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

    ROUND #008 VOTING

    Topic: Easter Creature From Dark Planet

    Deadline for the voting: Saturday, 09.04.2005

    Posting thread (closed):
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=41080






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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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    OK - before voting/posting read this!!!

    1. Please give c&c or a reason why you voted for the image!

    2. Feel free to comment on any or all entries, the artists will appreciate it!





    Note: The next round has just started:

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?p=444438

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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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    thanks

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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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    I'll comment on everyones work since I really appreciate those that commented on mine.

    VaughanyBoy: I'd rather see one well done character than three average ones. The large one looks like a sketch with a couple washes over it... throw on a few highlights and call it done. Listen to me... I posted a damn sketch and I'm telling you to work it more... hehe.

    BlkCelebration: My first impression is "Awesome!" and then after studying it I'm not sure. Overall it looks great, which is hard to acheive with those colors, but it stopped short of anything really interesting being done with it. I think it would look great with some tight highlights, make it all wet and shiny, but instead you tried to follow the forms with some lines that just make me scratch my head. Good start and weak ending, but it was such a good start I still like it. The eyes look pasted on and abstract. Nothing wrong with that maybe but I'm not a fan of abstract, especially for creature concept art.

    Redehlert: I'd like it more if the lighting were more dramatic, you had a few opportunities to put some light thrown from eggs onto the creature that you ignored. The tubes look great and organic, but the launching of some of them could also be more dramatic. I can clearly see them swell and shorten up, then THPLAT and an egg explodes out of them with a shower of glowing goo. But instead I just see tubes with eggs above them, no real connection. The pose is a little static too, I'd rather see some dynamic curves in the appendages all complementing each other and flowing... but maybe that's just my personal taste. Actually, on looking again this has a real flaoting island feel to it and a bunch of curves and motion might ruin that. Yes, I'm contradicting my own critique but I refuse to use the backspace key, so what?

    Gloklund: I'd never pass upa chance to critique alien cock. If you could have defined the shaft flowing into the perineum and connecting to the tail it would have tied it together, it's not so clear as it is, like the cock and balls are just kind of glued on. Slime looks like it's floating on the ground, probably just because the ground falls off right next to it so it looks like a shadow. I don't know about the black outline, but that's a style decision I guess. It seems like you were going for shock value and I think I might like it more if you hadn't and instead just developed it on it's own merit.

    Stormeffex: The blue egg VS the red mouth for focal point... I think the blue egg wins. I don't know what the glow on the legs is about, the rear one it looks like it's a glow left behind from touching the egg. On the front legs you have a blue glow but it's seperated from the leg/foot by a black outline... ??? I don't get it. Why don't these eggs cast light on the ground around them? Since the "light" is tied into the description and whole concept I think it's poorly executed. The pose and creature design kicks some ass though.

    Fozzybar: Hahaha! Another one with an outstanding scrotal focal point. Excellent use of color, it just grabs your eye and places it firmly on this things sack. You briefly want to check out the rabbit then BAM! back to the sack. It does look a little funny with nothing above it though, I think you could have given him a loosely defined twig so he didn't look like an androgenous freak. A couple things I don't like though. The right elbow is a mess, compared to the believable form of the left arm this one looks like you got bored and just connected the ram-hand with upper arm with the smudge tool. Theres no connection of the foot to the ground, I don't believe that foot is planted at all. I'd like the body with more contrast too.

    JeffZNY: I commented when you posted this somewhere else, i agree with what was said up here too. I also don't believe that egg pile will hold the weight of it's upper body and wings like that.

    Bennet: I don't like the purple green color combo and I don't like the 2 frames... I guess animation isn't allowed, I don't think this is far from that. You have an obvious light source in the upper left that doesn't correspond with anything on the creatures head. No shading on the eye. Same as vaughany, I think you'd do better to put more work into one frame.

    Prostate sunrise: Abso fuckin lutely evil, I love it. The lower right arms look unfinished and the stomache face seems to be playing peek a boo but that's really minor. I agree with everyone else though that you did a killer image and then kind of "oh yeah, and heres an egg so I post it in the COW thread...". I'm not sure what's going on inside the mouths... if you had made them holding nicely rendered bright eggs and spent more time on a description you might have even got my vote.

    Xia: Bitchin! Very well done, but a few things I want to mention. The left hand looks big. The angle on the tits, angle on the shoulders, and angle on the "hips" are all arguing with each other. I noticed that within the first 2 seconds, it really throws the whole thing off. You have the tits going one way, the low arms are lopsided the other way... theres some major issues with the basic structure. Great face, great lighting, great composition...

    Beatnik: Love it. Maybe some more contrast and some shadows in the wing to make it stand out. The purple in the far top left is a bit distracting. Great job on the fur and the red light from below really makes the tentacles pop.

    Jobesu: Great, what is it? Good structure below but it suffers in the faces, which looks a little flat with boring button eyes. I saw your digger creature so I know you can do a hell of a lot better than this.

    Hanuka: Nice use of line weight to make the hips and head heavy and solid. The coloring and the pose are a little plain.

    Xpose: I like the eyes, shadows need some work. Looks like you ruined the pink ears with black. Pose is very static, stiff, and uninspired. Some issues with the leg length and foot position, off balance. ALmost looks like he's taking a step... almost.

    Sok N wett: Needs way more contrast, where are the highlights? It's believable and likeable, thick and heavy.

    Lyliani: Where are teh shadows? Color choices clash a bit and the feet seem to be floating. It's interesting!

    Rick Hershey: Needs more work. Looks like the body has only 3 colors applied to it. Also, eggs are egg shaped and would look a lot better if they weren't made with the eliptical marquee tool. Pose isn't bad though.

    Dougbot: Well done, one of my favourites. The throat-mouth doesn't look convincing though, maybe needs some texture following the form inside it, I'm seeing more of a striped throat than an open one. Great background, great texture. Love the eggs.

    Matt Dixon: Damn. Great composition, great pose, great contrast of hand/head over the body, great concept, it's just fucking great. This is my vote. I tried to find something to crit, couldn't do it. Thanks for your comments on mine, I agree that it needs to be tightened up a bit, I had a hard time with it.

    Helzon: Looks like a good original sketch, but like things went downhill from there. Confusing lighting, colors from all over the rainbow competing with each other, no focal point, just a confused mess. It's too bad, cause I can see the line art under it all and it's awesome.

    Leckronium: Ah, the sex swing... I like this one. Great job following the forms with all those wrinkles, love the head, the eggs, the colors, it's all good. The only thing I don't like is the blue glow... it looks like it want to be this brilliant blue explosion of light pouring out it's ass... but it's not. The glow itself is good but the lights it's putting on the tail, legs, etc isn't so good. I don't like the dark outline between the body and teh blue reflection. I think if you could have made those reflections a little stronger and without the outline, a nice glow that just envelopes it's ass that it wouldn't come off 100 times better. Still great as it is. Thanks for the comments on my creature... I know the basic structure is almost identical to a rabbit, I thought what I could do with it would take it away from the rabbitiness, but the ears just dragged it back i guess. I agree it needs some texture... I maybe gave up on it a bit early, I wasn't feeling it by the end.

    Well, I'm not proofreading anything... sorry if I came off harsh or like a pompous ass that pretends he knows something more than his superiors, I'm probably even outright wrong on a few points and if so please call me on it and maybe I'll learn something. Good to be here... happy like a pig in shit. I'm glad I type fast too, hope at least some of you found it helpful.

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    I voted for Fozzy, but it was a tossup between his, Matt Dixon's and Prostrate's.

    Fozzy: I love the action and expression of the whole thing. Not to mention the whole thing is hilarious. Both characters have a ton of personality.

    Matt: I love everything about this. The cool purply pallette, the creepy rabbit, the name (Snatterjack is just fun to say, sounds like a card game or a snack), and the story is great. I love the puberty monster angle.

    Prostrate: Actually, what most people are saying is the weakness of your piece I consider it's biggest strength. I love the afterthought quality of the Easter theme, I think it's hilarious. You have this dark story that really doesn't mention the theme at all and then little more than a footnote at the end, "Oh yeah, and they shit Easter Eggs." That cracks me up (ooh, egg pun!). And the picture is the perfect visual counterpart. This big elaborate, creepy, extremely well rendered creature with a little egg scribbled underneath. You may have lost some votes because of it, but I totally loved it.



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    I voted Fozzybear because I think it's a really fun concept and picture. Perfect for easter.

    Your comments are deserved but I'm new to this whole digital thing, and I've been rushing pictures. I'm going to spend more time on one picture from now on.
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    Once again a fine week's worth of work all...
    I'll try and comment on these in the order that they were posted....

    xia : Absolutely loved this work, the soft atmospheric quality and hues harmonize beautifully. The design of the piece is tight, how can you go wrong with a fine face and four giant boobies... . I enjoyed the subtle sense of scale that you dropped in there by way of the person standing on the cliff side. And showing my own jealously here...loved that you have the lightning in the background but didn't let it overplay as a light source and focused right on the egg. However, what got me was the description. Though interesting as a CCG description, it was overly surreal and tad scattered in terms of thought. I don't know if the rest of us are not privy to some info that would make it all come together a bit more.

    beatnik :Wonderful job on the description and execution on this one. I like the pose and the fact that you turned and twisted the arms so that the viewer could get a real sense of dimension on the tentacles. Now I'm just wondering out loud here and this might sound a bit picky too but, the wings themselves seem a bit thick and heavy for such a small creature. It would seem that it wouldn't be able to get off the ground with them as they are at present along with all the rest of it's body weight. I guess its a debatable point, but overall nicely done!

    JoBeSu :Another incredibly awesome piece. The painterly quality in this screams pro work! The whimsical quality in it and the imagination behind it to combine the mechanical and the organic...truly first rate. The pose of the arms, the rendering of the egg shell, and pose of the mecha legs all conspire to give this piece a wonderful sense of depth.
    I love the fact that one of them is shrieking and has got some really nasty {"rotten egg"?} breath and bits being spewed...the only thing lacking here is a description!!!...It leaves the viewer assuming either too little or too much.

    Hanuka :Nice work. I enjoyed the cartoon like quality and much like xia the subtle introduction of scale into the piece in terms of holding the tiny egg. However, I was kind of struck much as I was by JoBeSu, abberant, and rick hershey by the lack of moving away from the traditional in terms of the iconic rabbit and exploring the way outer limits of the topic.
    The description is interesting, though the dark aspect of it is a bit cobbled on at the end and gives a jarring end to it.

    xpose : I know you didn't have a lot of time to put in on this one as was said in your description. I liked the fact that you took what could have been a very flat and static looking pose and gave it a rendered feel by hitting up those dark areas. I also like that you made the bunny ears dirty looking and worn, nice touch. I would wonder out loud though...if the lopsided nature of his right eye and right ear (from viewer) is on purpose?...Perhaps if it were a bit more dramatic like say "Sloth" from the Goonies it would have a touch more impact. Oh and by the way..Chub Chub dude...I think sonypictures would raise an eyebrow...(j/k).

    Sok N. Wett : I enjoyed the backstory on your piece, nice bit of thought went into that. I like the fact that you pushed away from the norm on this one. Also, the pencil rendering on this is very well executed..the range of grays is visually rich. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has pointed this out but it seems as though the anatomy is a bit dodgy in places. I will point to the following: (viewers p.o.v) the right pectoral and arm area, the neck, and the right hip joint to tail area.
    It seems as though you sort of missed the contour center line on your creature as you moved either down or up from that area. The head is looking more left as the right arm is pulled painfully back and out of shape.
    The head as it intersects the neck area is delineated too sharply nearer the jawline and gives it a feel of being simply stuck on instead of flowing into each other. And finally, the hip to tail area, the joint seems as though it has gone MIA and instead is just lost in the tail. I think if you carved it out it would give your piece an added bit of depth. Overall though very cool.

    Lyliani : I really liked the take on this one. Your perspective that you gave to the description is refreshing. Overall nicely done. Great sense of brush strokes. The sponged background is neutral to contrast the bold colors, wonderful touch. The only thing I feel a bit hesitant about in terms of design though is the fact that it strikes me as being closely related to a 'cockatrice'. Though I'm sure you probably didn't set out with that inention, nonetheless...
    On a side note though...I think that the scorpion tail doesn't read as one and is a bit flat and could use more in terms of fleshing out.

    rick hershey : Succint and to the point on your description. Well done. The textured background is interesting and did find your earlier version of the textured eggs well done....curious as to why you changed them out? Like I said above..you can really sense the iconic rabbit feel here just put in a bit of predator and some chitinous shell. Would have liked to have seen a bit more departure from being safe. I do like the sense of depth on your piece, the blurred crackly background and soft use of shadow do nicely to push it out toward the viewer.

    dougbot : What can be said?...damn this is screaming tight. The piece has a great sense of atmosphere, its sulphurous and slick at the same time. Your creature seems in perfect harmony with its environs. The lighting, impeccable; anatomy, spot on; evil factor; 9.5. For me, very hard to crit anything here. Perhaps if I dig down to the bottom of my pocket where the multicolored lint and mashed gum wrappers are I will pull something out and edit this post...but for now...I got nothing...

    Matt Dixon : Man this piece just exudes character out of every single pore. From the delightfully macabre description to the composition to the rendering, all of it could snugly fit into a Grimm's fairy tale and not be looked at askance for a second. Though I must knock it for the holding to a bunny like feel, it is outrageously beautiful in a sinister way and thus got my vote.

    Helzon : Holy Christ man what the f*@% were you thinking!??!?! The friggin colors...my retinas have chromatic burns you bastard!! The lighting! Is that a runway up its back?...I got dead relatives that could handle it better!! And what the hell is that squiggle on the top of its snout??!? Some perv fetish? Freak!

    leckronium : Nearly pissed myself with the whole sling concept...I like the interactivity of the players in the story between the Ilve and the Etesarians. As to the image, absolutely enjoyed the painterly quality on this. The lighting is wonderful and has a great luminesence. The only small crit I have is with the background and it seems as though it's a bit confusing as to how its laid out. But truly great work!

    abberant : The use of flash fiction is really nice. You incorporate a real dynamism in your writing which I enjoy. It's dark and violent...nicely done! The painting itself is incredibly rendered. Beautiful sense of scenery and use of a monochrome pallette. Wonderful double light source. Not to sound like a broken record though..it's just that it's THE icon and would have liked to have seen you push beyond the ingrained and traditional.

    vaughany boy : Liked the backstory on this creature well plotted and thought out. However, like a few people have said ...would have like to have seen a bit more time spent on bringing the image together. I look forward to seeing your entries progress as you become more proficient.

    blk celebration : Great dark sense to your description..feasting on worshippers of an easter god, Cool. I do have a few reservations with the overall design, as it tends to look like a "Peep" gone terribly wrong. There's just this lack of articulation and stiffness to the pose. It would seem as though it would trundle about like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. And I'm not quite sure what is beneath it's front feet...if in fact that is a worshipper or simply a blob of energy. Would like to see another iteration of this piece.

    redehlert : Great googly moogly! Beautiful render on this! I like the way you suggest depth not only by the pose but by using the eggs themselves. Really stepped up to the plate on this one!

    gloklund : Riotous! The fertility aspect of the topic taken to the limit. Great originality in the creature design. However would have like to have seen the dripping juices handled a bit softer perhaps, they tend to make an altogether too neat puddle. I would picture that amount of liquid just streaming nearly everywhere.

    stormeffex : I rather enjoy the strange and truly imaginative anatomcal composition in this piece. I think the streaky eye glow really gives the sense of dynamic movement. I liked the sense of light from the eggs and how they give that depth of field to the piece. Yet it's the environment though that seems the biggest detractor from this piece. I think if it were as tight as the main figure it would have pulled it altogether nicely and been a truly outstanding piece.

    fozzybar : Between you and coondoggle I swear I'm going to have to start buying Depends! Hysterical! The scene is dynamic, great sense of foreshortening and highlighting exactly what you want the viewer to focus on. The only rather small crit I would have is the texturing on the front 'ram horns'. For some reason they read like curled up larvae to my eye and not like battering rams that have seen some real pounding...maybe perhaps a squished unlucky bunny or two...LOL...but it's really picayune.

    JeffZNY : Solid piece! I really like the haughty pose, the coloration on the wings, and the overall feel of it. The only part that sticks with me though is the cartoony feet. They really don't jive with the rest of the image in terms of style. I wonder if you tighten them up a bit it would ratchet this piece up nicely.

    bennett : Really fun piece. It looks as though you had a blast working this one up. The backstory is great and the two views of it really do nicely to illustrate the point. The basket weave and grass are well done. I think though that the perspective is a bit off though. The snout, teeth, and tongue all pull to the viewers right, but the eyes and rest of the head seem to be in profile view. Also and this is just my opinion...but I think on the more restive shot...I would maybe have done an exploded view of the basket and shown how such a large headed creature is situated in the basket. It would lend to the believability.

    prostate sunrise : What can I say? Extraordinary work!!! I could see this thing easily incorporated into a killer AAA video game in a friggin heartbeat.
    Absolutely first rate!!! from top to about the top of the egg. Somehow this non sequitor just doesn't fit well. I see this thing crapping utterly everything else under the sun but easter eggs. In fact, I would have loved to have seen it crapping the bloody bones and offal of rabbitts instead and worked it into the description to fill it out a bit more.

    Well there it is...hope I wasn't too harsh, or for that matter too soft...
    I did miss people's entries this week...especially fungi, davi, lukavi, and strych9ine
    I would have loved to have seen stitchface's take on this thing.
    Here's to the next round!...Cheers!

    P.s. thanks to all those that gave C&C on my piece...I've been working and learning some new techniques and hope to incorporate them along with your advice in this upcoming piece.

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    Thanks for the critiques everybody! Keep up the good work, that's what I like to see.

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    Thank you Helzon, leckronium and aberrant for taking the time to comment on my entry. All of the suggestions and crits have been duly noted and much appreciated.

    I really enjoyed a lot of the pieces this week but I voted for Matt Dixon. I think the excution is incredible (as usual) but the concept of a genie type creature appearing out of a cracked easter egg makes me happy for some reason. Very cool and applicable to the topic and very well done.

    The depth and rendering in JoBeSu's is amazing but I really wish there was a description... such a cool creature deserves to have a story!

    Prostate man that's insane.. beautiful creature, awesome work. I bet that would be a kick ass sculpture.

    Helzon you can really see that you worked on this one. There is a lot happening and a lot to look at. I think the oversaturation of color works because of the the easter topic... but at the same time with all that color and detail it makes it difficult to find a focal point. I think the creature and concept itself is really well done but could something to separate it from the bg.

    Sok N. Wett I think the creature itself is very cool but could really use a little pop from a light source or two. It might help the depth a little as well, there are areas that are a little flat from having no highlights. Nice work with the detail... maybe a little highlights and darks would help the depth. Nice touch with the skull.

    Fozzy thanks for the laugh, that's an awesome idea... very funny!

    leckronium your use of light in this one is really well done. It gives it a nice sense of depth. I really like the idea of the acid giving the eggs color too, it fits well with your description and story. The straps seem a little distracting to me for some reason but make sense so the eggs don't get crushed.

    So much fun to see what everyone comes up with. Thanks again to fozzy for making this section happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leckronium
    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...
    huh?

    I voted for Matt Dixon, I smile every time I look at that picture : )

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    bRok3n_sPiRiT After reading what you typed I realized what I said came out completely wrong. I thought Dougbot did his background this week like you had done last week to give you his solution to your problem you had. If he didn't intend to then it's just pure coincidence and my mistake. My comment on his concept not being as strong this week was due to his anatomy of the creature, not because he did a similar background to yours. Sorry about any misunderstandings. I need to proofread a little better.

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    I voted fozzybar because it cought me eye when I was scrolling along the entries and made me laugh

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    Lol, no sweat mate : P
    If he did do that background with that intention in mind, then that would be so awesome! I've been looking a lot at that pic, seeing how he worked the perspective and all, how the ground plane looks, how the creature looks above the horizon level and below. Really nice.
    I don't know if he specifically did this piece to show me in particular how to correct perspective, I wouldn't put my money on it : P, he did do a sort of similar background for the COW 5, so I'm guessing he was just doing his thing. But intentionally or not, its still really helpful, so thanks doug.

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    Woo-hoo!

    Quote Originally Posted by MIKECORRIERO
    Redhelert@- I voted for you because I thought your description was original and interesting, your attempt to portray this could have been better but overall it was interesting enough to me and I thought it deserved a vote.
    Dougbot@- Yours was my second choice, more of a 50/50 between you and redhelert..and I thought yours was brought to a nice finished render.
    Hey Mike - Wow! Many thanks for the vote - my first REAL vote, folks. I need a vodka gimlet to celebrate! I'm completely interested in hearing more from you, Mike, on how this image could be improved upon. Please PM me or post it here with your thoughts if you have time to do so.
    And everyone that has commented on my work with your wonderful critiques - thanks a million! I'm sincerely grateful that I get good crits and not just a rosy bottom. You all rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Dixon
    redehlert - Looks like someone been popping the painting pills. That's a huge leap from last week's pic, and really nicely done..!
    Hey Matt - many thanks for the comment! It's a new prescription that I'm taking on all of my breaks and spare moments:. Needless to say, I think I'm addicted. Peace! D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aberrant
    Redehlert: I'd like it more if the lighting were more dramatic, you had a few opportunities to put some light thrown from eggs onto the creature that you ignored. The tubes look great and organic, but the launching of some of them could also be more dramatic. I can clearly see them swell and shorten up, then THPLAT and an egg explodes out of them with a shower of glowing goo. But instead I just see tubes with eggs above them, no real connection. The pose is a little static too, I'd rather see some dynamic curves in the appendages all complementing each other and flowing... but maybe that's just my personal taste. Actually, on looking again this has a real flaoting island feel to it and a bunch of curves and motion might ruin that. Yes, I'm contradicting my own critique but I refuse to use the backspace key, so what?
    Hey Aberrant - Killer comments - you're 100% on the money with the glow thrown on certain jellybelly body parts - I did so on some areas, but I really could have been more dramatic. Thanks! Definite for the tube swelling and THPLAT - I like that big time. Your contradictions are welcome here. My problem results when I'm working on a traditional illustration while sitting at my computer desk and I fuck it up. I automatically reach down to the keyboard to hit Command Z to undo. Thanks again for the comments! D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helzon
    redehlert : Great googly moogly! Beautiful render on this! I like the way you suggest depth not only by the pose but by using the eggs themselves. Really stepped up to the plate on this one!
    I hope the COW peeps (not to be confused with Easter Peeps) don't mind my response to each person's comments. If so, throw a brick of stale Peeps at me and I'll stop.
    Helzon - thanks for the comments. Any thoughts for improvement? PM my ass and let me know or post it here. Did I tell you I got a vote? Too cool.
    Cheers! D

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    My vote goes for Matt Dixon:
    It looks evil, the story is completely about easter, great color scheme, great composition, nice rendering...just a winner piece there!!!

    other comments:

    abberant
    Very good rendering! Impressing first entry for the C.O.W. Welcome! But i don't like the creatures likeness to a rabbit...i was awaiting something new...

    redehlert
    Nice entry! I like the rendering, the pic reminds me of a deep water theme, which will come as a topic the next rounds...

    Gloklund
    You already know that you are a sick freak, but i will stress it here again...YOU FREAKY SICK FREAK DAMN! I think you should have used different colors for the two creatures, currently it needs some time to figure what's going on...

    stormeffex
    One of my favs. I love the fresh new idea and also the creature design is unique...very cool!!! I think there is lack of interesting details for the eye and the color scheme is kinda boring and messing the composition...if you squint your eyes you can divide the upper half into a purple area and the bottom half into a cyan/blue half...i think this lowers the tension and makes the image boring...

    prostate sunrise
    As Mike said, this piece looks like done for drawing an evil creature without thinking of the easter-theme...maybe it's not like this, but it really looks so, especially when looking at the egg, which looks like added in a few seconds, just to fit to the topic Nevertheless it's an awesome creature-design and greatly rendered!

    JoBeSu
    Hehe, very nice...i love the mechanical part, it's painted very well...but i think there is so much different and known elements thrown in (bunnies (they look like mice though), tentacles, easter egg, claws, mechanical spider legs), that there is no clear concept idea like a completely new creature, more a creature built with existing parts of our world...

    Dougbot
    This looks sick...something is disturbing me when looking at this creature, my mind is saying "Don't look at this image, it will hunt you in your dreams"...it's not scaring obviously, more subtle, and this is sick and disturbing, please tell me, that this "thing" is just a simple drawing made by you and nothing to care about...

    Helzon
    Hmmm....man, you learnt NOTHING! Go in the corner sit down and write 100 times "I am a very good drawer! I have cool concepts! But i need to work on my coloring!" I have a suggestion for you, how about doing some hatching for your next entry...you will have a good lineart, volume and depth...after this all you need to do is blocking some plain color areas on a layer underneath, i think this will bring out your strong sides with implementing your weak side without destroying your artwork...i really think you have some killer-pieces without this color-issue...

    leckronium
    Beautiful colors and rendering...you're entries are getting better and better with every round...how is that possible? If it will continue like this, we will see some amazing artwork in a few rounds...keep it up!




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    Quote Originally Posted by leckronium
    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.
    thanx for the suggestion, actually i had a warm, a cold and a neutral grey as a background to choose from...i went for the neutral, since the warm was creating a too monochrome scheme and the cold grey was a too hard contrast to the warm tones of the creature...

    Quote Originally Posted by redehlert
    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.
    Thank you very much! Though i am not quite happy with the ram's shadow...

    Quote Originally Posted by MIKECORRIERO
    Funniest thing I have seen in a while, thanks for the laugh lol. Thats all i have to say
    Thank you, glad you liked it...when will you hop in again? Don't you hear the voices in your head..."CREATURES! CREATURES! CREAUTERS!..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Dixon
    It has to be Fozzy. The expression in both characters is perfect, but it's those balls that really swing it for me..!
    Balls and nipples, sometimes i think that's all you need thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Abberant
    Hahaha! Another one with an outstanding scrotal focal point. Excellent use of color, it just grabs your eye and places it firmly on this things sack. You briefly want to check out the rabbit then BAM! back to the sack. It does look a little funny with nothing above it though, I think you could have given him a loosely defined twig so he didn't look like an androgenous freak. A couple things I don't like though. The right elbow is a mess, compared to the believable form of the left arm this one looks like you got bored and just connected the ram-hand with upper arm with the smudge tool. Theres no connection of the foot to the ground, I don't believe that foot is planted at all. I'd like the body with more contrast too.
    You're right about the foot, after saying this i realized it also...i was aiming for an action capture, so the ram is in extreme movement, but you're right it needs more contact to the ground...i could have watched the arm more as you said...thanx for the crits and comments!

    Quote Originally Posted by Helzon
    Between you and coondoggle I swear I'm going to have to start buying Depends! Hysterical! The scene is dynamic, great sense of foreshortening and highlighting exactly what you want the viewer to focus on. The only rather small crit I would have is the texturing on the front 'ram horns'. For some reason they read like curled up larvae to my eye and not like battering rams that have seen some real pounding...maybe perhaps a squished unlucky bunny or two...LOL...but it's really picayune.
    Thanx a lot for your crits and comments! And i see what you are writing about the battering rams, i think i messed it up with setting the curved lines too hasty, i should have invest more thought in the structure of this...

    0kelvin, Uziel, vaughany_boy, rick_hershey_redehlert: thanx, glad you like it!!!

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    I'll try to not be so freaky next time...or sick...or sick and freaky. It was a stretch for me to do something like this anyways. Thanks everyone for the comments on mine, it doesn't go unappreciated.

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    My vote goes to JeffZNY. The piece is bueatiful and i love the colors.

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