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Thread: C.O.W. - #008: Evil Easter Creature From Dark Planet - VOTING!!!

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    ROUND #008 VOTING

    Topic: Easter Creature From Dark Planet

    Deadline for the voting: Saturday, 09.04.2005

    Posting thread (closed):
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    xia:
    concept: The level 12 Hammerstein RoopRoop, better known as the ‘Fargle’, can be found on the darkest of all dark easter planets called Three.
    When it’s energy bar reaches a minimal level it begins chanting ‘Ess-Ess-Ess’ which helps it conjure a glowing easter egg for no apparent reason.
    The glowing egg then floats there between it’s hands for a while. It floats and floats, never wanting to stop floating, because it’s glowing and thus magically imbued and partially evil.
    I once ran into a Fargle during a dream where I fell into a portal after flying a harrier at a giant glowing ring. I spent many a days enchanted by the pointless glowing egg until I realized life is better with no pants on. I then woke up and thanked all the Fargles across the black dark cold, unforgiving, unrelenting space death.
    Fargle Attributes:
    Level: 12
    HeartRate: 7
    GlowingEggFloater: +3
    NoPantsKnowledge: -7
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    Beatnik:
    concept: The deadly and terrifying Chictobat is known on his home planet of Murdstar as the "Easterbastard". Legend has it that hundreds of years ago some Murdstar miners accidentally stumbled upon him while digging for materials to be used for fuel. The Chictobat was so furious from being disturbed from his slumber that he instantly killed the miners and everyone in sight and ate them. He took their skulls and painted them with multiple bright colors and put them on stakes in the front of his cave as a warning for others who might disturb him. Now the tradition is on every easter (the day of the miner incident) the villages collect corpses of various Murdstar creatures and paint the skulls with bright colors to pay tribute to the Chictobat. (well it IS a dark planet)
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    Hanuka:
    concept: The Rabbat
    The Rabbat is a giant creature on planet Exorb. Rabbats are very playful and naive - actually dumb but friendly. Scientists assume, they stem from australian rabbits that were orginially launched into sun but beared away and crashed on Exorb.
    Because of their sheer size (in comparison) they know no enemies and nourish from plants. Every year around Easter, however, the Rabbat leaves his pretty furnished den to follow an ancient instinct his ancestors acquired on planet earth.
    He delightedly seeks and hides eggs.
    Eventually he takes Exhib-Eggs and carries them away. He hides them in trees, caves, behind mountains or underwater, expecting the Exhibs to have fun seeking them. All this is done in good faith, but the Exhibs see him as a cruel, evil creature punishing their sins.
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    Xpose:
    concept: The dreaded CHUB CHUB! I'm moving so I don't have a lot of time this week maybe not next week either. But I've got to compete. It's a learning experience.
    The Chub Chub, being of an ugly and fat nature, wants only but to be accepted and loved. He tried being Santa Clause but that didn't work out too great. So this time round he's trying to be the easter bunny. Unfortunately though the eggs he delivering are rotten =[ and his face frightens the children. He gets frustrated quick and don't be surprised if he starts throwing the eggs at you.
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    Sok N. Wett:
    concept: During an archaeological dig, a group of anthropologist found a skull of a creature not ever recorded of this earth. Dr. Ludvig Loundestien, a certified historian of artifacts found a connection between the skull and the story scribed on the walls of the Mayan Temples. The story follows a young villager who found an egg highly decorated with lavish colors and patterns. Eager to show it to his tribesmen he rush back to the village to speak to the Elder. The Elder suggest they care for it and see what hatches. During the next 3 months the egg became bigger and bigger, and had to be left outside. The story ended with the picture of the creature holding
    1 villager in each hand. This might explain the reason why the city was abandon or devoured over night by the creature. To this day, Easter celebrates the eggs as a warning, but was changed into sweets to capitalize on the holiday craze. If you knew the true history it really meant "Anything that is pretty and have a certain appeal isn't always the same inside."
    The creature was named "The Spotted Spore" by the Mayans. Not much is known, but by the depiction of the creature on the wall, it had a bat like head, and the skull had a very small eye socket (Example A), so therefore it probably came from some dark areas like a cave or a planet with no light. It probably moves by sonar detection and picked up by it's huge ears (Example B). The ears act as a radar by picking up high pitch sounds through soundwaves to created a vision of sound. The legs are supported by a a reinforced bones that sticks out to support the massive weight of the creature. The spiked shell on it's back was probably to prevent damage to it's spores. This was the only creature found on the site. The project to discover more of the evidence of the creature's existance was drop due to Government pressue.
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    Lyliani:
    concept: This is my Roospian...... It's the evolved version of the rooster. Unlike its ancestor, the Roospian has adopted certain qualities of the scorpian - the hardened chest area, the stinger tail, and also has quills in his mane (like the porcupine) that can shoot at its enemies... mainly the easter bunny (and it's descendants). The Roosters evolved into this new species because they were sick of the Easter bunny stealing their chicken's eggs! The roospian's legs is bigger and more muscular, and their traditional tail hides his stinger from other's view. It's new wings also allows the Roospian to take flight for about a minute, allowing it to claw its rivals with its legs.
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    Dougbot:
    concept: The 'Evil Hopkins' of the planet Coleburt 9 is a slow and clumsy beast. Nearly blind, lumbering, and quite loud, it's amazing that the beast exists at all. Luckily it has developed a simple and effective way for catching food. The 'eggs' on it's back grow until they're about 2 feet in diameter. Then they break off, the Hopkins hides and waits for it's prey.
    In each 'egg' is a mixture of horribleness and pain. A ticking time bomb of death. Squiggles (a small cute jellybean like rodent) are attracted by the bright light. Once there though....BOOM! The egg explodes and the Hopkins comes out of hiding, scooping the squiggles into it's slit like chest mouth using it's 'buckteeth'.
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    Matt Dixon:
    concept: Easter egg hunts on the Dark Planet are fraught with danger because of this unfriendly fellow, the Snatterjack - a strange and magical beast which feeds on the innocence of children and is somehow able to create a brightly coloured cocoon around it's evil essence which looks very much like an easter egg. This pitiless fiend hides amongst other eggs, or along the trail of a hunt, waiting to be discovered. When a child touches the cocoon, the Snatterjack bursts free and swiftly sucks the optimistic light of childhood from the unfortunate youngster, leaving it's prey as a cynical, dissaffected adolescent.
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    Helzon:
    concept: Lazareen
    "There is no satisfaction of one's labors without painful sacrifice."
    Excerpts from the catechisms of Karak'nor:
    "Q:And what virtue shall be exalted above all others?
    A: (in unison) Self-sacrifice for the good of all...."
    The Lazareen the bringer of life anew. When the winter moons have drifted behind the southern hills the flag shall be flown and the children's quest of the treetops shall begin. The prize..the glowing azure egg of the Lazareen.
    Whomsoever shall find the egg; tribute and homage shall be paid. Then, before all present they shall ingest it, and the sacrifice to the vermilion moon shall commence, for blood shall call blood. The vital essence shall be divided unto all. With and by the light of that blood shall the soils be ploughed. Upon the third rising of the moon, the child shall be risen with light of the lazareen within their heart and the visions of the year to come within their eyes and upon their screaming tongues. So it has been, so it is, so it ever shall be. Go with the promise of fire and blood. Praise the Lazareen and the blessings of Karak be upon you."
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    leckronium:
    concept: Pahpian Acidic Ilve
    Planet Etesar has been observing our kind for a long time. Of all the traditions that we have and celebrate, Easter has been the one tradition the Etesarians have adapted into their own culture. However they have a few problems. Etesar is a dark planet bound by no star. Etesarians get around by the light that their bodies produce on their own. Color is a rare and precious thing to own which is why Easter would appeal so much to them. The bright pastels are far from the shades of blue that the Etesarians are used to seeing. Their other problem is that no creature on the planet reproduces by eggs. After much searching, Etesarians found that the nearest creature that produces eggs is the Pahpian Acidic Ilve ( pronounced ill-vah ) which is on their closest planet Pahpy.
    The Acidic Ilve can be a treacherous beast when confronted around it's young. Along with it's horned, club-like tail the Ilve has an ability to produce acid which it can spit from it's mouth when threatened. The eggs are normally coated with a layer of acid to protect the young from potential predators. However this is perfect for the Etesarians because when the acid covered eggs are exposed to their light the eggs turn wild colors that are perfect for celebrating Easter. Unfortunately, this has been bad for the Ilves since their population has decreased immensely. Not too many exist in the wild anymore and most end up in slings during mating season.
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    Aberrant:
    concept: This creature lives on the planet Eostre Major, which contains no civilized life as of the late 26th century. It uses it's sensitive ears to locate it's prey, either lying in wait or stalking to get within distance of a jump. It's tiny eyes can sense shapes and movement but only poorly. Competition on the planet is fierce and it's far from the top of the food chain, so it tends to run very quickly if it gets spooked by anything it isn't sure is an easy meal. After a fierce courtship where the female tests the strength of it's mate by attempting to kill it, mating takes place and eggs are laid 3 months later. The nearby human colony of Murine.3 has studied most of the life on the planet and classified this creature as Extraterra-monotremata Leporidus (Alien egg laying rabbit). The creature has spread (in captivity) throughout the entire sector, mostly in collections of upper class aristocrats that are amused by the naturally occuring connection with the ancient human tradition of Easter.
    On a harsh world filled with death and darkness an immense moon fills the sky. The light it reflects is old and tired from a distant sun. The cold air is still and silent. A shiny smoothness is dimly visible on the rocks, unmoving below two pale pink towers. They twitch and turn, sensing vibrations carried by the wind for miles. Below them, hidden in the darkness, a grey mass of thick flesh sits and waits. It's useless beady eyes stare blankly. With claws set solidly in the rock, it crouches like a coiled spring. For an hour it sits, then two. As the moon drops to meet the horizon, a soft shuffling breaks the silence. The alerted ears slowly turn, tracking the sound and estimating the size of the creature making it. It listens as the shuffling draws closer, a stream of saliva leaking from it's mouth. When the slow noise is within 20 feet it suddenly leaps with lightning speed. On hearing the scraping of claw on rock it's prey freezes and crouches low, the last mistake it'll make. With a piercing squeel the weaker animal is caught in a tumbling mass of teeth and claws. Pinned to the ground under it's attackers weight it shreiks. The sound turns to a gurgle when 2 fangs puncture it's throat. With contented grunts the evil easter creature seperates dinner from it's bones.
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    vaughany boy:
    concept: Banar Bullmonkey
    There is little unusual about this creature. It is from the planet Banar, a planet of long warm days and vast rainforests. This planet was eventually Colonised for agriculture.
    The creature became famous one fateful easter. Shortly after the colonisation of Banar, the first large shipment from the planet was distributed. This was a vast amount of cocoa, grown especially for the popular, archaic celebration of Easter on Earth. Earth, by then utterly industrailised, the sun blocked from view, had to import all vegetable and fruit products.
    What wasn't realised was that the cocoa plants had become a new home for the eggs of one of the planet's native species, dubbed the bull monkey. These microscopic cells went undetected. By a strange quirk of fate, the heat involved in the proccess of creating the chocolate for easter eggs acted as a catalyst and encouraged vast growth in the egg cells. They survived the proccess, and as the chocolate set in moulds, the cells rose to the inner surface of what would be an egg. After the chocolate egg halves had been joined, packaged and distributed, the monkey cells began to grow and multiply, inside the eggs. To full maturity, the foetal monkeys would have taken about 4 weeks to mature, at which point they would split their protective membrane and break out of their chocolate eggs. However, the eggs were opened long before that, interupting the developing monkeys at various stages of growth.
    On Easter Sunday, millions of eager children opened their eggs to find a repulsive creature inside. Some of the monkeys were developed enough to survive this interuption and attacked the children or escaped into the wild, although most were killed.
    Since this incident the laws on the importing of organic goods have been completely overhauled. The monkeys survived on Earth and continue to flourish to this day.
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    BlkCelebration:
    concept: Gü-Evoh
    This creature feeds on the energy released by the Darklings (children which inhabit the Dark planet) during the "egg hunt" which conmemorates the arrival of the great Bunny god. The Gü-Evoh satisfies its hunger once its body glows in various colors.
    The Darklings are released in to the wild by their village leaders once a year during this dark Easter to hunt for rare eggs. During this time the Gü-Evoh takes the opportunity to feast on their energy.
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    redehlert:
    concept: Jellybelly
    This large, egg-producing creature descends from the stratus of the Sky Seas to the dark, land-based depths below. This annual descent is solely to spread its seed.
    Jelly-like eggs are jettisoned from the cannons atop its mantle and, once airborn, the photoluminescent eggs are sun-kissed and descend into the dark depths below landing unharmed and hidden all over. The locals, being low level light creatures, are inexplicably drawn to the glowing eggs whoopin' and hollerin' as they seek the luminous ovoids and suck them up. The eggs take root in a host if consumed within a period of one hour from leaving the mother. Within 7 hours of consumption, the host dies and a newly formed jellybelly rises to the heavens to join the masses in the Sky Seas and then the cycle repeats. The local inhabitants have no clue that they are hosts to this glowing parasite. They call it Feaster (the 'f' is silent) and have a grand ole time.
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    Gloklund:
    concept: The "other" end
    Here we have two indigenous species of the dark planet Voidala located in the far eastern sector of MD69. The creatures are forever engaged in fornicating. Throughout their entire lives they produce vast amounts of colorful eggs for no apparent reason whatsoever. The male, or Hornidongus, is constantly perched on the hindquarters of the female, or Eesiaxus, with the aid of the females’ large "hip spurs", and in this most inviting position can produce up to 24 eggs per day. It's noted that the more humanoid creatures of this planet (which we are not allowed to show you do to planet Earth's strict FCC regulations) collect and share these colorful eggs with one another during an annual celebration and worship of these "gods".
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    stormeffex:
    concept: on easter planet there is a creature called the 'light bringer' who lays eggs that cast light unto the area. It only comes out once a year and no one can discover where it hibernates the rest of the time. it is the only creature to produce this sort of marvel and all the other creatures await expectantly each year for the light bringer to give its light unto the world. the true cause of this light is to blind the other animals. The egg holds its light for a week and when the light dies it temporarily burns the creatures retinas, leaving the light bringer free to choose what type of creature it will eat. the light bringer will gorge itself on the creatures and after its meal, it will leave the upper world and mate underground, awaiting the next year when it will repeat the cycle again.
    The light bringer walks on the two long front legs and uses the hind legs to catch the egg from its birthing chamber and lay it gently on the ground. An average light bringer can contain around 20 eggs.
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    Fozzybar:
    concept: The Bunny-F***ing Evil Harlekin Ram
    The Harlekin Ram lives on the dark planet "Y21"...the greatest joy for the Harlekin Ram is to run through the forest and slamming their heavy battering-ram arms into the ground, just to frighten the little bunny kiddies which are sleeping under the ground in their dens...that's why little bunnies always are afraid of the Evil Harlekin Ram (something like the Boogey Man on earth)...
    Things change at Easter time...this is when little bunnies up to 1 year old are going to prove their maleness...to prove his maleness a bunny has to go into the lair of a sleeping Harlekin Ram and paint its balls with creative and colorful patterns, the more creative the braver the little bunny is declared...
    Now nobody on the planet knows, if the bunnies painted the Harlekin Rams balls first, so the rams got angry and frightened the bunnies at the forest or if it was the opposite, that the rams first frightened the bunnies, so they painted the rams' balls...however it's really fun to visit planet "Y21" around Easter, since you can see Bunny-F***cking Evil Harlekin Rams walking around everywhere with flashy, colorful balls or chasing little bunnies running away with their paint-buckets...
    (and yes there is no penis on the ram, because the rams have a very special way to spawn, they....ah shut up! I just didn't want to stress the nudity factor, that's all - sigh)...
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    JeffZNY:
    concept: As we all know, Easter is the Earth holiday celebrated the world over in commemoration of Jesus Christ's victory in battle over the evil Gryphlagos. However, the origins of the mythical beast are less well-known. As the dominant species on the not-so-distant planet of Hayzeus, the Gryphlagos are a mean-spirited bunch ruled by greed and malice. Above, a male Gryphlagos is seen sporting the bright colors of a bachelor. Upon defeating a rival in combat, the victorious male proceeds to devour every egg in every nest in the vanquished male's territory. The victor proceeds to mate with his rival's widowed brides, thus insuring the success of his own progeny.
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    Bennett:
    concept: Melmacian Child Trap
    The MCT will ambush the Easter basket of it’s chosen victim, eating the candy, plastic grass, cellophane, and all other items except marshmallow peeps (the MCT hates them, as should everyone). The natural camouflage of the MCT makes it easy to disguise itself in the Easter basket of its prey. Its “hair” resembles plastic Easter grass of several varieties and its closed eyes resemble two festively dyed Easter eggs.
    Upon scurrying gleefully to his or her Easter basket, the unsuspecting prey is greeted with a ferocious roaring gaping mouth that reeks of hot-garbage and chocolate. The few Melmacian children that have survived an encounter have been scarred emotionally and or physically for the rest of their lives.
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    prostate sunrise:
    concept: the Evryreen is one of the many creatures that inhabit the dark planet Jasoni. Commonly called the "SoulEater" by the locals, it gains its nickname from the fact that it looks really creepy, and it eats people. but also it referred to as the "EasterShitter", mainly because it poops easter eggs.
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    i voted for Dixon. even though there are plenty of really cool entries, and even though i voted against some buddies (i'm sure they'll understand), i thought Matt's concept was the best. plus i find it creepy, cute, and funny all at the same time.

    good work everyone.

    oh, and redehlert - "the "f" is silent". . . . .that cracks me up man!
    Hey dog. . . . did you see the size of that chicken?!
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    I second Prehistoric's thoughts on Matt Dixon's entry from copy to concept, but I just HAD to vote for Fozzybar's piece. Not only was it hysterical each time I looked at it, the gestures (on the bunny, the ram and the balls) were totally fresh. Great use of space and yeah! subtle shadows for background material.
    BTW - I didn't see your statement prior to this edit, Prehistoric - glad you like the 'f' factor! LOL
    Great job to all!
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    i voted for prostate. the description could have been better but i dont care, the artwork destroys you all. mwhaha

    i also liked dougs, xia's, leckronium's and matts. oh and gloklund you are one sick, sick person.
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    This weeks critiques

    Here they are. If they're helpful great, but if not then oh well....

    xia
    It's a nice painting and a nice looking techinique but I'm still a little fuzzy on the actual concept.

    Beatnik
    A creature I wouldn't want to disturb. I like the look and the pose of the creature and I think the background is fine for what it is. It isn't necessary to have but I kinda would have liked to see it posed with some of the brightly painted skulls mentioned in the story. It might make it a little more interesting to look at and add a little more story to the picture. But other than that good job!

    JoBeSu
    The first thing I think of when I see this is Alice in Wonderland. I think Hanuka already stated that but in no way does it hurt the concept at all. It's twisted and I like it. I especially like the way your brushstrokes and use of color come together to give a feeling of light around the chest area. My brain keeps trying to imagine the sound that the screeching rat is making and it is only adding to the twistedness of the character. I also like the details you added to the collars. Well done.

    Hanuka
    While I think the Rabbat looks a little too much like our own easter bunny, the story had a few interesting aspects which you could have concentrated on a little more and built the characters around. I like the Exhibs more than I do the Rabbat. The part of the story I wish you would have focused more on is the part where the Exhibs fear the Rabbat because he hides the colorful eggs which are the Exhib's offspring. I can see unfound Exhibs being born in treetops, holes in the ground, and other odd hard to reach places. But the focus should be on the Rabbat and right now it looks like a three eared rabbit holding a basket of aquarium gravel. I would say for next time, try and do one illustration that tells a good percentage of your story visually while filling in the less important details with the actual story. Ask yourself questions while designing your illustration.What is the whole point of my concept; does it show in my illustration?, can I add elements to my design that further reveal info about my story?, Is my design fun to look at? The more you answer these questions the better you will get not only as an illustrator but as a storyteller.

    Xpose
    Honestly I think this is the ugliest creature I have seen yet on this thread...haha...but that could always be a good thing. I know you stated that you were moving and didn't have a lot of time to put into it but there are things that could have been improved like the pose. It's rather stiff. I feel the design of the creature is a little generic along with the overall idea but the one thing you did nail is the creatures ugliness. The story was amusing but a little too simple. You could have pushed the idea a little further in your head before getting it down visually.

    Sok N. Wett
    I'm not sure what technique you used on this but I like the texture you were able to get in the skin. It looks lke a scanned pencil drawing but I could be wrong. The one thing I could suggest is to look at the structure of the hind legs where it meets the tail. Right now this creature would not be able to walk properly with that bone structure. Take a look at any dinosaur reference you may have and look at the way the hind legs are formed to help you solve this problem. The feet should be positioned a little differently than they are now because they are forming into one shape and becoming one object instead of two.

    Lyliani
    Welcome to C.O.W.! I certainly like this idea better than a blob shape with a bunny head. Painter can be frustrating when your first getting used to it. I say that because I would have liked to see you vary up the width of your brushstrokes when you painted the feather textures. The darker base colors could be broad strokes while you get thinner as you go up in value. Ending with thin strokes that highlight the brightest reflections of light. It would help to model the form a little better like in the tail for example. It starts to flatten out. But it's easy to overlook that kind of stuff when you start to adjust to a new program. Good first effort.

    rick_hershey
    This suffers from the same problem as some of the others. It's a little under-developed. The story tends to be a little generic although I do like the omelette and beer award haha.... As for the illustration I would cut back on the textures. It's becoming the main focus and you want texture to be secondary in this picture. Plus the figures look like they are floating in zero gravity. The type on the left also takes away from the creature. It's too big and places where it meets the dividing line ("feared"for example) is even more distracting because of the tangency. The creature itself should be what I see first and even when I get to it, it isn't all that interesting. Check out dougbot's tutorial he posted in the last contest we had. That should give you the info you need for coloring. Stick around, the more you participate the more you'll learn. I'm learning stuff about my own pieces just by doing crits of everyone elses. We need a beer and omelette icon!

    dougbot
    The concept isn't as strong this week as it has been the last few weeks. Although I'm getting the impression that you designed your picture based off of what broken_spirit had last week to give as an example? I could be wrong... The thing that bugs me about this creature is the structure of the head. To me it doesn't seem that this creature would be able to bend over and scoop anything in it's mouth. The neck doesn't look flexible. Now I'm nit-picking but if the creature is in the middle of a dry lake bed where is it suppose to hide if it's slow and clumsy? haha...just an observation. I would like to see what a squiggle looks like though. Maybe Fozzy can use that if we ever do topics based on names.

    Matt Dixon
    This has children's book written all over it. Maybe not for younger kids but slightly older kids who like monsters. I like the concept of the Snatterjack (cool name by the way!). Most kids probably wouldn't completely understand it but I'm sure parents would love it. The concept is great and the illustration is simple and very effective.

    Helzon
    Man, I know you have a great Illustration lurking in you! You have the drawing ability and the creative imagination but the value got you this time. Your color was a little more in control compared to last week but my eye instantly gets lost in the jungle of lights and darks and vibrant colors. There's no real established light source which makes for a lack of form which makes the figure hard to read. You need to make sure the figure is the dominant part of the composition or at least recognizable. Right now it's still fighting with the background for attention and both are winning equally. I thought the writing was very creative this week.

    leckronium
    It's the dinosaur sex swing! Now available in prehistoric rock cliffs near you!...I'll let everyone else pick mine apart. It took me a while to get an idea I liked and I thumbnailed for quite a while. I drew up the beast and sent it to Gloklund who suggested a few changes. I took a second look and decided to keep the idea but change the look of the creature. The new drawing I did captured a look in the creature I liked so I went with it. I like the rendering I did this time but the lighting took me a while to figure out. I guess I wasn't sure where I wanted to go with it and needed a light source but didn't want to make it too bright since the Etesarians are on a Dark Planet (thanks for the helpful ideas Helzon).

    Aberrant
    I'm glad you posted the painted version of your creature. That thing looks really mean. I'm not sure if I would want to get within 20 ft of it even if I was the dominant species. The piece is pretty solid overall. I don't really have any complaints about it but I think the fact that it's still so close to looking like a rabbit, the concept doesn't really stand out amongst the others. One thing that could probably help the picture is maybe give the animal some texture. It would probably also add a little more personality to it. As for the writing I think it's great.

    vaughany_boy
    This one also falls into the category of being underdeveloped. I think you had a decent story to work with but the creature design falls flat and the execution leaves little to be desired. The line quality of the drawing could be improved and the actual painting looks as if it was done in 5 minutes. You have a week to think about your concept and execute it. I would also pay attention to what I wrote Hanuka. Try to get your idea down in one illustration. The more info you can convey in one picture the better you will become.

    BlkCelebration
    I'm sensing you like to work with bright saturated colors! The idea would work a lot better and be more interesting if you had a more dynamic shape for the creature. This guy is a big ball of energy right? Make it a little more energetic with the shapes. You made the colors work well together and the texture is interesting and I like what you have going on down near the feet. The area where the toes meet the ground is the most interesting place to look at. I think the black could have been broken up just a little bit more. Maybe you could have shown it sucking the energy out of one of the darklings?

    redehlert
    Huge improvement from last week. I like your creature idea and your take on the easter eggs as being jellylike. The illustration and technique are nice and the description fits well with the picture. Good job.

    Gloklund
    Haha, these two need to get a room... The creature designs are definitely unique along with the whole concept of a permanent mating season. The illustration and technique are both nice as is the description. Not really anything to critique or change this week. Good job.

    stormeffex
    I like the mood this picture creates. The one thing that needs to be adjusted is the weight balance of the creature. I didn't have a problem until I read the creature walks on the front two legs. Because of the angle and the perspective, I see this creature walking on all fours. You could either thicken up the front legs or shrink the back legs but the real problem might be the back. It's structured like a four legged creature and the head isn't big enough to counter the weight of its back.

    Fozzybar
    The concept of this is hysterical! The expression on the monster and the bunning fleeing for its life is priceless haha... I would only suggest two things. Change the backgound to a warm grey or tan and crop it in a little closer. Nice entry this week.

    JeffZNY
    Very colorful piece.The blue chest color could be mixed up a little more by adding some various tones to the shadows and highlights. I like the drawing except you start with a realistic head and end up with these huge cartoon feet. It contrasts too much and takes away from the nice quality you gave the upper part of the creature. I'm not exactly sure what you were aiming for with the eggs but they look a little jelly like and don't really have the shape of an egg. It's as if you threw them in there as an after thought and didn't put the effort to them as you did the creature.

    Bennett
    This concept would work well in an animated gif format but since we ruled against gifs last contest I would have liked to seen if you could have done this idea in one picture. The creature design is a little on the generic side and could have been pushed more creatively. The idea of it hiding in the basket is good but I wish it looked more like it actually fit in the basket. But I almost want to give credit to any creature who would like to eat my plastic grass for me. I hated that stuff. I used to find it for months after Easter was over and it was usually after the cats threw it up.

    prostate_sunrise
    You're right this is a creepy character. It looks so creepy that it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the brightly colored egg dropping out the bottom of it. I'm having a hard time connecting this to the topic for this week and feel like the egg was thrown in just so you could post it in this contest. The rendering only seems half there this time.


    I'm not sure who I'm voting for yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leckronium
    redehlert
    Huge improvement from last week. I like your creature idea and your take on the easter eggs as being jellylike. The illustration and technique are nice and the description fits well with the picture. Good job.

    I'm not sure who I'm voting for yet.
    Hey Leckronium - thanks for the crit! Keep trying to move forward and even though I may not get any votes, I sincerely appreciate the ass pat.
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    Prostate, you're fucking insane. I love this image.

    Gloklund, you're fucking hilarious. I love this image.

    strych9ine, you're a fucking slacker. Make an image.
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    heh, thanks.
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    It has to be Fozzy. The expression in both characters is perfect, but it's those balls that really swing it for me..!

    The topic didn't really appeal to me at first, but I think we ended up with one of the best turnouts. Well done all. A few random thoughts -

    Xia - Really nice pic, but the Fargle's undeniable sexiness is spoiled just a little because she looks to be constructed from leftover bits of unused creatures. Maybe it was intentional, but the fishy tail, swollen belly, scrawny arms, multiple mammaries, etc. don't look natural combined in one beastie.

    Lekronium - I really love the way you've rendered this. The colour choices set up a really nice mood.

    Aberrant - The coloured version looks great. I like the subtle colours, and the moonlight shining through the ears. The rendering's a bit soft, however, and I think a few hard edges would help control the viewer's focus a bit and give the whole thing a bit more punch.

    redehlert - Looks like someone been popping the painting pills. That's a huge leap from last week's pic, and really nicely done..!

    Gloklund - Without doubt the most unpleasant thing I've seen in a little while. EWWW!

    JeffZNY - I think that's one of the best things I've seen you post, Jeff. There seems to be a little more control in your painting here, particularly the head, which draws the eye to the creature's face very nicely. Smart work!

    prostate sunrise - Great design. Really cool creature. But I have to second Mike's earlier comments, and say the easter thing really does seem like an afterthought - I don't think it's helped by the egg clearly having much less time spent on it than the creature. Fantastic though your creatures are, it'd be great to see you branch out beyond dark-skinned sinewy beast with glowing pupil-less eyes and mouth once in a while. There's a world of adventure outside that comfort zone, man!

    strych9ine - You're a fucking slacker.

    Rock on!
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    I voted for Fozzybar, cause it was funny.

    and thanks to leckronium for taking the time to comment.
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