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    COW #323: Epicenter of a Mass Parasitic Organism

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    I'm going to go for something that's a little bit out there for this topic. I want you to think of a city or a large structure of some kind, perhaps a place that houses large amounts of energy, like a nucleur power plant for example (you can come up with anything for it's energy source. It can be man-made or natural.) Now think of that locale after it has been taken over by a massive parasitic organism. This organism is capable of spanning over several miles, depending on the amount of energy that is available. This parasite is not much more than just a network of organic materials, a rooted system capable of growing rapidly as it continues to branch out over a large area. Such an organism needs an epicenter of some kind, a central nervous system or 'the brains' as you may call it, perhaps the epicenter is where it gets all of it's localized energy and it just grows outward as it continues to feed off of this energy. Keep in mind this central part of the parasite is stationary due itself being rooted to the centralized region and basically everything else in the area. Also, as this creature is going to be very large overall, asking you to show the entire creature is a bit unreasonable, but as long as you show us the epicenter and most of the important parts of the creature it is fine. Now get painting!

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    -The epicenter is part of a massive network of parasitic organic material that spreads itself out over several miles if needed
    -The organism is parasitic and feeds off of energy produced by the area it has taken over
    -The entire parasite is fully stationary
    -being very large and stationary it does need some kind of defense mechanism
    -Optional: You may design maps, orthos, rooms, etc to showcase how all the different parts of the rest of the organism's looks and functions, this is a tall order so it is not required, but it is recommended to show some of what else is going on



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    This one is interesting. I'll get on board. Im not the best at painting environments. This i sa good way to get on that

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    This topic would be awesome as a collaboration with E.O.W. Has this idea been toyed with?

    I think the topic is interesting enough to warrant some extra time/work. Just a thought.

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    One example I can think of is in the film, The day the earth stood still. Nano bot insects that consume metal and spread that way. Sounds like a difficult topic.

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    Yeah, It's pretty inevitable that an environment will be drawn for a creature of this scope whether it's in collaboration with the environment club or not.
    I agree, It's almost like it's an environment mod, or a video game environment. Like how the zerg in starcraft work. What also comes to mind is in the newer dooms where the hell environment breaches and mixes with the regular environment (I haven't played that in years, so I may be mixing games) Also the flood from halo 2 comes to mind.
    http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2...Flood_wall.jpg

    I like the topic to though, Definitely out of the box and will probably warrant some interesting work.

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    Cool topic; I've got some ideas percolating already. It will be good environment practice too, so it should be interesting to see the different interpretations on this one.

    EDIT: I think I'd like to take you all on a trip to the circus/amusement park. I think I'll do a series of paintings in order to convey the mood and atmosphere for the park. I'll try not to go too generic.

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    I don't want people to feel like there's an obligation to design an environment, adding an environment does make it look more authentic (as is the case for every other creature that we do) but a minimal background can still be used if needed, remember the creature design is the important part of the topic, even if the background is just an indictative sketch with the creature being fully rendered on top of it, it's still fine....the no rushed works rule can be overlooked if the creature is more or less polished, as the background isn't important in a creature design challenge...

    here's some sketches as well as some references; Flaahgra and Emperor Ing from Metroid and the Thorian from Mass Effect
    I'm fancying the middle row at the moment...each has something to offer...
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    This thing. Had some time, so I figured I'd start with my first idea and see how it goes.

    Volcano Parasite, eats lava, will cover an entire volcano and suck it dry.

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    Still a beginner painter. I had a cool idea of a tumor sort of parasite feeding off the energy of a ice breaker ship, which are commonly nuclear powered. Still a bit of work to go though.
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    That's a really nice start, PiedDeFer. Compositionally I think you'd be better off cropping it so the focal point isn't dead center in the image. Creature design-wise I'd like to see the beast closer. Cool idea and a promising image.

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    Flame_Unquenchable I really like the idea that it feeds on volcanos. Right now it is difficult to distinguish the creature from the environment.

    Rob Powell Some nice thumbs. I think I like the first design in the second row the best. Any chance the voting will go up for the last round?

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    DPFX: voting is currently on hold because there is a problem with the drop down menu at the top of the thread, which is where I can add the poll to the thread, I have contacted the technical staff about it and they will try to sort the issue out. I will add the poll as soon as that is sorted, but for now I am unable to add it at this time...every now and then I check to see if it is resolved but so far no luck

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    Sort of went back and redid the image, different take on the same type of creature. I had the same issues with distinguishing the background from the creature. The original was supposed to be tentacle like growths swarming over the volcano, but alas H.R. Giger I am not... heh.

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    cool topic! great starts! heres a little comp I whipped up for funsies!

    this thing lives (started) inside a deep cave, it feeds off of the minerals in the deep rocks, but through deep cavern exploration, these scientists discovered parts of this behemoth, and started looking specifically to find out what the hell it was, because it was biological, so after much exploration, they finally came to the depths, and found it...

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    quick wip, a creature exploited for energy that mutated.

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    Hey guys! Here's mine.
    Talk about bringing a knife to a gunfight.
    Not sure our tiny hero is gonna beat this one.
    (Just hope I can remember to submit it this time.)

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    I wanted to show a little on it's origin...

    Considering a Dr/nurse being engulfed as well, but we'll see.

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    Here's my preliminary sketch. I'm still not sure what I want this thing to be feeding off of.

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    wow! lots of really awesome ideas brewing here! heres a little update on mine..

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    almost done, I want to repaint the guys in the corner.

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    scorge, pretty scary so far! like it! i would try to make its "arms" more organic tho.I immediately associated that left arm witha bridge .try to make it more random, more organic.justa tipp

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    scorge: you sexy beast you!

    Bobby Rebholz: you too!

    been struggling with this tbh, mainly because I wasn't satisfied with most of the ideas I had, but then after painting and deleting repeatedly I finally found something I can kick off of...I'd be lying if I said there was no Giger influence here....
    also posted a little close up of the fetal nucleus thingie....
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    The whole face of the fetal nucleus is definitely creepy!

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    Here's mine. Went for a biological source, siphoning nutrients from the ground by hijacking trees. Colour scheme is a bit iffy at the moment. I also seem to have misplaced my horizon line at some point and it has really warped my perspective. Little help please?

    How do we stand on the "No bloblike masses with no shape" rule in the guidelines? Mine looks like jelly at the moment, but I am planning on refining it more as a solid mass.

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    Moirae: you basically need to avoid drawing anything that has no discernable shape, for example if someone were to draw Muk or Ditto from pokemon they would not be accepted, since they are just blobs with eyes and a mouth, if you were to draw something like a jellyfish for example, it still has a base shape and internal features that can be identifiable. Even though when washed ashore they can be just puddles of mush. What you have at the moment is cutting it a little close, but if you start to push the design a bit and add some anatomical features you may be good to go, your creature's anatomy can be as chaotic as you want it to be, so long as there are solid forms present. Also remember the creature must have some indication that it branches out from it's central point.

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    hi guys im new to this thread and i really want to get started with these art challenges!

    here are some WIPS i did:

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    My Parasite Epicenter

    Wow! I'm impressed by how much everyone has accomplished thus far!

    Colorodo Kid: I like how you are incorporating a unique environment into the project! Does the creature use the theme-park/circus goers as its energy source, or the electricity that would go to the rides? I could imagine a fungi-infested amusement park being a good incorporation of both of your sketches.

    .pc: Your piece truly does appear as though the creature has overrun a facility. The perspective and atmosphere was handled beautifully.

    Flame_Unquenchable: I'm curious as to how your creature is metabolizing the magma- if it cools it would solidify into rock. Does it use this rock, or does it use solely the heat?

    DryShave: Very disturbing. Are you implying she may have given birth to your parasite?

    Moirae: I like the purple/green combo thus far. What are the squiggles up top? They appear to be a lattice it sends to neighboring trees, (though my first impression was lightning in that haunted Halloween way, but it would fit if a creature wants to attract electricity- the top of a tree is an excellent place for that).

    Garanord: My only suggestion thus far would be to add a little more color in your highlights and shadows so that the grey and brown values are not on monochromatic scales. Is it stealing electricity from the neighboring machines? If so, it would be nice to see where the energy is going or being stored. Being insectoid, does it have workers to defend itself or other mechanisms?

    Rob Powell: Definitely getting the Giger Alien vibe! Are the red eyes on the right part of the 'parent' parasite? I would also like to know what the green energy source is and where the nucleus is situated, even if implied only a little.

    That's the end of my inquiries thus far. I like hearing the reasonings behind the creatures and their functions!

    Well, time to share my progress!

    I began with the idea that the Parasite had latched itself onto some ruins in the aftermath of a nuclear war, and that it submerges its tentacles into the waste that floods the area while slowly spreading a network of "roots" and new offshoot parasites. The radioactivity is not only used as a source of energy, but part of their swift and seemingly uncontrollable cellular reproduction- cancerous to a degree. Aside from the radioactivity it dwells in and its flailing appendages, the parasite also has very corrosive spit that it can project a fair distance for self-defense.

    A ways into development I realized it actually looked feasible when flipped as well, albeit as a creature that completely submerges itself in the waste liquid and can spread itself without limitations throughout the new 'ocean'. I might flip the head on the 'underwater' one if it is chosen.

    I'm wondering which image is more appealing (original on the left, 'underwater' on the right) and what changes I could incorporate to make it seem more like an 'epicenter'. Perhaps if I add more of its growth about more ruins in the distance or extend my canvas I can make it seem like less of a singular creature that could be mobile. So far it looks like a partly-rendered neon monstrosity so my next priority is to also tone down receding parts and to create cleaner definition.

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