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Thread: C.O.W. #259, red pelted mile strider. VOTING!

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    C.O.W. #259, red pelted mile strider. VOTING!

    Round #259 - Voting!

    Topic: Red Pelted Mile Strider

    Deadline for voting: March 23rd, 2012

    Requirements this week...

    - the creatures legs must be at least half a mile long each.

    - it must have bright red coloring on its fur.

    - the rest is up to you!
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    Artist: coool_brain

    Concept: Red Pelted Mile Strider
    These giant striders are considered as pets by the locals. They use their pelt for many of their goods from clothing to building tents for residence.

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    Artist: Garkudion

    Concept: Red Pelted Strider
    Immense beasts towering above the clouds. They are protected by a tough, chitinous shell dented with hundreds of years of wear. Though peaceful, these lumbersome creatures do not watch over which denizens they trample underfoot. It is said that the mountains hide the remains of Red Pelted Striders long forgotten.
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    Artist: scorge

    Concept: Red Pelt Giant
    The word "Enormous" only insults this majestic roamer, whose mass is deceptively lighter than its appearance. The Red Pelt's long arms and fused fingers allow her to travel while making the least impact on the earth, who these ancient creatures worship and respect with a deep admiration. Usually active between the hours of dusk or dawn, these gentle giants stir a sense of awe and wonder in all who happen to see them, before they disappear back into the earth's lower mantle where it is believed they come from.
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    Artist: elephant's stroke

    Concept: Futus


    Futus likes, every 19 of december of every year, go for a walk and destroy some cities. He loves to pick air planes while they are flying, and he eats some passangers, but gently release the others. He don´t do any of this to hurt the humankind, is just that for him is just funny and see it as a game. He eats people as you and me eat some candy...without a sense of doing something wrong.
    So yeah, a good guy, but if you see it, you better get out of his way.
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    Artist: jon n

    Concept: Red Pelted Mile Strider
    Habitat: Farmland of the Feathergrass Plains.
    Diet: Passing flocks of birds, swarms of insects, weather etc.
    Extract from a farming journal concerning the Red Pelted Mile Strider: 'those things are a pain in the arse.'
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    Artist: Askew

    Concept: Greater Sailback
    The Greater Sailback is a giant, omnivorous creature that makes use of its slender, stilt-like limbs to traverse far and wide in search of food. It's namesake sail is used for thermal regulation, a much needed addition for so large, and relatively active a creature. The foremost foot's middle toe sports an impressive talon, notably used to pin prey so that the animal may stoop down and with it's prehensile barbels maneuver the prey item towards it's large mouth. Despite being so large the Greater Red Sailback is a relatively mellow creature, keeping to itself and large open plains where it can roam about with the most ease. However, there have been a few cases of them terrorizing densely inhabited cities, especially those with highrises. Such incidences have been compared to an anteater going to town on a favorite termite mound...

    *(The "Lesser Sailback" is a humbler creature, about the size of a two story house, and a rather common transport animal. How such an extreme size difference came to be between the two is an evolutionary mystery.)

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    Concept: Whale of the Clouds


    The Cetacea nubila, also called "the whales of the clouds", are peaceful, gigantic animals that inhabit the northern parts of the Alps. They stalk through the landscape and catch flies and other insects with their wide, baleen-equipped mouth.
    These gracious animals have lately become very rare and are hardly ever seen by people, which lead to the belief that they are either extinct or a mere fairytale. Children however frequently report watching great shadows passing by their homes at night, and seeing a big, white grin shining through their bedroom window.
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    Concept: Red Hided Stride Stryder

    Red Hided Stride Stryders can always be found raveling in strydarts of at least 4 members. In general they pose almost no threat to human kind as they are primarily vegetarian creatures, however there is one moment in which they can cause danger to humans. If a human stands completely still in the middle of an open field the Stryder will slowly approach. Upon arriving it will stretch down to the ground and use it's tongue to try to remove the foilage from the human. The foilage being the hair, clothes, . .body. The Stryder is a gentle prober, so if the person moves at all after the initial probe of the tongue the Stryder will move on. However if the human just continues to stand there, the Stryder will grasp the human with its mouth protuberances and pull the human into it's mouth and proceed to slowly ground the human into a pulp with it's molar like teeth.

    One othery very interesting feature of the Stryder is that it's red pelt contains many plants that have grown from seeds and is often a forest all of it's own. The types of trees and plants most often are those that can be found above 5000 feet in altitude.


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    @cool brain, I like a lot the early morning (i guess) atmosphere and the peacefull relation between this creatures and the people, it feels like a very posible scenario. The only thing about it is that the creature design is not unique, next time you can try to get out of your confort zone a little more and do somethng more risky and original.
    @Garkudion, nice, but is all depicted in a very similar value range, next time try to separate more the character from the bg...more in big scales like this in wich atmosphere blocks the distant details, colors and values.
    @scorge, magic.
    @jon n, i always dig your entries, maybe sometimes i don´t vote you because i prefer others, but please, never lose that freshness in your drawings.
    @Askew, very nice creature, in terms of representation, is looking a little flat imo, try to push more the value range to depict form.
    @dumbnudge, very cool, though the sense of scale is not obvious at a glance imo.
    @1derboy1, weird but cool creature, but is looking somewhat flat, you can push a lot more the shadows and highlights to give a more realistic sense of form.
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    So just a couple questions for everyone.

    1. How long do you guys spend on these?
    2. Are any of you professionals?
    3. If you aren't a professional, then what is your day job. I'm a web developer.
    4. Are there any specific quick digital painting tutorials that you guys recommend? Or good threads to follow to learn more?


    I love participating in these and love the feedback. Once I've got more under my belt I'll feel more comfortable giving you guys some constructive criticism back.
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    elephant's stroke: Thanks for the constructive criticism, I definitely need to work on amping up the depth of my work (amongst other things xD)

    I won't be offering critics because.. well I don't feel knowledgeable enough to do so, and I feel elephant's stroke has pointed out most of the obvious so far.

    1derboy1:
    1) I spent more time than I'd like to (considering the outcome) on this week's challenge. Mostly because I did the image about.. 4 times. On my final however, Probably a day or two, or 3-4 hr sessions.
    3) Heh.. I'm a cashier I had a tattoo apprenticeship and then.. quit while the quitting was good. Long story so I'll leave it at that. Currently however, I'm trying to work on my skills so that I can get into an art profession (fingers crossed).
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    @Askew and 1derboy1, everyone should feel free to give his opinion, no need to be a master of the world to give just an honest opinion, and can definetly help others to realize about aspects worth to improve, personally i'd like to hear your opinions (from everyone really).
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