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Round 245 - Voting!
Topic: Great Armored Bird
Deadline for voting: February 1st
Multivote: >20 entries
Round Requirements (Read BEFORE voting!):
- The creature must be identifiable as a bird
- The bird must be flightless
- The bird should have some kind of natural armor (scales, shell, keratin plates etc.)
Last edited by Si_Swe; January 26th, 2012 at 12:01 AM.
Concept: Blood Maille Falcon
The Blood Maille Falcon is a distant relative of the Peregrine Falcon which branched off into different species, most notably one with atrophied wings. Using the atrophied wings to move, they eventually began to take on the form of claws which are used swing from tree to tree while the hind legs devolved into small growths from disuse. The Blood Maille Falcon is named for it's hardened scales that are a bright red color which also act as a tool necessary for it's hunting technique. The falcon will swing from tree to tree gaining momentum until it spots a resting target, at this point it will fling itself head first and will impale the target with a modified beak that takes the form of a spike. The hardened "natural chain maille" the creature possesses absorbs the impact, especially in it's muscular neck.
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Concept: Night Guardian
The night guardian is also known as phoenix of the woods. They stroll the sacred grove at night, towering above all the other denizens of the forest floor. Despite their menacing appearance, they are in fact gentle creatures. However, they will relentlessly hunt down any intruders who dare to harm the forest.
Last edited by Bertling; January 24th, 2012 at 12:10 AM.
Concept: Spiky Kiwi
The Spiky Kiwi is an actual kiwi bird. It's quite small as it reaches 4 inches when it's adult. The Spiky Kiwi is a fruit eater. It reaches fruits with its beak and strong legs to climb in trees. It's also a runner The spiky kiwis live in huge colony nest in trees like bees. When they feel in danger they show off their venomous spikes, bend one's head forward and charge at the predator. Their spikes are extremly venomous except for themself. The males also use their spikes for the courtship to seduce a partner.
Artist: Adrian Nagorski
Concept: Three Headed Nirobo
Sometimes putting dinner on the table can be a lot of work.
In Africa the three headed Nirobo could feed an entire village,
the bird ain't to bright but the armored body and size makes taking it
down a bit of a challenge, thankfully the inability to fly and the lack of
coverage on its neck area gives hope to the hungry.
Approximately 10 hours.
Artist: Death Nova
Concept: Segmenta Serturias
The Segmenta Serturias is a medium sized omnivore feeding usually by savaging dead bodies on the savannah but will search for fruit if necessary. He uses his oddly
shaped beak to tear flesh from carcasses.
Since the Serturias is no hunter or predator he developed a special armor as a protection from other predators. The armor is build up from layers upon layers of feathers which combine to a formidable yet flexible natural armor.
Last edited by Si_Swe; January 24th, 2012 at 06:57 PM.
Concept: Cerulean Murderbird
The Murderbird prefers open plains and grazing land where it can spot food over a distance. Generally these birds hunt alone but can flock together when large herds pass through their territories, with one or two acting as a threat to startle prey towards the main flock. The Murderbird has a high running speed and prefers to leap onto its prey using its massive weight to bear it down, then the talons and the powerful beak go to work rending the unfortunate victim into a bloody, crushed mess.
It will not usually hunt other predators or Murderbirds unless encountered during the mating season when it becomes extremely aggressive. Other Murderbirds are fought to the death and predators attacked on sight, even those preying on creature usually ignored by the Murderbird. Many of these huge creatures bear extensive scaring across there reinforced bone breast and skull plates.
Concept: The Great Western Axehead
The Great Axehead of the western plains is a rather unusual creature. Despite being avian in nature, the Axehead remains firmly planted on the sandy dunes. It is perhaps due to the strong winds and abrasive nature of the frequent sandstorms that this particular bird chose to live on the ground. The Axehead has few feathers remaining, though brightly color they seem only for show. The bone like armor that covers sections of its body help shield it from the harsh environment it calls home.
The Panzerhen lives on an alternative Earth that is almost exclusively populated by avian varieties. It is a large predator approximately 7 meters in height that hunts in packs using there featherless yet powerful wings to sever the tendons of their much larger and extremely aggressive prey. Unfortunately for the Panzerhen they have a smaller and deadlier relation hence the need for armour plating.
Artist: Ricardo Robles
Concept: Scorpion Cockatoo
Recent zoological investigations in the Kumtag Tibetan desert have revealed the existence of a new large species of bird. It was very difficult to achieve a direct meeting with any of these creatures, because of its secretive nature. However, scientists have got some video recording and also were able to analyze excrement and DNA remains on their enormous nests. The most important features are its big size, close to an ostrich, a strange bony shell covering its head, spine and wings, and a long sting that seems to hide in the tail´s feathers, which apparently serves to inoculate paralyzing venom to their prey. These birds move with big leaps, since their wings (covered with scabs and bone) are apparently atrophied. Scientist are still surprised with the mollusk DNA remains they found, and are trying to connect that live species with any other prehistoric ancestor.
Artist: Logistic Puppet
Concept: Xiaribass Emperor
The large bird, otherwise known as the Xiaribass is a docile creature, which is easy to forget by its large and intimidating appearance. Its large, armoured body protects it from predators, and other smaller creatures seek its shelter for protection also. Despite its large and heavy body, this creature is a very agile swimmer and feeds on small fish.
Concept: Great Armoured Bird / Avis-Cataphractus-Grandis
The beak of this herbivore has plates which are used like teeth to grab and crush objects or enemies.
The feet have two toes with long blunt claws that make it possible to walk through shallow water without getting stuck in the mud. The two other toes have sharp claws that only serve to harm enemies underneath the creature. Although some feathers are still growing on it's body most of them have hardened and are used for protection. The scaled tail is primarily used for balance, but can be used as a weapon if needed.
Instead of feathers this creature's wing has two crab-like exoskeleton claws growing from the wrist and ellbow of the wing. Those claws are rarely used as weapon but when the wing is closed rapidly the colliding claws create a loud cracking noise that is used for communication.
Because living in a hot environment requires a good temperature regulation, the thumb of the wing can be spread wide if the body needs to cool of, as the thumb connects to the rest of the wing with thin skin that features many bloodvessels.
Great – Mighty and powerfull, like lions which are their rivals in the food chain
Armored – They kill their prey with their Sharp claws and beak, and because they’re faster than any other animal, they only have to defend themselves against rivals of the same species.
That’s why their armor is built to protect against slashing damage and not so much against heavy blows.
They use the, light weight, feather covered, shields on their lower legs to protect themselves from quick slashes. Their chest and hip are covered with plating of the same material that there shields are made from.
Their neck is protected by thick layers of feathers, which are flexible enough to let them look around freely.
Bird – Because they are birds their bones are hollow, which makes them extremely fast but also vulnerable to heavy blows.
fortunately they (almost) never get hit by slow, hard hitting animals. See above for how and what they use their armor for.
Last edited by JaapOomen; January 25th, 2012 at 03:53 PM.
Concept: Great Plated Terror Bird
This large avian stands at roughly 5ft tall, although theory have been known to exceed 6ft. A distant cousin to the ostrich, this bird evolved to hunt larger, more aggressive prey. In order to prevent harm to itself while hunting, the bird developed protective plates on its back similar in material to its beak.
Concept: Plated Acaru
The great acaru of the Salindi flatlands have long lost their ability to fly. This is believed to be a result of the region becoming increasingly barren and no longer sustaining trees. Vestigious structures are still visible, hinting at their airborne ancestors. Having lost their primary function, feathers eventually became hardened scales, protecting the Acaru against predators now that flight is no longer possible. As weight is no longer a concern, the acaru have also grown larger and more powerful over time, travelling the plains in tight scale-clad groups.
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[/B]The ancient Aztecs worshipped the Quetzaco as their god Quetzalcoatl, it resided in the nearby dense jungles and maintained a diet of indigenous fruits.
In the early days, the Aztecs wished to hunt the beasts but after many futile attempts they came to the conclusion that the birds were omens from their gods. The Aztecs named it as such because of the Quetzaco's snake like neck and its ability to move completely silently. The Aztecs right of passage into manhood involved having to retrieve one of the scales off of the beast. This proved difficult as the Quetzaco stood at twelve feet tall and while it's armour rendered it blind it's hearing excelled to an astonishing degree making following it and approaching it a challenge in itself.
Artist: Rob Powell
Much like the meaning of it's name implies it is a large bodied bird with a noticably large horn protruding from it's head. It's body is also lined with tough horns and spikes making it a very formidible opponent for any carnivore. It is shown here fending off a Blue-footed Tetradon, which is most likely after the more vulnerable chick, of course with such a brute of a bird in it's path it is wise to seek an alternate morsal.
Last edited by Rob Powell; January 25th, 2012 at 08:02 PM.
Concept: Azure Venator
Quickly adapting to fill the niche left by Africa's shrinking population of large carnivores, these 6-8 foot tall birds hunt in a manner similar to Cheetahs, able to run at incredible speeds for short bursts, they attempt to trip animals such as gazelles with their powerful talons before administrating a letal bite or slash to the neck. While they use their wings and long tail for balance they are incapable of flight, as many of their feathers have developed into heavy, reflective, plate-like scales. In addition to balance and courtship displays they use their small but well armoured wings as shields to deflect kicks and bites from both prey and their own kind in territorial disputes. Some scientists claim they may still be evolving at a rapid rate, as the largest specimens have larger and more uniform scale coverage, and have been observed feeding on Zebra and Lions, though it is currently unknown if they are capable of taking down such powerful animals or were simply scavenging.
Concept: Nightmare bird
Heavily armored bird that uses bio luminescent lights to lure unsuspecting campers, hikers and hunters in close before charging and attacking with its armored beak and spike-like remnants of wings.
Last edited by LTX; January 26th, 2012 at 10:22 AM.
Concept: Avis Stagnum
The Avis Stagnum or,Lagoon Bird, can be found deep within the rain forests of South America. They stand at roughly 9 feet tall, and weigh nearly 400 pounds. The Avis Stagnum's nostrils sit at the top of its bony crest to allow it to submerge most of its body in shallow waters. This keeps the creature hidden when hunting its prey as they come near for re-hydration. The Avis Stagnum also has a brightly colored tail (Males) that intensifies in color as mating season approaches for this species. As a predator the creature will use it's flat ended tail to give itself a burst of force when exiting water ways in order to trap its prey.
Concept: Great Armored Bird
Recently discovered on the remote Pacific Island Of Kratito'aliki, the Great armored bird stands over 5 meters high.
Isolated on the island for tens of thousands of years, the Great armored bird is a carry over from the late Pleistocene epoch.
It has an armored almost rhinoceros like hide, which likely evolved as a defense against equally massive predators like the smilodon.
Last edited by J-Sun; January 25th, 2012 at 11:25 PM.
Poll is up! We've got a multivote this week, thanks to the amount of entries. Try to limit yourself to voting for 3-4 people maximum.
No cuts this week.
My favorites were Ricardo Robles and Anthis, with honorable mentions to GEB and lancer_idenoure for rendering quality, as well as AWRECKINGBALL, who I literally forgot to vote for... sorry man. Derp.
Wow great turn out! Especially considering the small showing in the past few rounds! Lots of awesome entries, too. Voted for Ricardo Robles, GEB, and AWRECKINGBALL! Will try to write up some crits later on!
Man this was a fun one! So much good work churned out. Great job to everyone!
Dammit why did i post my final when i still had about 48 hours to work on mine a bit more so rushed and poor, LOL
never get use to the GMT times LOL.
So some comments/critique/hope i don't aggravate any one:
love the idea, the attack schematic is great as well, didnt like the lower part of the bird,
but all in all a great entry i think if you worked on it a bit more it would of been to notch.
Yours seems really rushed, i like the background from top light to dark bottom. the creature
has zero light hitting it i think even in a lighting situation as this the body might still
have some light highlights if your making it super dark. hope to see you posting more!!
i like the puff ball effect of the hair/feathers/spikes. I think the wings really hurt this image,
all the rendering is great just on the wings seems a bit smudged.
liking the force and power of yours, the head is my favourite part about this one,
the right legs lower part seems to float off from the background tho. as for the background
i like the green to brown combination. maybe a tad to light on the left sky part?
Liking the rendering on this bird, with like chest plate! there a range of odd proportions in this that
gives me a funny read cant explain it, the head maybe like 5% smaller the wings a little bigger?
I like the blue on cream color scheme.
Enjoying this image, the desert atmosphere, your creature design is also interesting, adding a young version
is also a good move. The only thing that bothers me is its back side that large implenent, seem right in
perspective i think pushing it back more would of added more space in the composition it feels a little compressed.
Great rendering, liking the color blends, the wings are nice reverse hooks,
its funny it reminds me of a chicken LOL
no insult intended,
Seems like every one didnt put in their hundred percent this round, looks like you changed your wip sketch angle a little
bit, loving the feathers, the softness is also noticeable with the color choices, best seen on the left arm looks cool.
the foreground background is great. the armour is also well rendered reminds me of rocks on the head section,
all and all prettysweet but just like me i think you could of done a billion miles better - no insult intended.
Loving the originality of this image! the rock texture on the wings does your armour nice, it is slightly to dark (the image)
over all, i light the background looks like a photo tho, but seems to fit in.
I really liked your drawing earlier in the wip section,did you paint this in photoshop or with oil paints???
either way not bad, i would just like mine recommend more value, darks, lights for more shape dimention, seems flat in
some areas, still i like the animals in the background and the over all creature design in this,
liking the leg structure, the leg design with the hair is great, the armour section seem missing to me, but a cool rendering
nice 3d. this might of taken you ages! reminds me of an ostrige, there is a bit of seperation from the background and your
creature seems to float to much so it appears as its own seprate image, crazy tight rendering on the head very life like!!!
pretty cool. I do feel the design wasnt to adventurous tho.
Liking the colours and the puffyness and volume this image portrays, i think cutting the full view of the creature helps and at
the same time fight against the look your going for, its like trying to capture it in full motion sprint snapshot, it works but
i think the background might have needed a bit of smudging/blurring??
nice idea, your creature seems flat with no volume, what i would recommend doing to make it look like a 3d object is to add black/ white
overlay lay even lightly you'll notice the shapes popping out more, basically the values of each section. POST MORE!!
the evil parrot, that head is great. body seems borderline human.
liking the set up in this one, the creature on the left is pretty cool and i like the composition like looking thru some
shrubs to see this unfolding really cool idea, also a youngling inclusion is great, the negatives are because of side view of your creature
and the intensity of the spikes the bird part seem really secondary,overall i get it and i think more lighting might of helped.
also like me blue sky on green trees sticks out like a sore thumb i've been trying to figure out how to make that blend better,
i think in the future im gonna try dirty the sky up as much as i can, it sort of seems like you tried to do the so its not as intense as mine LOL
hopefully i'll c you next round again, your progress is intense!
liking the cartoony look to this one,nice rendering since i consider it cartoony the crazy motion anatomy in this is funny, puts a smile on my face!
liking this design, and idea, the armour spikes on the back are great
liking the over all dark atmosphere of this one. the glow glands confuse the postion of the eyes they both fight for attention, makes the head look
funny and a bit of a miss match.
POW! lizard bird, chuby face i like this one also its great, but seems a little distant from a bird tho, lucky for the red gland on
the head section, liking the lighting too.
those wings are tiny lol, liking the beak and the skin flaps on the legs, it looks like its got a shrimp tail, the shadow doesnt really
match the lighting on its back.
Some really cool entries this week, and lots of them too.
I voted for Rob Powell, lancer_idenoure, and AWRECKINGBALL.
1chains1- I really like your idea, and the rendering is well done. I just wish that you had taken the armored idea even farther. Other than that I really enjoy this piece.
Bertling- This piece has some really great mood to it. The colors and setting really add something special that isn't seen anywhere else this week. However, the rendering of the bird itself doesn't seem to fit the environment.
Erzebeth- A quirky little bird. I believe that this piece could have focused on stressing the armored element of the challenge more. I don't think a slightly boney beak is doing it for me. The spines could be less like hair and more like quills as well.
AdrianNagorski - As much as I hate to admit it, this really reminds me of a particular pokemon. I don't know if thats what you had in mind, but I can't get that pre established image out of my head.
Death Nova- Almost voted for this guy. Like the idea, like the rendering and even the colors are working well. Well done.
Ironbyte - A pretty cool bird, but the lack of both a background and a more action oriented pose keeps it from really standing out.
GEB- A really cool looking design with some nice rendering to boot. I would be interested in seeing some process shots of how you're working. A subtle background would have helped here. Nothing too fancy, but the plain white keeps me slightly distracted.
Ricardo Robles- Some really nice rendering here. Love the vibrant and well made feathers on this guy. Well done.
logistic puppet - I think this is a pretty great entry. It is looking a little too much like a penguin, but other than that I think this piece works well.
lunascythedragon- For this piece I think I would actually like to see more bird like features on it. Right now it could read as many different and bizarre critters. And I don't think it has a shadow.
JaapOomen- In this piece I would like to see the armored theme stressed a little more. The legs are also very odd, to the point of being distracting. Love the blood on the beak.
lancer_idenoure- Thought this was a great piece. Its well rendered and works with the theme in a very natural way. I could see this being an actual animal, which is always work points in my book. Well done.
Anthis- I think the only thing keeping this from my vote was the fact that the head is so very well rendered, but the rest of the piece is loose. Had the polish extended over the entire work I think it would have been given the nod.
awillustration- Works really well with the armored theme. Only thing is, I'm really unsure how the mouth would work if it has a super boney head like that.
hodoca- An interesting looking creature. I just have no idea where the armor is.
Rob Powell - Well rendered, interesting design with a fun scene. Well done.
Sunseaker - I think this is a little too close to some real life birds for me. And the armored scales seem really out of place.
LTX- A really cool design, well rendered, and well put together. Almost got my vote.
AWRECKINGBALL- I really love the rendering and the colors on this bad boy. Well done.
J-Sun- A cool creature, but too close to the standard terror bird for my liking.
Well done everyone! You may now have a cupcake.
AdrianNagorski : I posted a wip for this but it never showed up in the cow-wips thread, not sure why, maybe an admin forgot about it.
It's drawn with acrylic. One of my first acrylic paints actually. I promised myself I would create more traditional-paintings in 2012, so I thought I would just do it for this cow, just for fun. It's a start, I guess.
Duman : Yes I thought so too, it turned out to be anything else than a bird after a while (even in the wip), but I decided to stick with it. Oh yes, it had a shadow, but it seems that it got painted over at the end. I will have to add one again later. Thanks for pointing it out.
Great entries everyone.
I'm not an artist myself, but I've been lurking here for quite a while, and with this round, I finally decided to vote and participate, maybe throw in some critics from the point of view of an outsider.
Voted for GEB, Ricardo Robles, lancer_idenoure and LTX.
Critics for the ones I voted for:
GEB: The two toes pointing at the viewer seem both a little odd. Some places look TOO blurry compared to the rest of the piece, even if they shouldn't get much attention, I think that may be due to the AWESOME details on most of the piece.
Ricardo Robles: Vicious design, I can almost see it standing on its wings and flinging its body forward to sting some poor fellow. The beak looks a bit fragile, as if it was designed for sucking out fluids from open wounds, and that's not quite how I imagined it to feed.
lancer_idenoure: Astonishing execution. Could've pushed the concept a little further, but this is even convincing as an existing animal, so maybe you shouldn't have anyway.
LTX: Reminds me of pokemons and vicious undead, sick! The background is confusing, though (at first I thought the creature was among clouds in the night sky), and keeps distracting me.
logistic puppet almost got my vote (if I had voted for one more entry I think it would've been yours), thought AWRECKINGBALL's was beautifully executed, but I wouldn't have allowed it because I can't really see much of a bird there.
Special mention to JaapOomen: I fucking love your art, man! Love it since I saw this piece. It just tends to get a little hazy with the briefs for me.
Duman: LOL i only noticed that as well a few hours into painting. coincidental i assure you, or maybe from my younger years of watching the show some how subconsciously that form came through. this round was bad for me i think from composition to rendering and creature design i made too many bad choices.