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December 27th, 2007 #1
C.O.W. - #104: Nightmare Before Christmas - Voting!
ROUND #104 VOTING
Topic: Nightmare Before Christmas
Deadline for the voting: Monday, 07th January 2008
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Hide this ad by registering as a memberDecember 27th, 2007 #2
1st try at COW.
The myth of the yuletide reindeer 'Rudolph' was in fact based on a typically misunderstood and reclusive species which was eventually driven to extinction by the human race.
Before the species' untimely demise, they were often used for haulage in northern wastes because of their great stamina and cold weather adaptations. Once it was found that these beasts were so useful they were quickly employed to boost profits and could be found all across northern areas within a matter of months.
It was realised too late that long periods of forced load-bearing caused some hormonal imbalances which brought out the territorial, violent and ultimately deadly nature of these beasts, and many haulers were missing or dead after the animals went berzerk during a dark winter.
this event was known by locals as 'the nightmare before christmas' and by the summer of the next year the species was declared extinct after being culled, hunted and trapped til none could threaten the delicate northerners' economy any more.
Over time, attitudes softened to this creature, and it is now only remembered fondly in the well known christmas tale. Forgotten are the wings and proud stature of this creature, and his mythical form is much more that of traditional reindeer. The one facet of the true species which remains is the red nose which is used in courtship and mating rituals for display.
December 27th, 2007 #3
Concept: The Green Giant
The Green Giant feeds on children who walk away from their parents when they go pick out their Christmas trees at night. They appear in their victims' dreams the night they saw the children, chasing them across the massive, empty, snowy plains. Most of the children escape by waking up before falling into the long fingers of doom, but some unfortunate youngsters never wake from their sleep.
December 27th, 2007 #4
Concept: Nightmare before christmas
This creature travels behind santa. If santa dropt the presents, this creature steals everything back. All this happends every year, the night before christmas. That why this creature has no other name then "Nightmare before christmas.
"FAIL, FAIL AGAIN, FAIL BETTER"
December 27th, 2007 #5
Concept: Bearded Creeper
The Bearded Creeper spends much of the year lying dormant underground, coming to the surface once a year for a few weeks in December to feed. During those weeks it prowls the alleys, gorging itself on whatever it can find.
December 28th, 2007 #6
Concept: Noble Worm
The Noble Worm, so-called because of its nesting preference of noble fir trees, lays its eggs within the branches, where they gestate for a period of ten months. Their shape allows the developing embryos to remain on these fir trees, even after they've been cut and trimmed for the common holiday of their hosts. Once the egg ball is ready to hatch, the top unfurls and dozens of tiny larvae crawl out onto the ground and scurry away to feed parastitically on the blood of sleeping hosts within the home. They grow very quickly.
The adults are many feet long, and develop strong talons that allow them to hang down a chimney and wriggle inside of a home to gorge itself on the habitants within. This is particularly a problem around late December, because people use their fireplace more often, and tend to leave the flue open.
Last edited by Sapphire; December 28th, 2007 at 02:25 AM.
December 28th, 2007 #7
This animal has been talked about in fairytales
this shortned story sums it up i guess.
You thought santa's deers are just normal creatures, well... guess again..
Santa hates unhappy people, so he decided something needed to be done
So he got himself some Rudeers.. they have a very nice ability that normal deers dont have
In the nights before Christmas they head out into the world, they visit all the people in the world.
They enter the bedrooms and lean over the sleeping people.
Than their chest opens up and they suck up all the nightmares people have...
This is they way these guys eat... Nasty huh?
December 28th, 2007 #8
Concept: Poinsettia coal shitter
After centuries of personally delivering coal to the naughty children in the world, Santa could no longer keep up with the world's ever expanding population. Millions of Poinsettia's are purchased all over the world every year, allowing for Santa's born and bred solution, the Poinsettia Coal Shitter to infiltrate the homes of the children who have been bad, and give them exactly what they deserve, maybe even scare the shit out of them in the process.
Its stomach loaded with coal, the Poinsettia works his magic.
Have you been good this year?
December 28th, 2007 #9
my first COW entry - C&C are welcome
Concept: Xarotonga (a.k.a. Santahead Treehugger)
This peaceful parasite – inhabitant of the tropical forrests of Aldebaran-V – spends virtually all of its life on the same wuawu tree sucking the sweet sap of the tree. The Xarotonga - or as the human astronauts who discovered this weird creature named it after its special body shape: Santahead Treehugger – is an all-female species reproduces via parthenogenesis two or three times a year with each litter containing 1-2 pups.The feet of newborn Xaratongas are very well-developed and strong, so they can easily climb off the tree and take long distances in order to find a suitable, vigorous wuawu tree to live on. Once the little Xarotonga finds that tree, she climbs up on it, gnaws through the thick bark of the tree with her modified mouth and starts to feed. As Xarotonga never leaves its chosen tree the muscles of her legs atrophy gradually.
Xarotonga has a unique defensive mechanism against carnivores: it’s her frightening screams. Her apple-sized lidless eye scans her sorrundings constantly and if she sees a potential enemy approaching, she makes a terribly loud high frequency sound with her large, yellow, mouth-shaped organ on her back. How this sound takes effect is not yet known, but the fact is that fearful panic takes hold of every living who hear it.
Xarotonga is the totem animal of the local Vokioki tribe. In their language the name ‘Xarotonga’ means: ‘The One Whose Screams Make Your Blood Freeze’
Last edited by Novbert; December 28th, 2007 at 07:25 AM."Try again, fail again,fail better!"Samuel BeckettSketchbook
December 28th, 2007 #10lost german author
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Santa Claus' bag is a gate to a whole parallel universe, where, among phantastillions over phantastillions of presents, some very strange Creatures lives. One of these creatures is the Christmaredillo. In the night before christmas, when Santa Claus distributes the presents under the Christmastrees all over the world, some of these strange, glowing, little, partially scaled marsupials can escape this dimension and settle between the presents where they are hardly to detect because they look like alluring glowing presents themself.
When a Child wants to peep at its presents in the night without permission a Christmardillo can smell the bad conscience and will release a toxic gas out of a gland in it's back, that let the child fall asleep and have veeeery bad nightmares.
Because Christmardillos are from another dimension they cannot live long in our universe and so they disintegrate before morning brokes.
Last edited by Miasmamann; December 28th, 2007 at 09:57 AM. Reason: forgotten the o in #104
December 28th, 2007 #11
Concept: Ornamental Death Beetle
The o.d.b. is a highly specialized insect predator able to mimic the form of most anything tree related . It's common prey being tree dwelling creatures, it is only when accidently brought into human dwellings that we see the envenimation and rapid death of humans, due to it's potent sting.
December 28th, 2007 #12
Angry and killer beast, hunting green dwarves amd eating santas carrot cakes.One day, Santa Klauss, a magician, convert it in the red nose animal that everybody loves
Last edited by edujante; December 29th, 2007 at 04:18 AM.
December 28th, 2007 #13
Concept: St.As Parrot
This bird is the pawn of Santa Claus evil brother St.As who uses the bird to destroy what ever he can of the x-mas spirit. This bird have been seen leaving the scene of the crime after opening all the presents delivered by Santa Claus. It's one of it's kind and has no mate known to man.
Last edited by Lander; December 28th, 2007 at 06:11 PM.
December 28th, 2007 #14
Concept: Asboid Wolf
Santa had a really bad year in `83 so he bred his own line of Xmas Guard Dogs..the Asboid Wolf. A very placid creature most of the time. When worked up or hungry these creatures have a tendency to berserk (often causing massive damage to life and limb in the process). Many an innocent Elf has been devoured when the A-Wolf leaps into action.
Never the less, crime in Santa's Grotto is now a respectable NIL and that is all down to Santa's very own `Nightmare before Xmas`, the Asboid Wolf.
December 30th, 2007 #15
Failed quality check (sloppy artwork and/or insufficient artistic quality)
not accepted entries:
All WIPs/sketches/not finished yet/placeholder/yaddayaddayadda images...
Your creature was too much of a character...
Your creature design was...err...a present. Also your concept didn't make much sense. You said the creature wakes up when children don't believe in Santa anymore...so the presents are actually creatures which are asleep when children believe in Santa? How can they be opened then...I really enjoyed your style, but it just didn't work this time
This is COW, not CHOW
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December 30th, 2007 #16
December 30th, 2007 #17
Voted Apocalypse Rex. Quirky, lotsa character and great texture. It was nice seeing your process and pushing the piece further and further in the posting thread.
December 30th, 2007 #18lost german author
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Also voted for Rex, same reason (mainly the "lotsa character"-thing )
December 30th, 2007 #19
Apocalypse Rex, love the concept. You executed it very well. I wasn't sure at first, seeing the WIPs, but you pulled it off nicely.
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i voted bigmikey,
i love that creature,man!
December 31st, 2007 #21
December 31st, 2007 #22
scorge: you got my vote I really liked the concept. There are some stuff I don't like such as the lack of volume on legs and arms.
I really liked the dynamic in Nightblues, "mimic" goes santa in bigmikeys. I like the look of edujantes. Apocalypse_Rex very nice. Well done everybody. You open my eyes every time.
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December 31st, 2007 #24
Voted Bigmikey. The concept is a little unoriginal, but the creature design and rendering is awesome. Very Christmasy, but scary as hell at the same time. Great job.
LanderThanks a lot for the vote! Even if I won't win, it always feels good to get at least one. Any suggestions for building up that volume you mentioned? I'm pretty sure it's the double highlights that make the arms and legs look flat but any advice would be greatly appreciated. What do you think?
December 31st, 2007 #25
I'm really fond of Apocalypse_Rex's entry, my vote goes to him.
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January 1st, 2008 #26
Not sure but I'll try a paintover and see if I can make it work. I'm not god enough to tell I'll have to trial and error
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January 1st, 2008 #28
True, even if you do think you have the greatest pic and concept
Maybe you slipped...
January 1st, 2008 #29
bigMikey got my vote. Creepy... imagine that sucker crawling down the chimney on Christmas.
Rex's was beautifully done and the story is great, but I think the animal is too proud to be nightmarish. I ended up feeling sorry for the poor things being so misunderstood and eventually exploited into extinction.
Great work guys and happy new year!
January 1st, 2008 #30
Sweet round. I thought it would be a little strange because the subject-matter is kind of cliche, but the imagination of masterful people never failed to surprise me.
Apocalypse_Rex: Great background story and very well rendered. I really like the creature's face and little wings.
rWDrk: love the indoor/outdoor scenery. Your creature lacks a little coherence though, in my opinion. It looks like several creatures pieced together, and would benefit from some uniting element.
bigmikey: You got my vote. Really awesome bug santa. I love the way you did the hat, and changing the edges of the fur coat into bristles worked very well.
Sapphire: what a creepy concept. I'm terrified of bug eggs, and will never look at the christmas ornaments the same way again. The creature setting is very interesting. The rendering communicates, but could be a bit more finished though.
Joey-b: love the storybook feel. It's creepy but sweet at the same time... on the second thought, more creepy than anything the lines, values, and colors work very well together, forming a distinctive style.
scorge : Very cool creature and nicely rendered. From illustration standpoint I'd suggest a secondary light source to help popping this guy more, because right now the equally sweet background is stealing the spotlight.
Novbert: Your concept is very unique - a creature far far away in the wild instead of the domestic take. Love the creature design.
Miasmamann: Your creature reminded me of the fantasy creature that feeds on dreams, except it's the other way around! Very nicely rendered atmosphere. My one complaint would be the color of the creature looks a bit too plain for the giftbox feel.
ManaBurn: Creepy setting again. The creature sounds plausible and looks deadly.
edujante: Close 2nd for me. Very nicely drawn, and the creature design is solid as well as full of style.
Lander : Beautiful creature design. Sounds like this little guy has its work cut out for it, since Santa is possibly the busiest man on earth.
SOUTHERN: amazing creature. I actually liked it more without the background though, possibily for the lack of a light source.