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ROUND #133 VOTING
Topic: Giant Canopy Grazer
Deadline for the voting: Saturday, 28 February 2009
Posting thread (closed): C.O.W. - #133: Giant Canopy Grazer
OK - before voting/posting read this!!!
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...
4. The poll is public. Your vote will be seen.
Last edited by yoitisi; February 21st, 2009 at 05:54 PM.
Loftwhale are (unsurprisingly enough, given the name) very large tropical vegetarians, and spend the majority of their long lives high above the ground, their 4 long highly maneuverable main limbs ending in hands with 3 double-jointed fingers for easy grasping of branches. Their digestive system is highly complex; through the web-like gills along the side of their heads they draw great quantities of air while feeding, and with the help of a 5-chambered stomach and a number of other entirely unique organs they divert much of their gaseous waste products into large internal sacs—that a large portion of their body cavity is given over to—in order to take much of their otherwise prodigious weight off both their limbs and the branches of the trees below.
The six secondary arms are constantly in motion plucking at branches and tips to continuously feed; the downward facing eyes and highly developed nostrils and smell organs assist in the selection of the most nutritious and healthy leaves and branches.
Concept: N'gul Spider
The N'gul Spiders are an evolutionary leap from those known by man up until 2079. These herbivore descendants feed off of Swah's lush forests. With a daily consumption of up to 3 tons of Surn'el leafs these behemoths are Swah's air refinery, ridding the planet of these intoxicating plants. Its 8 legs help it maneuver through these rough and treacherous jungles. It can only survive on top of the canopies where it has no natural enemies and can live peacefully. The two pertruding claws on its chest work as grapplers when feeding and at night while it sleeps. the thick fur covering its back and limbs act to stabilize its body heat and protect against stings, allowing it to survive in harsh conditions.
Last edited by SinnerMan; February 19th, 2009 at 02:31 PM. Reason: typo
Concept: Tree Walker
The largest of the canopy dwelling lizards, Tree Walker's diet consists primarily of vegetation from the upper canopy. Their peripheral vision is enhanced by rectangular pupils that help detect predators in their developmental years. For the few Tree Walkers (about .5%) that survive to the reproductive age are simply too large for canopy predators to approach. The adult diet still contains large amounts of foliage, but they prefer to eat flowering fruit bearing plants. As the jungles canopy has no seasons plant flowering is scattered and random so adults spend the majority of their day walking through the treetops. Adult Tree walkers are an important part of may tree's germination cycles.
Last edited by ChromaticCodex; February 19th, 2009 at 04:46 PM.
Artist: Wacky Wackowski
Concept: Long-necked Chelys
The long-necked chelyses are the largest land animals in the world and are closely related to tortoises. These creatures can be found deep in tropical jungles. They have several unique adaptations not found in most other creatures. As their name suggests, the chelyses have elongated necks which, along with flexible snouts and long tongues, allow them to graze upon the vegetation in the canopy. The chelyses are unique among their relatives in that they move along the forest floor on their backs. Their massive, plow-like shells and strong upper arms allow for this form of locomotion. The chelyses use their arms to grab trees and pull themselves as the shell tills the ground, knocking over any trees in its path. The shell also acts as structural support for the massive body of the creature. The long arms end in two fingers, a large, hooked finger for grasping around tree trunks and a smaller one for grooming. Their legs are much shorter and are used to help care for their young, which are raised on their bellies until they grow large enough to forage on their own. Long-necked chelyses play an important role in their environment. As they slowly crawl along, they simultaneously create a clearing in the canopy, till the forest floor, and leave a fertilizing excrement. All of these allow for young trees to grow in their wake.
Concept: Great Vaxtatare
The vast glowing Strala-Forests of the Lowlands were a magnificent sight: sparkling golden-green leaves gave them a brilliant shine, even at night.
Feeding from these nutritious leaves the Vaxtatare developed a long neck and six highly specialised limbs, each equipped with a flexible claw, allowing them to graze the trees without ever leaving the canopy (except for the rather complicated mating procedure of course). After having laid six to nine eggs, the female spins a fine and highly poisonous protective web, leaving the young for themselves.
Finding Vaxtatare's chewy meat rather inedible, the first humans to invade the land concentrated on extinguishing its natural enemies, leaving Vaxtatare to graze the glowing forests in peace.
After aeons of subsisting only on Strala-Trees, Vaxtatare's highly specialised digestive tract wouldn't handle any other diet, the result of which was the fast and complete destruction of Vaxtatare's natural habitat.
Today only the still glowing excements remind of the once large population.
Concept: Arbor Titan
The great giant of the forest. The Arbor Titan. This behemoth mammal lives its entire adult life amidst the highest canopies of the forest. Although the creature is fiercesome in appearance, it is actually quite docile. The protrusions and bony ridges are remainders of the Titan's juvenile days. These dermal growths helped it to blend into the trunks of the trees and avoid predation. These branch-like growths continue to grow into adulthood and the most conspicuous growths indicate elder Titans. Arbor Titans are primarily sedentary. They rarely move if possible and eat only once a week. This allows them to remain in much the same area of forest without exhausting their food supply. Their strong tentacles help to secure themselves to the trunks of sturdy trees. The small glowing phosphorescent nodes along the tentacles and back are used in mating displays. However, they also attract small flocks of birds which pick parasites from the Titan's skin.
Concept: Giant Amber Monkey
With a total length from head to tail of an average 20 feet "GAM's" have characteristics of grass hoppers and birds both in partial exoskeleton protection and light weight bones.
The jumping range for these monkeys is over 300 feet from tree to tree necessary to defend it's territory, full of intensely energy rich leaves that grow very tall trees in the canopy.
Fierce confrontation awaits any trespasser to venture into the treeline to try and steal this beasts food supply.
Last edited by Evil_Sloth; February 20th, 2009 at 08:48 PM.
The Paeslo is a medium sized shy mammal that spends its entire life high in the jungle canopy. Its descriptive name, giant canopy grazer comes not from its overall size, but from its oversized hands, which evoloved at the same rate that it lost use of its legs. The Paeslo's vesitgal lower limbs mean that it never sets foot down on the ground, however from time to time they have been seen walking along the jungle floor on their hands with their extremly long tails as a balance.
Concept: Giant Treelurk
The Giant Treelurk is nocturnal and most active at twilight, moving quickly through the canopy until it finds a good spot to graze during the night. It's considerable weight is evenly distributed throughout it's long body, which can grow up to twenty-five feet in length. This allows the treelurk to move freely without crushing the trees. They are solitary creatures. Never leaving the canopy, they prefer the deepest, darkest parts of the forest with the largest trees.
Concept: Giant Canopy Cow
Like the Yeti, or Bigfoot the Giant Canopy Cow has rarely been seen by the human eye. It is believed that they live high in the canopy of some of the worlds largest rain forests, never setting foot on ground. Which would explain the rarity of these elusive creatures. But Science and new discovery prevails yet again (with a little help from the human desire to master all). Now with 99% of the rain forests wiped from the face of the earth we can finally observe the Giant Canopy Cow. Much like we studied the Yeti when the polar ice caps melted. Cheers for science and the human determination to conquer the universe!
Last edited by darkly; February 21st, 2009 at 04:08 AM.
As you can see I decided to play nice this round, no cuts were made.
There is one other thing, COW is going to be taken over by someone more permanent from now on, since I was more in function of a back-up mod for COW and will remain to be that, but it needs someone who can keep an eye on all of you 24/7 You'll see more about that in the next round!
... so reading is important. i got a little overzealous and voted without thinking. i done screwed up. would it count if i switched my vote to darkly?
Last edited by Wacky Wackowski; February 21st, 2009 at 07:35 PM. Reason: trying to capture my full embarassment
Wacky Wackowski: If I had any say I would allow that. Yet rules are rules, so shame on you!
Just foolin'. I guess you're in the hands of the CA.org gods now.
EDIT: Forgot to say, I'm going to try and get some crits out lata'.
Last edited by darkly; February 22nd, 2009 at 04:10 PM.
Just to be clear I only say the following in love for my fellow COW-mates. Good job to all!
MR-Jack: Nice concept, but it looks a little rushed. Probably would've got my vote if you had put a little more love into the detailing of the creature, or at least it's focal features (ie its' head).
Sinnerman: Good concept as well and a solid piece overall! My one hesitation for not giving more praise is that I can't say I'm completely comfortable with the whole using Matte Painting techniques for character/creature concepts. This is just my opinion so please don't hate me if I hurt your feelings.
ChromaticCodex: Also decent concept! I think tonally it's kind of flat and due to the rendering it doesn't seem to have a specific focal point to me. My eye kind of wanders around. I do like the creatures face though. Good job!
Wacky Wackowski: Well honestly I could say a lot. I think the two biggest things working against your piece are, the lack of tonal variation and (again) there doesn't seem to be a "sweet spot." My eye's kind of everywhere. But hey, good for entering! I do like what you were trying to do with the perspective and the whole concept of it dragging itself on its back is pretty cool!
Mara644: I think yours is definitely one of the better rendered entries this round. If I had any advice it would be that the creature looks kind of pieced together: lizard head, spider legs, snake-scale body. Overall though I like it. Keep em coming.
Nexus: Hey, great concept and cool choice in colours! I especially like the veg growing on its horns; nice touch. I would have loved to see more value in your entry. Even if you played around with the levels and contrast a bit. I actually voted for yours. I Look forward to seeing more.
Evil_Sloth: What do I say? I think as a whole its a pretty rad concept. I love the palette and the whole painterly look! I've been trying to get that look forever. Jealous! If I could be so bold though, what the deal with the three arms and the horn things coming out of the ant bottom? Also if I haven't already said too much, I really would have liked to see more detail on that things face. It already looks cool and with a little more love it could've been uber cool. Oh and I do like hand right above its head. That looks good!
matthewAllen: I like the creatures fur and that right hand. Especially its pinky finger. Compositionally its' too vertical. Those trees on the edges gots to go. At least one of them. For example when I scroll through the entries the composition makes me want to go strait to the next one. You've got to capture the viewers attention.
Rauwolf: Not bad! I like the texture of the fur vs the "scaly" tail/body. It reminds me of Falkor from the Never Ending Story.
darkly: More like dorkly! Dude, you suck! Why even post at all? It's not like your works any good, or anyone actually wants to see it! I mean look at those brush strokes; did you use the same brush to paint the whole thing? And what about all that fuzzy blurriness going on is that really suppose to be some environmental thing? Maybe you should have just blurred the whole image out. At least it would have been easier on everyone's eyes then. Why don't you just go cry yourself to sleep now .
Last edited by darkly; February 23rd, 2009 at 04:05 AM. Reason: I suck at typing!
darkly, you big ape, stop being so hard on yourself [pat on the back], this activity is for us to learn and perfect techniques it's fun while you get feedback in the 'work in progress section' and build on that (and yes, I understand the sarcasm).
Thanks for the crit, though it wasn't exactly Matte Paintig technique, more like "overdone speed painting"...or maybe I'm doing matte painting differently...
Ok, back to cupcakes and drawing...mmm....cupcakes....
Lotsa luck people!
darkly: thanks for da feedback i'll keep that in mind
thank you and sorry for the inconvenience
SinnerMan: Oh I feel the love . Speed painting, okay. Have fun, learn, yes (nods in complete agreement). I actually really like your concept. Don't get me wrong about the Matte Painting thing. I've seen some amazing Matte Paintings. Just take Dylan Cole's work for example. I guess it's just kind of a fuzzy line for me when it comes to using photos for more than just reference. For example I try not to even use texture overlays if I can get away with it. I guess I'm trying to be more of a purest, if you can be in digital painting, in the sense that you try to think of it as a real canvass and a real sketchbook. Trying not to have a million layers and use your undos every ten seconds ( I admit I often still do). Matt Dixon and Marko Djurdjevic are examples of artists that I believe work more this way. Anyway I could keep going on...blah...blah...blah, I think I'm done. I'd be interested to see your process sometime.
darkly:I'm working on a tutorial, it's just going waaaay too slowly cuz of work, but it's on its way. And by reiterating matte to speed painting I meant to clarify I didn't use photo ref, let alone use them ON the canvas [SACRILIGE!!], you silly man
I'm still learning matte painting, helps alot with realistic lookin' lighting and you learn a lot of 'visual shortcut' thingies
Well, back to work for me
Well sheit, why didn't you just say that in the first place ? Now I'm really curious about your tutorial. Lets see it huh! How about it? Who needs to work anyway. It's way over rated.darkly:I'm working on a tutorial, it's just going waaaay too slowly cuz of work, but it's on its way. And by reiterating matte to speed painting I meant to clarify I didn't use photo ref, let alone use them ON the canvas [SACRILIGE!!], you silly man
I'm still learning matte painting, helps alot with realistic lookin' lighting and you learn a lot of 'visual shortcut' thingies
Well, back to work for me
Rauwolf - I ADORE your Treelurk. It is wonderfully fantastic while managing to still look melancholy. The illustration overall is excellent as well. What medium did you use? Or is it a digital piece?
First, I'm sorry for my english (I'm french)
Second, Good art works guys ! They are all very nice !
Mr--Jack : I like the concept but the speed painting style is a little bit too much for me.
Sinnerman : Very nice spider head creature ! But your creature and the environment looks too like a "collage". I think it's a problem with the light
ChromaticCodex : The drawing and the concept is nice and every thing but I don't know, it's kinda bla for me. Maybe with more detail and contrast on the front legs will be better.
Wacky Wackowski : I like the atmopshere, but it's missing something.
Mara644 : Nothing to say... I like everything ! I just love it I voted for you
Nexus : Nice ! except the colors (they aren't my taste) I like the design of your creature. But I don't like the bottom right corner
Evil Sloth : Very nice ! I like the atmosphere, colors, details for the forest and the sunlight. It's a nice creature too but the concept is not enought interresting and original for my vote.
MatthewAllen : Nice ! nice evolution concpet for the legs. But too much vertical and ok, it has some big hands but is not a Giant.
Rauwolf : Very nice colors. like the texture on the leaves but there is a problem for me for the "snake" part. I don't knw if it's light and the shadows but it doen't go with the tree.
Darkly: I like a lot the creature's head and its hand. I like the detail for the little penis but I don't like the feet. they're too cartoonish compare too the creature. And it doesn't look very giant.
Congratulations to Mr. Jack. I'll be able to get you yur bunny ears shortly I think. Edit: Excuse me! That will be your second star, I mean. Double congrats then! Now I just have to figure out where Fozz puts all those extra stars...
Last edited by Michael Jaecks; March 1st, 2009 at 11:28 AM.