Round 242 voting!
Deadline: 1 week.
requirements this cow...
- be as creative as possible!
Round 242 voting!
Deadline: 1 week.
requirements this cow...
- be as creative as possible!
Last edited by Si_Swe; January 5th, 2012 at 01:05 AM.
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The Craytin is a marine creature that roams the coastal waters, reefs, and shallows; the common denominator of these habitats being large populations of minnows and juvenile fish. The Craytin preys upon these small fish in much the same manner as the jellyfish - ensnaring them in its poisonous thread-like tentacles (11). The venom that the Craytin utilizes is a unique and potent and blend of neurotoxins and hemotoxins that can kill a small fish within seconds of injection. This venom is produced in the sacs that lie to either side of the 'head' of the Craytin, and is pumped to the tentacles via a large vein running the length of the Craytin's sail (10). The Craytin produces such large quantities of this highly potent venom that it is estimated that the life-time output of a single Craytin would be enough to eliminate the entire population of Madagascar.
The Craytin has developed a great degree of locomotion. It uses both its swimmerets (8) and its pectoral fins (6) combined with the flexing and contraction of its body to swim. The gills located on the 'head' of the Craytin (4) indicate that it must be in relatively constant movement to filter oxygen from the water. This is constitutes a large expenditure of energy, especially when compared to other venom-ed and tentacled marine creatures such as the jellyfish. As a result, the Craytin has also developed an extremely sophisticated method of predation, which is highly successful.
The Craytin's primary sensory organ is the horn-like structure protruding from its head (1). The filaments extending from this horn can detect the slightest changes in pressure, temperature, and direction of the water. When the Craytin detects prey within its vicinity, it will release large amounts of its neurotoxin out of the pores in its head (3) into the water, with the directionality of the current pushing this small cloud of neurotoxin towards the prey. All it takes is the ingestion of just a few molecules of this neurotoxin to slow the movement of a small fish. This allows the Craytin to swim around the fish, ensnaring it in the Craytin's tentacles. The Craytin uses its long sensory antennae (2) to aid in this maneuver.
Upone entanglement, the Craytin will then use its posterior and anterior maxillipeds (9,5) (appendages modified to assist in feeding) to transfer the food from the tentacles to the mouth, which is located on the underside of the Craytin (7).
Artist: Adrian Nagorski
Concept: Ushima Roach
The Ushima Roach is the product of a combination of nuclear and bio-enginneering disasters. Growing several times bigger than the average human, these creatures have put man on the defensive.
The green sacks at the base of its abdomen excretes liquid used to dissolve food, as well as lay eggs.
"Desert Sparewonder" is a creature of Australian deserts. Desert Sparewonders are fascinating creatures because of their intelect and emotions. They can use their legs to grab on things and it helps to eat while carrying a huge tank of water on their backs and not letting it to slip off and end in hurting itself. Sparewonders have a huge skin extentions on theyr back hanging on all over their body and theyr tip of the tail. These skin extentions protect creature's body from dangerous sun radiation and they also help against mosquitoes. These creatures are like bicycles - they need to keep theyr balance all the time and that is why they have tails and huge dewlaps. Those dewlaps are also alternative water reserves for theyr own one's in case they lack of water. Sharing water is also a symbol of bond for Sparewonders but they do argue with each other sometimes and that is why they have huge bumps on they heads. Those bumps are also the only one weapon these creatures have for protection. They can predict any sand storm, that is going to happen, with theyr ears and sensible skin. Desert Sparewonders are highly emotional and smart creatures, capable of surviving anything that is in theyr way, even one of the biggest deserts in the world without any oasis or much of food.
The Spider-Gecko is actually neither spider nor gecko, but a medium-sized, 10-limbed repto-mammal that lives in dense forests. Preferring humid climates, the Spider-Gecko survives by climbing through the dense canopies it lives in, feeding on nectar and small insects.
The Masked Man-Eater is a rather small creature with an anatomy similar to that of a primate. They dwell deep in forests and marshlands, relying on a thick fog to camouflage them from other beasts. The Masked Man-Eater is highly prized for its lustrous golden fur and hide, though many who have sought to bring this creature back as a prize have instead met its paralyzing gaze, and finally, its fangs...
Artist: Rob Powell
Concept: The Defacer
The top predator in the deserts of planet Anubi. They are pack hunters and rarely travel in groups with less than three individuals, their hunting methods are very similar to that of the lion. Unlike the lion they are armed with a squid-like mouth, once they got a hold of their prey their is no escape. Small knife like teeth will slice into the flesh creating a bloody mess. They will often target the head of their prey ripping into the face, and suffocating it. Seeing the faceless carcasses as you wonder through the desert gives you a chilling reminder of the dangers that lurk on the sandy plains.
Concept: High Plains Rock Dragon
The High Plains Rock Dragon is an enormous creature; a member of a race of dragon-like beings. These creatures awake for one season every decade to seek out a mate. While she sleeps the local people endow her with enormous precious stones and ornate carvings, hoping that when she awakes she will find favor with them and bring them prosperity.
Concept: Giant Fithe
Amongst the glowing patches of Hallofrezz Fungi one can easily find the lazy Giant Fithe. Moving very little, the Fithe will use its extensive arms to grasp clumps of fungus, devouring them to the point where its normally translucent sensory fibers will take on the glow of its food source. The Fithe will sit for days gorging itself. The poisonous nature of the fungus makes the Fithe an unfit meal for many of the larger predators of the ashlands, and its newly attained glow attracts Ittselflies to eat during the long nights. Once Hallofrezz Fungi are no longer in its extensive reach, the Fithe will slowly move to a fresh patch of Fungi.
Great round guys!!!!
Hard to pick a winner but i think personally in my humble opinion, Rob's Defacer is just epic. Some of you guys have some freak en tight rendering going like Si n lancer.
Hope to see you all again next round!!!
Rob: watched blade 2 lately?? The vampire eaters in that film have a similar mouth for eating vampires. Liking the bright color and ground plane rendering, also the perspective is great, reminds me of a show room car!!! Great stuff!!
Not gonna lie was hoping there'd be more entries. 8 seems like a small number for a freestyle round, especially a two week round. Though I guess more people were partying more than painting I guess.
My fav's this round were Goog, Lancer_idenoure, and Eclectix.
and some quick crits...
Goog: really cool creature man, and a very nice painterly style as well, liked how you incorporated the numerical diagram to help illustrate the creature's anatomy. Nice work man!
AdrianNagorski: An improvement from previous cow's, one thing that's bugging me is how the cloud overlaps the border, I think it throws the composition off a bit. Also I do think that the design could've been a bit more adventurous for this round. Not much else to add other than keep doing what your doing, mate!
Junior Artist: Interesting design, almast has a Dr. Suess look to it. I see a little bit too much use of the soft brushes here, the surfaces appear a little too smooth and unnatural looking. As lancer stated in the wips thread, the cast shadow needs some attention. Keep in mind where the light source is and where the light will show on the ground or not.
lancer_idenoure: Great concept man! Awesome rendering! A little more contrast between the creature and the background, everything is green apart from the tongue and flower, so the silhouette of the creature needs to show a bit more clearly! Either way it is an awesome entry, you got my vote! Great work!
Reddcarp: The biggest issue here is that there is not enought of the creature's anatomy showing. There are some rendering issues, as it seems a bit choppy in some places, there is a good atmospheric presence in this piece however. Some more variation in the values to improve the composition a bit as well.
Eclectix: Very cool work man! Very cool designs and intricate details on the creature's skin. I personally prefer if the background is painted rather than painted over, but seeing as this is focusing on the concept more than the illustration. I like the added background elements that were painted in, however, such as the twin peaked mountain in the back, really gives the piece more of that fantasy landscape that adds to the world the creature lives in. Overall looking at the image as is, it is very appealing. Good work mate!
Si_Swe: Nice job, some really good rendering on the creature, and a really neat design. I like the little shrimp-like forelimbs at the front of the creature. The colour palette seems a little bit familiar from your work however as it makes me think of your Maturation entry. Although the creature is different enough from it.
good work, my favourites are Goog, lancer and Si Swe.
some thoughts on the creatures:
Adrian Nagorski nice one, I liked the detail of the creature taking away an human in the distance. Like it´s been said before, I´ve would liked to see you taking a bit more risk on your design but i think you are improving on the execution, so congratulations and keep showing us more COWs!
Goog very nice creature, the designs looks creative and effective. As crit, i´d say it needs a bit more time on rendering (some parts look a bit roughly done) and maybe another color scheme to show an underwater creature placement.
Junior Artist, cool and weird creature, it took me e bit to discern the different parts. The description fits it perfectly, I liked the emotional part. Maybe the hump seems too much like an human seat. Original creature anyways!
lancer idenoure, one of the coolest creatures here, great rendering and good design. I think the middle little arms are maybe unnecessary, though. A complementary blue light on the dark side could have done wonders on it. Great work anyways!
Reddcarp the creature description is interesting, but I can´t see enough of its body... the visible parts and the atmosphere is cool though. Perhaps a more elaborate mask would have worked better.
Rob Powell cool design, the creature looks terrific and it has a strong predatory look. The head part is specially nice, love it. Maybe some parts like the scales in the arms and legs look a bit artificial, they need to complement better with the body.
Eclectix good mix between ornated/ceremonial statue and creature, the "artifact" look is very well achieved. The background execution is excellent, and makes good relationship with the creature. perhaps some more limbs/wings on the dragon?
Si Swe great one, seems you paid attention to every little part of the creature, resulting on a great and elaborate design. Really loved the "head", the little filaments and limbs in the bottom and the leg articulation. That, joined to the almost inmobile nature of the creature (we usually go with fast or very active ones) make me vote for you. As a crit, I think the shadow needs to improve where the feet meets the ground, and maybe the funghi need a bit more work (that is secondary though)