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    Thanks for the advice guys!
    I took the criticism to heart and started messing around with some variants for the body - I'm not really in love with any of them.. I'll probably keep messing around for a while until I get something I like but let me know if any of these designs stand out to you .


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    So, this might be the first time I participate also at the COW- I don't know if I manage to finish my picture till the next monday, but I will try.

    I really love the creatures that are uploaded since yet!

    Whatever, here is my WIP for the contest- I added already some colors, but the creature will get more colorful still..
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    @orm: nice concept,

    some more colours on his skin or some other coloured details would be good

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    Cloister - cool sketches!
    jcpahl - LOL, love his face expression but somehow it's hard to believe he could be useful for the magician, at least he doesn't look like a genius .. love that sketch!
    Wiggers - I like how you combined the human parts with the fish tail. I think you could change his skull a bit. Now it looks like a horse skull (except the teeth) and it doesn't fit the the rest of body. Because I keep in mind that it's the horse skull, and all those candles, book and maps can't convince me to think it's a small creature, but still this is a cool one!
    retter - I'm not sure what was the inspiration, but it reminds me a dolphin-like levitating creature. I think you could add some brown and purple patterns/colours. Like here: http://marinebio.org/MarineBio/Press...io_octopus.jpg

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    Ps. Below is my WIP. I know that at first look it doesn't fit the topic, but believe me I have quite good story for this image

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    After some coloring..

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    Jakkas - Waiting to hear the story on that, weird concept. By the way, those other COW's you didn't post for the other challenges were sweet, especially the sea monster with the saggy boobs.

    Wiggers - The extra color might be too much. the other thing I notice is the foot farthest from the viewer seems out of perspective with the shelf he's on. He's a beauty though..

    Arthur 2 seeds - Very vibrant color, and well painted so far. Not sure what's up with those extra legs.

    I'm thinking of a creature that's part mandrake (the root) but also a transdimensional portal to hell for the famous Necromancer, so he can call Daddy. So that pedestal in Merlin's cave there will have the creature sitting on it, but there will surely be changes.

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    Haha i can't win with colour thanks for the crits jakkas and Steve Somer
    awesome job you two, bloody big familier jakkas! looks mighty cool though.

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    Uhhh i love the disney movie (got it on dvd) it is hilarious, especially Archimedes! Could be really interesting to give this theme a more realistic touch, instead of thinking about the skinny, white bearded guy and his sarcastic owlfriend...at least that's the first what comes to my head when somebody says Merlin...hehe.....

    Wiggers : i really like that piece, but i think the structure of the
    creature is a bit unbalanced and I second what Jakkas said about
    the size.... it looks like a massive and heavy creature with big
    head armor...but that doesn't go along well with the size it
    conveys through the environment.

    ActsofBob....uhh really like the new one better, indeed magical

    Jakkas, Steve Somers......really excited to see where these are going.


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    Haha great familiar, Steve Somers, going for a Mandrake stands out a bit and makes it a bit more unique. Good approach!

    Wow, jcpahl. Cool design, totally weirds me out. The right ---> lower leg aren't as thick as the left lower leg, makes it look a bit awkward.

    JakkaS, that's awesome. Reminds me a bit of Shadow of the Colossus, must be the moss and the blackish stone combined wth that blue glow.

    Orm Irian, intresting concept, just don't overuse black when you're shading it.

    retter , freakish. So far the original design looks best.


    Very Hieronymus Boscht, Wiggers . It looks like it cam from one of his paintings, I love it!





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    Wow... loving some of these WIPs. Jakkas, that thing is huge but I guess since Merlin is sort of the "Wizard of wizards" he deserves a potent familiar.

    Here is my creature render in progress... needless to say they do not have an altogether perfect relationship. I am going to add some script behind Merlin that hints at his opinion of the creature but haven't sorted all that out yet.

    Cloister : to answer your earlier question, I am also trying to buff out my portfolio as an Illustrator for some very particular work so I have been going a bit "tame" on the concepts to try and end with an easily recognized image. I agree, my creature is little more than an altered "imp" but I think the background material and it's concept are new enough. So basically yeas, its a demon... but it's not really an imp and has its own unique origin and nature.

    Wiggers : Still love that Boschy-Demon, although I had imagined it more as "hound" size. For some reason it just seems like an eager dog in its stance. A very ugly and malformed dog at best... but it's nature and posture had me thinking it was about dog-ish size.

    Lege1 : Thanks for the PM. Its already been a big help and I will be checking all of that info out.

    Steve Somers : Love that cave. And the creature... weird as always but definitely a new creature.

    jcpahl : That little guy is butt-ugly... but in a good way. One thing though... the tips of the wings would not drop lower that the feet in perspective unless the wings were swept forward (and they don't seem to be). fixing the drawing so that they sweep back will help "ground" your little guy.

    DLLShaggit : Welcome and nice job. I like him and he seems useful. Can't wait to see an update.

    LordM : I am not a big fan of anime-ish creatures and certainly not a fan of cute critters. Having said that though I will definitely say it has style, character, and is well drawn.

    retter : "B" to me seems to fit his overall anatomical "direction" best. If it were me I would develop along those lines.

    ActsofBob : I hope you are developing the latest sketch you posted. That creature just reeks magic and owlish wisdom.

    *Sorry if I am missing people... just browsing back through the thread and adding comments as they strike me.*
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    Hello,

    I am new in the page, and I would like to start taking part, overcoat to learn, this is my first round.
    It is a sketch of a rock golem and magma that possesses water, fire and air, i think that it is for every magician serious very useful, and better for our best Magician Merlin. It moves for a whirlpool of wind and water, reaching big speeds and heights hehe. I have placed a face diabolical in his abdomen to attribute his malignant side.
    There are different faces ... but the one that I like is the one that has position
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    Here is my wip, I'm not so happy with head, so, heads will roll.

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    I'm doing my usual and popping in here and then popping back out again.. lack of time etc.. blah blah blah.. the norm, so I apologize now for not commenting on anyones work.
    So here's my effort so far, in step form.. unfinished and it'll prolly stay this way, ahh well.

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    nice jakkas, but i dont get what this huge creature has to do with merlin ^^

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    Some nice wips here.

    I made about 20 or so random shapes and then picked 4 to turn into creatures. I think I must be hungry 'cause most of 'em look like chickens.
    Anyways.

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    hey guys this my first cow so thought id give a try, merlin to me dosent bring demonic creature to mind so i thought id make something almost "cute" but here is some wip thinking something like a glowing birdlike pterodactyl.

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    Hey guys, some great stuff happening here! I've been meaning to take part in COW for a while now so I figured I'd have a crack at this one.


    Matt B: Ha ha, some interesting creatures you have there. Perhaps you could try taking your favourite parts from each and melding them together?

    Blobs: Coming alone nicely man, I really like the atmosphere you're going for.

    3mMajster: Keep working at it. One thing I would suggest is to repeat certain elements throughout the whole design to give it better unity. For example you could use that knobbly texture on the face elsewhere on the body.

    DLLShaggit: Looking good! I think I prefer the second face I like the shape of the lower jaw.

    jspangler: I think I see what you're going for with the bat/bird wings. That's a really interesting idea, I look forward to seeing it come together in the finished piece.

    LORD M: Ha ha. Merlin's expression is classic. Nice to see that you've gone for a more lighthearted approach.

    Steve Somers: Looking great Steve. The design is so elaborate. I hope you manage to incorporate it into the background without losing the feel of the original design.

    jcpahl: I like the way you've handled the muscles. Are the wings going to be slightly transparent? maybe you could give them some subtle patterning.

    JakkaS: Wooo, looking sweet mate. Can't wait to read the story behind it.

    Orm Irian: Looking good! I think the creature will sit better in the space once you tighten up the background.

    retter: Coming along nicely mate. I think I like "A" the best. I don't know... the combination of shapes just look more interesting in that one. I like the spikey elements you've intorduced into that one too.

    Wiggers: Ha, wow, he looks evil. You've done a great job of rendering the armour. I hate to disagree with JakkaS, but I think you've done enough in the background to convey the size of the creature. Although I'm probably not as familiar with the shape of different animal skulls.

    n1va: I love how you've done the head, although I think it might look a little too human.

    Arthur 'Two Sheds': Shhedsey! Nice work mate. You always use such vibrant colours, I love it.

    Lege1: Still plenty of time left. I would just try experimenting with different things now, you might surprise yourself.

    JustSomeDude: That sounds like an ambitious concept to convey, I hope you pull it off!

    ActsOfBob: Great design! I really like how the features on the face are arranged into a kind of star shape.

    mattj324: Keep going matt! I look forward to seeing it when you've introduced some other different elements. Looking a bit too "foxy" at the moment.

    mongreldesigns: Yeah, some kind of texture will look great on that. Try making a bunch of custom brushes and working them together to get some variation.

    Carnifex: Very cool, I love your sketching style.


    Ok, and finally here's my messy sketch. I'm considering breaking with tradition and actually finishing this one. Fingers crossed I don't screw up the colouring...


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    C.O.W. #161 -- Merlin's Familliar -- Posting WIPs thread
    Up late tonight, sick. Figured I'd come back and give it a go! Been a VERY long time.

    His name is Percival Pennypants.

    I imagined a creature comprised of features of other animals deemed 'wise'.
    So this is a sort of bearded monkey mixed with an owl/goat thing.
    I figured he needed to be mischievous as well, so I added the goat-demon like facial features.

    Looking forward to your guys' thoughts!
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    Merlins little helper, a small imp of some kind

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    Cannibalcandy - that is freaking gorgeous.

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    Hey, thanks for the tipps and comments, MasterStryke, LORD M and Jaro! It's much appreciated!

    Hmm, I will try to comment also some of the uploaded works here, so here we go:

    Mr.Wittmann: I really like the design of the head of this creature, though the legs seem to be a little bit off (especially the one on the left side).

    cannibalcandy: It's a really lovely mixture of many different animals: It looks really great: I especially love the long arms.

    Jaro: Looks very interesting, this monkey-like creature- I'm sure it will look great in the end.

    Undeadartist: Also a lovely idea, but I would bow the fingers a little bit maybe- I wouldn't hold a creature this way at least.

    Matt_B: Interesting concepts: I like the one on the left side at the bottom the most- but there also some good things in the other concepts.

    blobs: Wow, that looks really cool- I especially love the lighting in this picture.

    3mMajster: Really interesting concept here.

    DLLShaggit: Heh, looks good: I love the first design of the head the most, somehow, but if you would like to have something different than usual, I would pick the third of them.

    jspangler: Looks great, I love the idea of giving the creature one bird wing and one bat wing.

    LORD M: Hehe, that's really a funny concept, I love the sketch at the bottom (especially Merlin's expression).

    Steve Somers: Looks great, I like the design of the head and also of the wings. The lighting in the cave looks also interesting.

    jcpahl: Hmm, looks interesting- especially the expression of the face, although I would have choose other colors (I don't like pink that much).

    JakkaS: Also a very interesting creature: I would love to read the story about it.

    retter: Hmm, somehow I like B the most, but A would also look great.


    ...and finally: Another update of my creature!

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    cannibalcandy - What a charming fellow you have there, exquisite face. Can't wait to see how you finish that off. I love that -- beast pig macaque goat ... thing...

    Orm Irian - Awesome progress on your creature! The head turned out like a reptilian jewel, I like that irridescent coloring. Hope you'll have time to resolve the rest of the picture to that degree.
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    need feed back asap plz, whats working, whats not and what you would do different with the design and is it still to foxy?C.O.W. #161 -- Merlin's Familliar -- Posting WIPs thread

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    merlins familiar - sketches

    oh - not much time this week -as an result i got nothing special yet - but here it goes . - somehow i like the one in the middle ....
    unfortunatly i just recieved some bad news - i donīt know if i will be able to continue this one ---- :/
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    Steve Somers's - looks crazy awesome

    Orm Irian - i see that it has wings, i think it would be cool to see a silhouette drawing of it flying, i can kinda see it flying like a yellow jacket

    JakkaS
    - i almost did something like that, i was going to do a creature that would move his house or was his house. and is that Merlin as a kid on top of that. if it is that would be great because no one else is doing the area of when he was a boy

    Retter - i like B, it looks kinda like a octopus/ bird, and i'd play that up a little more. I'd have the leg/arms same length
    and have 6 of them then under neath the body i would put 2 bird legs, i feel that it fly's. it doesn't need wings (its magic) you don't have to use my advice just a suggestion.

    me- i will be doing a front 3/4 of mine (fox like on the back) (bug/ bird,bones in the front)
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    lol cannibalcandy... I really want to smack "Percival Pennypants" right off that fence. He's wonderful... you've really packed a lot of character into a single image. Well done, can't wait to see the final.

    blobs : That is one BIG dragon. I like him, hope you do find the time to complete the image.
    Jaro : Cool little critter. Kind of a magic marmoset-ish thingy. Also hope you keep going.
    Vaughauk : Looks like you are going toward an elemental/spirit creature. Sorry to hear you had some bad news. Hope you can find time for your familiar.

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    undeadartist: nice little bird-critter - lots of personality - you should study the bird-bat anatomy to give an more realistic feel to it - the idea is really cool !
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    yeah orm, the colours bring much more life and magic to your familliar

    looks nice



    my first sketch.. mixed up some ideas i got from old alchemy-sketches.


    please some tips how i can intensify, that this plates belong to his body!
    (grow out of his flesh)


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    Since familiars are supposed to be a spellcaster's second set of eyes, I'm trying to incorperate an eye motif into it.

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    Hey guys, thanks for the support. I'm sad to say that this image IS my final. I guess the benchmark for rendering in a concept painting has gone way up!! I won't have time to go back to it, so if it doesn't clear as a finished piece for the contest I'll understand. next time I have some free time for another contest I'll render that entry better.
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