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ROUND #278 - Bull, Ring-tailed Shortsnout
ROUND#277: Bull, Ring-tailed Shortsnout
It's been a while since I prompted COW with a composite of random adjectives and categorizations for creatures, so here's a new one: the bull, ring-tailed shortsnout. When I say bull, I mean to say that it is an adult male which is larger and heavier in build than the equivalent female of the species, other than that it's up for interpretation. Ring-tailed can refer to patterning, armor, bone structure or really any way you can fit rings into the design of the tail. What I will request is that the rings be a feature that is exclusive to the creature's tail. Shortsnout strikes me as a categorization given to a creature that is part of a larger genus (with longer snouts, likely). Think about the genus as a whole, rather than just the creature you're designing, why it might have developed a shorter snout than other, similar species. It's free reign, other than that. I'm not a stickler for predator or grazer, aquatic, land, aerial or spaceborne, that's all on you.
- The creature must be the male of it's species (the choice to represent the females is up to the artist, but the male should be the focus)
- The creature should have rings as a design element, unique to the creature's tail, in some way
- The creature must have a short snout, or be represented as a member of a larger genus of animal with a relatively shorter snout than it's counterparts
November 6th, 7:00pm PST (GMT -8 )
Finals go here: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...rtsnout-Finals
Last edited by Si_Swe; October 30th, 2012 at 09:30 PM.
Hello there ladies and gentlemen,
My first post plus first entry.
General idea and silhouette, tomorrow some value and eyes.
A bit snazzy but the gradient plus background gave a nice effect.
Now with more value!
Last edited by Sjuu; November 1st, 2012 at 07:15 PM. Reason: Adding photo
So far everyones designs look really good. Here are some ideas of mine. I want to flesh out a few of them and would be interested in hearing what everyone thinks.
heres some thumbnails, I decided to take a different approach to the ringtail element by incorporating a literal ring in the tail, I'm mostly leaning towards a predatory type with a tail that either act like a noose/snare or hypnotises by producing a chime, though I may go for one of the the two passive/ceremonial ones (one with many tails, one that's raptor like). feel free to give any opnions
Last edited by Epicraft; November 1st, 2012 at 06:19 PM.
been 2 years since last time i drawed something with my tablet o_o i wanted to make some weird and unadapted endangered species that will disappear soon due to their lack of survival potential.
the tail used to be useful to hang on trees but they got bigger and bigger and now is useless, they have strong legs for fast running and large jumps but they are very heavy what makes these species slow and easy to be catched by predators, they are very smart omnivores, that manipulate the food with their 3 fingered hands
archpredator created through thaumaturgic powers of modification. still working on the tail aspect though
some more work
whoah bastion, that anatomy is stunning and alexson great nose
Quick line and gradient study before fleshing it out. I was thinking of a mountainous/timber environment creature when i saw the description. Tusk's and bony forehead plating are for competitive fighting for mates, but the main purpose for the tusks is to loosen savory mountain mussels from their rocky homes underneath the eaves of stony outcroppings. Rings on the tail will come later, big bushy tail acts as support for scaling mountain faces.
abro, that is a fantastic face, but feel as if that tail isn't the right one for it. the mountain goat as it looks like uses the superb traction on its hooves for climbing.
@macroferrigno - i like the claw shape of the head
@sijuu - looks as if your coming along well.
@alexson - i think your snout is great and im enjoying the spinal ruff
@vorga and epicraft - its great to see the multiple wips and the process unfolding
@ivansz - good to see you painting again keep it up
@meteor panda - thanks yo. i wish i could just make things up outta my head so developing anatomy is quite helpful for me. hopefully i can keep it up when i start to add more value and local color
@abrazuno - totally digging your description and design so far
gotta go outta town this weekend so i dont know if ill finish in time but i hope too and am looking forward to seeing how the rest of your designs develop
what ive gotten done before i had to head out
starting today, lets see if l can finish this
when l hear bull l immediately think of the testosterone driven fights, so l'm trying to illustrate that. rings will be made to look like bone, same with horns just placing shapes down at this stage.
Love the direction some of these are going, alexson and bastion's both look super duper badass.
Here's a few quick sketches, any worth going ahead with? Sorry for the poor quality, this is why I never upload crap from my sketchbook but hopefully you get the idea
Yeh that bottom left one has a good pose n strong sense of character, nice thumbnails.
Alexson your guy has a great shape, I love his huge shoulders and little curvy legs. And Basti0n your guy is looking sweet, l hope you get to finish it. Scorge, that face, too good.
My idea was that there are kinds with long sharp snouts, but these guys evolved huge digging claws and long necks to forage for food instead. And that they have boney tail armour that eventually curls up into spiralling hoop shapes, kind of like a rattlesnakes. Now I'v seen everyone elses though I think he's pretty damn goofy. Blue dewlaps are never a good look!
nice works ppl!
i redesigned mine, so i will go with one of these
heres my second WIP, I've combined some of the thumbnails together and decided and finalised my idea, basically it's a predator that swings it tail to create a whistling sound as air rushes through the ring, the frequency overwhelms a preys sense of hearing and can disorient them as the Ringtail comes at them. A unique feature of the Bull of the species is the loose rings of bone on the tail ring. When shaken at the right tempo, they create a ringing tone, that will hurt the hearing of normal male Ringtails. This is how the Bull Ringtail, instills his dominance over the pack. However, if another Bull appears and challenges his authority, he will have to fight to remain in charge as other Bulls are immune to the ring of the bone rings.
(I know that this is kind of over the top, but when I get an idea about a concept I can't help but share it)
Please share any ideas and opinions you have to help me improve my image, thanks.
based on the wording Si_Swe, i think the whole genus would have short snouts and this particular species would have the ring-tails
smart-assing aside, im gonna try to put together a sketch for this. too busy to do a full piece though ;_; but its been waaaaaaay too long since ive done CoW!
Last edited by Coool Brain; November 3rd, 2012 at 06:56 AM.
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Awesome designs so far guys!
Here is my little thing. It's my first time here, so I'm a bit excited.
wow coool_brain, your image is really impressive, I have to ask what medium/brush do you use to have it so smoothly blended, my grayscale roughs are generally rough and messy. Ariya, love your desgns they're really striking, your line quality is excellent. I still have some ways to go before mine is as good
It's been a while since I logged on, so I thought I would start off by jumping into COW project!
Here are some of my ideas- I am leaning towards 1 and 4. I tend to like the "cuter" concepts.
Ok, so the attachment didn't work. Here's a new upload. What I have so far:
@Ariya, great to have you here. Couldn't help but go check out your sketchbook, really nice. As for these sketches, really solid silhouettes and good movement in that last guy.
My current wip.