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    C.O.W. #254. Extreme Sexual Dimorphism - VOTING!

    Round #254 - Voting!

    Topic: Extreme Sexual Dimorphism

    Deadline for voting: April 18th.

    Requirements for each set (Read BEFORE voting!):
    Tiny, Airborne Male - Colossal Aquatic Female
    Requirements:
    - The male must be significantly smaller than the female
    - The male must reside primarily in the air, the female must reside primarily in the water

    Rooted, Stationary Male - Hyperactive, Nomadic Female
    Requirements:
    - The male must be entirely stationary, rooted to one spot for most of its life
    - The female must be high-energy and move from place to place consistently

    Crystalline Male - Gelatinous Female
    Requirements:
    - The male must have a rigid, crystalline form
    - The female must be partially comprised of a malleable, gelatinous material


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    Artist: Rob Powell

    Concept: Lesser Sea Gnat (male) and Greater Mountainback (female)


    The male no larger than a seagull and the female being even more massive than a whale, at first were thought to be two completely different species. During their mating period it was thought that the males where feeding on the eggs layed by the female, rather than fertilizeing them. Until recent studies had confirmed they are in fact the same species.

    Lesser Sea Gnat (male)
    -Very small, doesn't grow larger than 1 foot in length.
    -Lifespan is very short after reaching adulthood, about 5-7 days.
    -Spends it's entire adulthood in the air using three pairs of wings to hover above the water.
    -It's head and thorax are proportionately large compared to the female, and it's abdomen is fairly small.
    -They are born mouthless thus being unable to feed, making their lifespans very short in comparison to the female.
    -During the mating season the males will locate a female, by sensing the pheromones in the air. They will then scoop up the eggs to fertilize. They will then return the eggs to the same isolated locale where they have hatched. The eggs will remain there until the next mating season, before hatching. The males will die shortly after.

    Greater Mountainback (female)
    -Immense in size, they can grow up to 150 feet long, largest on record is over 200 feet long, and weighed an estimated 300 tonnes.
    -It is unknown how long they can live, but it is said they will live up to 1000 years or so.
    -It's head and thoracic regions are relatively small, as opposed to it's abdomen which takes up almost two third's it's body's mass.
    -Spends it's entire adulthood underwater, using it's large fin-like wings to navigate through the water.
    -Unlike the males they are born with mouths and feed almost exclusively on plankton and other microbial organisms.
    -Once every two years the female will lays millions of tiny eggs, which attract a swarm of males to fertilize.
    -Unlike the males the female larvae will make their way to the sea where they will grow to an immense size. That is, if they survive predation. It is estimated less than 0.1% of the females born will survive up to adulthood.
    -Their large egg sac, although extremely heavy is very buoyant allowing it to traverse through the ocean with ease, without sinking it to the sea floor.

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    Artist: scorge

    Concept: Mritianidus
    A rare species, the male's crystal like armor and fearsome front claws speak of a violent and hard fought existence, while the female, who's soft jelly like skin provides a pleasurable respite from the daily struggles of Mritianidus life.

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    Artist: Banvivirie

    Concept: Psuedocrustacea dimorpha

    This species displays a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The male retains its larval form and develops an elastic, balloon-like airsac that is inflated with the gases that are the byproduct of the floating microbes in the atmosphere. Females grow to a colossal size and are much rarer, appearing in a ratio of one female to a million males. They spend most of their life as a deep sea predator, and when they become sexually mature, they rise to the surface to mate. They have a display of red and green feathery appendages which exhibit bioluminescent receptacles that attract males. The bioluminescence of the receptacles is produced through the same methane and hydrogen byproducts that keep the males afloat. The males mate with the receptacles and sperm is transported through the appendages to the female's ovaries.

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    [*B]Artist: [*COLOR=White]Callergi[/COLOR]

    Concept: [*COLOR=White]Emperor Morus[/COLOR]
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    Males
    - are in very high numbers
    - mature much faster than females
    - shorter lifespan
    - have 2 pair of large wings and glides almost effortlesly on strong air current of the shoreline
    - hunt by diving at high velocity and catching the pray underwater
    - very agressive especially during mating pariods
    - sworm in large numbers when a female emarges, and only the strongest manage to get to the eggs in order to fecundate it and take it with then on the surface
    - take care of the eggs and of the youngsters

    Female
    - much larger than the male
    - have a long life and mature much slower than the males
    - far lesser in number
    - spend most of their lives deep underwater
    - emerge only during mating time
    - dont have eyes - instead of that they generate a web of lumiescent fibers that are both a sesory organ( tactile, amplifies smell and senses direction of light) and atract their pray in the deep dark oceanic waters

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    Artist: IndigoMoor

    Concept: Uro
    When first discovered, the Uro were thought to be completely different creatures. The males (originally called Kane) were initially thought to be symbiotes and scavengers, feeding off of the Uro's leftover meals. The fact that they were male and female of the same species only came to light when a fisherman came upon a clutch of eggs hatching on a lakeside beach. "Both Uro and Kane were breaking out of the small shells. I watched amazed as the Kane stretched out their new wings and ferried the Uro to the safety of the water."

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    Artist: Callergi

    Concept: Emperor Morus

    Males
    - are in very high numbers
    - mature much faster than females
    - shorter lifespan
    - have 2 pair of large wings and glides almost effortlesly on strong air current of the shoreline
    - hunt by diving at high velocity and catching the pray underwater
    - very agressive especially during mating pariods
    - sworm in large numbers when a female emarges, and only the strongest manage to get to the eggs in order to fecundate it and take it with then on the surface
    - take care of the eggs and of the youngsters

    Females
    - much larger than the males
    - have a long life and mature much slower than the males
    - far lesser in number
    - spend most of their lives deep underwater
    - emerge only during mating time
    - dont have eyes - instead of that they generate a web of lumiescent fibers that are both a sesory organ( tactile, amplifies smell and senses direction of light) and atract their pray in the deep dark oceanic waters

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    Poll is up! Big thank you to those of you who submitted, despite the tough subject.

    Voted for scorge's couple. The traits present in both really make them feel like the same species and I love the little details like the tail and the textures around the collar of the male.

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    A close round for me between Scorge and Rob Powell. I ended up going with Scorge just because they looked more reasonably the same species and because his rendering is crazy as always. Good work, people!

    Also, Scorge, what brushes do you use? I assume you use Photoshop?


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    Well since their is only a few entries I might as well write up some crits, since the number is smaller I'll try to be a little more elaborate...but no promises
    is a shame even though it was slightly more difficult of a brief, it was an awesome topic and had a lot of potential. I was looking forward to seeing more entries.

    scorge: dude, seriously? really? wow, man! Great work and fantastic lighting on this one, and great work on the forms, very convincing. Only thing I think you could've made the female a bit more transluscent, like it was in it's first sketch to really give it that jelly feel.plus it's always a little more interesting when you see a creature's internal structures. Very nice texture work, and great rendering. At first it wasn't totally obvious that the tail belonged to the male, that's most likely because of how it is stretched to go around the female. I am a little curious how these guys mate, seems it would be less disturbing than your other image you made for this topic, though. Nice work overall, man! Got my vote for sure.

    Banviririe: Nice concept. But there is waaaaay too much pure white being used here. Add some light blues to neutralize those whites. I also notice that there is no atmospheric perspective between the males, if there is it is too subtle. I'm a bit confused by the meniscus of the water as well, there should be some distance under the surface since' judging by the refelction' it appears the horizon line is just behind the female, and awkwardly curved with no perspective. Also if we are looking up at the water surface we shouldn't see the water's surface from above. Finally the male's bubbles could use a bit more opacity, rather than being purely clear, cuz it is difflicult to make some of it out especially againt the white.

    Indigomoor: Interesting design. This image is a bit stylized, but I think there should still be a fair amount of fade on the female cuz from above the water's surface we would have a difficult time seeing the female's full body, even in waht looks like crystal clear water. Also give the male's somesort of atmospheric depth so some distance is indicated between the male's, this would also push the scale of the female. Although the rendering is quite stylised, I think adding a little less detailing to the female's tail would help imrpove some depth in the image, seeing as it is supposed to be far away from the viewer.

    Callergi: Neat creatures. I'm not sure if the draconic resemblence was intentional. At first it isn't toally obvious that the female lives in water (other thatn the barnacles on her hide). There is a little bit of a difficulty reading the illustrationto the right. At first it is a little hard to tell what environment they are in. Since they are underwater there should be a much higher disturbance where the males are diving.

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    super entries, really well thought and designed! voted for scorge, when I entered the thread instant vibe was rob powell, its so beautifully explored theme and design is so intrigate. but the uniqueness scorge has shown in his Mritianidus its marvellous!!


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