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    C.O.W. #287. Coral Reef Camoflauge - WIPs Thread

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    ROUND #287 – Coral Reef Camoflauge

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    ROUND#287: Coral Reef Camouflage

    Coral reefs are one of the most vibrant and biodiverse environments in the world. With such a multitude of colour, texture, and with such density of creatures the biological creativity required to hide oneself, either for predatory or defensive purposes, becomes all that much more difficult. Your task this week is to create a creature which resides within a coral reef, that has a unique method of disguising itself amongst its surroundings. The caveat here is that the method of camouflage must not involve cloaking/transparency, rather it must be able to perfectly imitate its surroundings, or even other species of creature.

    Round requirements:

    - The creature must reside within a coral reef environment

    - The creature must have some method of camouflaging itself

    - The method of camouflage must not relate to transparency


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    January 5th, 7:00pm PST (GMT -8 )


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    you said a 'unique method of camouflage'. i can't think of anything that coral dwelling animals don't already implement. can we use methods of camouflage that real animals living in reefs already implement?

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    only two entries last week so I am in for this week.
    I have been lurking but it looks like peeps need to stop lurking and start doing... crustacea meet cephalopodia.

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    Spdry - Yes, you can. But try to think of something unusual. Try to do something that you consider to be cool, unusual and (if you can) unique.

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    this looks like a great topic!

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    Yes yes it is Alex, I hope I can join in.

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    man, all i can think about is scorpionfish, anglers, decorator crabs, boxer crabs, the hermit crabs that wear anemones, & mimic octopi. i don't want to just add coral protuberances to a creature i invent. bah, this is hard. anything i can think of already exists!

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    I have a stupid idea! Let's do this!

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    trying to start with color rather then grayscaling. so far its been fun. just playing with shapes at this moment. so far its looking like a crocodile that lost a fight against a reef.

    coral croc.

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    lookin good meteorpanda!

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    Some potential background sketches.
    The little beasties are not my submission for the creature itself.

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    no. 2! I think that has some really nice atmosphere going on.

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    the purple one looks like a brain with angry buttholes, knowing the brain coral actally exists, l love it!

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    Hallo! I thought this seahorse, sea dragon, bat type hybrid might be cool. It just floats out there, the insides are brightly colored to attract mates and whatnot, and the outside is coral textured. When threatened, which isn't very often because it is a bit bad ass, it retracts its wings and drops to the coral floor.

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    Here's mine. I have a few changes planned, but it's getting there.
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    Painted this up in livestream tonight, process videos here! going to sleep on it for a while and come back later on. NA Johnson that eel is looking really awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal Fingers View Post
    Painted this up in livestream tonight, process videos here! going to sleep on it for a while and come back later on. NA Johnson that eel is looking really awesome!

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    Holy crap that's nice, I'm jealous of your ability to crank that out in (what I'm assuming, since livestream) a couple hours.

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    Damn, always hard to hold a candle to that Metal Fingers guy. I think I'm gonna change my screen name to Butter Fingers.

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    haha aww, shucks. Looking really good man! The comp and design are working excellently. The foreground fishies are a good touch!

    I worked a bit more on mine today. Blocking in values and pushing the atmosphere a bit more.

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    First time attempting to paint a C.O.W.
    My first instinct was to design a prey-type creature, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that predators use camouflage just as often as the prey they hunt. As for the form of camouflage I decided upon motion-camouflage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_camouflage
    At it's essence it just breaks down to the predator moving towards it's prey's line of sight, making itself seem non-mobile.

    How it works in my creature(I'm gonna call it Bob.): Bob has a large singular set of lungs at the core of it's body, and breathes in large amounts of air (separated from the water). Bob also has blow-holes on the side it's frame, except they're more like trunks/tentacles meant to provide thrust when exhaling. Bob's hunting strategy consists of gorging itself with air and noting a tasty target, bob then maintains a slow thrust perpendicular to it's target as to appear to be moving in some random direction, and while doing this bob is also exhaling through the trunk-icles facing away from it's prey-- the exhaling also causes bob to deflate making it seem as if bob is still far away. When close enough bob lunges towards it's prey using it's strong back(?)-tail, and using the remaining air in it's trunk-icles for extra thrust.



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    hey guys. i've been working on my piece. haven't posted any WIPs because i'm at my moms recovering from surgery. the lack of good internet and cable has made me very productive, but sitting in a chair for long after the appendectomy is hard. i'll post WIPs as soon as i get near better wifi. my mom is on dial up. and nice work from everyone! of course you all are way better then me. i still haven't got into the groove of painting. i try a new way each time and it always feels forced. most my life i just sketched and drew. so painting is a new thing for me. and i miss my lineart, so i've been trying to find a way to paint and keep my lines. but anyway, i ramble. great job from everyone and i just wanted to let you know i am working on it.

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    @Eph
    very very interesting. i've never heard of motion camo. that is really neat. but keep in mind a fish's lateral line. they can feel motion very very well. i've worked in selling fish for 2 years now, and i can tell you from experience, they feel it all. i find when catching a fish slow is the best method, and having a second net helps a lot too. if i were you i'd add in a suction with the thrust toward the prey. like how an anglerfish inhales the prey. the suction would beat a fish's response to flee.

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    remember that camo is really only useful for ambush and hiding from predators. you said your creature was a bad ass, so i'll assume it's a predator and therefor should be hiding in ambush most the time. it just seems like it might be free swimming a lot, giving it no need for camo.

    don't mean to step on anyone's toes.

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    Hey Spydr! Thanks, yeah you are right! I will have a rethink and figure if he is predator or prey. Nice input!

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    The word ‘anarchy’ comes from the ancient Greek αναρχία in which αν meant ‘without’ and αρχία meant first a military ‘leader’ and then ‘ruler’. Anarchist society is one ‘without rulers’: a classless, non-hierarchical society.
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    @Spydr: Thank you kind sir, I didn't pay much attention to the underwater part (although even if I did, I might've still overlooked what you mention). I think I might be able to incorporate suction into the design, since bob's mouth already sorta looks like a vacuum.
    PS: I hope you recover soon.

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    hey everyone here's my wip!
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    Wanted to do something for this no doubt, so here is my idea for now, not sure if I'll make more progress or not, was interesting painting out the coral reef back ground.

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    The word ‘anarchy’ comes from the ancient Greek αναρχία in which αν meant ‘without’ and αρχία meant first a military ‘leader’ and then ‘ruler’. Anarchist society is one ‘without rulers’: a classless, non-hierarchical society.
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    so i was at a loss for what to draw, my mom suggested (i'm with her while i recover) hippo and sloth as i told her i didn't want an existing sea animal to work with. after the sketches i was just messing around with, i started to kinda like my sea sloth idea. and that is what i went with.

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