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

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

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    Round #161 Merlin's Familliar!

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    Merlin's Familliar!

    Merlin's Familliar-- Thanks to Cloister for this weeks topic.

    A familliar is a creature kept by a powerful wizard as a type of companion. Wizards can take any type of creature as a familliar: birds, rats, lizards, etc. The black cat is the stereotypical familliar of witches. A familliar may aid the wizard in any number of ways, and it is often thought that a wizard and his/her familliar are spiritually or magically bonded. A wizard may use a familliar as an extra set of eyes, a focal point for insight into other realms (think of the movie Constantine when Keanu Reeves looked into the eyes of that cat so he could see into Hell) as a way to increase his/her influence, as well as simple companionship.

    Having done a little reading about Merlin on Wikipedia, I can't find any mention that Merlin had a familliar in any of the Arthurian myths. So, we're going to invent one for him. Further, having read the article on Wikipedia, I learned that Merlin, as a wizard, is really quite special. Merlin was born a cambion, meaning one of his parents was human and one of his parents was a demon. Specifically, in this case, Merlin was born of a virgin mother, sired by an incubus, a demon which visits human women in their sleep and has sex with them. In certain versions of the Merlin story, Merlin was actually Satan's attempt at fathering the Antichrist! Merlin's mother came to realize Satan's plan and quickly had her infant son baptized to save him from the fate of bringing the end of the world. Merlin was saved that diabolical fate, but retained his supernatural insight and powers, growing up to be the most famous wizard in all of literature.

    So, here's the deal. As a wizard in search of a familliar, I don't think Merlin would have been satisfied adpoting any old cat or bird or lizard. Merlin is an entity born of both the natural world and the realm of Hell. I think Merlin would have used his magical power to create a completely new creature to serve as his spiritual and magical companion. In keeping with his own nature, this familliar would have to be both of the natural world and Hell.

    Your task is to design a new creature that would serve the purpose of being Merlin's familliar, his spiritual companion, in life. Really push to create a new creature design that fits the description. New creature. Not a lizard with a lions mane and devil horns. Look at real animals for anatomical reference, certainly... but create something NEW.

    All right. Have fun with it.

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    Monday November 23rd, 2009


    Finals go here: http://="http://www.conceptart.org/f...d.php?t=174176

    note: The deadline won't be EXACTLY after a week...it can last up to 24 hours or more, i am human and have to work also, you know
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    Ok, I'm spellbound by this COW.
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    My Happy Little Sketchbook, please check it out and help me get better!

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    Damn you Jaeks... I was going to take a break this week and get some work done. But I can't resist this one.

    I just can't.

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    freaking great! I am liking this topic. the cool thing is, I have a cockatiel (bird) gray with a white face, his name is Merlin

    Totally in on this one

    my start (quick thumbnail of an idea I have )

    YOU TUBE of my progress
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    time to get crackin'! awesome topic!
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    Damn.. I just get cracking on CHOW.. and then this comes up...

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    Awesome topic! Thanks for the idea Cloister and good looks MJ for making it come to reality =]

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    O hell yea!!! I'm in


    ....Coming Soon Reconstruction.....

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    Here's my initial sketch.
    It's been ages since I entered a C.O.W. I couldn't resist this topic.

    UPDATE:
    Can't stop working on this, too much fun.
    Pretty much reworked a lot of the form and added some colour.
    It is looking a bit sci-fi but my concept is based around Merlin summoning this guy out of a realm of pure, arcane magic.

    Critiques are very much appreciated!
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    Allways loved Bruegel/Bosch style devils.

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    woah! this topic is an authentic riddle .... and i wanted to make a break this week....damn!
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    Almost done

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    I'm thinking something small, impish, ugly, hell-born, possibly mildly annoying... but also intelligent and useful. Possibly winged as well.

    P.S. damn that's cool, Wiggers. Definitely a Bosch-esque demon but also very much a new creature.

    EDIT: So to expand on the whole "imp" thing I think I will develop his familiar as a special sort of minor demon that acts as a minion/messenger/valet to the royalty of Hell. So maybe some malformed crab, pig, frog, cat elements to give it an otherworldly and "old school" witchcraft feel.

    EDIT EDIT: I can't stop thinking about this one but I'm at work so can't sketch. I am going to call the creature a "Diakonos Demon" (Greek for "servant"). They are born of the souls of Monarchs who were arrogant and cruel in life and normally reserved as the servants of Hell's hierarchy. But given Merlin's pedigree he is allowed one and nickname's the beast "Solomon".

    Now I just have to draw him
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    wiggers thats a cool crit but im not sure wer'e allowed to put items on our crit (i wish we could ~_~)

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    acb - yeah you are right - no accesoiries are allowed by the rules
    wiggers - ....which is a pitty - there should be an exception on this cause the familiars a tightly bond to humans which would give an excuse - but honestly i never imagined Merlin to be such an aggresive guy running around with an warbeast - but well i didn´t made any special research yet - it´s just that merlin doesnt got this evil image for me...
    I´m really thinking to do something aswell .... scrap the cow-break!
    I think i go for something small which merlin hides below his robe - ( and doesn´t take my whole week to work out.... )
    i see some insect - type critter - maybe realated to the four elements.... hm....
    going to post wips later on ....
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