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    When it comes to creatures, demons come in all shapes and sizes. In most fantasy setting demons have a tendency to to take on very western demonic ideals and we oft end up with the horribly mutated cousins of Tim Curry in Legend. This week we will be taking a look specifically an invented malevolent, demonic creature, but in distinctly Japanese fashion. Now, in Japanese folklore, Bakemono doesn’t necessarily refer to a demon per se, but it does, by definition, shape-shift. Your task this week is to create a type of mountain demon with the ability to shapeshift into some kind of normal animal. As a nod to its origins, the creature should at the very least have a nod to Japanese folklore in its design, in some way.

    For a bit of reading on the side try these out:
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    http://www.obakemono.com/

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    - The creature must inhabit a mountainous region

    - The creature should show influence from Japanese folklore or traditional Japanese art in some way

    - The creature must be capable of transforming into an existing animal

    - The creature should be visible evil or mischievous in some way


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    December 7th, 9:00pm PST (GMT -8 )


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    C.O.W. #239. The Bakemono that Haunt the Mountains - WIPs Thread

    here is the initial sketch.
    In the mountains of japan lives the Midori Tora. It is a species of japanese "obake"(shapeshifters) that can transform in between a tiger and a lizard. It changes to a lizard to camoflauge it self in the forest, and changes into a tiger to strike its meal. Its favorite food are women that are between the ages 14-25.

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    For visual reference, can look up "Natsume Yuujinchou" -- it's a manga (turned into animated series too) that specializes in bakemono. The lead is a young human boy and a very large bakemono that moonlights as a living maneki neko (lucky cat figurine).

    Most of the creatures shown have a distinctly japanese flavor. Had to plug not only this cool topic but also one of my all-time favorite manga

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    Quick idea, a mountain goat. The demon is parasitic and takes over a goats body and makes it it's own, and can either hide as a goat (albeit tainted and rotting) or unfold itself from within the goat and stands as a demon.
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    First sketches. Decided to do a snow monkey as the form of the bakemono. Initially I wanted to do a lantern (based on the idea that any object that has lived 100 years becomes "real") but the image wasn't working. I decided to make the beke demon come from a samurai mask that was discarded or fell off in the heat of battle. I like the motifs in samurai masks so I would use that for the face of the monkey and build the monkey body around that.

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    do hallucinogens count as shape shifting? my creature might give off a strong odor that makes living things see the creature differently.

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    Stjh - It would depend how it was implemented. This is sort of a nod to Japanese folklore, in which the creatures displayed transformation as a supernatural power, so I'd prefer we stick to that, but it's by no means a no. Just remember that your creature should very much be keeping Japanese folklore in mind.
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    Great ideas, all!

    I'm sketching up a Demon creature that masquerades as a cat.

    Those who stumble across the "cat" form may consider the meeting a sign of good luck. But the encounter will end very very badly.

    Will scan and post soon.


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    its not ready to hand in yet but i put the cow words there just in case. still have to put some trees and a proper background and some touch ups. its most of the body

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    Hapax Looks good, Can't wait to see where you go with it.

    Some additional sketches here, basically thumbnails for what kind of pose I want my monkey to be in. I'm leaning towards 1 or 3. I may go for 3 eventually because while 1 looks very imposing he looks very still and unmoving, like he's guarding something. Whereas thumbnail 3 makes him look like he's looking for something mischievous to do. Comments and crits appreciated.

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    si_swe> okay got it. thanks.

    rough sketch of the creature on paper before i start on it digitally. the flesh around its eyes are so thick that it covers it's own eyes, making it look almost faceless. was thinking of making him melt so that the liquid will transform into another animal.

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    last update of the day. This count as the whole body right well at least major parts?
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    A deamon anteater, few sketches, Can transform from a regular anteater to a biped creature able to eat the inside of its victims, He is leaving close to small villages.
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    MesiaH - Please be aware of rules 1: A, C and D. No humanoids, characters or creatures with clothing/accessories.
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    Damn, I will fix that! sorry!

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