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Round #221 - Voting!
Topic: Eyeless Iridescent Phasewalker
Deadline for voting: 1 week
- The creature must 'Phase-walk' in some way be that a method of travel or the ability to become temporarily intangible
- The creature must be more than 50% iridescent
- The creature must NOT have any eyes or vision-based sensory organs
Last edited by Si_Swe; July 21st, 2011 at 12:17 AM.
Concept: temporal striders
the temporal strider evolved into being in the last era of planet earth, amidst nearly unlivable conditions for all life. strangely they will also be the luckiest, because they evolved the ability to phase through time. thus continuing their survival in the more habitable past.
Concept: Rhessla Fly
Although beautiful in color, these creatures from the netherworld feed on the life force of planets. The globes on their head resound in musical tones when they start the absorption process, fooling the unsuspecting natives of the planet with their seemingly harmless appearance.
Concept: "Muchos Colorees de la Luz"
This creature has been seen once by a farmer in Mexico. The farmer neared a waterlogged mine shaft while tending to his crops, and saw a flicker of purple light come from the gaping hole.
There, he saw the most alien, but beautiful animal he had ever witnessed. Light from the sun outside of the cave bounced off of it's teal skin, gleaming in a rainbow. It's needle-like feet barely touched the surface of the water. It emanated a purple light from the tips of it's feet and back of it's eyeless head. The minute he touched the mine's entrance, the purple fire engulfed it's body and it disappeared. He told the press about it, calling it the "Muchos colores de la luz", or the "Many colors of light".
No bigger than a human toddler, "Luz"'s species is a frail, defenseless species not of Earth. As a matter of fact, a species from nowhere. Or maybe everywhere.
They are born knowing what to do when danger approaches, then abandoned.
These creatures feed off of energy, which they usually do by absorbing sunlight through it's skin. The energy is converted to their own.
When faced in serious danger, or their environment does not meet it's requirements, it teleports. Nobody knows where, but where they do teleport they can access any place in the universe. In the "nowhere zone", they thrive; It's where they breed. Once business is finished, they go off in to the universe again.
Where they go, nobody knows.
Legend has it that the lightning from the skies came from creatures known as Denkouras. Denkouras are bug-like creatures made of panel like scales coiled around lightning. Though Denkouras don't have eyes they fare well in knowing their surroundings; lightning finds its way out through holes located throughout its body, Denkouras are able to analyze air currents by the movements of the lightning bolts. The lightning from these species is said to have enough energy to power cities for centuries, however this myth has yet to be proven because no one has captured a Denkoura in order to harness the energy. Many have came close however state that the Denkouras appear to seperate into bits of dust releasing the lightning stored up and disappearing in the skies.
Last edited by ColdDegree; July 20th, 2011 at 11:42 AM.
Artist: Adrian Nagorski
Concept: The Eye-less Dragonfly Phaser
This inter-dimensional creature uses its nostrils to navigate, sometimes out of pure starvation it wonders into phases into our dimension hunting unlucky wondering flies, The Eye-less Dragonfly Phaser travels at a extremely high speed, its phasing abilities can be directly related to the vibrations caused to its abdomen, thought it seems that it is traveling through a black hole its actually the reverse of that, it literally tears its was through space and time thus phase walking.
Last edited by AdrianNagorski; July 20th, 2011 at 03:48 AM.
[*B]Artist: [*COLOR=White] Fuhrenator [/COLOR]
Concept: [*COLOR=White] Dimensional Scavenger [/COLOR]
[/B]Though quick and agile, this creature is more of a scavenger in its own dimension. Its main food source are small particles, though with it's tiny claws it has the ability to hunt its prey during times of need. The orb on its head houses the sensory organs necessary for functioning in its dimension, allowing it to perceive its surroundings. Its thin clear skin, which houses the blue strands of tissue allowing it to move, is protected by its thick iridescent shell. Though hard and light, its is mildly flexible, important for allowing its to fragile muscle tissue to move and pull its skin. Though rarely leaving its own dimension, it has the ability to create and puncture glass like windows into our reality. Scientists have been trying to learn more about this creature, but have had a hard time finding something delicious enough to lure it out of its own bountiful dimension.
I was going for a cross between a crab and a jellyfish... kinda of different from what im use to, but im glad i got to participate in my first COW!
Last edited by fuhrenator; July 20th, 2011 at 05:16 AM.
Concept: "Petruchnkyea's Horse"
The first sighting of the horse species was by Col. Petruchnkyea in the year MXIIA, visiting the forests surrounding Lake Durkgy. He called it a ghost horse and a god's charioteer. The horse at times, could look like a regular horse with hooves, or serpentine, or even fish-like with fins. Since then, the Horse's existence has been elevated to a divine and spiritual level, becoming legend and folklore to the outside world, and becoming more fictional then fact.
Centuries later, scientists researching the biome of Lake Durkgy, discovered a natural occurring phenomenon where in certain areas of the surrounding forests, water molecules would instantly form, suspend in air, and form a thick fog that is different then the mist in other areas of the forest. Once the fog was thick enough, the scientists saw galloping horses form from the fog in the area.
Two captured specimens were brought back a few years later in the newly designed 'bubble' cages (which were used to maintain plants) by imitating the area's ecological and chemical composition within the cages to keep the horses in their physical and intangible states.
Named after the first discoverer of the horse, Col. Petruchnkyea, Petruchkyea's Horses have become the hot topic for the invention of teleportation. The Horses' ability to break body chemical components into basic molecules, and further into particles to travel, is being used to advance new particle-based transportation machines.
Last edited by hekatoncheir; July 20th, 2011 at 07:47 PM. Reason: submission file was too small
Concept: Gallaeus Transflectus / Shifting Hypra
This species of Hypra is usually found in the desert, when it is found at all. The phase takes place in just about a second and a half, and the effect that is seen as the "space fold" quickly disappears. No one knows exactly where the creature shifts to (or from), but scientists have been tracking their movements and studying their behaviors in order to get a better understanding of their abilities.
Last edited by artiphats; July 20th, 2011 at 11:51 AM.
Concept: Sholiptus Phase Jumper
With a shimmer and a sudden shockwave, a Sholiptus comes into this reality disturbing a pair of mating Red Krewts. Its iridescent oily skin glimmers in the afternoon sun in stark contrast with its exposed bonelike "face". While little is known about this creature with the ability to walk between worlds, it is believed that its lack of eyes have been replaced by a much stronger sense of being and time displacement that surpass the light sensitive organs we as humans rely on so much to make our way through the world. The Sholitpus is not a dangerous creature despite its fearsome appearance, its body shape and super sensitive mouth parts are what allow this strange beast to travel between the realities unharmed.
Dimension Jumper is a small mysterious creature. He usually feeds by sucking up different kinds of juice, from various plants, and fruits. Many people saw him jumping from one food source to another, but no one was ever able to catch him. That's because of hes uncanny ability to make open up something similar to the portal above hes body, and by jumping into it disappear from our dimension. No one know, where Dimension Jumper is getting after each jump or whats the secret of hes special diet that makes him so much fuel for all hes daily jumps.
Concept: [*COLOR=White]Shadow killer[/COLOR]
[/B]The Shadow Killer, lives on caves lurking they favorite pray little mamals, do the habit e grows without eyes but with evolved sensors bug like and some termal sensors. To catch preys or to avoid enemys he phase jump, the only disvantage using phase jump is the amount of energy he spend!
This phasewalker was recently discovered by time travelers who found these creatures could follow their ships through time and space... As far as we know they are completely harmless, though they always seem to emit a strong low pitched hum...
Concept: Harlequin Sucker
Harlequin suckers are small wingless insects. Their only purpose appears to be to drive people mad. Harlequin suckers have the ability to phase walk, which in this case means such a quick travel that it could almost be considered teleporting. They feed on mammal blood and use it to fuel their phase walking. This type of action is extremely energy consuming and takes heavy tolls. As such, the creature can't phase walk long distances without running out of fuel. Practically this means that once a harlequin sucker finds a suitable prey, it will live on it for a long, long time. The insect phase walks out of harms way every time the host attempts to get rid of it only to soon feed on a different part of the host. This creates a cycle which ends once the host gets numb to the continuous stings and lets the harlequin sucker eventually die of old age.
Also known as “Ghost Eater” the “Wisp Eater” sustains itself as the name suggests by consuming the spirit energy of Will-o the Wisps. Existing out of phase with our reality the Wisp Eater is visible but not tangible just as wisps are.
Most of the time the Wisp Eater will act much like solitary jellyfish; floating around old battlefield and graveyards the souls of the dead (wisps) are attracted to its iridescent blue tentacles. The orbs on its carapace which are often mistaken for eyes are in fact the beats stomachs where the patchily digested wisps can be seen realsing their energys.
This engery byproduct is also very useful for leaner times. If their have been to wars or plagues to speek of many Wisp Eaters will begin to starv. At this point the Wisp Eater takes a more active role in hunting. Now the use of the two humanoid limbs extending from its body becomes apparent. Despite being incorporeal the Wisp eater can render these limbs as solid object for short periods of time. The energy released by the digesting Wisps allows the Wisp Eater to generate an illusion of diseased loved one.
Many a fool has been tricked into a snowstorm or off a cliff by the hands of these meschvious beasts. Why wait for you to do when they can make you kill yourself.
I fully expected to be disqolified from the compatition as I recognise the the Wisp Eater is not in fact Iradesent. First ever CA.org forum posts so not bad for one days work. Advice is much apreaciated.
Concept: Dog Shift
Dimensional creature can travel through space/time at will.
Wish I'd had a bit more time to add a background and seriously work on the phasing, but I ended up having a lot to do the past two nights and couldn't do as much as I wanted
Anyway here's my phasewalker. It uses sonar from the silver dome on its head to interpret its surroundings and can blink short distances to get around quickly.
Concept: Asynchronous Senophalophoid
The Asynchronous Senophalophoid exists straddling multiple dimensions, only partially in phase with our perceived universe.
Much of its anatomy is familiar to us, resembling creatures found here on earth, while other features are distinctively alien,
adapted for life in the additional realms the Senophalophoid exists in.
Last edited by J-Sun; July 21st, 2011 at 12:18 AM.
hmmm. this is weird. the drop downs for making polls aren't working on the site therefore we can't make the poll.
this may be a little bit until the poll is up.
Please ignore my previous statement about the delay. It was a dirty dirty lie and I'm setting the poll up now.
Really strong showing this week. I really liked (lark, David79, scorge, heimdayel and xinranliu's work this week. I would have given it to heimdayel because the design was very original and the rendering is really solid, but I think that the iridescence of the creature was a little overlooked (I will elaborate in crits, tomorrow). I voted for (lark, really eerie, original design and a stellar rendering of iridescence.
Last edited by Si_Swe; July 21st, 2011 at 12:30 AM.
Okay the poll is up for real this time:
Cuts this week:
TheAlmightyPillock - Reason: failed to adhere to round requirements.
ZenithDeLunaris - Reason: failed quality check/work looks rushed/incomplete.
Close to rejection:
Both of you followed the requirements, but your pieces gave very difficult reads, whether it was because it was muddy or because it looked incomplete in areas.
lawl this is retarded..whatever browser I use I can't see my mod-approved posts in finals thread - looks like I'll have to ask peeps in the wip thread if they can see it
okay, now on to the serious point: really tough to choose one seeing as there were a lot of good choices... really close call bewteen (lark, scorge and david
went with david's in the end - beautiful painting, liked the idea of the creature turning to a semi-solid smoke bouncing on rocky cliffs when ethereal.
some other comments
(lark - love it! very intriguing phasing effect, with image strips of the creaturre floating above it
scorge - wow, just wow. beautiful desing and work on the iridescence.
coldregree - intresting use of lightning in your bug, the moving parts look cool too
fuhnerator - shattering reality to get a steak! this phasing effect really makes it stand out from the more classic effects most of us used; nice mix of translucent and iridescent body parts
v-lkry - beautiful colours there for the dragonhorse; it blends in well with the foggy environment
artipahts - interesting design to your quadruped, the headcrest is particularly eye-catching.So is that portal too, with its watery distortion effect (but as someone mentionned in the wips - rob I think?? - would've been more awesome if some hints of another land/plane was shown instead of plain orange)
arbin - lol, what an annoying pest..mosquitoes were bad enough, but with teleportation they'll surely drive you mad
Is it just me or is heimdayel's image missing...? Voted for hers(?) anyway.
great jobs indeed that whas alot fune ! iup heimdayel post .. can't see dude in the wip section whe can see it thats very strange mate??
(lark: simple and clean, u shoulden do a little biger to see moar of the detail !
arbin: o got i already have the rage in the blood i hate so much mosquitos specialy when asleep XD great job, the only spot is the phasing idon't really like!
jbarker: nice dog, but u forgeted the phasing!
gona be hard to choose one
any way good and fun jobs !!
So, I guess it was a failure on my part. The idea was that on the left side is a mountain scene in daylight, on the right is a beach scene in evening. The creature is phasing from one distinct area to another. That's why there's all that smoke etc. around the creature. I should have made that more clear I suppose. Oh well.
it was between david heim and scroge, i had to go with david this time though :] the amount of detail and compostion is amazing
oh and yea i cant see it heim :/ but i saw it in wip thread
Last edited by ColdDegree; July 21st, 2011 at 11:49 AM.
Voted for Heimdayel even though I don't see it here either.
Great round guys, ran out of time and was unable to finish, again! Had a hard time voting, it was between scorge and david79
in the end I went with scorge, I really liked the colours and the bony jaws, in my opinion it is one of your best pieces I've seen you do, well done.
david79: really neat creature, I liked the way you showed it in action chasing its prey, all the texture work is brilliantly done and a very nice composition as well, and the design of the creature is very interesting, there are mammalian, reptilian and insectoid characteristics on your creature and they all go well together to show its overall design, you only just missed my vote Well done mate.
xinranliu: Another strong piece, with some exceptional rendering, the colours look awesome, only complaint I have is the background and phasing effects look like they still need some work.
artiphats: I really like this design, I like the way you incorporated the phasing effects, while still giving us a good idea of the creature's anatomy.
(lark: Really neat dude, I like the style you put into your creatures, it's very distinctive, but they all still stand apart as unique creatures, I do feel you should've pushed the iridescence a bit more, though
I'll get to the rest some other time
Scourge! David79! Amazing paintings. I nearly voted for Xinranliu as well, but Arbin took the cake for me. They were all AMAZING paintings, but design-wise didn't catch my attention.
I love the way the Harlequin Sucker's phasing was portrayed as well as the description. What a horrifying creature! This is what COW is all about to me. Clearly the victor!