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    COW #324: Multi-headed Melanistc Dragon - WIPs Thread

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    COW #324: Multi-headed Melanistc Dragon

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    Chances are, if you participate in this activity then you already know and love dragons. They are pretty damn popular! So, here's another topic centered around these awesome beasties. The dragon that we are going to be designing is going to be melanistic, meaning its skin has a rare overdevelopment of the dark pigment, melanin. In other words it is the exact opposite of albinism, so animals would appear black (or at least unusually dark) in colour. A well known example is the Black Panther which is a melanistic Leopard. In addition to that your dragon has multiple heads, you can give us a two headed dragon, or you can give us a dragon with a few dozen heads, they can have varying appearances and functions or they can be completely identical, doesn't matter! What matters is that it is a dragon that has more than one head on it's shoulders...or where ever you decide to put them.

    Round Requirements:
    -must have two or more heads
    -mostly black
    -must be a dragon



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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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    Awesome topic. (Btw I think you meant to write July 2nd for the deadline, not June.)

    I recently saw a video of a snake with two heads that I thought could be a good reference for two-headed reptiles:



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    Wow awesome topic Rob!

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    YES YES YES YES YES!! Colour black and dragons! That's metal as fuck! I'm so in, starting right away!

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    Nice topic! Question: the dragon doesn't require feathers or fur, am i right?

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    feathers, fur, scales, whatever you want mate! as long as it is a black dragon with more than one head! Everything else is up to your imagination!

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    Here's some initial experimenting. I need to do some research.

    Edit: added some head ideas.

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    Woo dragons!

    Some real quick heads.
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    COW #324 P001 [Jha]

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    Hey guys, this is the first time I am trying to submit any such thing. So even though, the rules are pretty straight forward, I would really appreciate it if you could point out if I am doing anything wrong. Also I have never done creatures before, so all comments and crits would be more then welcome.

    As for the rules, I do understand that it needs to be a dragon and should be black (most part at least).

    These are just some head and pose sketches I tried for the dragon (Extremely rough, I apologize).

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    Here's my own contribution. Let's see how far I can push this.

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    I'd like to point out that although in Asia and Africa, the Black Panther is a melanistic Leopard, in the Americas, it is a melanistic Jaguar.

    Pretty much any wild cat in the Panthera species can be a black panther.

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    Quick sketch. I went for a more eastern dragon with one head on both ends of the body. The second head is supposed to be a link to another world where the first can peer into and weave it's dimensions.
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    Some excellent work so far guys! Just to let you know this topic is one week long, but I'm not opposed to adding the extra week if desired!

    here's some sketches and references...
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    A bit of progress. Looking good, everyone.

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    Some progress. Good Job everyone!

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    Wanted to stay out Rob I swear! But, too good to pass up. The idea here is that each head has a function. See how it goes. Love you and Simon's sketches by the way.

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    I guess I'll forgive you this time, especially if you keep up the awesome works like this!

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    great topic,Rob!

    had to make a quick sketch before i head out

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    *Bonk!*

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    While one head eats, the other keeps watch.
    It's supposed to be eating a mammoth, but it doesn't quite look like it yet.
    Really cool designs everyone

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    Here's my WIP! I love dragons. Thank you Rob for this topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty Feather View Post
    Pretty much any wild cat in the Panthera species can be a black panther.
    Genus, and sadly not.

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    here's some sketches and references...
    Ooh. I like that middle one with the hollow crest.

    One thing about the topic, though. What makes all the entries for this COW melanistic abberations rather than an example of a fully, normally black species? Would there need to be at least a glance at the regular coloration too? (Maybe with faint impressions of regular markings in the melanistic version, as per leopards. That'd look cool.)

    ...which is only my opinion.
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    Vermis: I'd say it isn't required, but if you really want to show your dragon with some slight colourations that's perfectly fine. I am aware that not all melanistic animals are completely black, the melanistic barn owl for example is actually a dark brown colour, but if you can keep it close to it being black with any indications of markings then that is perfectly fine if you want. That is why I listed the requirement as 'mostly' black, so the artists have a little wiggle room for such things if they want.

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    Still fairly new to all this. Attempted a few challenges before, never completed anything for the deadline. Here's hoping that changes with this one.
    Im on the fence with the wings. Originally I had more compact ones stemming from the 'elbows' -if you will, like the Tapejara had (as can be seen in the smaller thumbnail). Though now Im flirting with the larger, perhaps more traditional structure.
    Quite confused by the anatomy towards the shoulder blade closest to the viewer. I'll have to analyze it further.
    (Also the purple colour is obviously not final. Just trying to establish the base for that purple/blue-ish shine some deep blacks emanate).


    Some seriously inspired designs in here, already.

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    Finally doing another COW! I seem to do these in twos then skip a couple, aw well I'm doing this one! I hope this is black enough, I realized I don't really paint anything so dark so its a learning experience I guess.
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    Still contemplating about extending the deadline for this, as the current deadline is this Wednesday. If enough of you guys want an extension I can make it happen...

    My wip so far...a bit sloppy (and dark) but it's getting there...
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    These are both of my work in progress shotsName:  Melanistic multi headed dragon WIP 1.jpg
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