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C.O.W. #177_Camelus Aquas:The Water Hoarder_ VOTING!!
ROUND #177 VOTING
Topic: Water Hoarder
Deadline for the voting: Friday June 4th 2010
Posting thread (closed): http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=188644
Last edited by scorge; May 28th, 2010 at 12:31 PM.
Concept: Chalice Beetle
A lonely insect that sucks up water from droplets caught on desert foliage. The Chalice Beetle stored the fresh water in it's crystal like sack above its rear, preparing itself for the inevitable droughts.
The PARAPLYT lived on the planet XenomorpheT23 in areas where the dry season was extreme and the rain season was so heavy it could create oceans. To take advantage of this climate it had evolved a huge umbrella-like water collecter on its back made out of bone and cartilage. This collecter saved up rainwater that the PARAPLYT then stored in its hollow bonestructure over the dry season. The collecter also worked as a protection against the strong sun over the dry season since XenomorpheT23 lacked trees or vegetation large enough to create shade. The PRARAPLYT got extinct in the year 2301 under only one season after human colonists transformed and force-moved the planets rain weathers to hover over their huge crop fields. The only living specimen are currently at the Shanghai Planetary Zoo, Earth.
Last edited by Ragnj; May 23rd, 2010 at 09:10 AM.
Concept: Incubatus Salire
The Incubatus Salire, also known as the "baggy leaper", has adapted to live in extremely dynamic environments. The baggy leaper is one of the few amphibious species to do so, a feat which is made possible by the evolution of it's "water bag". The purpose of this bag is not to store water for drinking, rather, the baggy leaper uses the water stored in this pouch to incubate its young, which must be laid in water in order to mature properly.
This process is required because the baggy leaper's eggs are laid and mature during the dry season so that they may hatch when the rains come. Since the juvenile leapers hatch during the rainy season, they have a greater chance for survival as both food and water are in greater supply.
Concept: Larson's Pearl (The Dewdrop Bug)
Discovered by the team of Willum Larson in the rainforests of the planet Ishkooda, Larson's Pearl is a curious insect bearing similarities to Earth's pitcher plant. Larson's Pearl crawls along leaves feeling around with hypersensitive fibrous tendrils on it's frontal limbs. When they locate a dewdrop the bug will open up it's back and place the drop what is called it's crown. The bug will seek out enough drops to fill the crown, adding drops as it finds them. It's fibrous tendrils allow it to lift the water droplets without breaking the meniscus, and the crown's oily sides stop jiggling around from breaking it's "pearl"s meniscus. Once it has filled it's crown it begins to release pheromones which attract small wasp-like creatures. It's prey are attracted to the center of it's "pearl" and become trapped inside. Once the prey is inside, Larson's Pearl begins to release enzymes into the water through pours at the base of the crown which digest the insect slowly. After fully digesting prey, Larson's Pearl will pop the meniscus of it's "pearl" and closes it's crown to scuttles off to sleep the rest of the day. Larson's Pearl can grow up to half a centimeter in diameter.
Pictured below: (top) Larson's Pearl finds a new drop to add to it's pearl. (left) Empty/closed crown. (right) Crown, seen from the top.
Concept: Gallo magnus
A distant relative of the domestic fowl, Gallo magnus, better known as the bowserbird, survives in the desert by carrying the water it needs in two large sacs which hang down from its throat. Its large tail, far from being an extravagant courtship display, is used for balance. When the sacs are full, the bird refrains from preening the tail, so the buildup of dirt in the wiry tail feathers better counterbalances the weight of the water. In recent years, the bowserbird has become a nuisance in urban environments, as the translucent sacs that carry the water can act as lenses, focusing the sun's rays and setting fire to whatever it happens to be sitting on.
Concept: Water Hoarder
I'm terrible with names so I guess I'll leave it as just Water Hoarder lol
My first COW entry on CA, um...
Pretty much I went for a crustacean like creature with an overall hard carapace cover, but it still exposes a lot of tumors/sacks to house all that fluid intake. They swim with their hind fins rather than craw around like a crab.
These little suckers eat just about anything when put into a natural body of water, and together as a colony they can eat up everything in the water and drain the water too, causing quite the eco-disaster.
I played around with shapes on the silhouette sketches and just went on refining what I thought was appropriate for my taste.
Last edited by ArtofJin; May 24th, 2010 at 06:18 PM.
havent tried cow in a while, 's good to be back
'Permafrost', a reptile which has evolved to manipulate its enviroment.
each winter it travels to the poles to collect broken glacier.
re-breathers arrayed along its back cause hydrogen bubbles to form in the
ice chunks, hydrogen lighter than air creates lift.
block as big as icebergs have been seen lifted by this critter.
careful control of hot and cold air form the re-breathers lets the 'Permafrost'
steer the ice, letting it travel anywhere with a huge supply of water
cut me. i bleed paint.
The Rounder is usually seen wandering through the large savana-like plains with its always astonished gaze. Its first life target is to collect water from ponds with its 3 trunks and storage the liquid in its large bowl, bounded by a transparent elastic membrane and a glossy skin covering. While filling the tank, the outer skin stretches around the transparent one, allowing the creature to increase the storage capacity. Its movement are pretty peculiar compared to many other creatures, since it bounces around like it is standing on a gym ball when the tank is empty or nearly empty. However, its speed decreases a lot when the body has collected a lot of water, since the weight and dimensions forces it to drag itself around using its powerful arms. The hydratation of the upper body is made by the veins that run along the inner membrane.
The Rounder is an endangered species, a good boxeur while empty but a pretty slow creature when full of water. Its eyes are not that useful in making him a scary monster too.
Well, my first final for a competition, hope the quality is good enough to enter.
Last edited by Kerion; May 25th, 2010 at 02:59 PM.
Woah, I have a site too! (Crappy multilanguage option implemented, and a tad old in the drawing field)
Concept: camelus hoopis
the camelus hoopis has an spine that extends away from the bulk of the body upwards to form a hoop. in between the hoop two tough transparent membranes that form a central pouch for water. the pouch tends to hang down on both sides when it is fuller, and becomes more taught when it runs lower on water.
it uses the water it finds in the small pools of its desert environment, to carry to the rare greenery that survives there. acting as a gardener, cultivating its own food.
Concept: Tank Whale
The Caeliteae Latus, commonly known as the 'Tank Whale' is a predominantly sky-dwelling creature, somewhat resembling a humpback whale. These majestic behemoths have been known to glide across the surface of the ocean, ingesting large quantities of water and sea-life. It is then able to store this supply of water & food in a transparent pouch that spans its entire underside. A full pouch allows the Tank Whale to take off and travel great distances across the sky, a curious and marvelous sight to behold.
Concept: Air-born Tanker Beast
The Tanker Beast is a highly sophisticated production of nature and evolution. Its physiology comprises a complex 'series of tubes' which act at several levels in order to produce heat and gas for aerial lift. Beginning with the two long tendril-like arms, liquid is drawn up from a source, and stored in the large tanks atop its back. The large tank being the primary storage, and the smaller, the auxillary. Quantities of this stored liquid are then pumped upward through the pipes coming out of the storage tank. In these pipes, a series of chemical reactions produces both heat and a unique gas. Ultimately this ultralight gas provides great lifting power and is contained within the mushroom-like balloons.
Concept: Aquana and calf
The Aquana or 'Water hoarder' is a nomadic species that can be found wandering between various desert oasis and watering holes. The Aquana has developed water sacs on its flanks not only to keep it hydrated during desert treks but also to keep cool in the unbearable heat.
Concept: Water Hoarder X
A pacific creature that wanders in the desert, equipped with 3 pairs of nostrils and specialized whiskers to detect water. When it drinks water it stores it in its tail, and it's body makes highly efficient use of the water through specialized channels on the creature's back. Locomotion is slow because the creature has to drag a heavy weight.
Concept: Camelus Aquas
The Water Hoarders are even-toed ungulates within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive water pouches on its neck, stomach, and tail. These pouches acquire and hold the moisture from the air to create drinking water for themselves. They are native to the dry desert areas of the World respectively. This species is domesticated to provide water, meat, and work as domesticated laborers for herdsmen and self-sustaining families as pools of fresh water become more scarce.
Concept: flat-faced water hoarder
Over time this creature has developed a complex sponge like exterior which traps any and all excess moisture in it's surrounding environment to be stored in the bulbous back sacks for later use.
Concept: Winston's "Root Bearded" Titanomole
Winston's Root Bearded Titanomole (aka Camelus Aquas to some native tribes) is a large, insectivorous mammal. It is nocturnal and comes above ground at night to hunt. However, it remains out just before dawn to collect dew with its "root beard". The water is stored in special tissues located around its body.
Last edited by orchitect; May 26th, 2010 at 12:36 AM.
This tired-looking old guy is spindly and light, to avoid wasted moisture in its long treks across the wasteland. His weak legs haven't evolved for agility and bending. Instead, his gynormous tongue unrolls past weird dog gums toward the liquid gold.
Concept: Camelus Aquas
Camelus Aquas drifts high in the atmosphere, absorbing and storing water in the gigantic reservoir-sacs that hold its super-light carapace and body aloft. The sacs are home to countless symbiotic cyanobacteria that help their host organism by photosynthesizing.
And then I'll call... Pup Tentacle! And ask him how's his chin...
Concept: The Water Hoarder
this gargantuan slug like creature stores water for years in the glistning sacks on its fungal shell.
Concept: The Large Handed Blue Baboon
Only very distantly related to the Baboon, this creature is a large, gentle, and very lazy herbivore. It finds a nice place to sit, usually under a shady palm tree, and waits for a storm. It collects rain water in it's enormous cupped hands and deposits the water in the large jug like structure on it's tail. In both the tail and it's bloated stomach, specialized bacteria grows, and in turn, feeds the creature. It's long, tube like tongue allows the creature to drink without moving.
Concept: Vita derelinquo
In the great spaces of bare wasteland the moving oasis of the old ones are the life and death for the nomads. There are only a few left and no one has ever seen young ones.
Last edited by Lander; May 28th, 2010 at 02:56 AM.
My path of learning (sb)
Concept: Mammoth Toad
Mammoth toads live in African savannahs and are roughly the size of a relatively big dog. In addition to being huge amphibians, mammoth toads have earned their name with two other traits. The creature has very notable trunk that is unique to an amphibian. The toad uses it to drink water out of puddles and other water sources but the trunk also has spikes and leechlike tip. During drought the mammoth toad can attach itself to an elephant with its trunk and filter water out of host's blood.
African tribesmen value mammoth toads to the extreme. They have lots of meat in them, always carry massive amounts of water and the beautiful, teal shell is among the most wanted luxuries of animal kingdom. For a tribesman, finding a mammoth toad is practically like finding a walking treasure chest.
The Blisterback, also known as Camelus Aquas:The Water Hoarder, is a large land mammal well suited to go for extensive periods without water or nourishment. It is able to survive by storing reserves of water in an expandable reservoir on its back, which, when filled, resembles a massive blister (hence the name Blisterback). They are solitary animals inhabiting the ever expanding desertified wastes. Mothers give birth to single pups and stay with them until adolescence when their ability to store water has fully developed.
Last edited by J-Sun; June 4th, 2010 at 10:05 PM. Reason: grammar
This is a Water Centaur. She holds her precious water in her horns. She lives in a world of black rocks, with very little water or plant life. The jewelry are bubbles coated in precious metals. And beware, she has a nasty temper.
14" by 17" Ink and Photoshop
Boy, I hate these size constraints, all the details are invisible.
need sleep..... next time I will try and start before the deadline....
Great job this round guys! Camping wasn't great, rained the whole time. Thanks for your patience and for the awesome turnout.
Welcome to all newcomers, glad to have you here!
Brandozer got mine. Those water sacks sold me along with the overall beauty of the scene.
yea, easy pick Brandozer. oh thanks Ragnj. (bowing from the waist)
My path of learning (sb)
I think it was a tie between Lander and Brandozer. Both very detailed and just flatout cool.
Etheral- Great concept, really liked the idea.
yup Brandozer got my vote too.....but I kinda wish we could vote for two or three ;P
Goog yours is great
Lander yours is badass
IVIATT I like yours as well, the bird on the creature's hose pretty much makes it for me
vorp yours made me laugh, in a GOOD way, nice
Arbinn thanks for sharing all the WIPs they were fun to watch, I like the final outcome too
to everyone else, thanks & good work, there were some really good ideas this round, sorry to leave you out but it's FRIDAY and I have spent enough time in front on the ol' computer for now