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    C.O.W. #314. Cryptids Series - Part I: Will-O-The-Wisp - WIPs Thread

    C.O.W. #314. Cryptids Series - Part I: Will-O-The-Wisp - WIPs Thread

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    ROUND#314: Cryptids Series - Part I: Will-O-The-Wisp

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    ROUND#314: Cryptids Series - Part I: Will-O-The-Wisp


    Carrying on a tradition started by (lark and Si_Swe. Every approximately 50 rounds or so we will be doing a trilogy of topics based on a singular theme. For the first series we looked into the mystical creatures known as familiars, then we dove into the world of Dungeons and Dragons for the second series! For the next six weeks we will be looking at some creatures that could quite possibly be a little closer to home! These creatures are known as cryptids!

    The world is large and full of many mysteries that have yet to be discovered or recognized by science. A 'cryptid' is a term used to describe creatures or events that have not been fully explained or proven by science. However their existence is questionable many eyewitness acounts describe these phenomenon, quite often in great detail. While some cryptids have been confirmed (such as the the Platypus for example) or some debunked, there still remains many unsolved mysteries that have yet been fully understood. We will be digging deep into our imaginations and bring to life some of these folklorish beasts of legend in this trilogy of Cryptids!

    Part I-The Will-o-the-Wisp
    To start of this 3 part series, here at Creature of the week, we are looking at mysterious lights that are known as Will-O-The-Wisp, also refered to as friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, or jack-o-lanterns. The Will-o-the-wisps are described as mysterious lights or flames that appear near bogs and marshes. Some say that these strange lights show where hidden treasure is buried, while others claim they are mischievous supernatural beings that will mislead travelers through the marshes. Imagine that these lights are the result of some sort of creature. Think about how and why the creature produces light. Do they intentionally mislead travelers in the marshes as a hunting tactic? Are they guardians for some buried treasure? Or are they just there minding their own business unaware of the mischief they create with their light?

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    -the creature we are designing can be of any size and shape, but keep in mind that it is indeed quite elusive and hard to find
    -resides within the marshlands
    -must give off a flame/lantern-like light in some way

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    Here's a couple images of will-o-the-wisps/similar critters that may work as inspiration!
    -Left is a neat creature painting of the will-o-the-wisp (very neat crustacean and dragonfly elements and cool use of bioluminescence)
    -Top right is from the movie Brave
    -Bottom right is a Poe from the Legend of Zelda, which bear a strong resemblance to will-o-the-wisp (of course a creature like this is not legal here in cow but it makes for a good piece of inspiration)
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    Such a cool topic Rob! thanks for the refs as well


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    I was thinking about how it would be funny if the deadly aspect of the will o the wisp was just an accident. My idea was that they feed of of fireflies, which makes their belly's glow.

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    I think I´m going to do something different for the final, but for now...

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    Rad! Good to see another series round. I'll try to bust something out for this round. Going to try and go really ethereal on this one.

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    Ah this sounds like a fun round! It's gonna be tough for me to make it this week, as I'll be out of the country. I'll have to jump right into this the moment I get back.
    Good luck everyone!

    stinkypanda- Looks like an angler fish with legs, a terrible combination indeed! Looking forward to seeing your final design.

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    I rarely draw creatures but ah, couldn't resist, this Cryptids series sounds awesome. Stinkypanda, I love the idea of the firefly eating habits!

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    Mine doesn't really scream ethereal and mysterious at the moment, haha, I may change its head a bit. The idea is that its a tiny, dark critter and its fur and the tip of its tail glows as it hops from place to place.

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    Hey folks. I felt like doing a speed painting on this one, so I threw this together in 2 hours-ish. I may pull something else out, later.

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    good to see you again Simon interesting concept so far. Gonna be fun to see where you take this!


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    Really cool prompt, I hope it's ok for CA newbies to jump in?

    My idea is a species of small, burrowing salamanders that live in large colonies. They have bio luminescent lures that attract curious animals (like people). One salamander will wait near a path or trail until a victim shows up, then try to lure it back to deeper waters where the rest of the colony is waiting. Once the prey reaches the colony the salamanders swarm and devour it within an hour, kind of like piranhas. Since large meals can be very rare these guys can burrow underground and hibernate for long periods of time, which is why they're never seen.

    This is just a quick sketch, I need to work on the design more.

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    By the way, Franz Liszt wrote a piece about Feux Follets (Will-O-The Wisp):



    Maybe I'll enter this contest and try learning this piece.

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    I wanted to go with a bit more of a scientific interpretation. It's a giant bug, sort of a cross between a cicada and a firefly. Larvae are extremely bioluminescent and glow from within the pregnant female's abdomen. Here's my drawing so far.

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