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COW #327: Tiny Sparkling Life Giver - WIPs Thread
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COW #327: Tiny Sparkling Life Giver
If you look back on cow you will notice a whole lot of creatures that are more than capable of taking the life of something, there isn't a lot of creatures that are able to give life. So for this round we will do just that. Design a creature that is capable of giving life to someone or something that is dead. How it does so is up to you. This creature will be small, infact very small, think about the size of a fingernail, or even smaller if you so wish. In addition it's skin is textured in such a way that it seems to sparkle. Or perhaps it gives of a sparkly dust of some kind. Give life to a small lifegiver!
-Creature is very small, we're talking no larger than your fingernail
-must sparkle in some way
-this creature has the capablilty to give life to something or someone that has died, try to depict this ability in some way
Wednesday July 30, 11:59:59 PM EST (GMT -4)
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Last edited by Rob Powell; July 29th, 2014 at 11:36 PM.
Posting this early because I'm having a few issues with the site being slow...so might as well give everyone a head start
I've been visiting the forums for years and I'm glad to finally join this concept art community. This challenge sounds very cool to add some creatures that are capable of giving life back to lost ones, or to creatures we want back! Makes a lot of sense to be fingernail small and sparkling, that's a very suitable description of a Life Giver. I'm going to try participate.
Briefing this challenge I got two initial ideas, both microscopic creatures that reverse the rotting process so organic stuff is combined up back into complex forms of matter, one taking a goofy direction with small turtles, and the other a more horror like direction.
I'm calling them taphos, they literally inject life back to corpses or nearly dead ones, it sucks the corpse's own internal chemicals stoping them from self-digesting and eats all bacteria, ending the putrefaction, and uses all that stuff as raw material for rearranging and recombining matter to the highest complex form and producing a protective liquid that grows in the same rate of the corpse's recovering growth
Rough pencil based on paint thumbnails, looking for variations so the views (side, top etc.) aren't tight, aren't for modeling, I kept them loose, open to variations.
Lastly I hope I'm posting on the right thread and that my images follow the guidelines, so please correct me if I don't do that.
Last edited by cartoonliquid; July 27th, 2014 at 01:01 PM.
Hello, I'm new to the forum, and when I post text it shows up, but when I post the jpg (800px) image of my first step on WIP it doesn't show up. Is there a moderation that first evaluates the images from posts and only if approved they show up?
Yeah, you're new to the forum and the first couple times you post you may have to wait for approval from either myself or one of the other moderators, so we can keep a better eye on any spammers. I'll delete the duplicate posts you made.
I don't think it'll be long before you can post freely, I don't recall having to approve a new member's posts more than once so you should be good to go. If you post again and it doesn't show up just wait a bit for me to approve it first before posting multiple times.
Last edited by Rob Powell; July 27th, 2014 at 12:20 AM.
Adding other two initial ideas for tiny sparkling life givers, one continuing the horror direction, and the other with a more serious look at the small turtles inspiration.
I want to explore variations and cherry pick from the results of slowly taking a design direction that is mostly functional under the taphos concept (again, creatures that stop the corpse from self-digesting, end putrefaction, rearrange, recombine matter to the highest complex form and protect the corpse's while it recovers ...but writing this process is easy, what I would really enjoy are drawings showing this process )
Last edited by cartoonliquid; July 27th, 2014 at 07:39 PM.
Curses Scorge, you just snuck in ahead of me with your spark(l)ing life giver...
Mine is an insect-like creature who eats uses electric charge generated by rubbing its wing covers together to bring back the spark of life.
Edit : Oops giant image size, lets try that again
Damn. Colour is hard.
Not sure if I will be finishing before Wednesday, but here's some WIPs anyways. I want the butt part of the creature to be filled with sparkly glittery lifegiving particle, but I'm struggling to figure out how to accurately portray that. Glitter particles are hard to recreate!
Thought I'd do a couple of crits before posting my next WIP :
Cartoonliquid : Loving that top image of the tooth fairy concept (the green one) the highlighting really makes it pop and the silhouette is intriguing (and frightening!) I'll admit though that I'm having trouble seeing exactly what is going on in your sketches, maybe you could try for a more focused composition? (And yes i realise that you're showing front/side elevations atm)
Scorge : like i said, curse you for getting that spark in first! I really love the skin sparkle on your beastie (so sparkly!) Maybe you could make the lighting highlights on the dead bee correspond to the lightning? He's not quite integrated into the drawing (especially as we can see the reflection on your creep)
Porcupine : LOVE the fact he's sitting on someone's finger. Very cool! Also, congrats on making the first one that is actually adorable I also really like the rextures you've got going on the tail and wings. I'd love to see some more of that effort put into the purple bits as they're not popping quite so much at the moment..
Fabianguiza : Another very cute one! I really like the owl influence here, its really original and mixes beautifully with the antennae. Watch out on the musculature on the legs though, its not quite believable yet. I'd recommend having a quick look at the way back legs look on small mammals or reptiles (or even birds like chickens?) to get it working right but looking great so far!
Aerica : Don't worry too much about that sparkly abdomen, i reckon its coming along beautifully! Very sparkly indeed! I'd recommend pushing the design a little more as you MIGHT be looking at being too similar to an existing creature (which can get you disqualified) Maybe push the proportions a little more?
Hugoaraujo : I really love the colours and the way they blend here, it looks really natural (especially those gorgeous wings) Seriously, love your sparkler, would love to see it finished up!
Anyway, here is where I am so far :
Damn. Colour is hard.
I filled the page with foru concepts, just have to pick one and finish it in no time...
Firts one is a divine bug which can resurrect someone just praying for it, second one can bite a body and transfer the energy of the flower to the "victim" then it withers, fourth one is filled with some divine nectar and droping it on the lips of someone will return him to live.
I'm not sure about third, so, it's discarded.
Hey guys, silly me forgot to upload the finals thread when I posted the topic, it is up now so if you have a finished piece you can go ahead and post to the finals! You can take this as a 24 hours notice, but I may extend the deadline because of my derpyness....
Finished an attempt, I've changed the shape of the "flower body" and turned to look like garlic, a garlic bug...not bad, since garlic is healthy it may work too...
But no, seriously, I'm gonna try harder.
I particularly like it JeanFumero. Nice work.
Hey, thanks a lot, I'm struggling right now, still can get in time.
I like a lot your's, it may sound like a comeback praise but I haven't said anything because I like a bunch on here and didn't wanted to start my first post praising everyone, it feels weird.
But really, I like the structure on the shards and wings, well, and legs, the construction seems pretty cool everywhere.
Hey Grotski, thks for the comment about the tooth fairy and the crits, the moment you gave your input was to me the right time to go for a more focused composition. At that point I think I sketched enough pencils during the concept art stage here, with the front/side elevations.
Yesterday while I was writing about the creature, just drafting into the storytelling potetial from it, it lead me to an interesting shape for this project: a .pdf brochure presenting the creature. So I finished writing, sketching comps to be able to move on to the final stage, and worked real had to prioritize execution aiming at presentation.
I agree with all your crits, to me they might have helped everyone's creatures reach a higher level, satisfying even more not only the Brief and COW Rules but also our hunger for sharpening our skills and having fun. It sure helped me, if you didn't give your crits I don't know if I would have researched and developed the design in this specific direction, so thank you again.
So that's it, finished polishing it to the final key visuals, and submited the pdf to the finals thread.
JeanFumero I know you already posted your final but since there is a little bit of grace, you need to crop out the look of your sketchbook or you will be disqualified. This is an awesome topic and I've put a lot of thought into it but traveling all over China I haven't been able to get anything together and although I'm finished I haven't gotten a chance to take a proper pic, edit it and upload, hopefully I can find wifi and do all of that before Rob wakes up.
Everybody came up with some pretty unique insects and insect like creatures, and I can see sparkles weren't just difficult for me. I can't wait to see how everyone does in the polls, good luck!
@darren94 Oh, was in bed while you was writing this, thanks, I hope I'm not already out.
I missed it by that much... okay by a lot, I wish I had had wifi in time. or at least wasn't stuck traveling
but I thought I could still post this on here since I did it in the hopes that somebody will critique the crap out of it so I can improve my drawings.
Not that it matters now but the concept was that the mucus this creature secretes replenishes animals on the cellular level so cells that stopped functioning and died leading to organ failure repair themselves and beginning working normally when they come in contact with this little guys mucus. The little creatures are attracted to the bacteria that normally grows on deceased animals and consume it there small size allowing them to crawl into an animals organ system, cleanse it, and spread their mucus. Unfortunately there aren't enough of these creatures for use in human experimentation, which would most likely be ineffective anyway due to the existence of a Soul.