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    COW #323: Epicenter of a Mass Parasitic Organism - WIPs Thread

    COW #323: Epicenter of a Mass Parasitic Organism - WIPs Thread

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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!

    Round Requirements:
    -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 thread is the WIPs Thread, meant for uploading any wips, sketches, and ideas for your creature's concepts, as well as any crits, comments, reference images, and discussions relating to the topic! Please submit your final entries to the Finals Thread which can be found here, otherwise your entry will not be included into the poll:
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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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