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  • ChrisKlungerbo

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  • daniorrr

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  • Tchuk

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  • Scriar

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  • Stinkfist

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  • jon n

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  • Rob Powell

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  • Anthis

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  • TheAlmightyPillock

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  • Ex Nihilo

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    C.O.W. #258. Whiptongue - VOTING!

    Round 258 - Voting!

    Topic: Whiptongue

    Deadline for voting: May 16th, 2012

    Requirements this week (Read BEFORE Voting!):

    - The creature’s tongue must be a prominent feature of the design

    - The tongue must be prehensile

    - The tongue should be used for a specific chief function of the creature’s day-to-day life (be that using it as a weapon, a method of manipulating objects or to swing through the trees, it’s up to you)
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    Concept: Horn Tongue

    The Horn tongue is a predator unlike any other. It preys on very quick animals despite being quite slow itself. But instead of evolving to adapt to it's prey's speed, it has developed quite a unique way of hunting. It fires it's tongue much like a chameleon, but the tip of it's tongue is made of a hardened material shaped like that of an arrowhead. It shoots the tongue which pierces the prey's skin and attaches, before it drops to it's belly. The prey will try to run, but the Horn Tongues belly is made to create extra friction and the prey tires very quickly, giving the horn tongue the ability to catch up.

    They have been known to hunt in packs as well, but never seen living as a group.
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    Artist: daniorrr

    Concept: Jezik

    The Jezik (Croatian for tongue) is a huge creature that hunts using its tongue. It usually grows up to the size of gorilla, it has a tongue that extends up to 3m.
    The Jezik is able to control its tongue with ease, it also has a venomous sting which paralyzes the prey, allowing it the reel its prey back in with ease.
    Other methods of hunting include headbutting, as seen in the picture.

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    Artist: Tchuk

    Concept: Gua'ak


    The Gua'ak are mainly found in dense jungles; although other variants have been found in less tropical climes, they all exhibit the same behaviour when it comes to feeding. They are nocturnal predators and will leap from tree to tree using their powerful legs before finding a low hanging branch to perch themselves on, dangling their large tail near the ground,it then lights its bioluminescent tail brightly in the middle of the night to draw the more curious creatures towards it after it carefully lowers it's prehensile tongue into the underbrush.

    When its victim comes along to investigate the strange light the Gua'ak will quietly move its tongue into position before striking at the victims next, quickly and quietly suffocating it. Finally lifting it's prey up onto the branch before stripping the flesh off using it's serated fangs.

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    Concept: Long Tongued Sloth
    The Long Tongued Sloth is a slow creature dwelling in forested areas, it hangs from branches with its long tongue, and feeds using the venus fly trap like tip. Generally preferring small birds, Eggs, and insects for its prey. Its colourful appearance is to ward off predators this however making it have little camouflage in its environment.
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    Concept: Hookshawt
    This lackadaisical creature is one of the laziest creatures in existence. At first glance, one would surmise that this creature is a useless organism and is soon on its way to extinction, until you see it's tongue. The Hookshawt's tongue can extend anywhere between a few feet to almost a mile. The glands in the tongue allow for such elasticity and can even serve as a strong binding agent to grip and secure meals. The hookshawt's primary diet consists of birds and other objects made of meat flying through the air.
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    artist: jon n

    Concept: whiptongue
    there's always a bigger tongue

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    Artist: Rob Powell

    Concept: Kalak


    Found in moist humid environments, Kalaks use their long whip-like tongues to manipulate objects and catch food. They mostly feed on fruits, but will prey on smaller creatures as well. Their stretchy throats and unhinged mandibles allow them to swallow food that is a few times larger than it's head. They are fast runners, but if any predators will chase after them they use their long tongues to swing in nearby trees to help them evade predation. During the mating season they will build large nests using their tongues to manipulate the building materials, the males with the largest nest with the most unique materials gets the most mates.

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    Artist: Anthis

    Concept: Whiptongue (variety: Hiloton VII)


    The whiptongue variety of the recently colonized planet Hiloton VII uses its long and powerful tongue primarily for hunting. Because the whiptongue is otherwise relatively fragile, the tongue can also serve a defensive function. While wounds sustained from the actual hit are minor, the cocktail of toxins in the whiptongue's saliva can cause nerve damage and paralyse prey. The toxins are less effective on humans as they are not originally from the Hiloton cluster. Even so, colonists are at all times advised to stay clear of whiptongues in order to avoid the painful bruises.

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    Paré Lizard

    Artist: TheAlmightyPillock

    Concept: Paré Lizard
    The Paré Lizard glides across the rocky desert using thermals to lift it up upon the stretch of skin attached to two of its fingers and down the side of it body. Hunting in packs of nearly two dozen the Paré Lizard’s are always on the look out for food. However meals in the desert are hard to come by and for such a small animal, even in large groups, your meal tends to spoil before you get to eat it all.

    Paré Lizard’s have found a unique remedy to this problem. Named for the French physician Ambroise Paré, these unusual retiles use thier tongue much in the way of medical sutures. Upon landing on potential pray they will use thier long and durable tongues to penatrate thier victems body where upon they will locate important blood vesals and arterys leading to the brain. By wraping around this vessels, thereby reducing oxygen to the brain, Paré Lizard’s are able induce brain death.

    The long spins, which are pressed tight against their body’s during flight, raise up when they land preventing other creatures from the prey’s herd or family from dislodging them.

    A dead animal rots, but a living beast adapted for the desert can live for several week without expiring. This is when the true nature of their namesake comes into effect. They is still the issue of the pray bleeding to death while it is eaten alive. Many Paré Lizard’s working together can tie off the blood vessels leading to a particular limb, enabling them to dig in without it bleeding out.

    The smell of blood however does sometime attract other predators as much as the smell of spoiled meet. To deter this competition the Paré Lizard’s can rattle their spines creating an intimidating display. They can carry out their threat however. What could be more deadly than an animal that can simply tie of the blood vessels to your heart?

    Some animals have evolved to mimic the appearance of a brain dead lizard pray. When sleeping the Spotted Hog-fit will lye as if slumped, dark patches cover its fur and it is also able to imitate the Paré Lizard’s spine rattle, though it does this with its tongue.
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    Artist: Ex Nihilo

    Concept: William's Mustache

    The Cehir (or William's Mustache, in reference to the explorer who claims its discovery) moves slowly with the exception of its lightning-quick tongue which it relies upon to gather its food. Cehirs will stand carefully still, with their tongue on the river bottom, to snatch unsuspecting fish within the three pronged fork of the Cehirs' tongue. They may also use their tongues to upturn rocks and to grab and break apart rotting logs and stumps in order to find insects to feed upon. The tip of the tongue is tough and not terribly sticky, but further toward the mouth are glands that secret a semi sticky membrane that insects will adhere to. When not in use, the Cehir's tongue rests inside its wide mouth, coiled in a fashion similar to that of a rattlesnake.

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    Concept: Small Mouthed Ambusher


    The guy lives in the forest and is a relative of the more commonly found Woodland Ambusher. The strange thing about Small Mouthed Ambusher's is that they only feed once a year, during the early spring months of the year when bunnies seem to be in abundance.


    BTW you guys are all amazing. I can't wait to do another one of these and hopefully improve my techniques. i have a lot to learn. Enjoy!
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    A lot of cool stuff going on I'll try to give some feedback to all and then take a vote!

    daniorrr: I love the idea that your creature grabs a hold of it's prey and then reels it in before spearing/butting it to death with it's head. However, when you visualized this idea I don't think you limited the other functions of your creature enough. When I see his massive hands with HUGE claws, I would assume those are used more than the horn on his head, just because that would be more efficient. Except that removes the tongues and horns purpose. So, nice idea, but a bit contradictory in the logic of it all. Easily fixed

    Tchuck: The idea is a bit outdated in terms of the light attracting the prey, but still a nice idea when combined with the tongue. I feel you could've pushed it a bit though and maybe refined the details around your idea a bit. Right now the creature pretty much lights up itself and any creature that is naturally moving around at night time wouldn't have a lot of trouble seeing it. I imagine this creature to maybe trick smaller animals who would otherwise hide during the night, by having it's tail at the entrance of their hole/cave/lair, making them think it's daytime, and then grabbing them when they come out. You could even have the tip of the tongue be the light source. I also think the creature needs a bit of width or length added if it's tongue is that large assuming it's supposed to fit inside him when not using it

    Scriar: This one was really hard to critique. I'm sort of missing the point of the tongue in your concept. Why does he need it? Would this creature evolve in such a way that he would have use of this tongue? Why not just climb the extra feet and eat the eggs normally. Also, eating birds would mean he had to be really quick to catch them. I think maybe a diet change is in order. If the tongue is really strong like you suggest, have him eat turtles or something That would make it more logical as far as being able to catch his prey, and also the strength of the tongue could be used to crack the shell, or suck out the insides.

    Stinkfist: This is a bit cartoony for my taste. A mile long tongue is not very realistic, and by realistic I don't mean it has to exist but it has to at least be based in reality, hehe. The rendering is also lacking. I would say this is a bit rushed, so only critique I have is to spend more time on the exploration/idea period of your process, and spend more time rendering your drawing/painting.

    Jon n: Funny and nice style! Moves a bit away from the concept part in my opinion though. This is more of a humorous illustration in a magazine than a concept for an actual creature.

    Rob Powell: One of my favorites this time. A very nice description, the idea is rooted in reality and the rendering of your concept clearly shows its form and function.

    Anthis: Nicely done, I don't think I have much to critique. I think the rendering could've been pushed a bit. Only other thing might be that it looks REALLY strong even though you say it's fragile. Mostly due to its armored head I think.

    TheAlmightyPillock: I sort of like the idea about the tongue being so delicate and precise, but I think the silhouette can be pushed to make it look more interesting. Another thing is, this might actually be a bit too advanced. Think about why a creature would evolve like it does. I would imagine that if it actually evolved too a point where it could fly around the dessert, why would it need it's tongue when it can easily find prey by covering great distances to find them. It makes sense to preserve the animal only if it stumbles upon it's prey in very very rare occasions. So rare actually, that this dude would even have to be slow, despite living in the dessert, for it to make sense.

    Ex Nihilo: Very nicely rendered! This creature looks interesting and it's tongues function fits with it's otherwise sloppy physique. One of my favorites this round!

    1derboy1: Only feeds on bunnies, haha. Well, as far as critique goes I would say he's too skinny to feed so rarely. Feeding rarely would mean he needs a huge layer of fat the rest of the year right? I realize this is at the time of year when he's feeding and the fat reserves are low, but it still needs to be visualized in such a way that it makes sense. His body would be evolved in such a way that almost every ounce of food would be converted to fat for later use. He would therefore be a hyper non-energetic animal that gathers food in a smarter way than what you show here. Hope that makes sense. Make use of the WIP thread and ask questions to learn as much as possible. A lot of amazing artists roam this forum, so you won't have trouble finding helpful tips and critiques

    It stood between Ex Nihilo and Rob Powell. You both have excellent ideas and cool paintings that are interesting to look at. I vote for Ex Nihilo because I find his creature more interesting and unique.

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    ChrisKlungerbo: Thanks for the crit, I see what you mean, I think I should of spent longer fleshing that idea out it does seem a bit silly now haha

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    ChrisKlungerbo: I would realy enjoy seeing some large herbevor despratly running around draging half a dozen horn Tongue's around behind it. I realy enjoy your action drawings though I would say that its back legs look far too long to be able to draw them up into its shell. It's also a shame you didn't have time to re-adress the issue of it not actuly having a prehensile tongue.

    daniorrr: Would have to agree with ChrisKlungerbo on this one, the number of wepons at this animals disposal is abit of overkill, most animals with have one, possibly two ways of dispatching thier pray. It costs resorces to keep so many functioning. I do realy like the action shot of of the headbut though, realy nice touch.

    Tchuk: I think other preditors would quite quikly learn just to hunt down light sorces. Enless it is the case that there is some other speacies that your Gua'ak is mimiking. I cant remember if the light was in the riginal idea but I had presumed that it was closer to the old hunter trap. Perhapse it collected some berries places them under a tree and simply waits for its unsespecting victem. As I said before on the WIP I realy enjoy this particuler use of the tongue.

    Scriar: I'm going to make some asumptions here so correct me if i'm wrong. The Venus Fly Trap tip suggests that you animal paints for its pray to come to it, insects landing on it then claming shut, and it moves slowly from area to area in search of denser concentrations of insects/birds sometime substituting its diet with eggs. This I dont think is at fault I just think you should have dipicted your Sloth hanging still and catching an unsespecting bird. The problem comes from it both being a slow moving surprise preditore and being britly coloured to deter preditors. Pray will see it comeing jsut as easily as preditors and slow moving it will stand out like a saw thomb. Not only this but what to large preditors have to fear from it? Its tongue can skill birds and insects but is it a thret to large preditors? If so why isnt it killing bigger pray. If you were do show it camopflarged so preditor and pray could not see it and it waighting to catch its next meal it would better show off the mane concept.

    Stinkfist: Egnoring the rushed nature of the beast I would sugest putting some indictore of scale with your animal, or at elast saying how big it is. It's body mass would need to be substanchel for its tongue to reach up to such greate hights. I know you said it was stretchy but its body would have to create a kill of a lot of force to stretch it that far. Have you ever thrown elastic while holding one end? It doesnt go very far. Perhapse if there was some sort of waight at the end of the tongue.

    jon n: As I'm studying illustration I rather apreciate this more fun image, fun colours, good line work and an eycatching perspective. We do however have no idea about the inimals in question. I perconaly think that the idea is far more important that the persons rendering ability. Perhapse if you designed this foodchain of there always being a bigger tongue and then set those three animals in this same composition.

    Rob Powell: A nice succinct concpet that doesnt through up any conceptual problems. I am a big fan of the idea of it running through te forest pulling back branches to comicly thwak preditors in the face with. I also like the way the frills anound its neck match up with the shape of the ealves around it. My only problem is that big black space behind it, the rest of the lighting sugests daylight but there is nothing visible in the distance, even if this was a clearing in the forest there would still be a sugestion of shape. A minore point that makes little differnce to a greate concpet.

    Anthis: Again I would ask what size the animal is, it would make sense that it is "fragile" and has a toxic tongue if it is quite small, maby not mcuh biger than a dog. I do like the bear arms, whale flippers etc but it would be could if they were explained why they are around its mouth. The tongue has an excelent feel of movement to it, its rather easy to over do the dribble etc but you've hit the amrk nicely.

    Ex Nihilo: Whell you've completly shown up evenryone heres painting skills, I do beleave I need a lot more practice. I especaly like the trees actuly, you havn't done into too much detail but realy show of the shaps and lighting well. You've combined the fish and reptilain bodys niclly. As I said befoer the eyes and mustach have been done well.

    1derboy1: The shocked Easter bunny is enough to win me over any day. Nice to add an extra bit of humer. I do however agree with ChrisKlungerbo on the concept not entirly matching up with the body. This looks more like an animal with a fast pace of life, running down pray and if its rabbit tit bits run down a tunnel they can sue thier tongues to drag them out by thier ears. Or at least steal thier eggs full of chocolatly goodness. Don't go crazy on the textures to much to start with, I did the same thing when I started. A more contrasting background might also help to make your Small Mouthed Ambusher stand out more.

    Nice work to everyone.

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