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    Cow C.O.W. - #124: Nectar Spender

    C.O.W. - #124: Nectar Spender

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    Round #124

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    Nectar Spender

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    ADDITIONAL INFO

    1. The Nectar Spender is a creature, which dispenses nectar. For what reason? It's up to you

    2. Nectar =
    a: something delicious to drink
    b: a beverage of fruit juice and pulp

    3. The nectar must be produced by the creature itself.

    4. No individual/character!!! Make a concept of a species!



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    What comes immediately to mind:

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    idea: The Nectar Spender is a parasite which feeds of a larger creature and in turn dispenses nectar which attracts prey for the host. Nice given I guess, now how to visualize and design it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzybar View Post
    ADDITIONAL INFO

    1. The Nectar Spender is a creature, which dispenses nectar. For what reason? It's up to you

    - So we are the ones that decide whether the creature feeds on its own nectar; or the opposite sex feeds on it, thus reproduction (mating) occurs; or other animals feed off this nectar. So basically we are designing a creature design of a plant? Obviously the creature cannot look like a plant because that is not allowed; but that IS what is happening. Unless some creatures produce nectar too...?


    2. Nectar =
    a: something delicious to drink
    b: a beverage of fruit juice and pulp

    Is this what 'humans' would produce from these animals? Or are these animals intelligent and make their own beverage? I understand where you are coming from, but how can the design describe that this is nectar and that this is delicious (probably up to our own creativity)? Or is this merely some examples of what nectar is used for in reality?


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    1. The creature produces nectar. No plant. CREATURE. NECTAR.

    2. That's the description found in a dictionary. I posted it as a help to define what nectar is.


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    Try attaching a .jpeg instead of a .psd file?

    Whoops, it works, but still...


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    Hey what's up CA.org community, I have been lurking on this site for quite some time now, and just having bought a new laptop, Wacom, and PS CS3, I intend to start posting a lot. This is my first post, and first try at COW. My idea is that this creature has nectar and poison sacks on its back, it feeds its young with protein-rich nectar that it secretes through its tongue. It also fends off prey with a stinger on its tail that secretes poison. In order for a predator to eat this creature and enjoy the nectar, it has to be able to withstand the devastating effects of the posion. This is just an intial sketch, I'm still learning how to use PS lmao, painting this thing is gonna be a challenge, but it is a learning process no?
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    Thanks Onion, it's crap quality but I'll fix that next image.


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    Looking forward to my first attempt at C.O.W, always inspiring to see what is made here. Ok, this is a quick sketch to flesh out my initial idea. Really lookin' for critiques here on form and any ideas on how to paint this. The main body is going to be translucent like the ants in Moai's post.

    C.O.W. - #124: Nectar Spender

    purpose for the creature is still in the works..


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    this is what i got so far
    it secrets sweet red nectar from its back which attracts swarms of bugs

    any crits, comments would be great

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    Crazy theme, very open-ended.
    Shitting/Pissing nectar is the first thing that comes to my mind, followed by using nectar as a way to lure the prey.

    Mohog, Pretty nice for a first sketch actually, just take care with the "arms" the one far from the viewer is bigger than the one closer. The translucent idea is very good, Try looking at Irydise's Sketchbook, for some inspiration on the translucent field. She has some mad skills making subsurface scattering and may serve as an inspiration for you. Sketching the internal organs may be a nice touch with the translucency.

    Paul Kang, think about natural selection. The nectar on his back attracts insects, but his proboscis (is this correct? You know, the elongated tube that serves as his mouth) looks too small and not long enough for him to eat the insects, and most probably all the insects following him would simply drive him crazy and lowers its chance of survival. I would try to make the nectar be more close to his "mouth" and make his proboscis bigger.

    Good luck to anyone who will enter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbono View Post
    Crazy theme, very open-ended.
    Shitting/Pissing nectar is the first thing that comes to my mind, followed by using nectar as a way to lure the prey.

    Mohog, Pretty nice for a first sketch actually, just take care with the "arms" the one far from the viewer is bigger than the one closer. The translucent idea is very good, Try looking at Irydise's Sketchbook, for some inspiration on the translucent field. She has some mad skills making subsurface scattering and may serve as an inspiration for you. Sketching the internal organs may be a nice touch with the translucency.

    Paul Kang, think about natural selection. The nectar on his back attracts insects, but his proboscis (is this correct? You know, the elongated tube that serves as his mouth) looks too small and not long enough for him to eat the insects, and most probably all the insects following him would simply drive him crazy and lowers its chance of survival. I would try to make the nectar be more close to his "mouth" and make his proboscis bigger.

    Good luck to anyone who will enter!
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    um i dont really believe in natural selection, but whatever. i based my design off the giant anteater, however, my creature doesnt eat the flies and bees, they help each other out. the red nectar is a annoying byproduct of the juices he gains from eating flowers and shrubs, kind of like sweat , the insects are attracted to it and eat it. all in all, he gets a bath, the insects get a tasty treat.


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    In classical ancient mythology Nectar is the drink of the gods, along with ambrosia being the food of the gods. Probably not a particularly useful piece of information but hey, everyone gets inspiration from different places.

    hemP, that's a pretty cool sketch. I'm also learning the ways of my new Wacom, so there's probably not much I can offer in terms of advice apart from keep at it, which is what I keep having to do.

    MoHog, looks like you've put a fair amount of thought into it already! Keep it up, I'm intrigued to see what it will turn out like. Your idea of having the main body translucent sounds cool although I don't think I would attempt something as tricky as that with my level of skill, good luck to you though!.

    Paul Kang, your creature's looking really cool, seems like quite a passive beast and I suppose the idea of helping the insects will, in turn, help your creature by further pollenating flowers.


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    I decided to voluntarily remove my Nectar Spender on behalf of a very nice woman. =]

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    Ive got a lot more work left on this one...

    Paul Kang thats great

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    My WIP.

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    Thanks to all those who gave crits, that sketchbook is awesome Carbono. Cool idea gmblfdz (reminds me of the flood parasite) with some more definition it should be awesome.


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    Don't forgett about the aphids, they're like being ranched like cows by most ants.

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    Lege1 - I beg for mercy Since I'm hungry now, I felt much worse when I saw it

    To everybody - after looking at your works, I'm afraid that putting nectar bubbles on back will become a repeting idea. Perhaps it's a good thing to think about other ideas?

    Anyway, my first sketches, unfortunately some of them has bubbles on back.. I'm going to imagine something different:

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    Nectar Spender Chimera

    My new C.O.W.

    Because nectar is a hybrid from sugar, this c.o.w. only need carbon, water and oxygen to life.
    (Formular:C12 H22 O11).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LORD M View Post
    Don't forgett about the aphids, they're like being ranched like cows by most ants.

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    haha look at the little aphids huddled together

    "whats that big ant doing to daddy?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonic View Post

    To everybody - after looking at your works, I'm afraid that putting nectar bubbles on back will become a repeting idea. Perhaps it's a good thing to think about other ideas?
    Mine is more of a sack than a bubble.


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    Very interesting sketches coming up so far. And I say 'interesting' in a very good way.

    I'm going to try to participate in this one. Well, not try, I AM going to participate in this COW. I lack good discipline with my art, and I think a weekly challenge will make me fix that problem. Although to be honest... I have absolutely no idea what my creature will be. This one is a toughie. Maybe some loose sketchbook doodles will help me develop this one. Hmm...

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    Coupla sketches. Might go with 'em, might not.
    Great color on the nectar Tonic.
    Cool pic PaulKang. Now I feel kind of bad for killing them. Ants and Aphids.
    Your guy's looking a bit like your sound eater color wise.
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    Scorge: You're awesome man! Rock on =] I love aerial creatures but I think the creature that you've sketched on the right is really doing it for me. At least as of the moment. Will we see some more prototypes from your way? I thought your sound creature was mad brilliant and look forward to seeing something just as cool this round.


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    LOL! look at how ugly this thing is. I realize that the colors are horrible and it looks like a halloween candy, but this was my first digital painting, and from the looks of it, I need to read more tutorials and learn how to use the damn software haha.

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    The red is poison, the yellow is nectar, it feeds its young through its tongue with nectar and stings its prey and fends off predators with its poison fueled tail needle....


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    Hemp: I see your name and all,lol,...
    Did you have the munchies when crafting this lovely creature? It reminds me of something straight out of the "Candyland" board game. Your creature looks YUMMmmmmmY!

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    Are humans still open for taking advantage of the nectar?


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    Thx scourge...

    I saw it to late,
    and I wouldn't post that pic double -.-
    Next time (anyway in a few day^^)
    I post it better


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