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COW #321: Hellish War Beast - WIPs Thread
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COW #321: Hellish War Beast
It's getting hot in here! For this topic we are going to focus on a creature from the deepest depths of hell. This creature has one sole purpose in its existence, war! It is a merciless killing machine capable of unimaginable destruction and chaos. It's origins are up to you, perhaps it is a construct in preparation for the apocalypse or maybe there's some kind of war happening in hell between different realms of hell. Whatever it's origins, you are required to design this monstrosity! Remember that this creature was built for war, any and all weaponry and armour this creature possesses must be part of its anatomy. Think outside the box in this heated round!
-creature comes from the depths of hell
-this beast is built for the singular purpose of killing things on the battlefield
-any weaponry and armour is part of this creature's anatomy
-minimal accessories are allowed for harnesses and saddles and such if you want
Wednesday June 4, 11:59:59 PM EST (GMT -4)
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Last edited by Rob Powell; May 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 PM.
Well that topic should be a HUGE draw!
I've done a few CHOW's in the last couple of years, but I thought... let's give it a try on COW. Creatures are not the things I normally draw, but I see it as a challenge to try something new :-). Inspired by a new cool tv show I saw last week: Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge. If you like creatures, check it out.
Back to business, here's my first wip, made with an oldschool ballpoint :-)
This sounds interesting
gathering references and started sketching
Just started with some quick colors, to check out in which direction I want to go.
This is my kind of creature! xD Here's a sketch of my idea; I slapped some colors on to make it easier to see.
Kritzlof, I think those look cool, but honestly it might be wayyyy too close to this guy
I was not aware at all. I have seen those a long time ago but I don't actually think they where an unconscious inspiration or something like that. Do you think I have to change it either way? :/
This should be a fun one.
@Jeremy Hoffman: Very nice already. I like your colors, and Jim Henson's work is always good for inspiration.
@Varatera: Very hellish, and great work on the anatomy. Terrifying and fantastical, but still believable.
And my idea so far:
Last edited by The Colorado Kid; May 25th, 2014 at 11:16 PM.
Hopefully I'll have time to finish this. Been a while since I did a COW.
Last edited by nightfend; May 25th, 2014 at 12:15 PM. Reason: sizing down the image a bit
Did a quick update adding some shadow and light before moving to the higher resolution art.
You're coming up with cool stuff people Some are very hellish, fierce and destructive. Keep it up. I really like your design, Varatera. Not sure I'm agreeing with Shadowren117 that it looks a lot like a Fel Hunter from World of Warcraft. Keep pushing your ideas!
Hellmoths are dedicated parents. The fathers flutter their wings above the eggs, keeping them a constant temperature while the mothers hunt for food and fatten up. Once the Hellmoth mother has fed herself enough, the fathers create a heatspike, awakening the larvae. The parents sacrifice themselves as the first meal for their youngs. The larvae then start their own life cycle, devouring rocks and minerals and secrete them into a more rich soil.
However, the demonbreed quickly discovered these species could be re-purposed as living warmachines.
They created giant eggfarms, mimicking the fathers temperature. When war breaks loose, the demons create the heatspike, unleashing thousands of Hellmoth Larvae at the same moment. Hellmoth riders force the mothers to fly towards the strongholds of their enemy, with a swarm of hungry larvae and a trial of destruction behind them. The ability to track their mother once was a beautiful instinct, but is now abused to be the first cavalry of the demonbreed. This leaves the confused and wounded enemy open for the next wave of attackers.
Even when the opponents succeed into killing the larvae, the remains will turn the lands into a giant cesspool, leaving the terrain cripled and unusable for many years to come.
(I'm not really sure if I'll find time to finish this one, but it was a while since I participated in a CoW, and my monsterfeels were tingling. That's also the reason for adding the backstory with the first draft, if I don't finish, you still get my thinky thoughs)
Last edited by Oskar!; May 25th, 2014 at 05:35 PM.
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Wow Bobby... That's an amazing sketch. Made me instantly check out your sketchbook!
Varatera, I like your start a lot also. But I can't help but remember seeing that sort of creature head somewhere else... Is it derivative of something? It's nagging at me, but I can't remember where I've seen it.
EDIT! I just remembered:
Last edited by aburnier; May 25th, 2014 at 06:57 PM.
Just trying to flesh out something. Sketch :>
Oh and Oscar! That design is f'ing creepy! Ughhhhh :'(
Some very cool sketchwork so far...
An initial sketch so far, with some other images just for that quick visual stimuli...
Also, people may or may not have noticed but the Winner's Gallery is now up to date, didn't put the borders, because it takes too long to add the border to each winning entry (we're talking over 60 entries) and I figured I might as well get the images up giving everyone some kind of incentive for winning these topics since the stars function is still bugged out for some reason...
Here is another WIP,
are there more people who think this is too similar to the warcraft felhounds?
Through in some detailed linework and a quick lighting test, getting a feel for the forms and space for this guy...
Kritzlof, my 2cents, it's good. Yours is quite different. The only thing it really shares are the sharp scythes raised above it.
This second WIP of yours has really departed from the hellhound look. My vote - keep at it.
I think I will keep it then, but I'll have the felhound in mind so that it won't be too similar.
very cool topic, I really like it! so many opportunities.
so here is my take
oops, forgot to ask, is the cowbell acceptable?
Rob - You're killin' it, man! That tail is fucking sweet. I would recommend appraising that area where the ribs are exposed, I'd say you probably don't need so much detail there. It's a weak point in the design, and there's a enough going on elsewhere that you can just let the area be pretty simple.
Been whipping some stuff off pretty quick with gradients.
Last edited by Si_Swe; May 26th, 2014 at 05:33 PM.
Made some changes to the pose design...
Thanks, Simon! I was thinking the same thing actually, I'm going to go over the linework again and start working him into a scene in a bit. Your guy is looking sweet in it's own right, almost looks like he's part of the scenery!
blaker: I am allowing minimal accessories, basically as long as any weapons and armour is part of the creature's anatomy and whatever else you add doesn't take away from your design your good to go. I'm not sure how well the cowbell fits in with the creature but hey, 'More cowbell!'
Jeremy Hoffman: very nice sketch, however, the poilshed version is just not scary enough.
Kritzlof: no it is not similar but it is not very original either. Also, the scale is missing, how large is this beast?
Varatera: nice and stylish but how does it fight? It looks more of an agile race animal then a brutal war beast.
The Colorado Kid: interesting, interesting.
nightfend: I like the first skecth, it is very convincing as a war beast and the scale is nicely indicated.
Bobby Rebholz: very cool skecth, keep it up.
Oskar!: does not seem to be very original (reminds me of that horror film with sand worms), also, how does it fight?
uiriamu: too early to say anything.
Rob Powell: Very nice beast, underbelly is a bit over done. How large is it?
blaker: the cowbell is fine, the rest of the picture is a bit unclear How many legs does it have? The anatomy of the hind leg is unclear. How large is it?
TBH I miss the experimentation. Everyone seems to come up with only one idea and then stick to it.