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    I have uploaded my work to the finals, but somehow it don't really show it's there (at least partly)- I hope no mistake happened..



    nebezial: Looks great: Hehe, surely better than using wood all the time.

    Tommoy: I don't think it have to be small necessary- looks great, btw.

    MasterStryke: Looks good, but there is still some sort of lighting needed.

    Mr.Wittmann: I really love the design of your creature, can't wait to see it finished!

    scorge: Nice little creature here: I love that you added some kind of signs on the skin, it really gives him a magical feeling.

    lkjhgfdsa: Looks great- although this seems to be more a spell, than a creature that follows Merlin everywhere- but why not?

    Obacmar: Hehe, I also love the character of this creature.

    NickyBeats: Looks also interesting: Some kind of lighting would be nice to add.

    LORD M: I don't like pink that much- but I think it fits for this creature, since it's more comical.

    3mMajster: The new head looks much better than the old one, I think.

    Steve Somers: Wow, looks really fantastic: I especially love the little animation you have added here.

    DLLShaggit: The head of this golem looks much better than your original one: Also the effects looks great.


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    Scorge - Another home run, nice naughty magic critter.

    Lord M - Thanks - I hadn't thought of Hellboy till you mentioned it, but I see what you mean. I was thinking more: mandrake root, Ernst Haeckel etchings, owls, peacocks, moths etc.

    Master Stryke - Yeah, the left leg and the way the arms rest on the legs could use some attention, and the grey arcs coming from the side of his head are confusing.

    lkjhgfdsa - The ice blue crab dragon is looking nice.

    Tommoy - Cool start, interested to see where you take it.

    Nebezial - That's a slick concept, every house should have one.

    DwinbotP - Surely you've got something cooking in mind for this - hope you've got time to bust it out.

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    Nice one scorge .

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    C.O.W. #161 -- Merlin's Familliar -- Posting WIPs thread

    work in progress, my wacom pen died upon hitting the floor earlier so I might not finish in time. Anyway, so far I thought a few of these looked more like pets, kind of dark and brutal. I thought I'd design something that looked more benign and companion-like. As well as cartoony, for the sake of fun.

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    thanks orm and steve

    the lighting is in work how you can see in this wip.

    the work on the legs is the next point. ive sketched the new feet.. i think it's correct now.

    and changed the arcs into shiny horn like thingies



    @TimM:maybe you should darken him up and add much more reflections of the sunlight

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    Getting in a bit late, been meaning to get back into the weeklies for a while now. Hopefully will get in earlier next week, work permitting.

    Explored a bunch of odd creature designs, based around the idea of a critter that I, as a wizard, would build to be useful in servitude. Needs to have hands, eyes, the ability to move around quickly, and should be small enough to follow the wizard anywhere it might move. Unusual designs are okay, this is a demonborn thingy after all.

    C.O.W. #161 -- Merlin's Familliar -- Posting WIPs thread

    The one I like best is the one that looks kinda like a zipper faced barn owl demon thingy. Not sure if this crosses the "based on a real animal" line. I'm thinking of it as a demon demon that happens to have the silouhette and markings of a terrestrial creature for camoflage purposes. If not, I'll work up the snakey creature instead.

    C.O.W. #161 -- Merlin's Familliar -- Posting WIPs thread

    The flying zipperfaced demon particularly appealed to me in concept, in that it could lead to the more popular Owl familiar that merlin is attributed in Arthurian legend. Though it is not in fact an owl, glimpsed briefly it might leave that impression on the viewer.



    Critiques for other people:

    Tim M: Sorry to hear about your Wacom pen! Hope you're able to get it working again. Love the colors in your image, but it feels like the light hitting the monster is white instead of orange. Maybe go through and emphasize that orange lighting where it's hitting the monster's skin.

    DLLShaggit: Love the design of the head and teeth and the colors on the stone. The fire effects look great. Agreement with LordM, the lighting is very ambiguous. Also something feels off on the wrists, the hands look disconnected somewhat.

    Masterstrke:Love the creature design, the perspective and lighting is looking a lot better in the new version. The armor plates seem like they need a more defined surface texture. Maybe take a look at enameled stoneware for that?

    Nebezial This one looks awesome, can't wait to see the finish. I can't see anything to improve aside from just finishing it up... Nice!

    Tommoy I like the bulk and silhouette, but it's hard to see the actual design aside from that. Maybe choose an area to define more and bring it out a bit so we can see some more detail? Loving the piece overall.

    Mr. Whittman Cool design, love the very sinew-y and wood-y appearance. Will critique more as it gets more finished.

    Scorge Beautiful execution on this one. The textures and color complexity give it a really rich look. I agree with the comments on darkness, particularly on the right -> arm, which seems to be disappearing into the background a bit.

    [/b]lkjhgfdsa[/b] Very cool insecty design! And I like the image of it being summoned/created instead of just hanging about like mine. And idea to help show that it's being created, maybe pull in the "magic" effect a bit so that a part of it extends out into the "real world"?

    Obacmar Hah, great concept! Those poses are great, especially as a collection. If you're debating on which to finish up, I vote for #2 (chill) or #6 (shy). They have a lot of attitude!

    NickyBeats He's got a great expression, and I love the rendering. The right -> ear feels off to me, like it's a bit too far in and on another plane from the rest of the head. I know cats ears rotate quite a bit, just looks odd to me.

    Steve Somers Freaking awesome. Looks done to me drawing and painting-wise. Only thing I'd consider for a final would be to pull back the contrast in a few areas to create more visual focus. Maybe the right -> wing and towards the bottom a bit?
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    Thanks for the crits guys, there are more and more great pics, LOL.
    It's almost done, now have to get some sleep.

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    Last post was a bit sketchy to really show where it was going, so here's a version that's actually painted a bit.

    C.O.W. #161 -- Merlin's Familliar -- Posting WIPs thread

    This thing is about 2 feet tall (I'll be sure to include something for scale later).

    I imagine that it eats about the same things as a predatory bird or cat. Small rodents, big bugs. With it's hinge mouth () it can probably eat something as large as a housecat, but it wouldn't be able to fly very well for a while afterwards...

    Probably won't be doing a background this week, since I really only have today to work on it. I'll be at work until the deadline tomorrow.

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    I know it isn't D&D but there is a spell for summoning familiars...
    update; more decals to go...
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    Here is my work so far- Any crits?
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    Really nice stuff going on on in this COW... but I always want to see what the next one will be. Looking forward to seeing some final familiars.

    As someone said earlier, my familiar ended up looking fairly evil. But hey, he's from Hell after all.

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    WIP 2

    Okay, I think this is a final now. I'll post into the other thread in a couple hours unless there's any critique on it?

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    I am really no good at coloring things in ... I need to find a mentor because color and light are terrible on me!!!!

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    Obacmar's Final

    Hey yo all

    Its been a fun ride, but I'm outta time.
    So It's un-finished, but not bad for a couple of days. I think I'll start earlier in the next challenge.

    I just wanted to get something of a composition. So.. I used photos for the BG. In fact I butchered together some of my earlier WIP to get the creature together as-well.
    I like em
    wudduh you think?

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    xzacto, i think only the head is not enough, but let's see

    and thanks moody, ill try this idea


    when exactly is the contest over? (time)

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    I believe the official end time is at 7PM EST on the 23rd. But they have a disclaimer that it may vary slightly.

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    Thanks for the kind words and input guys.

    More than likely final.
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    ok redid this one like 20 times by now. i think i like this one. still a wip trying to get it in on time

    i think there might be something wrong with the "legs".

    i might scrap the legs "not happy with them yet."

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    Tim M - I like that you're going in a lighter direction. Merlin is many things to many people, and this is accessible to a younger, more playful audience.

    Master Stryke - nice progress, he has a benevolent, proud feel now. As though Merlin had transformed a Knight.

    The Moody - Very cool creature! Like an Owl that eats fingers - sweet! I'm not at my regular computer to play with focus on mine, but I may play with that before I run any prints.

    lkjhgfdsa - I was hoping someone would work the Stonehenge angle.

    Jspangler - The text is a nice touch, I don't know if varying the color would help reinforce the difference of each limb?

    Nebezial - Really like how you finished that off, looks 3-d! Amazing first cow!

    Obacmar - Hope you'll still finish that, looks good so far.

    Scorge - You beefed up the color some more - groovy!
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    awesome entries this week ! - too bad i couldn´t finish mine - hope i got time for the next round !
    congrats to everybody !
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    Steve Somers - I had considered different colors for different limbs but overall its meant to be one cohesive creature made of one "flesh" but comprised of asymmetrical anatomy. Different colored limbs (even slightly different) definitely would increase the "drama" but I really want him to read as a small dark, twisted creature even if its subtle.

    On another note to further address his "evil" nature - The spec did mention that the creature should be partially demonic in origin. Or at least partially of Hell. I really like some of the takes on this but am curious why some of the creatures are so definitely not containing even a partially "hellish" origin.

    Overall though I really think there are some excellent creatures going on in this thread.

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    46175

    well, jspangler, merlin wasnt a satanic witchdoctor, he was a pure mighty mage... so i dont understand why there are so many hellish creatures there ^^

    here is my latest version:

    what do you say? can i add it to the finals?


    btw, thank you for your feedback, this is my first COW and i hope ill get at least some votes
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    I think it will be much more interesting round then the previous one.

    I am trying to finish my entry but I hope MJ will be late with closing this round

    -K

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    Hey nice work guys! Looking forward seeing all your entries finished.


    scorge - it looks much better now when you added that light, more readable features. Good work!



    I finished my little creature, annoying the hell out of Merlin.



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    not yet done, progress so far.
    I agree that COW is getting its attention and rightly so, so much badass stuff coming from everyone, makes us work damn harder...i hate it! LOL

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    steve somers, i think i like your creature the most.

    this special looking and form of his body is awesome,

    the roots and the innovative head-design rule


    orm irian, your high detailed nearly alienlike looking dragoncreature is awesome as well.
    the glow and the anatomy are well done.

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    MasterStryke - I agree that Merlin is generally considered a benign mage, especially after Disney made their "Sword in the Stone". But I was referring to the COW spec which uses the half-demon version where he was not such a nice guy.

    Tommoy - That thing is cracking me up. Especially the fact that it was omitted from the legend due to its bad attitude.

    Steve Somers - Really like the way it turned out. Nice job... very atmospheric drawing.

    Jakkas and dwinbotp - come on... you know you will finish and they will be excellent submissions. Keep cracking!!!

    Scorge - Also very nice. I like his mischievous nature. And excellent lighting.

    nebezial - Nice. Very charismatic... he looks hot and hungry. I especially like the "plating" scales.

    lkjhgfdsa - I love that creature. I also weep for time misspent... great concept.

    ... at work... can't comment on all but I am liking this round.

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    It is Monday afternoon here. I shall be setting up the poll Tuesday morning around 10am Central US time.

    Really nice looking entries this round. Thanks again for all your hard work.

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    finally. . a WIP!

    Hey everyone, been busy with other stuff, so I missed the "Satyr Slayer" round, and I'm also not going to be able to finish this one. . however, I'll be back for the next round! Rawr!

    great stuff from everyone so far, really cool and some very weird concepts of "merlin's familiar". I didn't know he made a pact with the Abyss, but there you go. As Plato said: "nothing is what it seems to be".

    I thought "raven" for a base, with hands to manipulate items and prolly cast spells, and then I figured the familiar should probably look like a raven on casual inspection, since otherwise Merlin's extraordinary heritage would be known.
    So I left it real raven like, to be able to act as spy. . and then I read MJ's description closely and LO! and behold! It should not look anything from the real world. . argh!

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    jspangler - hehe, thanks mate, but we all have just 24h per day
    MJ - Great!

    It's late guys, I am posting my final without the text and I am going to bed. Will write the story tomorrow.
    This time I promise I will find time to post crits in the final thread.

    Night!

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