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C.O.W. #167 Translucent Muscluar and Levitating - VOTING!!
ROUND #167 VOTING
Topic: Translucent Muscular and Levitating
Deadline for the voting: Sunday February 28th 2010
Posting thread (closed): http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=180863.
Last edited by Michael Jaecks; February 21st, 2010 at 03:08 PM.
Artist: Dr Midnight
Concept: Drippy Squishy Fellow
I'm too lazy and apathetic to pretend I came up with an ecology for this thing. I just wanted to make it.
Tom Martin, stuff-drawer
Scientists are still trying to determine the make up of this creature's strange anatomy, with it's translucent skin, bulging jellyfish like mucles and its amazing ability to levitate above the ground. A rough analysis has concluded that the air sacs on the lifeforms back are filled with a super-light gas, unknown to our periodic table, allowing it to hover anywhere from 16-24 inches above the surface of the planet.
Concept: Float vulture
The deadly float vulture.
This Avian is a deadly predator. Most assume it is but a mere scavenger but the creature will hunt down anything it thinks it can kill. The creature has a ravenous appetite and will kill until there is nothing left to hunt. At which point it will move to a new territory.
The float vulture is fiercely territorial and will fight anything that threatens its territory, that includes other float Vultures. The Monster is solitary most of its life and only mates once. this is because the float Vulture is so territorial that it will fight its mate and some don't survive. This behavior is seen as blessing from the gods as more then just a few float vultures can decimate a country side in a just a few months.
It has been said that some wizards try to Tame the float vulture and use them as a mount or Guard beast... These wizards have never been heard from again. there is a rumor of a Wizard that was successful of taming one, but he guards this secret almost as feircely as the Float vulture guards the wizards castle.
That Float Vulture as a strange way of moving. since it is in a constant state of hovering and has no propitiatory way of movement it takes it scythe like feet and slashes at the ground until it reaches a suitable speed and then uses its feet to slash and kill what ever it is hunting. for being such a powerful beast the animal is noted for its cleanliness. The creature gives off almost no stench and is remarkably quite. They say that if you hear its cry and survive you are blessed by the gods.. the survivors that are bound to wheelchair or bed beg to differ.
The Dortrogs are rather strange creatures, air breathers but primarily amphibious. What makes them unique is their ability to "swim" in both air and water via gaseous bladders that inflate or deflate at their control and powerful thrusts from their eel-like tails. They feed exclusively on small sea life and it's believed that they periodically levitate above sea level in order to more easily locate large food concentrations. They are also all kinds of cute.
Concept: The stickers
A creature so light... but so strong that can fly using its transparent magical wings! It has a little organic round ball at the top of the head that attracts its food... gettin to close makes you stick in it! It's name is Sticky the flying magical dragonite! But usually they are called The Stickers. They are not so smart... but the liquid they make is well knows for helping the hunters capture their pray in the wild! They are found in dark murky places... where.. well a lot of bugs are flying of course!!!!! They look muscly to intimidate those that wants to attack them but those that know more about it the pore creature has no chance but to use the wind and it s magic to fly away fast!
Last edited by Theodora_romania; February 15th, 2010 at 12:03 PM.
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Concept: The Argeisis
Measuring approximately 14 inches from nose to end of tail, this wispy, self-illuminated creature is rarely seen by the human eye, as they only appear once every 300 years, and only then under the full moon, in the spring, when the humidity is over 80%.
They're translucent skin emits a soft, aqua light. They float through the air using magical means - as can be seen through the magenta glow of ancient magic from their spine.
Concept: The Helium Dragon
The Helium dragon is a creature which lives in a world saturated with Helium. Through its mouth, it seeps in helium and diverts it to its sacs along its back. The Helium dragon then uses this much like a blimp to support its body and allows itself to float. However, as a result, the creature must keep itself in motion for most of the day in order to keep this ability.
The Helium dragon sleeps on top of large rocks and high trees so that it may slither off and intake a large amount of helium as it falls. If the creature is not able to intake enough Helium, it is capable of slithering along the ground until it has enough Helium to take off, but this leaves them very venerable to predators. The Helium Dragon despite its name is mainly omnivorous and eats plants with the occasion of smaller prey.
Sorry if thats a little long, I got a bit excited.
Last edited by ARefrigerator; February 14th, 2010 at 12:29 AM. Reason: errors
Concept: Mammoth Leech
In the fast canyons of the outland lives a very rare predator, a giant blood sucker called the mammoth leech.
Like a sepia, the leech glides through the air, his long thin form is made to search the canyons and caves for prey. And if he finds a lone cow, a human or even a grizzly his two long and very strong tentachles reach out, grab the prey and lift it from the ground. The Leech doesnt even need to stop.
Then, already on his search for new prey, his needle like tounge comes out, pierces the prey and sucks all the body fluids out of it.
Usually the leech is colorless, which makes it harder to see him from the ground against the sky above him, but when he ate, he turns red for a while.
Last edited by Vaejoun; February 14th, 2010 at 03:01 PM.
Deep down the sea some curious diver makes the discovery of his life. A huge gigashrimp emerges from the abyss looking for some whales to eat. These creatures avoid all human contact, but shortage of food makes them more and more adventurous and dangerous these days.
Concept: Chrysaora Aero
Little is known about the creatures that live in the upper atmosphere of the planet, The evolution of these creatures has progressed in strange ways. take for instance the Chrysaora Aero.
These huge pink creatures are found in the most upper atmospheres of the planet. They travel in colonies using the wind directions, wich they can influence using there "fins" as a sail. They have large spheres on there back wich they can use as a radar. They also use small lights on the sides of there body's in order to communicate.
Concept: Flux (3046 AD)
The flux were once big muscular creatures that ruled the world with strength, but after the arrival of the enormous Goohs they had to turn to other abilities then pure muscle to keep the power. Their race were extremely adaptable and under just a couple of generations their brains had evolved the ability to use telekinesis. Their big muscles now became useless and it soon started to rot and decay to ease their new way of transporting themselves, by hovering.
Concept: Umbrelic Vampyre
If you happen to be caught out at dusk on Carpathiain 141... be warned the Umbrelic Vampyre will not give a second thought about making a meal from your bloody bones. Be sure to cary your protective rune field kit, when you just have to be out at night!
Creatures who take advantage of marine winds to be able to float thanks to their strange skin and deficiency of bones, their strange fins are not any more that stops to be able to follow the flow of those currents.
The eyes in their back are nothing else for being relaxing in case of feeling threatened. Who manage to see these creatures they get to think that what takes, instead of to think that it is true head, it's nothing else that a strange parasite.
Concept: Tropical Schweben-huff
First discovered by the German explorer Dietrich Hengstler on his pseudo vacation-exploration excursion to an uninhabited Polynesian island in the south pacific. The year was about 1480. He quickly found out why the island was uninhabited. This beast, standing just a few feet taller than Dietrich became inquisitive as it met him just offshore whilst rowing in his dingy. Dietrich tried to keep it at bay with his oar when it became violent, most likely a territorial reaction. It is said that the beast is able to levitate due to a solar reaction within it's blood which circulates through the translucent area atop it's body and head. This beast needs plenty of sunlight and warmth to stay aloft which dictates which climate you might find it. When not walking on the ground, it "huffs and puffs" to propel itself through the air.
Concept: Giant Timberrhino
Even though it looks quite heavy, the Giant Timberrhino is actually a pretty lightweight fellow. Its low weight, combined with the floatation bladder in its back, makes it capable of hovering through its native forests and knocking down trees.
Glowsacks are blind and nocturnal creatures. They float along the surface of Fupi Dang-lang forest attracting witless flying insects into its magical glowing sack of floaty gas. At sunrise, they retract the sack back into its maw and plop down to the ground to digest the nights harvest. On the floor they can roll around at a slow and awkward pace. Most stay motionless until nightfall. Those that do decide to move about once grounded are constantly rolling into things, in circles, or falling into a ravine or something.
They have razor sharp teeth used for self defense... but they are hardly used successfully. On the ground, when threatened, Glowsacks open their mouths and stay motionless, waiting for something to clamp onto. Many can be very finicky and chomp aimlessly at the air. Others, more stupidly, attack the ground and end up choking to death on the soil. Whole fields of Glowsacks have been found dead do to said choking. This suspected mass suicide is why many short-lived cults have used the Glowsack as their symbol. It is recommended to not use a Glowsack as a symbol if you are starting a cult, as the creatures reputation has been gaining notoriety among the masses, and member numbers would likely be low.
This was fun! just happy that I'm posting something.
Concept: Translucent Muscular and Levitating
Concept: Sky Squid
The elusive strato pacifica, commonly referred to by cryptozoologists as the Sky Squid, is confined to the lower stratosphere of sub-tropical latitudes. Adults range in size from 9" to 14" and typically are found in small schools of 2 to 7 individuals. Although not actually a squid, the strato pacifica is a member of class cephalopoda. They are especially buoyant in thin atmosphere. Their hydrogen filled gas bladders allow them to "levitate" like airships, directing their movements with an air propulsion system not unlike the water propulsion system of their oceanic kin.
Last edited by J-Sun; February 15th, 2010 at 01:16 PM.
Concept: Dehevo Pectenora
The Dehevo Pectenora is an interesting species, averaging about five feet in length. Behaving much like a Portuguese Man of War, the Dehevo Pectenora casually drift through the air suspended by a large pocket of gas produced from within. Nocturnal in nature, the Dehevo Pectenora is equipped with two advanced "barrell" eyes that have full 360degree mobility. They can guide them selves to a certain extent with their long trailing tail. Armed with large striking forearms the Dehevo Pectenora is a formidable hunter, preferring to sneak up on its prey late at night. Though it has been reported to pluck unfortunate birds right out of the sky.
Last edited by AustenFM; February 24th, 2010 at 02:38 PM.
Concept: Overslork-symbiote collector
Overslorks are alien creatures which are able to travel space.On their journys from planet to planet they collect small life-forms and absorb them into their internal-symbiote-comunity.
The Overslorks organism feeds on the activity of these integrated symbiotes.Some grow fungus on the strange diggestive system , others feed on parasites and unwanted symbiotes which from time to time infiltrate his organism.
He frequently emits clouds of spores and is overall non agressive.should he be threatened he defends himself with toxic gases and liquids which he expells through his uncountable cavitys.
Life on earth is expensive, but it includes a free trip around the sun every year.
An elegant beaty to behold, the Lotuskite spends most of its life feeding of sulfur particles. Hot air is caught in the Kite's sails and grants it a near weightless condition.
A poet once wrote that the Lotuskite's existence is proof enough of an omnipotent maker, for how else would such unmatched beauty come to be?
Last edited by DefiledVisions; February 15th, 2010 at 08:34 PM.
Resident of a methane planet, this creature is called by the locals "gibberfish" because of its affinity for people who talk a lot of nonsense. It absorbs psychic waves generated by idle thoughts through the tubules on its underside, allowing it to float for miles in search of prey. It snatches up its prey with its two clawed muscular limbs to feed, though it must eventually return to its psychic host to recharge its levitation ability.
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The unique creature resides high cliffs and mountains, the little gentle creatures feed on mainly grass and small insects, due to its small size it becomes a easy target for predators, however it has a thin layer of skin on the body that when can puff up like a bubble and allows wind to carry it away. It often travels in large group and when it floats, from far it is as if the sky is filled with glistering bubbles.
These graceful creatures live in the the large air coral reefs of Nurawati.
Their two large levitating organs keep them neutrally buoyant.
They move gliding through the air with their wings balancing the flight while they use their strong legs to propel them off the coral pillars.
contrary to its name, a bruteballoon is a pacifist creature. mainly eats on fruits and nuts, sometimes tree barks and leaves. it moves slowly like a helium balloon with its feet as the rudders and the hollow "tail" as the thrusters. the barnacle-like holes on its back suck air from the outside, providing the gases needed for levitating and breathing
Here is the new poll! The new round will be set up in a minute and later today I will have some big exciting news to announce.
Note to |flow| and DownByZed: I've tried to edit your names to get |flow|'s second line back up to his name. Some glitch is not letting me change it. Perhaps the second | in |flow|'s name is acting like a bit of html code with the forum. Sorry guys, I tried my best to correct it.
I voted for scorge. I think it's perhaps my favorite piece of his ever. It's gorgeous.
Okay. Again. New round up shortly.
This was a really strange challenge, I actually thought about doing something since I had time and failed to come up with anything that would cover the topic. I see others struggled with this too, most hit 2 of the attributes well while failing on the 3rd. My favorite drawing was by Klesk but it missed the levitating aspect completely. I'm going to think about this before voting.
Scorge, interesting critter. Those regular bush brushes don't do it any justice, I got those brushes too btw, came from a gnomon DVD.
Njoo you've also nailed the translucent and levitating aspect, but I don't see the muscular.
I think Phade's drawing is the one which will get my vote. Cheers everyone, I know it was hard.
I try to do these every round I participate in, so here you go. I hope it's helpful in some way, and I apologize in advance if I say anything dumb.
Dr Midnight - kinda cute, not very detailed, especially for a pic that big. Kinda looks like what I came up with actually... huh.Texture looks fine, but I'd add more details and maybe a description of how it might work =P
scorge - beautiful, looks very psychic sort of. Rendering is great. Its niche in the ecological system is kind of undefined though. Is it sentient? Is it an herbivore? Those sharp teeth might say otherwise.
Naphtali - Looks a bit unfinished. Cool idea though, and details to match. Would be nice to see some color.
Grimstitch - The color scheme is not very appealing, but it's an interesting creature. Some nice detailing on those sacs, they look really translucent, not transparent, to fit the topic nicely. The lighting direction seems a bit undefined though, I guess because it's so diffuse.
Theodora_romania - pretty nice concept, though the arms look significantly humanoid. Reminds me of something I've seen before. I think the mouth area could use a bit more detailing, it's hard to tell how he eats.
inkjetcanvas - beautiful, love the style and the pose especially. If anything, it could probably use a little more color... or some deeper darks in the background to emphasize the glowing. It's a beautiful dainty little creature, though, not very muscular.
ARefrigerator - Interesting idea, I like the idea. I thought some of the WIP pics were actually a little better on the translucency. It sort of has a slap-dash rendering style, which can add character, but you have to increase the boldness of the colors and shapes for that I think. More saturation, thicker (or more differentiated) lineweights.
Vaejoun - pretty. But it's hard to tell what's happening in the pic exactly. Is the prey on the ground, or is he carrying it? It looks like it's on the ground (like it has a contact shadow and everything) but the pose and description say otherwise.
klesk33 - very cool creature, but it's not exactly levitating if it's floating in water. I really like the details and the pose. You could possibly improve the pic by increasing the contrast just a bit in key places. There are several places that could be focal points, and you probably just need to pick one.
Phade01 - kind of interesting. Looks like a jellyfish, but different. It's hard to tell if it's actually translucent though. Very nice rendering on those sonar bulbs on its back, that's my favorite part. You may want to refine the details on the head more, since that's usually the focal point. The anatomy looks irregular and not bilaterally symmetric though. If that's so, you may want to emphasize that aspect in the image, since it looks like you're trying to make it symmetric.
Ragnj - Interesting concept, but it doesn't look finished. Also, it definitely breaks the no-humanoid-creatures rule.
skullbeast - cool! Very Lovecraftian! I'm not sure the glisteny effect adds much from your original very moody pic though.
Darkiesoul - kinda cute. The perspective is a bit weird, it's really hard to tell how big this thing is since the waves are very small, making it look gigantic. Details could use a bit more refinement: they just look a bit pasted on, not as integral parts of the anatomy. Remember, in a creature that's translucent-skinned, you can see many of the internal organs, like fish and shrimp and things.
xzacto - interesting. Kinda hard to tell what's happening in the picture. Is that a hole in its cheek that it's using for propulsion? Cool texture and pattern on it though. The limb anatomy seems a bit dubious, that front left leg is bent quite far. And then the far one is just outline.
|flow| - I really like this one, nice details, lighting, and design. You do a great job implying more detail than you've actually drawn, I think. I have to use my imagination a bit to think that it's going to stay afloat though.
DownByZed - interesting concept. I don't think that a creature like that could possibly survive natural selection, if it's constantly fumbling around! Maybe it'd make a good video game enemy. Rendering style is good, but not stellar.
JanJager - REALLY cool looking, but looks transparent not translucent. Very humanoid also. I was thinking of voting for this one at one point. It could use a bit more background information.
J-Sun - cute! Reminds me of metroids a bit The details are a bit fuzzy though.
AustenFM - wow, cool creature and what a great style. Reminds me of something I'd see in a freaky manga with aliens in it. Also reminds me of the Gulper Eel. Have you seen that thing? I don't think it's super muscular though, and single-clawed limbs really aren't very good for grasping things, especially moving targets in midair. Pretty cool looking though. Was thinking of voting for this one maybe too.
Vaghauk - interesting idea, though the rendering is kind of ... very gooey? I dunno, well I guess that's the idea. It just breaks my idea of realism, I thought maybe some parts of it would be defined structurally. But maybe it's an amorph. You should probably explain that part, if so. If he's an amorph, he probably wouldn't need those back legs either, he could just extrude whatever limbs he needed at will.
DefiledVisions - really cool, I love the lighting and colors. It seems very dark for what you are going for though, and I'm not sure how exactly it fits the theme. Maybe it's just that I can't tell what parts are really translucent. Some more refinement on the wing-like structures would help the cause.
njoo - cool, cute, very strange looking. Like I said before, the surface seems a bit too smoothly reflective (as of a vector drawing) for me to really tell what parts are the underlying muscle and what parts are just shadows on the surface. This is especially problematic on the underside of the creature where you have shadows (and highlights?) overlapping the musculature. Neat style though.
korintic - This one totally came out of left field and blew me away, so I had to vote for it. Great rendering, very illustrationy style, the details are all clear and it's very detailed! You've come up with a very inventive and lush ecosystem for it to live in also, so super-kudos to you. I love all those little fleshy looking fins and structures on it, it looks weird but realistic. Also, the color scheme and layout could hardly be better, though I might advise widening the picture a bit to the left and add some drama to that particular flying lizard thing as its prey that it's chasing (if that's indeed what it eats). Almost everything is explained in the picture, and what little description you have included inspires a sense of wonder and implies some kind of background story to this place.
ded - Great work, I really like the structural definition and how you can see through that main bubble on his back. The arms look very humanoid, just a thought. I love how you can see the trees through the bubble. I would have voted for this one maybe too, except it's not the strongest concept out there. I think those back legs might need to be a bit bigger as wing/fin things for it to be able to direct such a bulk in the air. Those look like gears on its side also. I thought they were cool though. I love the colors.
Great round everyone~! Last week was super busy I didn't have time to c/c the swamp evil~
Dr Midnight - Nice bright choice of colors, I think it's missing a little bit of detail in terms of the design to give a clear idea of what the creature is and how it works,etc. Or desc would be nice too!
Scorge - Awesome rendering, and a really unique design. I think the translucent effect could be pushed a little bit more even, everything else is very realistic, but the sihuoette of the bone might be a tad simple in comparison to the rest of the creature's rendering
Naphtali - Im sure it would look nice if it's rendered~ I like the overall silhouette imo, but I'm not sure if te 2 big arm at the bottom works too well, it sets the design off balance a bit
Grimstitch - Simple yet a decent design, if the head (eyes) was done in a bit less cartoonish like I think it'd work even better, while keeping the cute look
Theodora_romania - The goldfish approach i think works nicely, but I'm not so sure about the to large arm personally, i think it'd look nicer even without it, or less human like.
inkjetcanvas - the glow effect is a nice touch, and the translucent effect too. Perhaps the design could be pushed a tad furter even so it's less like a frog
ARefrigerator - Nice colors~! the way the bubble is rendered/attached to the back reminds me of a rollercoaster ride in a themepark hehe
Vaejoun - Really nicely rendered, especially the translucent effect, was it inspired by goldfish? ;D Definately one of my fav design in this round! The cow seems a bit rushed in comparison or else it'd look like a nice finished piece
klesk33 - Another one of my fav this round, i think being underwater and good chance to play with strange interesting lighting, it'd be cool if the translucent effect is pushed even more~ nice job!
Phade01 - For some reason I really like this design, the smooth surface is nicely rendered, wonder if there was any inspiration from Monster hunter's octopus monsters
Ragnj - It looks a bit too much like human-form character piece instea, but maybe a bit black so we can see a bit more of the detail in the design
skullbeast - Reminds me of the vampiric octopus~ i think the design works and i like the mood in the scene
Darkiesoul - There's a cool illustrative feel to this pic, it seems this round quite a few people went with the flat flating approach, the style's very interseting and clean
xzacto - I think the design's interesting, might look ever more interesting if it's not a direct side view, so we can see more of the form,etc
|flow - it's very simple but cleanly rendered, the texture of the skin and glowing parts are well done. He looks like he's going to explode hehe.
|DownByZed - I can imagine there's a interesting design for the portion of the creature that's below the water as well, too bad we can't see it
JanJager - The coloring's nice~! but maybe it's a tad very human-like for COW
J-Sun - The face looks funny, the rendering makes it look a little bit flat somehow
AustenFM - Very interseting approach using screentone, I think the design's really nice too, at first place it didn't catch my yes, but looking at it again, i really love the hollow bubble brain and the funky long from arm
Vaghauk - Looks like a very happy alien almost like a big space shuttle for little alien species or something
DefiledVisions - I really like this one, the lightning and rendering's really nice, it feels very big even without anything to compare it to
meganite - Haha at first glance it looks like a bodybuilder fish, and it's flexing its super muscle arm. interseting and cute design!
korintic - This one got my vote~ Very interesting complicated design~!, but the color gave it that extra push. I think it might be a LITTLe bit overcomplicated maybe and no sure where to focus, but nothing big, nice work!
ded - Haha i like the pipe-bunghole that's realeasing the gas from the big back bubble~! the head especially is nicely rendered, somehow the side gear like pattern feels a little bit unnatural
wow that took forever to type haha...
Niva: The muscle is the inside red little body I didn't interpret the topic as exactly the muscle being the tranlucent, but translucent, muscle creature hehe