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C.O.W. #169-Beautiful Rebirth-Voting!
C.O.W. #169 Beautiful Rebirth - VOTING!!
ROUND #169 VOTING
Topic: Beautiful Rebirth
Deadline for the voting: Wednesday March 17th 2010
Posting thread (closed): http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=182764
Last edited by scorge; March 11th, 2010 at 02:21 AM.
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Beautiful Rebirth - Critter
Concept: Cute Critter
What is beauty? What is a Critter? The Critters are a race of ugly toothed alien rodents, which are essentially balls of fluff with teeth. These murderous space vermin starred in the film series of the same name "Critters".
When redesigning them my idea was to imagine what it would be like to have one as a pet, mixing it with Hamster like qualities to help give it a cuter more innocent appearance. Then I imagined what it would be like to take it and give it a makeover, dressing its ugly qualities with embedded beauty, while still keeping the essence of their character.
Last edited by Fiddzy; March 8th, 2010 at 09:03 PM.
Reason: Added Original Critter Movie Photo, Sorry
Concept: The Groke
The grokes are very few in numbers and they are almost as rare as the legendary yetis. They have thick white fur, though the purpose of it is unknown since the creatures are very cold blooded so to speak. Wherever they stand, the ground below them freezes and plants and grass die. They leave a trace of ice and snow when they walk the ground. Anything they touch will freeze and grokes can even extinguish a fire by sitting on it.
Last edited by Arbinn; March 8th, 2010 at 06:09 PM.
Concept: Alien Fish-Hugger
While the Facehugger is the better known cousin of the species, the Fish-Hugger is an equally nasty sea predator that finds large fish and other sea life to use as hosts. In contrast to the Facehugger, this creature has evolved into a beautiful animal that sports brilliant blue patterns, and has a long tail that seems to glow when it catches rays from the systems closest stars near the waters surface. Although the skins of Fish-Huggers found washed up on shore are very valuable, this animal is not "fished" for, as it has known to attack would-be catchers even out of water.
Concept: American Werewolf in London Pup
The soft, cuddly american werewolf (visiting london) likes to frolick in the wilderness. They also have been know to hang out in parks looking for handouts from visitors. It is not recommended that people try to take them home as pets as they have a habit of running around and causing traffic problems when taken to the city.
Last edited by McGhoul; March 8th, 2010 at 10:16 PM.
A new kind of alien, that works like a parasite, taking host of big animals and metamorphosizes them. The spine that it creates produces a hard tail that it uses while hunting. Although formely encountered Xenomorphs are known to kill everyone in their sight, these beasts wont attack unless they feel threaten.
Weyland Utani scientist are sure that these creatures can even be tamed in the near future.
Concept: Alated Sammael
This is one species from a family of creatures collectively known as Sammael, so named for the archangel of death in Jewish mythology. A cousin of this creature (colloquially referred to as "hellhound") appeared in the movie Hellboy (2004). While both species have hardened "shells" covering their forearms, the alated sammael is known for the keratinous flanges projecting from the elbows and extending from its exposed zygomatic arches. Unlike its smaller cousin, it is diurnal and prefers open spaces. It has occasionally been found lurking on the outskirts of urban areas and feeding on pigeons, but little else is known of its lifestyle, population, or range.
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Concept: The Kraken
The Kraken is an ancient beast widely reputed to be a ruinous monster of the deep. Contrary to contemporary mythology and folklore, this benevolent behemoth would often come to the aid of early mariners. New research has pointed to a Hellenistic record (circa 240 BC) of an injured Kraken being captured in the Saronikos Gulf. Imprisoned in a massive cage, the creature turned on its captors and laid waste to a number of coastal settlements and ports. This incident, embedded into the cultural memory of ancient Greece, is what gave the Kraken its false reputation.
Concept: Sphinix Aspect
Intense Corporate Breeding programs led to the hybridization of many Zenomorphic specimins.
One of the more beautiful being the Sphinix Aspect, kept solely for its crystaline skin and jewel like protrusions that refract and enhance any light source nearby.
The word ‘anarchy
’ comes from the ancient Greek αναρχία in which αν meant ‘without’ and αρχία meant first a military ‘leader’ and then ‘ruler’. Anarchist society is one ‘without rulers’: a classless, non-hierarchical society.
“You need people like me.
You need people like me so you can point your grubby fingers and say, "That's the bad guy.""
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Concept: Gmork, Dawn-Bringer
In Gmork's Rebirth he ushers in the sunrise, a far cry from his previous obsession with The Nothing.
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My vote go on artiphat, I love alien by lkjhgfdsa too. But it seem a bit different from old form.
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Well, I seem to have forgotten to vote.
Fiddzy: I love the fact that you took on the "Crites". Those little bastards made me distrust anything with fur for a while and your version made me smile. Not quite beautiful but I really do appreciate your sticking to their qualities and the rendering is cool. That pink hair is the icing on the fuzzy cake.
Arbinn: To be honest, Id never heard of the Groke until you brought it up here. I'm curious to know what about it scared you, as it doesn't appear that frightening from the pic. Anyway, excellent job on the rendering and presenting a beautiful creature in a beautiful surrounding. Nicely done man.
artiphats: I commend you for taking something so hideous and turning it into something of beauty the way you did. The details are very nice to look at along with the soothing blue and colorful background.
McGhoul: One of my favorite movies of all time. I'll never forget that dude standing at the top of the escalator and the beast rounding the corner. Pure magic. I like how you've given it a personality that almost makes us feel sorry for it, but at the same time we'll always wonder if it caught that butterfly. Rendering could use some work, but that will come with time and experience.
Badshot: Not bad for a first entry, and especially for such a challenging topic. Would've liked to have seen more focus on the body structure and the pose, and maybe pushing the details further. I do like the colors and the general idea, just could have used some more work.
Rah-Bop: Awesome entry and that reference photo is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Colors and pose along with overall design are absolutely fantastic. Makes for a beatific scene. Really well done my friend.
lkjhgfdsa: One of the best coloring jobs I've seen you do my man. The details are superb, especially in the head. Not too sure about the human face(only because it's very human, otherwise it looks awesome) but at the same time, it does pretty up what Giger dreamt up. Always a pleasure to see what you come up with here and I look forward to many more amazing submissions.
BrynnKitty: Did I spell that wrong? Oh well. I never knew this guy actually had a name, I just thought it was the most evil wolf I'd ever seen until American Werewolf of course. I love your description, short, sweet, and perfectly fitting. Anatomy and brushwork are amazing and I really get the sense that this is the opposite of the hellish beast. Glad you're here playing with us.
Why is it that sometimes the small rounds are harder to vote than the crowded ones? It was a really tough choice, but I had to go with Rah-Bop one this one. Beautiful work.
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Last edited by Arbinn; March 11th, 2010 at 04:14 AM.
I think one problem with this one is that the original creature isn't scary at all. Or at least I'm having troubles imagining that anyone would be scared of the hellboy movie (it's pretty recent too). And the doves seem a bit too much. Then again I personally just prefer more subtle approaches to these things.
Concept: Alated Sammael
While not technically the most refined piece, I love the expression of the Kraken. Heartwarming :b
Concept: The Kraken
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Wow what a round! It's been forever since I did a COW, but I'm glad I was part of this one.
Fidzy: I like the direction you went in with this, especially since those original critters are so nasty looking! To push the beauty a bit more, I would have gone with a bright body color to go with that pink hair. Maybe an orange or magenta would make him more appealing, or a coat of spots or stripes. I had the same issue with the facehugger, I thought it was creepy with that flesh-beige color, so the first thing I did was decide on a color scheme and pattern. Everyone has their own idea of beaty of course, but besides the new hair and the less intimidating teeth, I'm still a bit scared of your new version. Good job on the overall design though, good structure!
Arbinn: I had not heard of the Groke either, but you did a fantastic job of transforming him into something much more attractive. I'm only judging from the picture you posted, but you obviously did a great job finding ways to put more detail into what was previously a very simple design. Good idea going with the white fur / arctic look, much like polar bears the white reads as a very beautiful coat, something hunters might be after for a high sell value. Awesome job on the rendering, fur can be hard to do but you handled it well
McGhoul: That thing looks crazy! He's got crazy eyes I tell you, lol. Jokes aside, I would have really liked to see you push the design more. Scrap the yellow eyes, the cray fur, and the claws all together. The original warewolf had long fur, and I think that's one thing you might have kept and played off of. Again, think beauty here. A long beautiful tail, beautiful stripes down its back, a new color scheme. You have to put yourself in the shoes of the average person and think, what would most people consider beautiful. Think of 4-legged animals that inspire you, and then with the warewolf come up with a hybrid. I personally think of the tiger, cheetah, gray wolf, and small animals like the fox. Borrow from them and then you could give us something special. Also, the pose is kinda weird. I know he's going after the butterfly, but a good practice is to do thumbnails first and try different poses and find one that reads as the most dynamic shot. Maybe the creature pouncing toward the butterfly? Hope my comments help.
Badshot: Really like where you were going here. I'm wondering if you used any reference for the animal / pose. I ask because the body and legs look a bit generic, and I think pulling reference of a pig, hippo, or some other animal would lend well to making sure muscles, skin, joints, and overall structure all work together. I had an art professor who was always after us about pulling from reference and finding the shapes and then the details that give character. Too often we draw what we think something looks like, not what it really looks like. The idea of the tail integrating in the body the way it does is great, I like that a lot. The hardest thing about this round is that we all have different ideas of what beauty is. Not sure I get "beauty" as a first impression, but I again I see where you were going and I agree it just needed a bit more thought and work. Keep practicing I see great potential.
Rah-Bop: Woah, got my vote with this one. I instantly see the beauty in him. The color, the flowing lines. Even the pose, blue sky, and doves all lend to conveying a strong sense of beauty here. Great design and rendering. Not much to crit here, sorry mate.
J-Sun, woot you did the Kraken, one of my all time favorite movie creatures. Much like I said to McGhoul, I think you could have pushed the design. Your creature looks cuter than the original, but not much different. Use these contests as motivation to push yourself. Browse around for inspiration before you start, you don't have to go any further than the pages of this very forum! With the Kraken being a sea creature, I would have loved to see you tackle some of the bright patterns we find in existing sea life. Also the Kraken might have had a new head design, something really ornate looking, maybe inspired by headdresses or helmets. Possibly webbing between the limbs, with translucent properties than look iridescant in the sun. Reach out with your imagination and take us on a journey!
Lkjhgfdsa: What a great re-design. I followed all your progress shots and was loving every step. The tentacles on the aliens back don't seem to go with the rest of the creature, I think they look a bit stiff compared to her body and tail and the rendering isnt as strong either. I like the idea, but in the end I would have scrapped it. The face is really a judgement call, I would have liked to have seen the same creature with the smooth front face the real alien has. Maybe even keeping the human mouth but clearing the eyes and nose. Really curious how that would look. I think you changed the rest of the head enough that it might have worked. Beautiful rendering here. Great pose, I see the custom brushes but I appreciate that most of the rendring was done freehand. All around awesome entry, keep it up!
Lenorekitty: I really like this one! I've been preaching to everyone about bright colors and patterns but you really pulled it off without either one. This is a great example of how a strong design can be beautiful all on its own. You kept qualities of the wolf but made it very majestic looking, strong and beautiful. Good pose, I would normally say a bit more rendering would have been nice but I actually like the style you went with here. Great work!
Hope I didnt miss anyone, please know that my comments are only intended to push you and help you see things from a different perspective. I'm always learning and I comment on others work as a way to remind myself of these same principles. Great round, see you all again!
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