C.O.W. #231 Siberian Legacy_Voting!
ROUND #231 VOTING
Topic: Siberian Legacy
Deadline for the voting: October 12th.
Round Requirements (Read BEFORE voting!):
- The creature must have visible tiger-like elements to it's design
- The creature should be significantly different from a siberian tiger (The tiger is not the base species)
- The creature must have stripes
Last edited by Si_Swe; October 6th, 2011 at 10:51 AM.
Concept: Striped Stalker
The mix of a extraterrestrial monkey like creature whit Siberian tiger genes gave place to this creature, a strong and smart creature, escaped whit it's fellows from experimentation labs and became voracious predators, adapted to the forest environment.
Artist: Rob Powell
Concept: Specimen 47 Stalker-Hybrid
After several expeditions, the human race has finally come into contact with a planet with sustainable life. Surprisingly many of the fauna that inhabit this planet are very much similar to that of our own wildlife on Earth, specifically a creature nicknamed simply as 'The Stalker,' which displays similar characterisitcs to the critically endangered Siberian Tigers. DNA splicing was commenced to help recreate the dying species. Most tests have proven to be unsuccessful resulting in the death of the created embryoes shortly after fertilization. However one subject has survived past the embryonic stage to develop into a fetus. Eventually an infant was born, the first success. Initial examinations of the newly created creature show no major abnormalities, however as the specimen has matured and developed into an adult, it abopted the features of it's alien ancestor as well as kept the characteristics of our tiger species. The creature displays a much more aggressive nature than that of either species, therefore the creature is deemed a threat to human society and is to be kept contained within our facilities until further notice.
This creature started appearing in this region in recent years and locals were astonished to find it resembling a tiger, because of the stripes on its body. At first they were very wary of human presence, keeping their distance and will run if anyone approaches. But recently they are getting bolder and will slowly approach a person if they are no sudden movement. So far no attacks on human by this creature has been reported, but locals are warned to keep their distance from them, as some of them has reported witnessing their aggressive nature when preying. Local authorities believed this creature is somehow related to a laboratory located high up the mountains....
Concept: Tiger Monkey
It doesn't matter that his camouflage is terrible when he hunts like a tiger from the treetops.
Concept: Siberian Killer Pigeon
scientists from Earth was trying for long time to stabilize siberian tiger legacy by mixing its DNA. mostly they did experiment with something more tame for easier breeding and useful, and preferably smaller.
so, when they came up with successful mix with house pigeon, they was asked by governments of new farm-planets for help. their problem was farms being invaded by small local animals.
new pigeon-tiger mix was improved with alien DNA(on each planet mix is a bit different) to get better chances of survival local weather conditions. when tests showed the new animal is indeed tame and playful towards humans but very aggressive when it hunts - flocks of Siberian Killer Pigeins was released into the fileds under strange suns.
this new beautiful animal proved very efficent, survived and bred easly and now is favourite house pet among farmers of all worlds. different color versions are available at request, with parrot wings mix being the most popular.
(and it loves scratching under his beak)
Last edited by sepu; October 5th, 2011 at 10:39 AM.
Concept: Siberian Prowler
Deep in the north, a genetic research facility has at last created a hybrid between the near-extinct Siberian Tiger and a strange specimen from a newly discovered planet, recently pulled into our sun's orbit. The hybrid exhibits characteristics of a tiger but displays a greater resemblance to the unnamed alien creature. All that remains of the tiger is its heavily muscled physique and dark stripes that cross its thick hide.
Concept: Frilled draco Tiger
It is unknown of when this creature was first created, though most assume that it might have been engineering when the first alien lizard-like species were discovered. It was only when it started terrorizing the villages across the mountain tops that measures were taken to control the creature.
The creature, although far different from its tiger ancestor, still exhibits some tiger features, such as the tiny paws sticking out of its body and the characteristic stripes.
2095 - In an uncompared experiment rouge scientists have managed to combine the DNA of the Siberian Tiger with the one of the big Kombe-Kichwa.
Since lots of tigers and lots of the just as endangered Kombe-Kichwa lost their lives due to the failed tests biologists around both of our worlds are shocked about this experiment. When asked about the objective of this interbreeding and splicing the scientists said they just loved the striped Kombe-Kichwa. Reporters got no comments as to why they didn't just save the tigers for our future.
The last free living Siberian Tiger roaming the forrests died 7 years ago.
Concept: Pearl Bog Titan
In an attempt to save the endangered Siberian tiger, scientists have chosen DNA from the recently discovered titan, named after Saturn's moon on which it was found. The titan was chosen due to its ability to survive temperatures exceeding any extreme on earth and also, its skeletal armor. Combined with the tiger DNA, it is now able to venture into climates where human's cannot pursue the creature and if found during warmer seasons, the armor should provide enough protection to escape from poachers.
Living on flora alone, the pearl bog titan is rarely without a bite to eat. If food does become scarce, it is able to slow its metabolism in order to preserve itself alive.
Concept: Nemean Tiger
Secured Data from an off-world breeding site:
New specimen documented in Nemea-X7. To perserve the majesty of the Siberian tiger, new alien genes were introduced to enhance its physiology. Amongst the genes added include the newly discovered actinmin, which demolishes myostatin to produce astounding muscular strength, and an alien strain of somatotropin, to promote bone development. This specimen will be amongst the finest predator in the natural and manmade world.
Concept: Generican Kitty Kat
Genes of an alien predator were combined with the ones of a siberian tiger, which resulted in this fierce looking but cowardly hybrid that dares to hunt only small prey.
What a pussy.
Concept: the Siberian Daggerspine
when the first colonies were established in the alpha centauri star system, they were constantly being attacked by large reptilian predators indigenous to those planets. hoping to to develop a new sort of watch dog species capable warding off these creatures scientists spliced their DNA with that of Siberian Tigers. unfortunately, the new species proved to be even more cunning and aggressive than they anticipated and ultimately proved to be unmanageable.
Siberian Tigers were such wonderful animals when all we knew of were Earth organisms. However their original design has become mundane by today's standards. In order to keep zoo patrons' interest we had to update these creature's designs. Survey results as well as attendance numbers clearly show people are not interested in seeing the Siberian Tigers from our youth. In order to save some vestige of these animals we made the choice to update the Siberian Tiger to appeal to today's generation.
Description: In order to save the Siberian Tiger scientists managed to mix it with an alien crustacean lifeform. It's flexible shell is surprisingly hard.
My blog: http://fricod.blogspot.com
DNA of species xtig008-1 'siberian tiger' from planet earth
DNA of species gtro03-3 'troghlodiathian lizard' from saturnis x11
DNA of species lsaba376 'sabarian bat' from saba01
DNA of species xxxgnf-1 'gnrrrarph' from XXX-beta-sytem
Concept: Siberian Dazzle-Cat
Splicing the dna of the Siberian Tiger with the shimmering beasts of the frozen tundra planet ZX-31 seemed like a good idea at the time…
Last edited by J-Sun; October 5th, 2011 at 11:25 PM.
Artist: Daniel Schallock DanSchallock
Concept: Siberian Transmuter
Tracked the creature again last night. Still no sighting, but did discover tracks next to my previous steps. Is the creature tracking me? Thought I 'd better keep moving.
Initially, there was no evidence this hybrid inherited any of the alien's transmutation abilities. But, now I'm wondering if we missed something. He's too smart and the landscape, rocks trees, even the stars seem to shift on me.
Started a fire about midnight. At one point I thought I saw his eyes, six golden globes, staring at me just outside the circle of fire light. Then he blinked and the eyes disappeared. Not sure if I imagined the whole thing or not.
All night the poet Wm. Blake's words kept running through my mind. "Tiger, tiger burning bright, In the forest of the night. What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy fearful symmetry?"
What hand indeed?....
Concept: Siberian MountainStalker
A strange creature created by scientist trying to save a species, it is now the terror of anyone trying to cross the frozen peaks of Siberian mountains
Last edited by ZenithDeLunaris; October 5th, 2011 at 11:56 PM. Reason: fixing the color / bolding
Poll is up!
Multivote thanks to 20 in the poll on the dot.
Cuts this week:
totengraber - reason: The design did not push itself far enough from the Siberian Tiger as the second round requirement states is a must.
That's all for this week folks. Let the votes pour in.
Myself, I tend towards GoldenSerpent, Dranyer and monotony.
Yeah, sorry about that. I did get a late start and ideas were not exactly coming to me.
Great entries from all of you!!
Great round guys, nice to see another multi-vote round makes my voting job a bit easier. My favs this round were v-lkry, Dranyer, and GoldenSerpent. Awsome stuff guys!
Draughth: neat design and nice rendering, although the composition could use a little work, the first place I looked was it`s arm and shoulder, because it has the most saturation and is basically centralised as the focal point, also the brightest values are on the creature's bicep, of course my assumptions are that you want people to look at the head, so the head needs some added focus, how about some secondary lighting to add some contrast and show the silhouette of the creature better at the front end. I also notice some thick lines in some places which could use a little more cleaning up, just enough to imrove the edges on the creature.
foofoo: I'm liking the looseness of this piece, and the composition works very well, since my eyes went straight for those large teeth, although I'm a little disturbed by those floating trees to the left. I was a bit confused because at first glance I thought those scars was an ear. Your designs are getting a bit more creative, but I'd still like to see you go nuts with your skills! I do have to admit I would not want to encounter this when hiking alone in the Siberian tundra.
Ishren: neat design. I think this could benefit with a bit more form, and adding a little more contrast between the creature and the background to make him pop. I'm not liking the way the tail just runs off the page actually, naturally my eye starts at the head then it follows the body, here it follows the body then is trapped by the edge of the canvas instead of flowing back towards the focal areas.
totengraber: A bit too close to the tiger becoming the base species here. The pose is looking a bit stiff as well, especially the tail. Try some gestural sketches helps build looseness and improve the flow to your paintings. The log he's sitting on has almost no form in some places and it makes the piece look odd. Do some studies to help yourself understand the lighting on the tree surface, and to practise with the texture of the tree's bark.
DPFX: Very interesting creature design. The head of the creature looks a bit pasted on actually. The neeads some stronger values as well, to help define those edges and to build the form as well. Those athropodic legs needs a bit more attention as well and the claws.
sepu: Looking a little flat compared to your other stuff, especiallythe wings, there's almost no tonal variation. Perhaps time was an issue, but I'd like to see that form pop just a bit more. And put a shadow or a perch or something so it isn't floating above the canvas. Overall it is a neat design with some nice colours.
LMP: a very cool mix of the tiger and insects, you should decrease that large empty space on the left because there is not a whole lot going on, so there is no need for such a large space (unless you turning this into a desktop wallpaper, of course). The rendring is alright, maybe push those lighter values a tad to make it pop, and add a little atmosphere to the back end of the creature seeing as it is further back.
Scimthar: neat design, however it looks a bit rushed, the body could use a bit more cleaning up and adding some highlights here and there could make some places stand out more than others and make it look a bit less flat. Would've been nice to see it in colour. You have a decent looking texture for the fur and the details around the head are pretty good as well.
monotony: A very cool design, it has a prehistoric look to it, almost like I'm looking at one of the childrens' dinosaur books. There are some nice details on the head, on the right side of the head you could add some darker values to bring the focus towards the center a bit more. The ground is looking a bit too chaotic for my taste actually, almost abstract.
defection001: This piece looks very incomplete, so much so that the design is a bit hard to make out, especially on the head. Take advantage of the week given to complete these, because this looks like it took only an hour or two.
v-lkry: nice design, this creature almost has an elemental look to it, and the cyan stripes look nice as well. Only real crits are to clean up the background a little so all the brush strokes don't show so much, mainly near the creature's back. Either way you got a vote from me, nice job this round.
Arbinn: pretty funny piece actually, the one-eyed bunny is a nice touch, it's looks quite stylistic compared to your other stuff that are more refined, but it's still pretty neat. would've been cool to see the rest of the creature's body though.
albino-z: looks like a quickie, compared to your other stuff. I can't complain because you did an awesome enviro this week so you had your mind set somewhere else. as for the design, other thant the stripes I'd like to see some more tiger. Other than that not much else to add.
Dranyer: very cool creature, I like the 'Predator' jaws, it really has a neat fireceness to it, much like your description says. The body could use a bit more features to help tie it with the head, but you got my vote nonetheless.
GoldenSerpent: Awesome stuff, dude! Without a coubt my fav this round. This is like you put a bunch of creature's in a blender and then it came out perfectly. The Dunkleostes-like face is neat and well as the arthropodic features. No crits from me just a vote! Well done!
RicoD: very neat design, it almost mixes perfectly, the tiger and crustecean features. Pretty neat that the bones structure and organs shows through it's shell. Try to dim down the textures slightly because it conflicts with other details.
ninety-9: The background has almost a watercolour-like appearance, which is neat. Your turned out very flat though, perhaps again you went in with the detail without considering the form. Try to start building up the form of the creature before working in the final details, and consider atmosphere and depth when rendering. The design is pretty neat, I would've made it's bat wings a bit more prominent on your creature and adding warmer hues to the head area would make it pop out a bit more against the blue body.
J-Sun: Nice piece, I like the planetary/spacey look to it. The creature looks a bit muddy in some areas, like it's in need of some finetuning. I also think there should be more atmospheric lighting to the creature as well.
Dan Schallock: A traditional piece good stuff, the pose of the creature isn't the greatest because it doesn't showcase the design all that well. Plus the composition needs a little more contrast near the focal areas of the piece. The lighting is looking a bit too weak on the piece as well, some darker shaded areas and a darker shadow under the creature, the description was interesting looked like it was well thought out.
ZenithDeLunaris: Once again not the best pose, there's some stiffness, plus the overall design doesn't show as well. The forms needs some improvment so there are no flat areas on what are supposed to be round surfaces. Try to practise adding textures to surfaces, so materials will look more natural. Add something to the backgraound even if its just a drop shadow, at least it'll ground your creature instead of having it float on nothing. Finally the stripes look a bit too lazily drawn on the creature. Don't be afraid to use references, things like tiger stripes are very easy to find on the net, so take advantage of that when you can.
Last edited by Rob Powell; October 6th, 2011 at 09:55 PM.
Nice work everyone. I try to drop some comments later on.
I really don't understand what is wrong with my laptop's display settings... Everything I paint with it looks like shit on other screens (I just logged in to another computer and was shocked when I viewed my entry). I thought I had fixed it. ;__; Everything turns extremely dark and more saturated...
Yay for 20 entries! I get to vote for 3 people, which makes life so much easier. Looking at these entries is like going to a pet store and seeing all them cute little eyes screaming 'pick me! pick me!'. Yes. Yes it does.
Anyways, my votes went off to foofoo, dranyer, and RicoD!
Draugth: Sweet entry, I love the shadows and the dramatic lighting on this one. But a few problems when it comes to dramatic lighting. If you look at the shoulders of your beast, the left half of the deltoids should be in a darker shadow, and should cast a larger shadow on the neck. And if that's the case, then there should be more light and more colour on its left hind leg, since it's also in the light. The other problem is it looks like it's hind legs are switched. By that I mean that the right hind leg looks like it should technically be the left hind leg. If you think about it, the right hind leg for some reason, looks closer to you on the picture plane. (The illusion may have been cased by the fact that the right hind leg's position is on the same horizontal line as the front left leg.)
rob : What a boss. I like the more in-game data screen type of background, it adds more to the narrative (did that make sense?). So a few issues with this one involves muscles. Nice arms, nice legs, why is the neck so fleshy and soft? I seems to go against its own physiology. For some reason my eyes are drawn to the neck because it's the one part that's soft, compare to everything around it that has rock-hard muscles. Otherwise, amazing rendering, beautiful work on the fur and even though the right hind leg is all the way in the back doesn't mean you should just leave it in flat tones!
foofoo: I loved yours. I think it's also because of the setting you gave it, but I just loved the design. It's so adorable! Ahem, besides that, I kind of wished there were more details to the body, especially on the legs because it seems to flatten out and lack volume.
Ishren: Ooo, it's a cutie! I'm glad someone approached the design with a more smaller critter in mind. I think you should research more on feline or canine anatomy more, because the hind legs make me think of a rabbits'.
totengraber: I personally think if you're going to do a background, don't skimp out on the background. The tree that it's on doesn't have as much details as the one behind it and the branches seem to be have been added haphazardly. (Branches aren't that straight and thick, there's more to the bark). Otherwise, I think you could've explored more in the design, because this kinda looks like a koala bear with a tiger's head.
DPFx: It kinda looks like it belongs in Dead Space. Pretty wicked design for stepping out of the ordinary and into the alien, but is that gray box necessary in the background? I'm very distracted by the dark grey in the background.
sepu: I really liked the line work for this, but nut so much the colour scheme. That red is extreme. It's so extreme that I can't really see the definitions of the feathers, I just see red. In addition, the muscle definition is kind of lacking. Like I can see in some areas the highlights of bulge, but other areas it's completely flat.
LMP Another cutie! I think an issue with this one is that the colours are muddy. It looks pretty dark and the stripes didn't really help with the colour scheme. In addition, the creature appears really flat since there aren't any lighter tones to contrast the darkness.
Scimthar: You know, the head is reaaaaaally sweet. I just wish th rest of it had the same amount of details. Like I am all up for broad brush strokes, but not when form is really important. I feel that this piece could also use some lighter tones because it is overall, on the darker side. Contrast! BAM.
monotony: Well hello there sexy ass dino tiger. Incredible design (especially on the head), but with a huge body and head like that, are its arms strong enough? Ah, but who am I to question the Siberian Legacy.
defecticon001: I think it had the potential to be a really sweet design if some areas had more details, such as the head, and the left arm.
v-lkry: you call those stripes!? > /yells at self
Arbinn: Oh shitdang. That is sweet. Gotta love the drool. And the muscles. Very very nice. Is it just me, or are they not on the same perspective line? (looking at the shadows).
albino-Z: This would've totally gotten my vote, if the picture focused more on the tiger. I wanna see more of it. Moaaaar I say. And who says tiger + martian chicken doesn't work? Probably tastes amazing.
Dranyer: Ugh. Can I keep them? Awesome design, I really like the bottom one more then the top one (for some reason the head in profile just doesn't seem quite right to me. I would think that the eye would be more towards the edge of the skull...(Example, a tiger's head in profile) since the lower creature has more of a tigerish skull.
GoldenSerpent: Very sweet design. It looks like it is sweetly and innocently gnawing on some delicious treat.
RicoD: I really loved this one! And I'm glad you stuck with this one in the thumbnail! (kekeke). I think this is a very powerful design, and if yu clean up the fuzzy areas (like where the white highlights were), you'd be better off with a neater look. Because some things aren't very well defined.
ARGHHH JUST 4 MORE LEFTTTT. I'll get to them when I come back to my comp lol.
Draugth: I like how you are defining the muscles on the creature's arm, other areas such as the head look flat in comparison. The bend in your creature's tail also looks rather unnatural. The creature's right hind knee should be unbent since it should be stretching to reach the branch instead it looks like you elongated the lower leg.
Rob Powell: The muscles are looking very nice maybe a bit too clearly defined though, I would think they would be a bit more hidden by fur. I agree with v-lkry that you should define a few neck muscles.
foofoo: I like the atmosphere you've set up in the this piece I would have liked to see the rendering cleaned up a bit more.
Ishren: You have a good idea of how to blend various animal traits into a cohesive new design the composition would be better if you didn't crop the tail off. A clearer light source would help your critter appear less flat. Some animal anatomy studies should help take this to the next level.
totengraber: The arms seem a bit too skinny and the tail seems a bit short for a creature that needs to have good balance, the tail might also look better if it was grasping the tree limb like a monkey's. Try using less pure grey as well.
DPFX: This is a bit too far away from looking like a tiger to me I think having the stripes darker and more noticeable would have helped. A more precise light source would also look better.
sepu: I really like the concept and think you blended the pigeon and tiger elements along with some more alien looking designs on the beak, tail tip and feet. The red coloration of the wings is looking flat right now adding some highlights in several different shades of an orange-red would help, the change from the color of the body to the wings also seems a bit abrupt. The wing tips also have really nice feather detail which makes it seem odd that there isn't any feather definition closer to the wrist area.
LMP: I like the head design but the legs look a bit strange I think looking at a reference of something in a similar pose would help. The stripes also aren't reading very well right now they should be darker and not have such a blurred edge.
Scimthar: The design is nice, obvious tiger attributes but also quite alien. The strokes you used for the fur around the neck are reading very well. The overall pose looks very awkward though, the head would look much more natural if we weren't seeing it from a perfect side view.
monotony: I like the design but I think a few more tiger-like features would have made it better. The creatures also aren't popping out very well against the background if you made the sky a bit darker that might help.
defecticon001: I really don't see any tiger in this creature maybe if it was rendered a bit more as right now it still looks like a sketch.
v-lkry: Cool piece I like the color scheme especially how the stripes seem to glow and the overall design. The waist seems too thin for the rest of the body though. Also the left hind leg seems off, the knee looks like it is bending as if it was trying to step over something when it seems like it would be in a more neutral position. Not sure if I explained that well but also if you want the hind legs to be more like that of a feline they should be looking more like this:
Arbinn: The colors/darkness look pretty good on my monitor. I like the concept and execution I wish the body wasn't cropped off though. Might have also been cool to have some stripes on the skin area.
albino-Z: Looks both creepy and oddly humorous at the same time. I'd have liked to see it in a bit more detail.
Dranyer: That is really beautiful, I love how you turn the form so well with just light and shadow. I like how you made a really unusual mouth look quite natural on a tiger body and the pink translucence of the skin flaps looks great. The hind legs of the Daggerspine that is lying down seem a little small but other than that really solid entry. You got my vote.
RicoD: I really like this design and I think it does a great job of capturing this weeks topic. I can clearly see it is tiger based but at the same time you added a lot of foreign animal traits in there. Having the strips underneath the exoskeleton is a pretty freaky concept, I like it. The anatomy of the legs look a little odd, and they don't quite look like they are planted on the same plane but otherwise really cool and unique design. Voted for you as well.
ninety9: Makes me think of a manticore with all those teeth. The blue seems to stop too abruptly, maybe work a bit more blue into the grey. The back also seems to arched, something like this pic probably would have helped get a more natural pose:
J-Sun: The concept seems good but the rendering doesn't look very far along, especially on the legs. Also seems like we should be seeing more of his hind quarters, something like this angle maybe:
DanSchallock: I like all the orange eyes, the pose doesn't showcase the design very well though as it is hard to tell what the rest of the body looks like. The nose, mouth area could be improved by looking at some reference pictures.
ZenithDeLunaris: The pose is pretty awkward I would think the head would be looking the other direction if its leg is up like that. The tail curved like that also looks unnatural and keeps the composition looking very cramped. Look at some tiger references for stripes, stripes seem like they'd be easy to do from imagination but if you look at a picture you can see there are a lot of details such as size shape, how far they are spaced, how they wrap around the body etc that are very distinct.
thanks GoldenSerpent, but i actually took the pose from a photograph, so this pose should be quite "natural" perhaps it looks awkward because of my lack of rendering skills - this sucks, i canīt get a good piece finished - workflow of fail