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  • Craig Houghton

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  • MIKECORRIERO

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  • davi

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  • nightfend

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  • possessed

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  • Dusty

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  • Mattinian

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  • young paddy1

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  • panda

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  • Oblio

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  • WARHEAD

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  • redehlert

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  • Gloklund

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  • 0kelvin

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  • Xpose

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Thread: C.O.W. - #021: Freestyle - VOTING!!!

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    Cow C.O.W. - #021: Freestyle - VOTING!!!

    ROUND #021 VOTING

    Topic: Freestyle

    Deadline for the voting: Wednesday, 21 September 2005

    Posting thread (closed):
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    Craig Houghton:
    concept: The Twig-Tailed Beetle-Snatcher
    Here we see the voracious snatcher downing a snack while spearing his next helping using his well-adapted digitations. A member of aves, the snatcher shares similar morphology. His bushy twig-like tail is comprised of modified feathers, and his spear-like fingers are simply elongations of a birds usual semi-vestigial digits. Using it's unique cover, this flightless bird waits in ambush for its prey. Then, a swift stab from a finger insures an accurate snare.
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    MIKECORRIERO:
    concept: Night Lamp
    Given its name based on the glowing gold feathers that light its way at night. Thier purposes are somewhat of a mystery since they are only seen on rare occassions, often when a soul is lost. The day a soul dies, that night one of these creatures are seen walking in the darkest of nights, where the only light is that which shines from thier glowing head. It has been said to have been seen by some that above this glow, lay a halo circled atop the Night Lamps head. Some say they are the links to the afterlife and represent the lost souls who roam the lands. It is believed by science though that somehow the mystery to thier glowing feathers its what leaves them to appear invisible in bright day light, unseen to the naked eye.
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    davi:
    concept: The Goatheaded Tentacattle with sausage warming leg sacs
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    nightfend:
    concept: The Eyewalker makes it's home on the alien world of Setis-6. The creature is drawn to bright colors, and makes it's home in the glowing jelly-moss that grow on the surface of the planet. It is this moss that also serves as the Eyewalker's food source. It uses it's pointed tail spine to pierce the jellies and then feed on them. The massive eye is constantly bathed in a clear ichor substance that serves to lubricate and protect.
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    possessed:
    concept: Corrosaur
    A war wages on the distant planet of Abrasia. Powerfull mages from the different elemental brotherhoods are fighting each other over supremacy of the world. The brotherhood called The Acidulious control the elemental power of acid. This particular powerfull group is known to enslave the beasts native to Abrasia to pit them against the other brotherhoods.
    One such beast is the Corrosaur. This agressive being acts as a guard dog for The Acidulious. Equipped with poison-tipped needle sharp nails and armored plating, this beast is a force to be reckoned with. It's ferocity is enhanced further by the infusion of elemental powers. The tip of it's tail is a liquid corrosive which the beast uses to keep enemies at bay. With a swing of it's tail it rains down acid over it's enemies. It's final line of defence lies in it's armor plating. Nothing is impenetrable so even the hard plating of this monstrosity can be shattered. However, by shattering the plating of the Corrosaur, it's enemies get more then they bargained for. Stored inside the plating is a venomous miasma which is released when the armor is broken, causing the enemy to choke in the vaporous gas.
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    Dusty:
    concept: The Eater of the Damned
    The souleaters of Hell have no affiliation with with the ruler or its army, however they play an important role. Hell is not infinite, and despite what is read, not all of the damned remain there for eternity. After eons of suffering, a buildup of excess souls needs to be dealt with, and it is then that the souleaters devour the eldest of the damned. When the time comes, the souls who are to be devoured are lined up and fed to the near immobile souleaters. They feed until the "soulsack" beneath their mouth is full...and it is there that the souls feel the most agonizing pain of their time in Hell....one last time.
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    Mattinian:
    concept: The Toronan Kakadu inhabits the gas giant Torona3. It is a very playfull bird and it`s curiosity being the cause of a couple of incidents (mid air crashes) with weather balloons and low atmosphere satelites. Not much time has been devoted on Kakadu research in the early stages of Torona3`s exploration but it`s diet and overall physiology draws interest mainly because of the near total absence of other animal species on the planet.(and because it`s late and i`m too sleepy to ponder over concept descriptions)
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    llothcat:
    concept: fishmonkey with porcupine quills
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    young paddy1:
    concept: The hermaphrodite Fear Feeder's ultimate aim is to make you drop an adrenaline laced turd on which it feeds. The creature lives on the dark forest continent of Perris 3 a land inhabited by many tree dwelling animals and humanoid timber merchants. The general form of attack is to sneak up behind it's victim on it's hands and rear feet and scream at it flailing and flashing its red eyes, if you don't shit yourself immediatly it will go to plan B and kick seven shades out of you instead.
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    panda:
    concept: Mountain Eater
    The mountain eaters of amun-teketh are nomadic, as their food source is produced very rarely. They eat the large quantities of iron ore in the mountains produced by colliding fault lines, eating one mountain once every thousand or so years.
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    Oblio:
    concept: 2 oceans child bird
    Brought from a distant universe by "The group of extreme water surfers of the galaxy", this creature delivered the 2nd apocalipse on earth, starting the underwater area.
    For 400 years as the bird (pictured here as a child) lived on earth, terestrial polulation was reduced to very few surviviors.
    I was one of them...
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    WARHEAD:
    concept: Metalised Cockroach
    The metalised cockroach is a secret government program to create covert surveillance via controlling bugs, in this case a cockroach to provide intelligence.
    Cryogenically frozen then coated in a non magnetic, non radiating metal they are almost cyborg cockroaches, being controlled by simple neural impulses. They have built in cameras instead of eyes, microphones and other equipment are located in their knees and antennae. They are controlled by remote controlled and can live for years without any maintenance.....
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    redehlert:
    concept: The Humpfry Bumblefuk
    Small critter only yeh high. Feeds on the waste of other creatures using its retractable snouts. This male has a deep baritone voice to call out to fellow bumblefuks and likes to mate as often as possible. Looks dense, but is actually very light weight allowing it to fly from one poop pile to the next.
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    Gloklund:
    concept: The Crawling Klee-Chay inhabits the dwindling but once fruitful land of Imajan Ascion. Feeding off of the post pubescent minds of the species known as the Seeyay Orgers. The creature’s appearance is so loathsome and revolting that the poor Orgers caught in its gaze are inflicted with an almost incomprehensible repetitious pattern of thought. This repetition of thought is just the beginning, as this psionic manipulation by the Klee-Chay's is in fact its complex digestive process in which the helpless victim's mind is devoured over several days, until nothing is left but a mindless Xombii.
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    0kelvin:
    concept: The Shoal is perhaps the most unique creature we’ve ever discovered. It isn’t even a conventional life-form at all. At least not as we know them. Whereas all the lifeforms we are familiar with are made up of cells, the Shoal is made up of trillions of slug-like multi-cellular organisms. These organisms come together to form a massive amorphous blob capable of living in the vacuum of space. Astoundingly, although each individual organism has barely the brain capacity of an infant leech, the creature as a whole seems to be entirely sentient, if not intelligent.
    We’ve managed to recover three species of the slugs. We think the Shoal probably consists of thousands of different species. These three range anywhere from half an inch to a foot long. Species 1 doesn’t seem to have a specific purpose, but it makes up the majority of the creature’s body mass. Species 2 is mildly photosensitive and by gathering millions of these slugs together and having them all sharing information, the creature is able to form an eye of amazing resolution. Species 3 has a beak that can be used to break down whatever the creature absorbs into its body into food, which is then distributed throughout the body. Very few of these live on the outer surface of the creature, but we think that there are likely millions of them inside. By our calculations, it could "digest" this ship and everything in it in a matter of seconds. Luckily for us, so far he seems friendly enough.
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    Xpose:
    concept: The Blue Sira lives on a planet where the mist is so thick that visibility is very slim. It has to depend on it's ears, which are extremely sensitive an can pick up the slightest sound. It feeds on beetle like insects that live on the floor of the vast planet. Known for it’s beautiful feathers and odd mating call which sounds sort of like “KaWKa WANG DONG DONG“. How could a female resist that?
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    princeofhappiness:
    concept: The Shaghghlee: this alien breed of carnivourous plant buries itself deep into the soils of the the planet Makheelidoncare. Common in soils where beavers, rabbits, and such burrowing mammals inhabit, the Shaghghlee has a mouth on its lower body which is buried underground, serving as a trap for the mammals. While its lower body is carnivorous, however, its upper body, consisting of a stalk, a bud and several flowers, all of which are above gorund, trapping light from the sun for photosynthesis, which in turn produces the Shaghghlee's main energy and food source. The main bud which rests upon its stalk contains millions and trillions of pollens, which in time are let loose to travel by wind accross other areas of the fertile planet.
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    t e m p i s t ~:
    concept: Tyres & Sygor
    -the two headed beast that guards Palaious’ temple.
    The good wizard, Palaious, cast a spell on his pet that turned Tyres’ one horn & Sygor’s two horns, into the three enchanted keys.
    As the ancient scrolls say; the chosen one is the only one who can defeat the creature and gather all three keys- which must be placed at the temple’s alter to allow safe passage to the Stelar Staff (the wizrad's magical staff that holds the power to control the world).
    The creature is yet to be defeated…but never can be. No warrior of either good or evil can match its strength.
    Tyres & Sygor are meant to willingly give their life to the hero they await for, the one who will change and save the world.
    knowing already who it is...
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    OK - before voting/posting read this!!!

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    I didn't have time for this round...neither for making an entry nor for looking through the concepts...so there MAY some work which actually breaks one or two rules...let's say it's the bonus of the freestyle round
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    Voted for Tempist because I thought it was the most dynamic image for this topic. No other reason.
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    Mike gets my vote. I just love the mood of that image, and the concept is good. Classic Corriero.

    I really like Davi and Craig Houghton's entries too. A very interesting round overall, I thought.
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    I voted for Tempist. As soon as I saw it blew me away, then I read the description and loved it even more. Great choice of color and lighting. I was really tempted to vote for some of the others though (Goklund and nightfiend)
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    Craig H. - We're us.

    Mike - Awesome. Those little electric squigglies sold me on this. It's a very different sort of composition, and for that reason I had to look a bit longer to appreciate it, but the longer I looked, the more I liked. The only crit I have is that the different elements of the body (the back-end, the head, the forelimbs) look more like they were pieced together. There isn't as strong a sense of unity in the creature design as I would have liked to see. btw. My vote goes your way Mike. This is a very engaging image once you spend some time with it.

    Davi - IRC is a dangerous muse. Once I realized those were warmers, I was a good deal less unsettled The painting is really solid -- if you squint a bit it looks disturbingly real. I'm wondering though, what's up with the slashes on the wrist?

    nightfend - This is well done, but I wanted to see a bit more of a dynamic scene. I like the description of this feeding quite a bit. Also, it looks like there's just three legs, but my eye keeps expecting a fourth. Great job on making the eye sack look wet and lube-ish.

    possessed - I like that you worked up a bit of a story to go along with this, and I liked the miasma idea. The image is too disembodied -- I think I needed to see a background or at least a shadow.

    dusty - I like the beady eyes and the soul-sack. Also, it's hellish looking, but I didn't really like the limited pallette choice.

    Mattinian - I like the bony look of the body, but I'm not such a fan of those wings. They look unnaturally stiff to me. Also, you mentioned that it crashes into stuff, but I'm left wondering how big the creature is since there's no size reference.

    llothcat - Something looks a bit fishy about the way the head is turned. There's not enough value contrast there so it's tough to make it out. I like the expression though.

    young paddy1 - The first line of your descrip is way too memorable It's hard though to tell if the creature is standing or sitting or kneeling back against the hands. There's something about the pose that doesn't ring true to me. Beyond that, the figure doesn't seem to gel in the right way with the background. Interesting texture in the bg btw.

    panda - That expression does say mountain-eater to me -- it's a sort of guilty smile like I'd have if I just ate a landform. The different elements of the illustration do not seem fit together properly -- look for shadows and reflected light between the mountain and the creature.

    Oblio - Took me a bit to realize the size of the creature. Once I saw those little trees down there then I understood the description. After looking at it a bit longer, is that bg a photo manip? If so, the bridge structure doesn't gel with the rest of it.

    WARHEAD - I love the little muscle/tendon-like strings on the legs -- very cool. Watch for overly-diffusing the shadow. A sharper cast show would have worked well here. Also, a few more highlights would have been a plus. I like the little guy.

    redehlert - The name alone should get an honorary mention. The illustration is solid and I like the feeders. The colors work great as well. My only crit is that there's a lack of that certain eye-catching something.

    Gloklund - The inky style works great. "an almost incomprehensible repetitious pattern of thought" Been there. This should be added to the microsoft clip-art gallery.

    0kelvin - This is just plain.. pretty. Also, the idea of this being a mass of 'slugs' -- awesome. The sun glow looks a bit funky since it's a bit too uniform.

    Xpose - The anatomy doesn't seem to be in perspective, and in general things look a bit flattened. I do however really like the beak and the colors used on the head.

    princeofhappiness - That black base along with the ultra high chroma color scheme distract from the creature. Also, if the mouth is buried, how does it get the prey in there without swallowing a load of dirt?

    tempist - I wish you had painted all the cast shadows and colors against the ground. The creature looks great (especially the heads), but that lack keeps the overall image from really hitting home for me.

    Great work everyone!

    -Craig
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    Craig thnx for the crits, I'm definately adding a bg for the next round. I voted for yours since I really appreciate the effort that (at least it looks like that) was put into it. It has really great details and I love this coloring style (different from the others). Your signature is a little distracting though.

    Mike must..stop..staring..at..that...eye.
    The colors are so frickin gorgeous in this and I like all the little scrubly thingies going on in the background. However, I feel the left side takes away all attention (there's almost nothing there on the right side).

    Davi good rendering but this isn't really my cup of tea, far too humanoid (both in physique as in behaviour) It's basically just a mishmash of earthly beings and... food.

    Nightfend nice choice of colors and I really like how you did the eye dripping and the little puddle. The concept is slightly odd in the way that it would have to really manouvre about in order to get that stinger into the jellies. ( it's difficult to crouch for a tripod)

    Dusty now this is my cuppa tea, a hellborn beasty. I love how you've made the skin so glistening. I would have liked to see this in a slightly less sketchy nature.

    Mattinian nice colors and I'm really feeling the design of this creature. I also find the wings a tad stiff and so is the tail.

    More crits coming soon...
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    Mike got my vote - beautifull creature, and the death around me made me soft on the ddescription too.

    Craig - Thanks for the crit. I really appreciate it. Your entry seemed to me beautifull but sort of limited on the crazy side - i feel like i can see that creature tomorrow on Discovery

    Davi - loved your concept - looks freaky enought for me On the color side it had a Davi feel to it - that cold light is almost as saturated as your warm shadows... i would have loved to see something different - not that i don;t like it though.

    Night fend - Love the colors. His sape seems a bit old school though imo.

    possessed - umm.. i would have loved more detail and cleaner shapes. Hell it's mudier them my pieces and i'm a mess... also the whole look is... not atractive to say it so

    Dusty - nice one. it took a while until i obsedved the details of the head. I think your color scheme (warm light - warm shadow) and the use of black kept me away a bit. Also i don;t understand why soul eaters are so fleshy

    ... hell i gotta go - hope to be able to comment the resto of entries.
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    Big MikeC gets my vote (yet again)! Ultimately the most believable creature and one that I know there are many more of, as opposed to being a unique creature untue itself. Beautiful colors and mood. Story is superb.

    Thanks for the crits Craig...I'll be working on that 'grab' aspect in the next round.

    To all - great round! I'll try to get to crits today since so many have been very kind in giving me thoughts in this and previous rounds.

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    Defenatly an interesting round. The great diversity of the creatures and styles make it hard to compare pieces.
    MikeC got my vote. The mood and colour scheme is great and there's more going on in the picture the longer you look. I'm not sure if the halo was needed though and Craig already voiced my other crit:
    The only crit I have is that the different elements of the body (the back-end, the head, the forelimbs) look more like they were pieced together. There isn't as strong a sense of unity in the creature design as I would have liked to see.
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    Mike got my vote... very believeable and nicely rendered creature. Great texture work in there too...
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    I voted for Gloklund 'cause I love tits. I also loved the unique style he used, which set it apart from the other entries. To be honest though, I was in love with Mike Corriero's entry when I first saw it and I'm not quite sure why it didn't get my vote...I think the tits distracted me. Can I have two votes? Or maybe .5 for each
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