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    Cow C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback

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    Round #103

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    Spongeback

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    thanx to romance for the topic idea I have no clue how he came to this, but it is sick enough for COW


    ADDITIONAL INFO

    1. A creature with a back made of sponge. No second sponge creature which is attached to the body. Just make the back of the creature...errrr...spongy

    2. Only the back has to be made of sponge, not the whole body

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    The first thing I thought of was Wilma Flinstone doing the dishes.

    I might go in that direction.

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    I also strangely thought of spongebob squarepants. I really do want to join this one but with a deadline next week and also the internet going off I might not be able to. Will try this time though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rist View Post
    I also strangely thought of spongebob squarepants.
    Glad I wasn't the only one that thought of that, although he is likely to violate the humanoid rule

    My final project for school is done, so I'll see if I can't come up with something cool this time. CA will be great to keep me from slacking off too much during Xmas!

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    I'm having some problems focusing on painting atm... perhaps a spongeback is the cure...
    Spongebacks have no problem cleaning their backs, while taking a shower, have they?

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    This is a tricky subject but I like that. It's going to be really interesting to see what everyone creates on this one. I definitely have some ideas and I am looking to try and keep my colors tame on this one instead of being so over saturated.

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    Guess I'll go first then.

    C.O.W. - #103: Spongeback

    It's just a WIP, obviously. Never done anything like this in Photoshop before, but it was quite a fun experience.

    I guess it's some kind of cave dweller. Which dwells in caves which are wet. Not caves which are dry.

    It sucks not to have a scanner, but using a camera actually gave a rough and (If you'd ask me) cool look.

    I'm quite new here, don't know if this is good enough for COW-material.

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    Don't really know where to go from here. Any help? I'm thinking about a background, but dunno if it'll turn out any good, since I don't have a wacom tablet.
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    Iambanana: I think you need more work on it to make it COW material. Some tips that might help you.

    -Try defining the creature a bit more. Think how it functions and how its shape evolved from there. Why are the front paws like fins? Does it swim a lot? If it swims a lot shouldnt they be bigger. Are the back legs that big and powerfull for a reason? You need to put some thought into that so the design becomes more coherent. It looks very much like a fairly shapeless blob with a sponge on its back right now.
    -Try to find a focal point and put the stronger contrasts and details in this area. Upscale your image and try to work in the details. Find your lightsource(s) in your image and adjust the lighter parts accordingly! To get a fresh view on your design, try flipping the image horizontally once in a while.
    -Try putting in some background, to give us the viewer a reference on how big this thing is. Its hard to judge its size by now.

    I hope these things help you along. And there still is enough time left to take this to the next level. Keep at it!

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    Thanks for the advice! Those front paws were actually just to make the creature look stupid and pathetic, but you're right; They wouldn't function very nicely.
    I've thought about the contrasts and shades, but I'm just a little scared of overdoing it and ruining it. The light was supposed to be coming from the right and from those blue threads, but I guess I need to make it more obvious.
    I might not be able to do anything about the front legs, but I'll give the other stuff a try. Maybe put some fur on its head and stuff, to make it more interesting. Try to give its skin some texture.

    Thanks again.

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    Iambanana
    SuperV does bring up some excellent points. I'd like to add if I may:
    Think about what it would take to bring this guy to life. Imagine you've gone to the zoo, and you see him/her sitting in a tank or pen or whatever the particular habitat that has been provided. What would this creature look like? Then, "How would the "Spongeback" look in the wild. What is its purpose in the maelstrom of life? I know it seems like a lot for a simple cow, but in the long run, imagination is what gets the creative juices flowing. Even if you don't have a tablet.
    On the technical side, study the anatomy of a hippo or rhino to fully get a feel for the anatomical breakdown of what appears to be a docile, but heavily armored and dangerous creature. You could even learn a bit from the Manatee if you had to. The point is, and it turns out its true, technique will get you so far, but believability is the key. Go with what nature has provided my friend, and you can't go too wrong. Hope this helps!
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    iambabana also have a look at nature books, these can realy help, both on technique and colouring and also ideas. Another thing you should think about, your painting in digital, dont worry so much about ruining your art. Paint in layers, then if theres something you dont like then just simply delete or hide that layer and then you can do something else instead or go back to the original. Just play around with your image and experiment, that is sometimes the best ways to learn.

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