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January 28th, 2008, 06:36 AM
ROUND #108 VOTING
Topic: Comet Rider
Deadline for the voting: Monday, 25th February 2008
Posting thread (closed):
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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...
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February 3rd, 2008, 06:26 PM
Concept: Comet Rider
The Comet Rider is a small parasite that uses it's flat, tight body to hug the surfaces of comets to combat the vacuum of space. It slowly scuttles across the rock to keep contact with the nearest star, absorbing rays through it's webbing and collecting stray particles of matter (as well as some elements of radiation) with the hairs on two long appendages extending from the back. Periodically, small spores are released from two porous bulbs connected to these appendages, which spread and eventually seed other satellites.
February 3rd, 2008, 07:27 PM
Concept: Comet rider
(ok I've no time for bg, sorry )
February 3rd, 2008, 08:23 PM
Concept Comet rider
The comet rider is a creature that lives in space and feeds of comets floating around in space. Comets are it's favorite habitat because they attract many different materials that the comet rider can feed on.
If a cometrider wants to feed itself it pins his both paws in the comet and starts eating the many materials while using an acid to make the harder parts become eatable.
February 3rd, 2008, 10:27 PM
Concept: Juni Blonde
This species can be found adrift, planet side, or on various celestial debris. Its prefers the surfaces of comets. With its gaping mouth, the blonde Juni uses small suction pads to hold onto comets until its mouth fills with particles and various mineral detritus. The pads release small amounts of water, freezing it to the surface. Often times when near the sun, the juni will lose traction, finding itself adrift once again.
February 4th, 2008, 04:47 AM
The phase louse is so called because it phases in and out of dimensions until it happens upon a suitable habitat, usually a comet, although sometimes meteors can provide adequate nutrition. This process can take a while, and once a suitable comet is found it will be years before the creature moves on to enable it to reproduce successfully and securely.
When near the comet surface, the barbed squishy muzzle burrows into a nice crevice on the surface, and the creature is anchored. Dangling feeding fronds dangle from appendages and their frilled edges glean nutrition from the various minerals and ions in the tails of the comet and matter which vaporises from its surface as it travels. They tend to stay attached for a long while, and release their offspring in the comet's travel path to grow and phase off on their own.
When they die, they break apart into the trail of the comet they have called home.
February 4th, 2008, 05:18 AM
The gevum are an interplanetary pest which have made a number of different planets their home. This species is known to produce an extremely high amount of offspring every three to four months; a female gevum may lay upwards of a thousand eggs per year. Roughly the size of a human hand, these creatures are constantly dispersing themselves throughout galaxies.
The original home of the gevum is unfortunately a planet which is consistently experiencing high levels of comet impacts as well as large chunks of land breaking off and being hurled into outer space. Because of this, large amounts of gevum have been sent to other planets within the galaxy but for every one comet which succeeds in transporting a cluster of gevum to a new planet with a survivable atmosphere, two land on uninhabitable planets and five never make it to another planet or are unable to reach a suitable planet within the lifespan of the interplanetary immigrants.
The reason the gevum are able to survive these long journeys is because they feed off the billions of micro parasites found on the comets they ride. The gevum have an adaptation which allows them to survive the impact of the comet which is both an anatomical and behavioural one; the gevum huddle together into clusters and their tough shells bind together to form a single, large protective layer, similar to the phalanx formation.
February 4th, 2008, 06:25 PM
Concept: Comet rider
Like it's more beautiful cousin, the solar sailer, the comet rider spends most of it's adult life in outer space. Evolution changed the tail, the legs and it's eye-stalks into very efficient drilling or clamping limbs. These allow the comet rider to hold on even in heavy gravity shocks.
The comet rider is depicted here with a fully erect spinal sail, and an inflated primary funnel sail. The secondary funnel sail is completely deflated, probably to protect it from the fierce solar winds in this region.
The sails are not only used for propulsion, they're also the primary source of food for the rider. A complicated photosynthesis-like process allow it to transform the minerals from the comet into the products it needs to keep alive.
February 4th, 2008, 06:57 PM
Artist: Michael Jaecks
Concept: The Hahnork
The Hahnork scour the Oort Cloud well past Pluto's orbit for micro-comets, icy chunks of comet nuclei that have made too many trips around the sun and have almost completely evaporated. The Hahnork then push these tiny comets back toward the sun and surf their inertia for fun. As they approach the solar winds, the small chunks of ice and rock begin to evaporate again, forming a bright tail of ionized gas on the approach. The Hahnork enjoy playing their interstellar game of 'chicken' and choose the smallest comet nuclei they can as a matter of pride. The last Hahnork left standing on his comet wins.
February 4th, 2008, 06:58 PM
Concept: The Uranian Two Eyed One Eye
TUTEOE was first discovered in the late 2160's by the universal tracking observation center at Esrange. The first encounter coming from a trajectory beyond Uranus. The latest theory states that these massive beasts float about in the Kuiper Belt where they breed. From there they spread by catching a ride on any comet passing by.
February 4th, 2008, 07:43 PM
February 4th, 2008, 08:10 PM
Concept: Tail Wind
The Tail Wind is a mythical space travelling creature. It clings to stationary rocks in space and slowly propels to great speeds, allowing it to travel great distances. It feeds on the rocks of the comets to feed the propulsion system on its back. It is believed to have a granite like skin, protecting it from pretty much all dangers in outer space. During its travels, which may take up many millennia, the Tail Wind becomes almost one with the comet it travels on. Breaking away from the comet is a very painfull experience. Many Tail Winds have merged with comets forever, slowly eating away at the comet until it ultimately dies and becomes a new comet.
February 4th, 2008, 08:15 PM
Concept: Comet Rider
These creatures live long and slow as they travel across the universe, buried deep inside comets, curled up like a ball. They have shown to be capable of teleportation, very occasionally switching to another comet or asteroid. Although they can survive in the inside of comets, remaining mostly dormant, they rely on crashing into a planet to spread their species there. Their hull protects them from both their space environment and the crash. After tumbling down in a rain of comet debris, they will spread life across the universe, as their protective shells are always inhabited by alien microorganisms.
February 4th, 2008, 10:32 PM
The creature cliings to comets that are falling to into planet atmosphere. It absorbs the heat and dust given out by the comet. To withstand the heat of falling into the atmosphere, its body is casted in unidentified bio metal.
Using the speed of the falling comet. It can launch itself to other comets in space or float around in space until it found the next comet.
February 4th, 2008, 11:27 PM
...This beast has a crystalline exoskeleton, and uses the pressure of harvested gases to move its limbs. It thrives on the gases released when the comet passes near stars. When it reaches adulthood, it releases a ruby-like cloud of crystal encysted spawn. When these spawn feel the tail of a comet, they rocket towards the nucleus of it by releasing stored gases. They implant themselves in its icy surface, and begin to feed and grow until they can complete the cycle.
February 4th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Only a three have ever been spotted since its 1934 discovery. It is speculated that the parasite uses comets to move from planet to planet, feeding on natural resources before using its strong wings to take off and ride another comet.
February 5th, 2008, 12:36 AM
Every 20 years, the Crelaisk make their journey to the Waatrias comet. This is their spawning ground, and it is here that the elders will end their life cycle so that their spawn may live on. The comet's unique form of radiation is the only means by which the Crelaisk eggs are able to be both nurtured and eventually hatched. Only one-quarter of the hatched spawn will survive the initial hatch, as many will be unable to endure emergence from the egg into the harsh comet conditions. Those lucky enough to survive will remain on the comet for 5 years, at which point they will pass close to their new home and depart the comet.
February 5th, 2008, 02:07 AM
Based on Earth/cave opening machines (in Die Hard 2)...
Sawnosed Bealzebum tears open a cavity in comet with with its spinning blades on nose, they don't last long, just enough to get a good hole dug, then creature lays the eggs inside of her in the cavity and expends itself. The eggs thrive on ooze from carcus, until they hatch and build a colony. These smaller creatures look nothing like the "queen", but like bees, they create another queen when all resourses from comet have been used up, this queen thrives on the smaller colony, until it is time to leave, she has large wings which lift her large body to another comet.
February 5th, 2008, 02:11 AM
Artist: Dr Midnight
Concept: Shawler's Traipser
The Traipser is a relatively small parasite that clings to astral bodies as they hurl through interstellar space. Two tentacles grip the meteor at a length of up to one hundred fifty-seven (documented) feet from the creature, which extends a "wing" from each of its four spines. These wings act as a sort of solar photosynthesis, catching and converting cast-off minerals into food. The creature is not sentient and has no function, it seems, other than to exist. It's not even known just how the Traipser reproduces, as all known Traipser-worn comets originate from within the Gallic cloud, deep in the Crab Nebula.
Shawler, the creature's discoverer, found them to be adorable. His pet Traipser "Benny" was the only one to have survived more than a day in captivity. This gave birth to the phrase "hanging a Benny," or to surpass an almost certain end by some unknown means.
February 5th, 2008, 02:31 AM
Concept: Comet Rider
This 'comet rider' hides behind falsities. This pink creature is not a creature at all, its 'eyes' are simply pigmentation. If you look carefully at its back, you'll see a connection to the true creature. This serves to transmit images to its sensory organ, a dish that collects and reads from the electromagnetic spectrum. It uses bioluminescence to simulate a comet, further masking its true nature-- as well as contributing to the apparent helplessness of its psuedo-creature, its bait. When its prey draw in close, the true creature uses the lighting from its camouflage. The light helps facilitate the use of their original and short range sensory organs, their eyes. They procede to use their massively large numbers of teeth to hold its prey and rip it to shreds.
February 5th, 2008, 03:06 AM
Concept: Ion Stalker
The Ion Stalker spends its life creeping from one hurtling space debris to the next. However, the Ion Stalker is well suited to the task. It has four powerful limbs with long grasping toes and an additional smaller pair of arms for especially violent rides through space. The Ion Stalker has more in common with the plants of Earth than any of its mobile inhabitants. It feeds off the solar energy emitted from various stars and suns as it passes by. The vibrant sail atop its back is filled with tiny nodules that detect and absorb any traces of this radiation in space. This absorption also keeps the bitter cold of space at bay. However, there are times when the Ion Stalker does not pass near any substantial energy source and it is for this reason that they often seek out rides upon comets. Comets give off some of their own radiation which, although not as satisfactory as solar energy, can hold them over until the next galaxy.
February 5th, 2008, 03:55 AM
Concept: Devil's Arrow
Heres my comet rider. An animal that uses the momentum of a speeding comet to propel and harpoon its prey. As well as scorch its victim with the heat it can conduct. All organisms in this system have evolved from a planet with a thinning atmosphere and evolved to breathe the abundance of hydrogen in space, as well as move in little to zero gravity atmospheres.
February 5th, 2008, 05:04 AM
Concept: Space Cowboy
In it for the ride. Its retractable face shield open and armor glistening in the light of a far sun, the Comet Riders or "True Space Cowboys" as they've been called since earth satellites detected their presence in the late 30th century, are believed to be hitching rides on the known comets of the universe. No one has dared guess at how these creatures reach the celestial rockets, and only speculation and rumor runs amongst the scientific minds of the world.
This artists rendering shows the believed method of attachment at full velocity aided by the discovery of four fossils found in nine deep craters on the planet Jupiter.
February 5th, 2008, 05:51 AM
I know that I still have a lot to learn.
Concept: Aurora Skate
Description: "Aurora Skate" This creature feeds on star dust, useless material is transformed to Body armour and additional use the females Skate for the egg shell. The female drill their eggs in comets, where they mature over the years, the young animal is supported by the shells, a filter at the top win food from the stellar dust. Thus, the young "Aurora Skate" for a few years Comets riders. And the females during the egg tray. The adults using the comet as a resting place for their forces to refuel.
February 5th, 2008, 06:43 AM
Concept: bruised comet hitcher
A crustacean-like parasite, it drifts through space until a comet with a favourable trajectory comes within reach. It travels from place to place; an inter-stellar hitch-hiker.
February 5th, 2008, 11:15 AM
By purdy (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/purdy) at 2008-02-05
Concept: Comet Rider
Report #12Rv21 - 01212
Or The Watcher as it is now known.
For the last few years man has guessed what the strange anomolies observed on Comet 12Rv21. The Watcher was first observed in 2000, astounding the astronomical field. Over the last 12 years The Watcher seems to have been slowly shifting it's awareness towards Earth, what appears to be a giant red eye has opened on what can only be called it's head, and is glowing a bright blood-red colour. Also there seems to be some kind of electrical disturbance on what we now think is it's tail.. what all this means, we have no idea... but what we do know is that in a few months, the comet is on a collision course with Earth.
God save us all.
February 5th, 2008, 03:28 PM
Concept: The Cometrider
The cometrider leaves its planet in search of comets where to land and lay its eggs, the eggs will mature in the comets surface and the hatchlings will stir and leave the comet as it reaches ripe temperature within the comet indicating the comet is entering an apropriate atmosphere.
February 6th, 2008, 12:42 AM
Concept: Comet Rider
The Comet Riders are elusive creatures that live on the more stable darksides of comets. They can live for thousands of years on a single comet, but will occasionally leap off into space to rendezvous with another comet if they reach the correct trajectory.
How they know when to jump is a mystery, but it is believed to have something to do with the gamma ray lens on their heads. This unique form of vision allows the Comet Rider to see the universe in a completely different spectrum. However, these oddities give off immense amounts of radiation, and are highly avoided by humans.
February 18th, 2008, 11:00 AM
I am sorry for the delay. I was sick for a week and then, still not recovered 100% i had to work off the shitload of work which accumulated while i was away. Still i will be very busy until end of March, but i think i can handle COW ;)
yoitisi offered me to help out when it's needed so there won't be delays in that length anymore i guess ;)
I didn't reject any entries for this round, because all of you had to wait so long for the poll now, i didn't want to break more hearts than i did already ;)
Now enjoy the entries and the continue of COW ;)
btw new round is on:
February 18th, 2008, 11:27 AM
Voted for lander, cause it stood out from the rest with a interesting light and soft body parts, while most others looked more or less the same. the one that stands out get noticed. =) But alot of good entries..
February 18th, 2008, 11:42 AM
Gatling got my vote. Well rendered, and I especially liked the extra bit about the feet giving off water so they can freeze to the surface, nice touch!
Ryoken, I liked the design a lot, seems more plausible to me than many of the entries, and I liked the rendering. Wide and flat seems like a good idea for something that needs to hug a moving object.
Michal Jaecks, this seems like a completely different take on things. They seem almost intelligent to me (probably because they are bi-pedal). Makes me think of alien extreme sports.
Anthis, your guy looks bad ass, but it's a tad too generic to really make the leap to the next level. I feel the design could have been used in many other settings, there is little to tie it to comet riding in my opinion. Still, good design.
February 18th, 2008, 11:51 AM
Gatling got my vote, top notch painting, lovely colour selection, all round good design. :)
Well done everyone!
Glad you're back n feeling healthier Fozz! :):drinkup:
February 18th, 2008, 11:52 AM
i voted for rosesred because it was a triple whammy; the style of the image stood out to me, very painting-like and the tones all meshed very well. the creature design was also superb as it looks like it has pretty much evolved just to cling onto that damned comet (as it should) and the concept was great too.
February 18th, 2008, 12:04 PM
New round is on:
February 18th, 2008, 12:49 PM
I went blobs...just really dig the design...pretty colours too. Cool work everyone, and welcome back Foz
February 18th, 2008, 02:14 PM
Went with Dr. Midnight. I really liked his handling of the space environment, choice of color, and creature design. Props also go to Supervileg, Gatling, Anthis, and Scorge. It was a hard decision between you guys. Dr. Midnight won in the end because his felt very finished. I couldn't pick a winner in terms of design. Good work guys.
February 18th, 2008, 02:23 PM
I hope I'll be able to keep the mob happy whenever you're in need of assistance Foz :P
Voted for Nexus, I liked the epic feel it conveyed. My only crit is that the rock competes a bit too much with the creature on top, which makes the whole read a bit difficult.
February 18th, 2008, 08:55 PM
I went with blobs on this one as well. :)
February 18th, 2008, 11:53 PM
There are some really nice entries this round. Wish folks had gone a little brighter with the comet tails overall, but it's a minor thing.
Gatling got my vote and it looks to be her round this week. It's a lovely painting, and having seen a number of your other works, the style there and here is really individual, distinctive, tight, pretty to look at and really makes this particular topic sing in a nice way. The colors are great, I love the dimmed, low light sun... sort of like it's near it's end... the eclipse... I could go on and on... The little bit of Dr. Stephen Hawking inside of me is saying "your comet tail should point away from the sun!" but... I'm not letting him vote this round.
Fozz: Nice to have you back!
February 18th, 2008, 11:54 PM
I really liked that Ryoken went for something on the smaller side, but for pure aesthetic appeal I had to vote for Anthis.
Many of the images are appearing as black squares, does anyone know why that might be? I'm using the latest version of Firefox. For this round I downloaded everything and opening them on my computer worked fine, but that's going to get old really fast.
February 19th, 2008, 01:26 AM
I knew from the start that Gatling was going to be the one, and here we are counting her numerous and well deserved votes. Great job! I read what you wrote about the Painter oils and couldn't agree more. Wish I could put them to use as well as you do. You got mine.:bow:
Some others in a few words or less,
Ryoken:Nicely drawn little beastie.
Lander: Pure madness. Hot stuff. Love the spit.
Anthis:Loved this one as soon as you posted it. Great image.
Dr. Midnight: Beautiful. Graceful.
Nexus: God, I actually feel like I'm on that rock with him/her/it.
Blobs: Dynamically ripping!
Peg: I love how you captured the isolation and desolation of space. Your good at putting us right there in the midst of the scenario.
jfwalls: I could see our guys getting along real well. I think you captured the "holding on" feeling better though.
See you all in the snapper. Welcome back Foz. Glad you're okay.
February 19th, 2008, 03:29 AM
I needed to decide whether realism was a factor before I voted... I decided for this topic, which I struggled to even come up with anything for because I was trying to stay in the realm of the possible, it was.
gatling- Got my vote. Great execution. Looking at the votes so far, it may be yours for the taking.
If i had decided to go with the "what looks the coolest":
Lander- Outside the box, and very visually awesome. My biggest issue with it, was drool in space. But that doesnt mean I would not love it in another space scenario!
:) Great jobs to the lot, and 3 cheers for the return of FOZZY!
February 19th, 2008, 02:28 PM
This one's yours gatling like I said before ... ;)
February 19th, 2008, 10:39 PM
I voted for Gatling. I loved the colours and the idea. Bravo!
February 21st, 2008, 08:35 AM
Retter Thanks! I'm glad the colors work well outside of my head too!
Think the concept for your creature is neat! In execution, I worry about his legs, it looks like they won't hold him. For me, the entire picture would work better with either a hint of a background, or even more of a 'biology book' approach. Now, the creature seems to stand on an abstract circle. The colors are great, love the earthtones.
Nexus got my vote! I loved all the Star trek colors, space aliens should be neon-colored. I also really like the way you designed the exo-skeleton. It looks hard yet flexible, and although it's pretty, it's not over the top.
Michael Jaecks, Truly space opera! For me, the de-saturated fur doesn't quite match the hot pink, but the design is great.
jfwalls The sense of speed and gravity are very tangible in yours. Even though it's in outerspace, with it's limited amount of friction and gravity, I'm willing to suspend disbelieve because of the convincing posture.
Scorge The texturing on your critter is great. my one crit is that the amount of detail on the moon makes it seem much closer than it can be. (unless it's a tiny moon of course)
February 21st, 2008, 11:38 AM
I told you I'd vote for you, Kel (gatling). The decision was already made up even during the progress stages. My thoughts about Juni is in your blog (couldn't wait for the poll lol) but you know that already ;)
February 21st, 2008, 06:11 PM
Hey everyone, it looks like it's Gatlings, and well deserved! I think Gat's is head and shoulders above us all here :)
And I wanna thank everyone that voted for me and commented about my piece, I totally don't deserve the votes, as I see a lot better work than mine in this thread... but hey, I'm not complaining ;)
February 21st, 2008, 11:02 PM
I had to make a final choice with michael jaecks but anthis was a very very very close second. I wish I could vote for both. awesome work to all.
February 24th, 2008, 05:42 PM
Voted for JFWALLS 'cause in my opinion the artwork is stunning. Beautiful coloring. Itīs also a very believable cometrider. Every entry here is very well done but JFWALLS creature stands out.
Looking forward to the next COW. Maybe I can post something of my own =P
February 26th, 2008, 12:46 PM
Thanks for the votes and comments guys! Sorry I couldn't crit others, but I've had company the past couple of weeks and have been running all over the place!
Anthis got my vote. Very nice rendering, and cool idea for the creature to look like the comet.
February 26th, 2008, 03:17 PM
Thanks everyone who gave some crits and positive feedback. Its really appreciated.
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