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    COW #330: The Sun Guardian - WIPs Thread

    COW #330: The Sun Guardian - WIPs Thread

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    For more information and details about the rules of Creature of the Week go here:

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    COW #330: The Sun Guardian

    Brief:
    Throughout history the sun has played an important role to both our planet's existence and to ancient folklore and mythology. Some ancient cultures believe the sun is a watchful eye of a god in the sky, while others may view the sun as a symbol of life and reincarnation. Many ancient cultures have built monuments that are used as a place of worship or celebration to the sun in some way, including Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Gisa. This week I would like your creativity to center around the sun, and design a creature that plays an important role based upon the sun!

    Round Requirements:

    -This creature is somehow connected with the sun
    -it's role must suit the word 'Guardian' in some way
    -optional: You may depict an ancient monument built in honour of this creature. This is not required to make the poll



    Deadline:
    Wednesday August 27, 11:59:59 PM EST (GMT -4)


    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:
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...09#post3850209

    If you have any ideas for a future topic for Creature of the Week you are free to add your own ideas and suggestions to the Topic Suggestion Thread!

    If your looking for a little inspiration for your designs, we have a good Site Reference Thread available!

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    I could be wrong and perhaps somebody already caught it but I don't think June 4th is the correct date?

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    Was kinda rushing and completely forgot to change that date on that, it is now fixed....this week's topic is going to be a week long.

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    The topic made me think of sacred cows for some reason, (cows aren't the most guardian-like creatures thou) and I want to try to make my creature look fiery.

    Trying to explore many possible directions before deciding which way to go.

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    When I read the brief I remembered how in Norse mythology when ragnarok and the end of time comes, a giant wolf will devour the sun. So I thought the sun guardian creature could protect the sun during Ragnarok. I looked up some breeds of dogs that shepherds use against wolves for inspiration. I'd like to try and have a nice rendering of what I started here, but I have the feeling it's beyond my skill level. We'll see...

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    What I have so far is just an idea, I don't know if I am going to do it yet, I still have a few more ideas in mind. I went with an Aztec Sun Guardian who is summoned if you find the missing sun rod( the thing on top of the temple ) I still have more I want to add to this so this is not completely thought out yet, but hey after school tomorrow I have a whole weekend to do it. This is going to be fun.
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    Made a few sketches, coming up with stuff for this topic is a real challenge. Which is good.

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    Well this is my first time posting something in the challenge section But this topic sounded too cool not to post something. At first I also thought of sacred cows somehow, but as I did some rough sketches I decided to go for a more sphinx like creature because I think it represents better the power of the sun. Hopefully I will find the time to finish it.
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    My favorite COW topic so far just some quick shape, gestures etc to get some ideas out...really thinking about going with something more insect based

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    Here's my take on the Sun Guardian, not sure if I'm going to finish since this one has an early deadline.

    My idea was a bull/elk-like creature, like an alpha or bull of a herd. People worship or consider this animal as sacred because of how its horns frames the sun when it calls out to its herd at first light. The horns in particular are magnificent and mysterious as it is said that no two horns are alike and the patterns foretell feelings of the sun god. The weight also burdens the creature and eventually causes its own death. The creature's death in particular can be noted as another reason people consider this animal sacred, as the bull is near its death, with all the strength it can muster will lift its head and face the East where the sun rises, and adding to that again is the posture of the creature, as kneeling and bowing to the sun. Death of the creature also symbolizes an era of a new Sun Priestess and new sacred bull. Worshipers take the horns of the dead sacred beast and use it to replace the altar/throne of the new priestess.

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    Here's what I've gat so far...This is a magic creature created by a cult of the sun.

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    wip update, changed the pose and some parts a bit and added initial colors
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    going for a fiery headed vaguely canid sphinx type thing
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