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    I like the green one best Pixertuner, it's cute. I also like the red one, as it kind of has a basket on its back for her.

    Fumbling with POV compositions. I am also struggling with showing the male and female together without losing the full view of one. I did some changes with the female anatomy.

    I haven't settled on a way for them to mate, but I figure since the females are so huge and colossal that they live for hundreds of years as a deep sea predator. Only one female is viable for reproduction at a time, and when she becomes sexually active her airsac inflates, forcing her to the surface to be found by the males. They follow her across the sea as she eventually breaches on land and lays her eggs. She allows whichever males are present to fertilize her eggs, and she protects them with her body until they hatch. She dies on land shortly after.


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    created a better silhouette for the female...still playing with ideas for the male...

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    Interesting topic! Count me in!

    I'm going with "Tiny, Airborne Male - Colossal Aquatic Female" topic for my part. Here is the sheet of silhouette designs.

    As for the female, she is designed like that as a silhouette but she is more of a vertical figure. Her four hind legs are designed to attach to the bottom, her body as the encasing armor to protect herself from potential predators and inside her body armor lies the sac for nesting.

    Detailed explanation on the background of sexual dimorphism creatures: Once when she is ready to release eggs, she will rise to the surface once per ten years and release the million eggs that look like foam. The eggs are hatched after a week and offsprings crawl back into the sea. Females will sink to the bottom where they grow to an enormous size and attach themselves to the bottom. Males will consume nutrients needed in the sea and when they're ready, they'll fly out. They also will mate with females when they rise to the surface to lay eggs, etc.

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    did a bunch of silhos trying to figure out what to do for the male...more likely gonna settle with this first design though, with a few small changes here and there...pretty soon gonna start working on the illustration...
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    Edit: ah, what the hell, I'll do some crits as well since I'm here...
    scorge: nice start man! I'm not sure I wanna know how they mate...may be still early but I'm not sure what that arm looking thingy sticking out of the ground is supposed to be or do...no biggy at this, point just a little curious...

    Metallurgist: I think you can push the stationary factor even further in the male, also as for readability on the females, pretty much what scorge said, and you could put one in the foreground, say on the stump for example or add another foreground element on the right.

    Banvivirie: composition 1 seems to most promising for showcasing both effectively, you wanna make sure that the scale comes across the way you want it too, just have ne or two males fly by in the foreground so we get a better view of them (of course keep in mind the focus of objects on the foreground), also number may work also, and when in doubt you could use something like what I did in my first wip, just magnify one of the males.

    ToddBushman: you def wanna push the values at this point, also the design of the female is looking a little plain, interesting idea though.

    Pixeltuner: I like the blue concepts however I also like the idea of the males carrying the females around, I'd def play around with that idea even further see what else you can come up with before settling on an idea.

    L.A. KARKERA: looks interesting atm, male doesn't look very capable of being airbourne, but it is still just a silhouette, try to push the design a bit further from each other so they don't resemble each other too much, one of the best examples in nature that you can look at is the anglerfish for reference, for the longest time scientists thought they were two different species, plus they were puzzeled why every specimen was female.
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    (updated) It kind of goes like this Rob,
    Fat bastard sits on his fat ass, eating his mushrooms or giant white puff things that grow as a result of his lethargy and nastiness always oozing all over, and she stops by when when needs a pick me up. Her eggs are fertilized when she rubs all over his exposed root, which can be seen extending from the ground. Huh, guess I need to work on his orgasmic expression. Kind of gross I know, but then again, it's nature right?

    BTW, Cool silhouettes dude.

    aburnier: You do flatter me. Appreciate it.

    Pixeltuner: Always appreciated your strokes. Personally, I like # 4. But the green guy is close second.

    Banvivirie: Awesome idea!
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    Yes, I have a thing for carapace...

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    cool one lkjhg

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    Some development. I seem to have lost some of its coolness in the shape though in a way especially in the neck and head.
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    I dunno, Pixel, I still find it pretty darned cool... I like the contrast between the steely grey and the bright green.
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    thx But something's still nagging
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixeltuner View Post
    thx But something's still nagging
    Just a guess, but I think that the missing element is that the original drawing had a more plausible musculature happening from the shoulderbones down to the neck, where it looked like it still extend its neck out (which would be useful, if it wanted to like eat or something). Don't forget they need to look like the same species - maybe give the glob a headplate.
    lkjhgfdsa I really like the creature design, it looks like a reaper and has lots of cool details, but I don't know if it necessarily looks aquatic. Colossal aquatic creatures don't need their limbs to support their weight.
    scorge Gross... cool... weird... they look a bit too different to be of the same species to me though, maybe give them the same headpiece or similar markings.
    Rob I can't wait to see the actual structure of the creatures!
    LAK & Todd I second what was already said.

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    quick background whipped up and started rendering...still building up forms before adding any sort of major lighting or whatever...probably need to work on the male's wings a bit, it's supposed to buzz kinda like a bee or a hummingbird, but as they are now they seem incapable of doing that...
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