. Their size mainly depends on the main skull they carry, which is also a good indicator of their age - the older the Skullachaon, the bigger the skull. Once in a year it sheds its old skull and finds a bigger one so it can grow. They also use the skulls to grant them teeth, as they can't grow their own. Therefore it needs to collect skulls on a constant basis to replace teeth that have fallen out of worn off.
The Skullachaon is mainly found at boneyards where other animals go when they feel they're about to die, much like elephants do in our world. Their main food is dead animals that have just died in the boneyard, but the occasional carrion bird is a welcome change.
December 8th, 2007, 03:27 PM
The Surflarp (a bad excuse for a sidestep in evolution and the minor breed on the world of Sixten) solved it's problem with it's soft shelled eggs. Prior being the base of nutrition for a great deal of inhabitants now found it's protection inside the cranium of deceased humans. After the coming of man the species has greatly increased it's numbers. This will most likely be the case for some time to come until the natural recourses run out and mankind leaves a drained world alone to find treasures on a new one.
December 8th, 2007, 06:41 PM
Concept: Cave Hamlet
- A creature that should be long extinked. Although a caring and loving parent for its young, its intelligence level is close to that of a worm. Also due to the fact that it spends its whole life in a dark cave its almost completely blind, and so when the female lays eggs it collects every thing that resembles them and is out of the nest. In most cases round thick skulls because like eggs they contain calcium and taste the same. :P
December 8th, 2007, 07:25 PM
Concept: Skull Collector
The inhabits of the remoter islands of the Pacific worship these grand creatures, and believe that it will carry with it their ancestors if they give their skulls in safekeeping. Nourished lavishly on sacrifices and having seemingly no limit to their growth, the chosen of these creatures can rise up to almost gargantuan proportions.
December 8th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Concept: Swamp skull collector
These gigantic creatures live in dangerous swamps, where they have plenty of chances to come across the remains of a dead creature. The females roll in the bones of the unfortunate victims of the swamp to collect skulls on their spines. Later, they would turn their spikes and rub the skulls off to make their lair, where they would mate and raise their young. It's unclear whether they would actively attack living creatures in order to collect their skulls.
December 8th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Concept: Grave Digger Bird
The skull collector comes
Like a thief in the night
It digs for bones by moonlight
The skull collector comes
Only for cranium it vies
Lust gleaming in its giant eyes
The skull collector comes
Pray deep you will be buried
Or on its back your head will be carried
December 8th, 2007, 11:32 PM
The skull collector stalks the forest canopy in search of prey. When the hunt is on the creature uses its long, strong clawes paws to remove the skull, and then cleans it with its long tongue.
December 9th, 2007, 03:18 AM
Concept: Death's Ravens
Tales throughout the Caribbean haunt even the most hardened pirate's soul when the mention of "Death's Ravens" find it's way to the campfire. It's been rumored that pirate captains would take any shipmate that might commit mutiny to an isolated island where birds, under orders from death himself, would scratch out their eyes and take their heads to hell.
The truth behind these birds is that they live in the South Pacific on a chain of islands where they feed off of coconuts and bannanas. These animals will use their sharp beaks to carve through the tough shell of a coconut to make their nests. Since there are no other predators near the islands it's perfectly natural that they leave the egges exposed until hatching. This practice is what pirate captains took note of when burying their enemies neck deep in the sand, which naturally gave the bird's their nickname after they began to welcome any sacrifices and use the tough skull's for nesting.
December 9th, 2007, 07:41 AM
Concept: Skull Collector
This creature lives in the deep cave.
Into the cave was filled with human & animals skulls.
Creature choose one of them and put on to face and then go out for a walk.
December 9th, 2007, 08:35 AM
Concept: Skull Collector
deep in the forest, the Skull Collector starts to make its nest
December 9th, 2007, 04:21 PM
not accepted entries:
All WIPs/sketches/not finished yet/placeholder/yaddayaddayadda images...AND (if not mentioned further) all entries which didn't pass the quality check
How many people told you to watch the humanoid rule? ;) Other than that it really lacked of quality and accuracy...
Your creature doesn't collect skulls...it rips them off. I know that some concepts here are not about collecting skulls as well, but all who get through had the skull as a main part in their stories...(except one, see next note)
close to rejection:
Your concept wasn't about skull collecting, but even if i can't see it clear (the image is blurry like photographed from a book) i think you have nice skills and i will accept your entry as a COW-Newbie bonus ;)
Actually i would have rejected your piece, because the quality/finishing is on the edge, but your creative concept convinced me ;)
Please rename your image without any spaces in the filename...it doesn't work like that now ;)
December 9th, 2007, 04:30 PM
I had to edit like 50% of all posts to correct, add or change the format of artistname and concept...Please do it right next time..i know it is hard for artists to use code, but really...CONCENTRATE :D ;)
I added the reason of rejecting to the deleted entries, so the artists can se why their works were rejected. If further info was required i wrote it in the first post after the entries. When it says "Failed Quality Check" i mean visual quality which can be result of both artistic skill and/or invested time.
December 9th, 2007, 04:50 PM
i voted Mj0lnir, mainly because i liked the image itself .. though i didnt find his concept as creative as some but, the overall illustration was very nice..nice lighting... but lots of great things in everyones skull collector!!
(next time i guess ill send in a finished one and not a WIP... )
December 9th, 2007, 04:51 PM
new round is on:
December 9th, 2007, 05:42 PM
voted for Lander for the fantastic soft feelings and the beautiful colors. It takes some special feat to make such a grim subject eerily colorful :)
Other people I really really like:
Einen: beautiful colors and great concept. The skull laterns work really well. Love the expression of your creature!
yoitisi: amazing drawing, very solid and believable. Love the hermit crab concept.
Supervlieg: masterfully rendered. My favorite part of your painting is the lighting.
December 9th, 2007, 05:46 PM
megamax: nice one, a bit flat though. Could use a bit more shadows.
Lege1: Too much saturation in this one. Try to start with less intense colors and work from there.
jfwalls: Great style. The head area is perhaps a bit flat compared to the body.
scorge: Nice design. The top area of the creature works really well. They dont seem to connect with the ground if you know what I mean.
Michael Jaecks: Great style and coloring. The background is a bit distracting because it looks a bit flat, but Im not sure its meant to be a wall painting back there.
Einen: Nice colors and almost pointillistic rendering.
PutridusCor: The design is cool, but im not sure about the back leg anatomy.
ravenslayer: Pretty okay, but I think you could have taken it a bit further with the rendering. Try working on a bigger resolution.
P-Graphix: Nice design, but the rendering comes across as a bit flat. Try some more shadows and try to break up the obvious photoshop brushes for the floor.
yoitisi: Very nice design, it almost got my vote. I think it could have been just a notch more intense if you got rid of the outlines. Im not sure about the proportions of the human skull compared to the big dino skull.
Lander: Nice color palette. I think adding some focus areas would have helped it pop a bit more.
getOut: Very funny concept. I think the colors are a bit over saturated. Especially if he's in a cave. Try working from the darker colors up to the light.
walnut: Nice concept. A bigger picture would have been nice.
Nightblue: The design is nice, but it lacks the frivolity of your previous entry. Keep it up though!
firstname.lastname@example.org: I think you upscaled this quite a bit, and I think it would have been better in the original resolution. Try starting at a bigger res so you can really work in those details.
Stephan_R: Great concepts and colors. I love the design of the little birds. If you had a little more time for rendering it would have been killer.
Mj0lnir: Nice rendering on the creature. The hair and expression is really well done. I like how he conveys emotion by simply holding up a skull to his head. The foreground could have gotten more love though, it looks a bit underdeveloped. And I still think he's missing a finger on the other hand. But these are minor things in a great piece. It got my vote.
christ: Overall nice design, but a little to much blue in my opinion. I think by adding some other hues you could break it up a bit.
December 9th, 2007, 06:53 PM
Respect :hatsoff: for the effort you put into your reflection on the work of your fellow competitors !Supervlieg!
I think your Grave Digger Bird is fantastic.
Love your colors, technic and the way the light is behind the head of the creature.
The rendering of that skull is so nice.
Also the way that the horizon is done...I love it...
I hear hear what you say about my work! Thnx, very, very usefull.
It was my first entry and it was realy great to participate.
I'm already hooked.. It was most inspiring.
I voted for Mj0lnir, what a great atmosphere! Colors are amazing. The whole picture itself is beastyfull!
December 9th, 2007, 07:24 PM
I voted for scorge, it met both an interesting render and description. There were plenty of amazing renders as always (superV, mjolnir, yoitisi, among others) but most seemed to just put a skull on top of them somewhere :P Tough round, i struggled trying to think of something clever.
December 10th, 2007, 12:44 AM
Yoitisi scored my vote, really it came down to the whole package for me - great imagination (as usual), well executed, and realism. I was very impressed.
Other entries passing through my head for the vote were:
Supervlieg: I love your art - full stop. If I could produce work like yours, I would be over the moon, and then some. I loved the colours in your piece, the eyes are simple, yet perfect, the idea was was great, and the execution is nice. Awesome stuff!
Stephen R: Wow I loved your idea a lot! But something held me back from voting for your - i think it was the quality of your final piece in comparison to the others that stood out. I also like how yours has a sense of humour - excellent stuff!
December 10th, 2007, 01:26 AM
First off, thanks Stephan for the vote. Means a lot coming from you.:D
Great job on your rendering and concept as well. Your stuff always makes me laugh and then cry because it's so great.
This seemed to me like one of the fastest rounds ever. Maybe I'm caught in some kind of time warp or something. Anyway, even though I try to stay away from the crowds when it comes to voting, Mjolnir you got it. Hilarious story(though brief), awesome image especially his expression. Great job my friend.
Christ, Good start, but there's a big issue with values. Everything looks the same. Don't be afraid to use more intense lights and darks to define form.
SuperV, Awesome as always, the ribs bother me a bit, but the eyes are some of the best I've seen rendered. And yes, I see what you mean about the feet, I only wish you'd mentioned it sooner.
Nightblue, You definitely kicked some serious ass with your first cow(made mine look like crap actually:hatsoff:) This one on the other hand looks pretty loose. The detail was there, just needed a lot of refinement.
Lander, Very cool. You've pulled off the transparent look quite nicely and the colors are unreal without being too much. I'm sure Michael Jaeks would approve. I'm glad you added the little details, they add to the interest. Only crit is the blurriness in some areas.
GetoutFeathers are tough. Really hard to understand the anatomy of this guy. Looks like you got a little too focused in some areas and the rest suffered as a result. The feathers on top and on his butt look great though!
YoitisiGreat concept, sweet rendering. Maybe a little overkill on the cracks on the big skull.
P-GraphixNeeds more highlights and shadows, especially to show the back light. Good concept. Very appropriate name.
Ravenslayerdespite the fact this one looks unfinished, the frame really throws it off. The clouds look mighty good though, could have used more of them.
PutridusCor Nice render, but how does this guys body work? That looks mighty painful.
EinenKiller style. I like this image a lot.
Michael JaecksAlways original. Hope you don't mind me referencing you earlier.:wink:
JfWallsThis is one eerie atmosphere. Creepy and ancient. Not sure about the Marine thing though.
Lege1I thiink there could have been more focus on the creature rathjer than the skulls, in other words use more of the image to show your guy off. Joints are weird too.
Well that's my two cents. Overall, we all done good. Now I have to go find a sponge.
December 10th, 2007, 04:33 AM
Supervlieg, Scorge, thank you very much, i will address those issues!
December 10th, 2007, 04:47 AM
StephanR gets the vote, because the expressions on those pirates' faces are just priceless. Love the concept too.
December 10th, 2007, 06:27 AM
One question to all:
I deleted some entries which didn't pass the check to the poll. Now i can see the deleted posts with a little note like
This message has been deleted by Fozzybar. Reason: Failed Quality Check"
I don't know if it's only me who can see them, because of admin powers...some members whose entries were rejected pm'ed me about the reason why their entries are missing. So i assume they can't see them...
Can you see them as well?
December 10th, 2007, 06:34 AM
Fozzybar: Yep, admin powers. I had the same over at IDW, I can see deleted threads but all non-mods can't see them. I think regular members can only delete their own reply and even then people can see that they deleted it, while admins and mods can delete so only they can still see it afterwards. So far I have not been able to make these post dissappear completely. A thing that helps is logging out :P
December 10th, 2007, 08:37 AM
I voted M.Jaecks.
It has a unique touch, and a very attractive minimalist scheme of colour that works really well. The pose and expression makes it personal and alive imo. The ridiculous look of the creature mixed with its nasty living and anatomy makes it nightmarish in a psychologically fascinating way. Easily the strongest entry this round imo.
December 10th, 2007, 12:19 PM
Thanks for the kind words and the votes so far. I had a lot of fun doing this topic, most certainly.
December 10th, 2007, 12:50 PM
Some sweet entries this round, but had to go with Lander's entry with the most convincing story and execution. Great translucency and color palette. Sharpening a few areas for interest and suggest regions in focus is all I have to add.
Cheers and well done!
December 10th, 2007, 01:55 PM
It was a tough decision but i finally voted for Mj0lnir
tnx for the comments Supervlieg and Scorge, i should have taken the time to truly finish my entry.
anyway some very nice results in here, keep up the good work all
December 10th, 2007, 06:11 PM
My vote goes to Supervlieg I canít believe those eyes and the feathers look so much better than mine :D. The background and the overall mood is awesome too.
Einen. This guy looks like a real jerk :p just kidding, although I wish youíd have done more detail.
Megamax very funny idea although it would be nice to see more of the creature itself.
Lege1 it may take more time but maybe try to do a few sketches and work out every detail of the concept. It really helps J .
jfwalls very grim, I like it. Maybe a little too dark though.
Scorge Wow, I can almost imagine how theyíre communicating with each other using loud tube sounds arguing over the skull :D some details like wrinkles on the top part of the skin would please the eye ;)
Michael Jaecks Iím sure his as nice in person as he looks. Great piece, the style reminds me of some old book illustrations. That unicorn had to be really tasty.
PutridusCor Nice light & shadow, shame you didnít finish that cliff.
Ravenslayer Those blue flames would look really cool. His anatomy is well thought thru.
P-Graphix Try experimenting with darker shades and more colors. Love the clouds in the back.
Yoitisi Awesome! details on the skulls and the head, it looks like its going to fall of the screen. Some background would be nice.
Lander Great colors I like that it really looks soft and slimy. But the slime could be even more slimish J
Walnut Cool creature. You could do more details with a bigger picture.
Nightblue the contrast between green & blue looks awesome.
email@example.com Thatís a great piece but its kind of blurry.
Stephan_R This looks really funny, but from your other works I see that it could look a looooot better ;)
Mj0lnir I love the mood of that cave and those glowing things in the air. He could use a cane and a white suit on that evening stroll.
Christ Nice design, try not to blur every thing out
.. if anyone feels insulted please feel free to kick my butt :^^;:
December 10th, 2007, 07:57 PM
My vote went to Stephen_R, totally inspired concept and appropriate rendering style (I thought). I almost voted for yoitisi though as it initially attracted me with a beautiful render but Stephen_R's idea edged it.
Nice work everyone!
December 10th, 2007, 08:39 PM
voted stephan_r as well, the praising was already done on the WIP-thread for COW#102 ;)
great transfer of the topic to the creature, although i think you sometimes could go a step further and make the creatures more exotic and less similar to existing species. looking forward to see much more from you.
December 11th, 2007, 03:01 PM
Thanks for the votes so far :)
Yoitisi: You got my vote cos I was impressed by the impact of your pic and I liked your story.
Nightblue: Thanks for the vote and comment.
Supervlieg: You are right regarding the areas of focus. I'll keep that in mind for my next painting.
Scorge: thnx I think the blurred areas has three reasons. 1: lack of focus on my behalf. 2: limited time. 3: I guess a attempt at areas of focus. So I guess I'll have to raise the entire pic one notch and I'll be fine :)
MR redehlert: "Yes my master"
getOut: yep ok I'll work on my slime to make it more liquid and less like glue.
December 11th, 2007, 05:36 PM
the force is strong in you, carl. :asspat:
December 12th, 2007, 03:24 PM
Although there are several good ones here, Yoitisi's is easily my favourite. The concept is awesome. The drawing style is awesome. It's all awesome.
Lander would be my second pick.
December 12th, 2007, 07:18 PM
I thought Yoitisi as I was looking, but the luminescence in Lander's was really something, great job on the translucency of the skin, the mucusy gook, and the glow around the back of the creature, its a great piece.
December 13th, 2007, 05:57 PM
MJ you got my vote. While it was just a demon (though skillfully rendered) I really liked your story too. The simple background didn't bother me much as the focus is supposed to be the creature.
Yoitisi, you almost got my vote. Really great image, and a very cool concept. For me it was really a coin toss between you and MJ.
SuperV, beautiful image as always, but to me it was just basically a fancy bird.
Mjolnir, great rendering, but for me it was just an ape creature that wears skulls. The missing finger thing bothered me too.
Scorge, SuperV, and Getout thanks for the crits. I too was iffy about the marine thing, but oh well. I cranked out the whole thing in a few hours and was tired.
Everyone else I didn't crit, my apologies, but my lunch break is almost over!
December 16th, 2007, 05:22 PM
And we have a winner!
Congrats yoitisi! Well done.
December 17th, 2007, 07:00 AM
Lander: Hehe I just noticed the poll was closed. Thanks, it was a close one though :)
Thanks everyone who voted for me, hope to see you all in another round.
December 17th, 2007, 11:05 AM
wow, closest finish ever!
December 17th, 2007, 11:13 AM
whoa. that was a close one!
December 17th, 2007, 11:55 AM
It means I'm not there yet I guess :) Still, it's good to see I've improved since my first COW. We live and learn.
December 17th, 2007, 12:07 PM
Actually, it means we are worse than you :)
December 17th, 2007, 12:25 PM
Lander: Hehe yeah, that too :P
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