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C.O.W. #164 -- 2010: The Year We Make Contact -- VOTING
C.O.W. #164 2010 The Year We Make Contact - VOTING!!
ROUND #164 VOTING
Topic: 2010 The Year We Make Contact !
Deadline for the voting: Thursday 21 January 2010
Posting thread (closed): http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=176212.
Last edited by Michael Jaecks; January 14th, 2010 at 03:37 PM.
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hey first one out! looking forward to seeing the rest!
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Here's my final
The idea here is that they're in a sort of in-between evolution state. Being aquatic, they have semi-transparent bodies, showing most of their internal organs which showcases their strength as a species that is worthy of having their evolutionary cycle sped up (formations of complex structural systems, respiratory, etc.). Their outer details (being all tentacle-y) is like some sea-dwelling creatures, but is also reminiscent of simpler single-celled organisms, showcasing their early evolutionary state. Hope you like... C&C welcome...
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Concept: 2010: The Year We Make Contact
crude creations of another life form to the eyes of humankind, europans seem to be well suited for their aquatic environment.
Concept: Native Europan
In 20,001AD, the native europans have evolved into an amphibious crits that allows them to travel on ground as well, still mostly of them live in the water but some has traveled a long way to a land still covered in ice.
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Concept: 2010: Year we made contact
An evolved more civilized form of the once simple but promising species.
This aquatic creature evolved since 2010 until the year 20,001 into an intelligent creature with a budding culture. In that time, it has also gained some features that allow it to traverse the icy lands above the waters below. It can use its webbed feet and hands to walk, though it is most at home in the water. All breathing apparatus is located on the chest, where its gills and "nostrils" are located. Also on its flippers are a finger and a thumb which are not webbed so that it may grip and manipulate objects.
Concept: Europan (20,001)
I came up with this supplemental text to help myself when coming up with some ideas. I don't know if it's appropriate, but I threw it in anyway
These Europans are quickly growing into a civilised, highly intelligent race.
The tendrils upon their back are a carry-over an earlier period in their evolution. During this time they were comparable to a crustacean, they could use the tendrils for communication and camouflage, sometimes simultaneously (The did this by hiding among urchins and other foliage).
We believe it is this ability to communicate silently & hide from predators amongst the fauna of Europa that has helped them to survive and become a prolific race. The tendrils can also be used to supplement swimming.
They primarily eat carrion, plankton, and specific types vegetation. They have been known to actively hunt, but given their relative size to the edible creatures, this is rarely successful. They have a varied diet, and a highly acidic & complex digestive system which seems immune to common disease and infection.
They've begun to create & standardize their own language, forming their equivalent to written word. Being that they communicate with a combination of sound & signals from their tendrils, it has been difficult to translate their tongue.
It has been noted that their palms emit a water-repelling wax-like substance which helps them grip objects.
Last edited by retrodog; January 11th, 2010 at 12:27 AM.
Concept: Native Europan alien
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Concept: Europan Shellglider
The Europan shellgliders have gained their name by the smooth way they slide through the water with their four paddles. They use their strong tentacles for movement as well but apparently only to accelerate. Their main purpose seems to be to hold the Europans still during their rest or in the occasional strong currents by grabbing something. It is claimed that the multiple tentacles could have other purposes as well but they remain to be found. The creatures communicate with a strong bioluminescence which allows them to hunt in packs and socialize even in absolute darkness. They have boneless and soft tendrils with fingerlike appendages at the end of them. The Europans are known to grab sharp stones with these "hands" and cut their prey to smaller pieces and consume it more easily this way since they don't have any teeth.
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I understand if this does not go through to the voting round. I started late, and noticed the thread was opened so I kept working on it.
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Gunnarsson That is so retro! I want to feed it quarters. I like how you are getting expression in thier bodies since we can't see their faces. A thing you may want to start trying for improvements is picturing the underlying bone structure of the subjects and posing yourself (as best you can with as few limbs as we humans are equiped with) as a starter base and building up from there.
Orion9282 I love the way it looks, but it looks to me that the face tenticles on the left side of his face (his left) look shorter than the ones on his right, I get the curve and perspective would shrink them a bit, and it could be that the light is all over the place, but I don't feel they curve enough for equal length. I do love the Crawfish eyes and how you made the creature feel gelatinus and yet knife sharp! His dorsal fins feel a little cocked to his left and his right claw arm crossing his body makes it appear longer than his left one. If you follow the meridian/central line of his body you can really get a feel for it.
Misledtomisery amazing work! I do note that some of the right limbs (it's right) seem longer than the left as they trail behind where the tilt of hip and shoulder suguest they should come forward. I love how you are working with atmospheric perspective to suguest size! Glowing eyes are always to be loved.
Art4All I think with the angle of your critter's collar bone and the slump to its left, you may want to raise it's right arm so the shoulder disapears behind its head and neck a couple cm. Also, the general rule to body mechanics is: Shoulder up/Hip down; Hip up/Shoulder down. You have shoulder up/hip up. I like the fade of the tail, but wish either it was gradiated so that the fade is stronger farther from the body, or so that the back of the main trunk of the creature caried it in as well. I love the rim light touches, but without the complimenting shadows to correspond they lack the oomph they could give. You did good on the forward/back axis relationship of the hip and collar bone; hip back/shoulder forward, but the arms and legs landing on even planes with each other throws it off. Try drawing an imaginary line in your mind conecting each joint and end piece to its reflection and ask if you want them on the same planar layer, or if something was saposed to be somewhere else, like a foot behind for a step or a hand in front for a guesture. Contemplate weight distribution to the apendages and in relationship to the environment as well.
JanJager This image is so much fun to look at! I love the tiny dead thing in its stomach. XD The only obviouse thing I can point out that you might fix is that her left eye is larger than her right eye. For perspective purposes you would want it smaller. It could be a personal issue of my own, but the fact that it has a jaw bone and teeth, but no bone structure in the rest of the body bothers me. ^^; I like the nervouse and circulatory systems visible, but with it's posture and humanoid apearance I crave a semblance of a muscle structure too...which almost seems there in the head and left arm, but the right arm looks ghostly in comparison. Excellent differentiation on the eggs with embryos compared to the ones without! You make the whole thing look like just another day in the creepy alien swamp.
Zeeble Beefy! I get a feel of movement in the upper body that doesn't seem to carry down to the lower part. You might, in your tightening and refining process, pay closer attention to the symetry between the right and left side. Right now it looks like you could A) tighten things up and make it symetrical, but less mobil looking, or B) Push the buck in places and lend some movement in guesture by pumping up the uneven distribution of mass. The area that looks best lent to this idea is the part where the foremost ground tentacle meets the lowest reaches of the belly armor, and where the brownish tubular protrusion intrudes on said tentacle.
Redpen OtterShark! Take that bunny huggers. XD I think it is cute, but the right limbs (it's right) are longer, larger, and more toned muscularly than the left.
Retrodog As much badass work as you put into the torso I wish you would cary it through to the arms, head, tentacles, and the masses on its back side.
Anthis He looks woefull. ^^ I think you made a character and creature in one! He is lovely. I do think that it looks like his body according to his back, shoulder blades, spine, and pelvis is oriented towards the veiwer where as his pubis, sternum, and clavicle are orienting to face away. I wish the legs and tail had more attenuation.
Sahaty "Ew gross! What is that short creature?" says the cringing alien. Nice! I like the sillouette and shape. I wish we could see more of it!
Arbinn Awesome! On one hand it looks like it is moving so many ways at once you lost symetrical placement, but then when you look at its face the withdrawn scrinchy look flows back through the body and you have a full body cringe. Freakin' sweet.
Blkcelebration Pretty! Only two things I can see, the butt has a twist towards us, which just says to me that it can move a bit in it's shell, which just begs for the head to move a bit too. Also the lighting on the creature doesn't correspond well to the light on the environment. Consider one light source and how it would work best with the flourecence of the creature.
Sethlene Yes...to myself...Get off your lazy ass and get to work! Look at all this awesome, and what have you put up?!?! Nothing. Pay attention to the sites you join and jump on the project when it shows up. Get something up!! XD
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Actually its hind leg is kind of bent behind its body, so I could see how that would look shorter. His front right limb might be worth looking at again sometime. Thanks for taking a look.
Take that bunny huggers. XD I think it is cute, but the right limbs (it's right) are longer, larger, and more toned muscularly than the left.
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