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This is my first COW participation and I hope I'll finish my work before deadline ( I'm such a lazy bum! )
I want to create a bug that climb trees and hunt slug-like creatures wchich have hard carapace and crawl on the ground. That explosive bug can grow explosive acid bombs on it's body and is equipped with four arms to throw them. After air stike buggy falls down on what's left from a slug and eat all that messy soup . All comments and suggestions are most welcome.
so how do I know its good enough to be in the finals thread? this is my reworking of the first bug to make it a bit more sinister looking. Ive changed my mind a bit about the sack. It is used for attraction and mating and looks similar to a lava lamp. It still has a secondary defensive ability. The sack would fire out instead of stay attached before exploding.
I loved the Deep topic (not that I got anything done for it. ho hum), but it was a bit much. They should make a new forum for those giant... PROJECTS. dun dun Dun!!! That way we'll have comfy little weeklies, as well as the big mothas'. pld:
Anyway, Fire bugs. Heres my initial sketch.
They're like cockroaches with horns, except the chitinous 'wing covers' have holes in them. But when they open their carapacess (spelt right?) they have no wings (they're a kind of flightless bettle). Instead there are little spouty things sticking out of their backs.
These take in water through the holes in the shell when the wings are closed, where it mixes with a natural chemical in their bodies to form an adhesive goop. Said goop can then be squirted from the spouts when the 'wings' are up. When it oxidises, the goop reacts violently, and bursts into flames. It takes a few seconds for for the goop to explode, so the bugs have a range of a good few feet.
These flames are used as mating signals (naturally), the bigger/further/brighter the flame, the better the bug etc.
Its also used for defence. You wouldn't want to get your shins sprayed by this little critter, as the stuff don't come off.
That was a stupidly long post for such a crappy sketch. lol Oh well
If anyones got any crit, I'd be very grateful. I need all the help I can get
Last edited by St. Ginger; July 11th, 2008 at 05:16 AM.
nubb:I like what you have so far, hope you can finnish
Scorge:Thanks a lot for the tips, I'll give it a shot. Nice work with your creature insect by the way, clean lines
Here is my grey scale on my male insect, my idea is the female lays her eggs covered in a chemical that reacts the packets of sperm on the males back, making them expand and burst fertilizing any egg near by.
scared to add color
Last edited by Arteater; July 10th, 2008 at 09:22 PM.
The only critisism I have is that it looks a lot like the baneling concept art from starcraft two
http://www.starcraft2.com/features/zerg/baneling.xml (it's mostly in how you shaped the feet into claws)
Maybe try a different color scheme and add little details like little hairs\feelers\doodads.
this topic sounds quite interesting and i really have to do more creatures...so i thougt i can join this round.
this first picture is still in progress...i will do another one with an different angle and backgorund etc...this one is only for the design.
critique would be nice
...and sorry for my bad english...
I am not sure, but i can't spot anything buglike there....looks more like a lizard-monkey mix....really guys be sure to make some kind of bug...
heres a couple sketches I did the other day. I decided on the one on top because the ant... well... it isnt unique at all, as much as i enjoy the idea of a jihadist ant.
I have done a couple different renditions of the top idea, but my scanner is retarded and its not even on this computer so its an enormous pain the ass to keep scanning stuff. SO there ya have it.
Arteater: Thanks. Hope You'll take Your bug to the finish to
klecksotopianer: Nice color, nice design. I realy like the piece
And another step of my bug. Hope I'm going the right way :/
Here is a pencil and then rotary pen sketch of my final design.
The name Explosive bug comes from two sources. The first is during the creatures young life it is first encased in a shell, 4 months into the creatures life it becomes pregnant and explodes from the shell. As the growing baby bugs grows within the creature, the creatures balances starts to waver. Once the baby bugs has grown large enough, the weight has become too heavy for the creature to hold and topples over, busting the soft tissue, where the baby bugs explode from the creature.
Bad explanation, I will tweak it later.
Fozzybar: That's just what I was afraid of, so I've made some corrections. More anatomical changes to be shown ( I think I'll reduce the size of those monkey hands ) Hope it fits more now and I hope it'll fit precisely soon. Thanks for pointing that.
I think the reason why it still does not seem like a bug is because it does not have any bug characteristics. Add vices, multiple eyes, external skeleton, etc
One of my more favourite designs this round. Try to keep this design until the end! I think it works well.
Be careful with blacks, they tend to 'bleed' the image with unnecessary contrasts. I like how you have kept close to nature rather than taking a unique route; easier for viewers to 'understand' the design.
I think its more like a Ladybird. Maybe you could make the design familiar by giving it a Ladybird colour scheme.
Good design idea. Now start to add more smaller details.
What Rist said...orientate on bug characteristics. Unfortunately it is no bug right now
Thanks for guides Fozzy and Rist
There's no reason for dragging this design any further so I post latest changes just for fun
And new sketch, new idea. A slug that explodes with his hot guts to melt his victim ( macabre ).
Rist: thanks again I realy got into new design do no sentiment for the monky-lizzard one
Last update for today I guess. Cheers!
klecksotopianer, your design is awesome. the colours really work, and the concept is so cool. I can't wait to see what the final looks like.
Scorge and Rist, your line arts look great, some really alternative bug designs.
Christian, your concept is cool, I like the little round spikey dude with his giant bomb. A little background/anatomy/story description may help get the concpet further, cos it'll give you something to latch onto and develop. (Jihadist ant could be a story line to follow though. Comic strip? )
Nubb, The other design was brilliant, just not an insect. This new one looks great too. I love the cold vs. bright colours in the shell.
I feel like a self centered ass commenting on others work when mine is so naff, but its all looks so good! keep it up.
Thanks, I need to get into line work more often!
Keep posting them, we all have eyes and opinions. Best to be commented on than to never be commented on. Plus you are doing great otherwise I would have never replied.
Here is a block-in before I render. I want to establish a value layer before going into colour.
I recently joined and think this is a great site and all of your work is inspiring. This is my first entry of any kind I hope it is well recieved.
The Doomsday Bug devours and also dwells among a rare fungal bloom. If you come across a patch of this fungus you must move cautiously or risk the chance of stepping on the bug which will immediately detonate with enough force to remove your foot.
You have been warned!
Very nice work everybody!!!
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Nubb I like your second design
klecksotopianer this is really nice the colors really make it stand out
humboldt squid thanks, I changed up the legs a bit mainly because they didnt seem to flow right. I wonder if we got this topic from the banelings to begin with?
Arteater thanks, yours is looking good
alright here is a slightly altered design and a preview of the color version.
nubb - thanks, i think your new design looks more like bug ...and i really love glowing stuff on creatures
Rist - thanks, your sketch looks fine, but somehow the feets remind me of slippers, perhaps you can change them just a little bit
Arteater - looks good so far, but i think, as rist said, the contrast is a little bit to hard...
St. Ginger, bluez3023 - thanks guys
electric goat - your design looks very cool
...and now i have a small problem. a trojan crashed my hard disk...so i lost all the stuff i had on my computer.
i hope i can get a new hard disk... fast enough to finish this round
this is the last version i have from this bug:
sorry for my bad english
Ugh, im having a problem. I scanned some more sketches and one drawing that I want to actually use but for some reason photoshop doesnt want to open the files. It keeps coming up with this error message:
"Could not complete your request because an unkown or invalid JPEG marker type is found"
I have checked time and time again and these files ARE jpeg files, and I can open them with the windows photo gallery. I dont know why the hell they wont open. All my other files still open, and I uploaded them to this computer the exact same way that I uploaded these pics. Idk what the problem is. Its so frustrating Fuck computers.
Electric goat: Your design is pretty neat! very artistic.
klecksotopianer: I like your design, the face looks kinda like a mask though. (not that mine is better)
humboldt squid: cool concept, did you use ref from google?
bluez3023: Looking forward to the end product. looks very good, and reminds me of a scrin from command an conquer 3
Rist and maxlay: Pretty cool!
ChristianWeeks: Nice idea with the terrorist ant, I think your idea and mine are very similar.
Arteater: I really like your concept. Specially the male version. The sides look inspired by fighter planes, where you aware?
Nubb: Please dont give up on the first concept, it was awesome! Maybe if it it had small legs like a centipede, it would look more like an insect?
Edit: Snarfevs : wow that thing looks huge!
Now, my contribution:
Its a kamikaze drone. It sacrifices itself to protect the queen and hive.
Last edited by Funkyskull; July 12th, 2008 at 11:18 AM. Reason: had to reply to the post before me as well
Ok, heres an update. I don't really like the sketchbook one (I'm not a fan of watercolours, just thought I'd give it a try). But its a good colour experiment sketch.
I also spent a stupid amount of time on Artrage doing these. I like them a lot better than the other one, but still want to do my final in real paint. I may run out of time though, so they're my backups
(Sorry about the excess of white space. Couldn't be bothered to argure with photoshop to take it out)
Alright I managed to open it on photoshop by resending the file from the other computer. Anyways, heres a real quick WIP ive got.
The giant sac's color and smell is extremely appetizing to predators so they avoid the jagged and unappetizing head of the creature and attempt to eat the sac instead. Once a predator has punctured the sac's membrane, seperate chemicals flow together, causing an explosion that spews molten chemicals on the predator and surroundings. The bug pops off the sac and scurries just for cover before the reaction happens. If the predator was small enough for the explosion to be lethal, the bug has a nice dinner.
Still need to figure out a name for it