------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ROUND#314: Cryptids Series - Part I: Will-O-The-Wisp
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?
-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
...he draws aliens and doesn't afraid of anything...
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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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I rarely draw creatures but ah, couldn't resist, this Cryptids series sounds awesome. Stinkypanda, I love the idea of the firefly eating habits!
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.
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.
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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Hello all. First timer here, so I hope I'm doing this right.
Here is my first concept for will-o-the-wisp. I'm using elements from folklore about the creature from different parts of the world. The creature is like a tadpole in shape and it uses bioluminescence to glow. I will likely re-design it a bit so it makes more sense on how it "floats" or "hovers". Thank you for any feedback.
I came up with the idea that the light was a creature's use of a mating signal and that the light faded when predators came closer hence giving the effect that the wisp disappears. This is my original idea for the creature in which I used frogs, newts and komodo dragons for reference. I used a darker colour palette for the skin as marshy animals aren't usually that colourful. This is only the basic idea so feedback would be highly appreciated
based on the leafy sea dragon, the creature has buds which hatch into tiny will-o-wisps which float along the air, their tiny bodies consisting of the flower it hatched from, a tiny vine of a body and a beautiful soft orb which emits a glow when curious or excited...humans have enraptured the little ones for as long as they've existed, confusing them with their glows.
a symbiotic bond exists between will o wisps and the wild flowers. The flowers help camouflage and in turn the adult will o wisp will nurture the flowers along side its young as it emits a mist from its orbs over the area each dawn.
just an idea. when i think of will-o-wisp, I can only think of a small glowing ball creature. I guess I can make it more animal-like, or something. But that doesnt feel right to me. I always saw will-o-wisps as spirits of glowing light. just a elemental ball of light. I gave this one a mouth, but I'll probably take that out. I'm gonna have to rely more on the atmosphere for this one, get more abstract.
I continued to experiment with the design and created some final line work and now I'm working out the values. The final piece won't have any line work I'm just currently using a multiply layer so I don't lose any of the features in the experimental phase
Hey everyone, didn't make last COW but I'm going to try my best to enter something this time. Right now I'm building off of the pitcher plant that uses stained glass to confuse the insects that fly into it but backwards. The enzymes that dissolve the insects that it catches glow and refract off of the mist and make spheres of light giving the illusion of wisps in the air.