The mythological bird of flame and rebirth has been depicted many a time in many different ways, but thematically we see common elements tying it together (no pun intended). Slightly less frequently we'll often see a kind of antithetical version of the bird. A creature of cold, of ice. This week my task to you is to create a different kind of elemental bird, one with the same basic principle of rebirth present in with the phoenix, but with it's basic properties of fire transmuted. As an added challenge I would like the bird depicted twice: once in it's prime, as it's reborn, and once immediately before it dies and is reborn, in a state of deterioration. Because I don't want to restrict too much of what may go on design-wise, I am not limiting you to the other 3 elements, but a range of “types”. Your phoenix cousin should be kin with one of the following: Water, Wind, Earth, Shadow, Light, Acid, Plants, Metal.
- Your creature must be avian in form
- Your creature must have a cycle of death and rebirth as a phoenix
- Your creature must represent one of the following types: Water, Wind, Earth, Shadow, Light, Acid, Plant, Metal. Your creature must NOT represent flame or cold/ice in any way
- Your creature must be depicted in two states: once in its prime, once in old age, right before/during it's death
Alright, I'll give it a shot. Hope this is fine. At first I was going to choose toxic waste but I realized that really wasn't an option so I went for acid! I think it's an interesting (and difficult) concept and not exactly pretty. Here's two sketches/WIP's of its prime and death/rebirth. Sort of a decaying and acid scarred crow.
Last edited by WelpIGotNothing; February 17th, 2013 at 02:12 AM.
Flame_Unquenchable- I like the idea of a shadow bird. You could get really crazy with some of the possible effects here. http://cdn.designinstruct.com/files/...al_smoke_b.jpg
What if it oozed or wafted smoky mist or something? I also like your bird's death scene. Should be quite dramatic.
WelpIGotNothing-I like your general idea, but I would be careful. I think the rules forbid using existing animals, and having your creature, acid effects or not, as a simple crow might be tempting fate a little. Try to add some features that really separate it aesthetically from normal birds. Either way, I've always liked the contrasts between acid green and black colors. Your death scene has the potential to be quite awesomely gruesome.
I wish I'd found this thread before there was only two days left before the deadline! This seems like a really cool topic and it's a shame that it's not getting more traffic. Here's something to get the creative juices flowing: http://wild-earth.tumblr.com/tagged/birds
Acid Phoenix death scene at the hands of the avian knighthood.
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Looks really good, but there's a chance they'll reject it since it's mammalian in form and not avian (bird-like), which is really the essence of what a phoenix is... beyond the rebirth stuff, I mean...