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COW #325: Co-operative Symbiosis 'The Seeing Eye Dog' - WIPs Thread
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COW #324: Co-operative Symbiosis 'The Seeing Eye Dog'
Most animals in our world can fare just fine on their own or at least with members of their own species, however some take adaptation even further by interacting with other species, these particular interactions are beneficial to both parties. For this round we will focus on two such creatures that are involved in a mutualistic relationship. One creature, a large and very powerful creature strong and hardy, but completely blind. While the other being small and frail, that has excellent eyesight. The small critter provides its sight for the larger creature as a favour for the protection, food scraps, whatever the larger creature is able to provide. So there you have it two creatures to design, two weeks to design them! You know what to do!
-your entry must consist of two different species
-one creature is large and strong while the other is small and weak
-the larger creature is completely blind while the smaller one, with excellent eyesight, lends its sight to the larger one for a favour of protection, food scraps, etc.
-obviously the smaller critter will need some way to communicate with the larger creature
Wednesday July 16, 11:59:59 PM EST (GMT -4)
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This is going to be my first challenge so appologies if I'm asking a stupid question.
Can we include a human for size reference in the final image or is that a no-no?
Anyway a rough possibility for the big guy.
The idea is its got no eyes so it depends purely on its nose and of course its symbiotic partner. The nose was inspired by this vulture
Edit: also in the final image that we submit it has to be just single one of each creatures right? Or can there multiples?
Mehul Sahai: Yeah it is perfectly fine if you want to include a human for scale.
I would prefer if you uploaded just one image, supplementary images aren't banned, meaning if you uploaded a second image I wouldn't disqualify you, but I would prefer if each artist had uploaded a single image per entry...
I thought about a fungus type organism that creates eyes the more it is present in its host. It evolves into a symbiotic relation when the alpha predator use these eyes to explore their surroundings and to hunt. The eyesight gets better when there is more fungus concentrated in a point. Also, the blood of the preys and the host makes the fungus grow.
Shadowpriest: There's two things I want to point out; the symbiote first of all needs to be a creature and not fungus (easily fixed by just stating it is a creature rather than a fungus), second watch the blob-like appearance of your symbiote. I'm taking the rules into account for both creatures for this round, so even though it is part of the larger beast it still needs to have some kind of base anatomical structure and not just being green goo with eyes. It is a very neat idea, with a little bit of playing around I'm sure you can make it work.
Dammit scorge! I think... I think you've already got my vote. Take it down a notch for the rest of us will ya!
Actually, ignore me and keep that up, that piece is fantastic.
My Sketchbook - All are welcome
there are some nice things getting posted. And scorge that is awesome, simply great.
Here is mine and underwater creature. The big guy mostly lurks in caves and underwater ravines waiting for something to come by. nuff said. the smaller guy is still being worked out I was thinking of a crustacean type of creature that communicates by growing electrode "veins" down the body of the big guy and then send signals that way and also uses bio-luminescence to help lure creatures to dinner.
Did the blind creature first. Kind of a reptilian goblin like dude who carries a massive spear/axe and has a barrel on his back which contains stuff he and his creature finds. He mostly lives his dank and dark areas; so his kind have eyes that have became useless throughout years of living there which is why they are a milky color. I am going to create his eye dog create next and hopefully finish and show it later today
Demon Lizardman: Might I suggest you have a gander at the rules for COW. Creature of the Week requires that creatures are not humanoid, and they should not have accessories, clothing, and weapons. Humanoids and accessories we try to restrict to Character of the Week, while here we are looking for creatures that are more animalistic in nature and appearance. May I also ask that you try to upload smaller image sizes, so it is easier for the rest of us to view the image.
Alright, my bad, tried again and started with the seeing eye dog creature first. This time I took inspiration from a shrew and a kangaroo mouse and came out with this little runt right here (Will do size comparisons when I finish the other creature). The long legs let this creature hop all around the creatures back alerting him of obstacles and other things that might get in it's way. Those hooks on his ears and feet also help him cling on to the creatures fur. It also makes a significant squeal that can only be heard by the creature which helps the two communicate.
Also, is this small enough for you?
Wow, that's amazing scorge.
Here's my humble attempt. The la\arge creature is some sort of extremely poisonous caterpillar beetle hybrid. The small creature is a type of jumping spider that happened to be immune to the big creature's poison. Over countless generations the two species have developed a tight bond. The spider weaves a web on some of the caterpillar's tentacles. The spider plucks the threats and through vibration tells the caterpillar which way to go to find food/mates and where to go to evade potential predators. The spider gets a very safe place to live in. The caterpillar can talk back to the spider via the same web by vibrating it's own tentacles. Since the spiders have such keen eye-sight they have evolved little flags on some of their legs so they can signal other spiders of the same species and communicate from far away.
I have lots to render still. I'm considering some yellow rings on the tentacles so that it looks more poisonous.
Great job everyone.
Some sketches. Feels a bit obvious, though.
So this is the concept I am going with. But I am having a hard time with perspective that will accurately show both creatures. Also I am curious whether I should do two drawings, one showing both creatures but mostly the larger and the other showing the details and features of the smaller one? I will not be using a digital program hence why I am asking. Also with the primate-like creature is it clear that it tucks it's second set of arms under it's tuft of chest hair, and do the arms look like a natural part of the creatures anatomy or should I try to make that more clear? I was thinking the second pair of arms is how the primate transmits sensory memories to the host beast and as a means of social interaction with others of it's species.
Everybody's ideas look great already I can't wait to see the finals!
I spotted this forum and I just had to enter this contest.
I think the contest draws out you creativity and skill as an artist. Hopefully this also will happen to me so I could compete to these amazing art-pieces.
To kick it all off, here is my first entry:
The first organism, the gator-like creature normally lives near the water surface. Here it looked blindly for fish. Because of the overpopulation of the fish this was made possible, since it has a high chance of catching some by chance.
But because off pollution, less fish where available, which caused the gator-creature to go deeper into the ocean. Here lived the second creature: the transparent blob-like creature. They slowly climb on rock trying to eat off dirt. Predators could be worn off by electric shocks for the small 'tentacles'.
Due to evolution, they started to work together. The blob-creature, uses its eyes to look and transmits the signals via small electric shocks to the brain of the gator-creature. This way the gator can see an attack more efficiently. The blob-like creature now has the possibility to transport to nutrient-rich regions.