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    COW #325: Co-operative Symbiosis 'The Seeing Eye Dog' - WIPs Thread

    COW #325: Co-operative Symbiosis 'The Seeing Eye Dog' - WIPs Thread

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    COW #324: Co-operative Symbiosis 'The Seeing Eye Dog'

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    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!

    Round Requirements:
    -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



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    Some exploratory sketches.
    I'm thinking the "big guy" will be a mostly subterranean / cave-dwelling species, moving around by sound and touch, and the "dog" would be a scavenger type that picks up the leftovers.

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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.Name:  challenge 324 b.jpg
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    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?

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    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...

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    Cool, thanks for clearing that up. I think I'll stick to a single image.

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    Some Ideas

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    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.Name:  Blind01.jpg
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    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.

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    Co-operative Symbiosis 'The Seeing Eye Dog' - WIP

    Here's mine..

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    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.

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