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    Cow C.O.W. - #025: Arctic Carnivore - VOTING!!!

    ROUND #025 VOTING

    Topic: Arctic Carnivore

    Deadline for the voting: Monday, 24th October 2005

    Posting thread (closed):
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    AndrewLey:
    concept: These lightning fast predators feed mostly on small mammals. Thier wings are actually covered in thick fur which, while a perfect insulator for its arctic habitat, render the creature flightless. It uses the wings as shelter from the freezing winds and also to intimidate competitors. It is thought they may have been able to fly in the past, but the wing feathers most likely adapted to a climate change.
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    scumgrinder:
    concept: Specimen 50-C "Spider Rabbit"
    From the lost files of the 60's Gjoa iceberg expedition
    Trent Leyland's diary excerpt:
    "...they aren't ears. The horn like extensions work in a similar way as the ampullae of Lorenzini in sharks, that explains why the creature could find our huskies even during the storms.
    Foreman took a few pictures of the creature while there was still some sun, can't wait to see how they turn out."
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    Gloominati:
    concept: Arctic Hunter-saurian
    This reptile-related creatures are able to hunt both onshore and in the water. It's long arms with big webbed claws make a very good swimmer out of this creature. Black extremities and especially the black horn do also serve as warmth-sensors that provide this creature with all the warmth it needs to be able to survive in it's arctic environment.
    It's big muscular legs and feet make it reach very high velocities while hunting onshore moreover the big also webbed feet protect it from sinking into the snow.
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    ecsdesign:
    concept: Little is known about this arctic carnivore. It appears to be of the Ursus Maritimus (polar bear) family but stands nearly a metre taller. When provoked it can become very vicious and after the initial taste of blood it appears to become frenzied. It has been seen to feed on polar bears and arctic foxes.
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    dCepT:
    concept: Report on unusual military activity near the Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctica
    After several years of isolating the genes of the animals on earth, scientists began experimenting with splicing genes from various species in order to create animals that carried traits enabling them to exist in enviroments previously uninhabitable. The initial idea being maybe they could preserve some endangered species by altering them slightly and having them
    live in these unhospitable enviroments.
    However the armies of the world emplyed scrupleless scientists and had them genetically design beasts that could be used for war. This has been kept under wraps as best as they can, but some specimens have fled their creators and now roam free. This lion-hybrid is believed to have some genes from the arctic fox, explaining the bushy tail, as well as having surgically implanted metal tentacles designed for subduing its victims faster due to the poison ejected through the needles at the ends.
    This specimen (shown here in summer) has also adopted the polar bears habit of fattening up before winter in order to withstand the extreme cold.
    The latin name for the creature has been suggested to be Panthera Alopex, deriving from the latin names for both the lion and the arctic fox.
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    Antilight77:
    concept: On the frozen ice beds and glaciers of “creb 6” explores will take note of mammal 721.
    Mammal 721 has “skates” on its feet. This allows it to transverse ice with great ease. The primary means of attack is to ether skate full force in to it victim knocking it down and hence making easy pray, or by using the claws attached at the end of it’s skates to spring off the ice with and attack its pray in a raptor~ish style. Most time they hunt in packs of 5 and have been know to attack people on sight. Explores beware!
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    llothcat:
    concept: et's hear it for this mighy turtle...This never before encountered species seems to sleep for millennia, and then wake to devour all that it encounters. The last reported one was found on an iceberg. Big critter, too. How old? Who knows.
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    Mykro:
    concept: The Grebor is an ice cave dwelling creature standing about 20 ft high. Feeds on large fish and occasionally seals. It's horns are used in battles, similar to ram or elk. Known for amazing eyesight, and its strange calls, these reclusivce creatures are ferocious when confronted, known to take down a polar bear under certain conditions.
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    Eriboss:
    concept: Morphosis Aquammal Giganticus - "The Drunken Giant"
    This astonishing beast was first spotted by marine biologists 3 years ago deep in the baron ice plains of Antarctica.
    Coined by scientists as the worlds first “Aquammal” and measuring up to 50feet in length in “marine form” these giants bodies are made up of a thin transparent membrane, which strangely only appears to house a brain, stomach and what looks like huge distances of veins.
    In the dark winter months when sea pickings are slim, this giant beast goes through an astounding state of metamorphosis…
    By sucking water inside its membrane skin and then dragging itself up onto land, the beast freezes itself into a collection of vein filled ice “limbs” and then proceeds to climb up off the icy floor and continue its hunting on land… swapping its summer diet of small deep water whale to that of polar bear! Scientists have nicknamed it “The Drunken Giant” due to the fact that when on land it seems to stumble around unsteadily on its newly formed limbs... much like that of a drunk.
    Amazingly, if their ice "body" gets damaged, it can simply refreeze itself over time, making them almost indestructible… although if they do ever find themselves in any form of trouble, they simply dive back underwater to gently melt away their bodies and swim away unharmed.
    Don't be fooled by its comical stumbling appearance... as this creature is cold calculating killer, hunting both above and below sea level it is more intelligent than we could ever have imagined… and truly like nothing we have seen before.
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    Nightfend:
    concept: Snow Demon
    It was not long after exploratory droids landed on the ice planet of Sefis-C, that the dominant carnivore showed itself. They measure rougly 180cm in length and weigh 220kg. Their sharp claws serve both as weapons against prey and also as a means to grasp the icy terrain. They prefer the warmer equatorial regions of the planet, where daytime temperatures average -20 Celsius, and food is more plentiful. They use short barks and howls to communicate with each other, and the droids noted before they were destroyed that the Demons attacked in small coordinated packs.
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    possessed:
    concept: Arctic Predator - Running Nose
    The Nose or 'snotslinger' as it is sometimes called is a small predator found on the distant iceplanet 'Tzhoy'. It actively searches for swarms of clustergrubs on Tzhoys snowy plains. The Nose has found a way to deal with it's highspeed prey. when it has run up to them close enough it will blast a spray of sticky muccus from it's nasal cavity. The muccus will trap a few of the slower grubs in it's sticky content rendering them immobile. The Nose like's it prey ice cold and breaths a hyperfrost cloud over it's prey. The prey is instantly frozen and crushed in the grinding maw of the Nose.
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    JakkaS:
    concept: Snowdigger
    Some experts unofficially report, that there is something strange lurking under the Arctic sheet ice. The first-hand information has never been received, because all of the eye-witnesses have died immediately. Fragments of non-public reports suggest that the creature is really big and it is so powerful, that even 2-meter ice floe can't resist when it atacks. This cold-blooded creature hunts for unaware of danger mammals, and do it especialy for sport. Uses a frozen saliva to kill or just to harm chosen victim. The funiest one is that the experts distributes Snowdigger into flightless bird class.
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    yAdam:
    concept: This rare Arctic carnivore dubbed 'The Giant Walrus' seems to be a cross between a standard Walrus and a Polar Bear. Much is unkown about the animal as it has only been glimpsed by a handful of explorers and scientists. Data that has been collected shows that it mainly preys on penguins, it can breath on land and underwater through the use of gill like holes running in parallel behind its eyes and it is said that its cry is similar to that of a distant foghorn.
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    br0ken_spirit:
    concept: Polar Knifelimb Stabber
    These huge arctic creatures are of the few carnivores who attack prey larger than themselves, usually King Mamoths and Megabisons. They have eight limbs, four of them are quadruped legs, and the other ones are specialized horned limbs with some degree of mobility. The frontal horned limbs possess little mobility, these are for ramming them into their prey when charging at full speed. The back horned limbs are more mobile, and once at close distance, they are used for repeated stabbing, from above. The thumbs on the front feet are large and razor like, these are also used for stabbing, but from below, aiming at the stomach and throat. The have horns at the sides of their heads, as well as on top and under the chin. These function as a means of defense as well as offense when fighting, but they are also used for eating by ripping into bone and tearing flesh. Heavy fur protects the creature from the weather, isolating the cold and keeping them warm underneath.
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    bluefooted:
    concept: Giant Arctic Sloth
    The arctic sloth is one of the rarer inhabitants of the frozen arctic tundra. This large creature (standing 6ft at the shoulder) is a predator, feeding primarily on seals and/or small whales. The sloth is a slow moving but effective hunter - often sitting motionless for hours on end next to seal breathing holes in the ice. The enlarged claw on the first digit is used to 'hook' unsuspecting prey coming up for air. Arctic sloths are solitary creatures and encounters between two individuals will often result in a bloody battle. Sadly, this magnificent creature has been nearly hunted to extinction because of increasing demand for area rugs and hip, furry boots.
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    panda:
    concept: The bipedal Mustbeus Waytoonastyus is an ill-tempered polar threat. The teeth of the Waytoonastyus are as large as a man's finger, and it uses them to eat whatever it can get its hands on, even other Waytoonastyuses. Cannibalism is far from unheard of, as other potential prey will flee in terror when the Waytoonastyus sounds it's keening hunting cry of "I'ma'eatyoo'up."
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    Carnifex:
    concept: The Plooska
    A distant relative to crocodiles, the size of a hippo, living in the cold of the arctic. It hunts whatever moves upon the ice, whilst swimming under it himself. Can stay underwater for approx. 2 hours and requires massive amounts of flesh to keep its body temperature high. It's big body helps aswell by storing warmth from the sun, much like the dinosaurs in ancient times. Kills its victims either by ripping their throat out,or, much more likely, dragging them underwater and drowning them.
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    arghmisfit:
    concept: Abominable Wurm
    Deep in the Himalayan Mountains lurk giant carnivorous wurms which are approximately 100 meters long. The wurm is said to have existed through the ice age and is at its evolutionary prime. The wurm is said to be a cave dweller and can only last in direct sunlight for a few hours. When out of its cave the wurm prefers to travel in the water. With great power and speed the Abominable Wurm can devour a whale in a matter of seconds. An Abominable Wurm’s life expectancy is said to be roughly a hundred years.
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    RES:
    concept: Skinless slaughter beast
    The distant planet of Duwos has only two continents, one tropical the other arctic joined by shifting land flows. Only one animal has ever been known to have travelled between them. The skinless slaughter beast evolved in the tropical heat dominating the tropics, eventually wiping out all of its pray. At some point a pack of beasts in search of food travelled to the artic, finding themselves poorly suited to the cold the beasts would have become extinct if it hadn’t have been for some amazing ingenuity. The naturally fierce predator found it easy to kill and strip the many artic animals, ripping off chunks of fur the beast would roll in the blood soaked skins matting it to its body. The skinless slaughter beast pictured here is very young and in the process of crafting the fur coat that will enable it to dominate this new continent.
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    OLSEN:
    concept: The Urilian winter wolf
    Also known as Crimson Urilae Canidae.
    The top predator of the Urilian ice wastes. Their style of hunting is very close to that of terrestrial wolfs, except that the hunt is performed completely by females. The males, who spend most of their time fighting within for mating privileges, only join the hunt during periods of starvation. In the picture above, the bright red head of the female indicates that it's mating season.
    Being the size of terrestrial polar bears, the hunting pack can easily take on very large prey, crucial for survival amongst the megafauna of Urilia.
    During the hunt the females communicate with very loud clapping sounds produced in a unique cavity in their throats. The sounds can easily be mistaken for gunshots, something that has scared the peaceful settlers of Urilia many times.
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    mihai:
    concept: Since the last ice age has struck animals have become extinct with billions.This carnivore has evolved from a vegetarian animal into the most ferocuious flesh eater that has roamed in the southern hemisphere...
    The "australoursus" wich is related by evolution with the creature cold by past inhabitants "fureback", is here, on top of the food chain.
    This beast has prolounged claws to enable it catch fish with extreme ease but their main use is for large prais such as the new ice mammels that now inhabit these lands.
    It’s teeth are adapted to sort fish flesh from bones and olso slash through meat-they are very thin but very strong.The hair contains a special enzime secreted by the skin that hardens the animal's hair clusters, and along whith the skin muscles giving it the ability to actually control the angle of it’s own hair in order to keep itself cool or warm depending on the climate conditions in this cold enviroment-when the hair stays at an angle the wind can pass and cool it’s skin. In harsh conditions the face gets coverd by the long hairs on it’s head. The nose of the creature is coverd by a membrane wich stops water from getting in and the mouth is “obstructioned” by a hard bone wich the animal uses to brake victim bones and cartilages with. It also uses it in combat especially in the maiting season when this becomes
    a deadly weapon.
    Like all large predators that have walked this planet this one to will eventually become extinct, but untill then...
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    solorpower:
    concept: Carnivorous Aqauticus from the ice world Freon
    The size of a wooly mammoth, this underwater creature is an aquatic mammal that spends most of its time in the artic sub-zero tempuratures of Freon, located near the Pleides star cluster. This creature is the ultimate survivor. It can literally smell its prey from 100 miles below the ocean surface or 500 miles above it. It uses its redish eyes to see in infrared, normal light, and ultraviolet, and has super sharp vision up to 15 miles away. It can out-swim everything in the water except one creature - a 200 foot-long super-shark species native to that planet. Its favorite meal is an otter-like mammal that spends its time on glacier edges. If hungry, this carnivore will even go after its competitor - the super shark, though it is a rare event. Only I have witnessed this fearless creature go after an alien shark and captured it on film!!!
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    voraz:
    concept: Arctic Underground beast
    This animal lives in "Hell", the frozen moon of the Planet Grande. This moon, was named Hell because noone that goes there ever comes back, only recently the cause was identified: the Arctic Underground Beast. This enormous beast has large periods of hibernation from which it wakes up when there is "food" nearby, which consists normally of the humanoid species that lives in Planet Grande and go to Hell to drill for a rare energic cristal that is found only in this moon.
    This species is highly inteligent and has been able to avoid every attenpt of elimination from its "food" and as always been capable of remaining, very successfully, at the top of the food chain.
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    Undertow:
    concept:
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    05043
    Previous attempts at cloning Prehistoric pacaderm have failed.
    Missing DNA strand is being substituted w/ closest comparison
    strand cross referenced w/RGD ontology report.
    05313
    Artificially inseminated Pygmy elephant gave birth to RM015F with
    little complication weighing in at 75lbs @ the length of 2'3".
    Introducing the rat DNA has caused an odd mutation where there is
    no trunk, an extended tongue, and no visible ears.
    05317
    Subject displaying signs of aggresive behavior attacking the
    elephant mother upon first natural feeding attempts. RM015F also
    attacked staff and was sedated after using non-lethal means of
    self defense to get the subject to back off.
    05325
    RM015F grew to the length of 4 1/2 ft. within the first week, this
    was remarkable as RM015F refused normal food during this time
    and was given nutrients via injection gun. RM015F has been
    restrained and a make-shift muzzle has been affixed to its face
    to control the tongue which grabbed one of the staff members legs,
    severed it clean off and consumed it.
    05364
    The decision has been made that the experiment is a failure.
    RM015F is scheduled for termination tomorrow and all contact with
    the subject has been cut off.
    05365
    The subject had an adverse reaction to lethal injection mixture and
    became uncontrollable, killing the 2 attending doctors. It was able to
    escape the complex after killing 3 staff members as well as the
    attending MP and K-9 unit. Our parent command has been notified
    of the problem and is sending a team from Shemya AFB.
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    xgabo:
    concept: Ornyteris Arcticus
    The first fossil of Ornyteris Arcticus, or "The Arctic Terror", was discovered in 1923 by a crew of explorers a few miles from the North Pole. Amazed with the discovery of a 8-meter long Theropod predator in such a barren landscape, scientists of the Norse Paleontology Museum came back 2 years later for a more detailed research. Digging the ancient ice, they unearthed layers and more layers of a diverse environment where the Ornyteris was king. This predator was so efficient in hunting their prey that eventually they extinguished entire populations, breaking the food chain. The last remnants of this magnificent animal had to become cannibals to survive, what was confirmed by a found skeleton of a large male Ornyteris eating a smaller female after attacking her nest.
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    GreenTopaz:
    concept: A Snowcap will eat anything that moves, regardless of size. A large part of why most make their homes a long way apart from each other, and why they have never been particularly numerous. They drag themselves through the snow and ice, having a love for the cold, and with their white haired tops give the impression that the ground is moving. SnowCaps are near totally unknown among humans, with so few people venturing into the icy wilds of the arctic, though whole teams of reaserchers and explorers have been known to vanish near certain areas speculated by paranormal experts to be possible SnowCap lairs.
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    Dusty:
    concept: The Snowball of Pain
    ....while we were filming a documentary on the polar bear, we discovered this new species on accident. Initially we thought it was a baby seal as its mouth was closed and honestly we all thought it was adorable. It was storming, so we were within a few feet of it when all of the sudden "it" become "them". Little eyes blinked at us in curiosity, as we moved closer from our own curiosity as well. That was, until they gnashed their blood-red teeth and lept toward our party in the blink of an eye. Before we knew what was happening, we were covered in these little creatures. If I had to describe it best it would be almost as if they were pirahnas on land. They only had two feet, near as I could tell...and they only used them to bounce around. If one would overshoot one of us, it would merely bounce backward and try again. Unfortunately most of them were quite precise in their targets. I only survived because, admittedly, I fled before the bulk of them were on us. I only had to shake off two or 3 as I ran for the helicopter.
    These "Snowballs of pain" destroyed our entire team. They may be cute at first. But you'd best turn back immediately if you see those beady black eyes staring at you. Chances are, though, if you see them...you are already dead.
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    bumskee:
    concept: frost rabbit
    a lone canivore with four rabbit like ears dwells in a burrow of snow. Its agressive characteristics makes it one of the most feared predator in the white. its equipped with colossal fangs and claws to pin down a prey. At a size of a full grown tiger, frost rabbit will attack at anything in sight for food.
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    BlkCelebration:
    concept: Catepetl
    This fearsome beast hunts twenty-four hours a day. The lack of prey keeps him moving constantly in search for food. It moves much like an ape might, giving the impression that he may be closely related to the ape. Some have come to the conclusion that this may be the legendary "abominable snow man".....or not.
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    shadoman:
    concept: Valoscarvine
    The Valoscarvine are found in the barren regions of Antarctica. They are a large, carnivorous, bear-like creature that feed mostly on Penguins. They jump on their prey and violently rip their limbs and beaks off and then devour them still warm. Since the Valoscarvine have very small teeth, they usually shred most of their food first with their extremely long and sharp claws and the 3 pointed tusks on their face. Once their food is the right consistency, they slurp it up to their mouth which is hiding deep underneath a large flap of skin on the bottom of their face.
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    griff:
    concept: Sharkavore
    Tales of a Great White Shark evolving to walk on land seemed unfounded until this creature was found roaming the ice in search of food. Apparently the shark has evolved into a creature that excels both in and out of the icy waters. It mainly feasts on seals, but it has also been seen attacking polar bears and other large beasts. It's unknown how many of these strange creatures exist, but it is certain that the adaptibility of the Great White Shark is beyond reason.
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    Fozzybar:
    concept: The South Pole Polar Bear
    Riddle: Why don't polar bears eat penguins?
    Answer: Because polar bears live at the North Pole, while penguins live at the South Pole!
    This old trick question must be revised now.
    Polar Scientists sensationally discovered a polar bear species at the South Pole. This creature has about 10-20 times the size of its cousin at the northern hemisphere...with its back (which locks like an ice floe or ice berg) lying above the water surface, the South Pole Polar Bear floats on the sea...
    Penguins and seals are settling in with time to have a place to rest...
    When enough prey is settled down the South Pole Polar Bear bends his body towards his head...this way everything on its back slides into the water, just to appear in front of his big mouth ...sometimes (as seen on the image) it smacks with his huge paw on its back to "assist" the sliding effect - Bon Appetit!
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    OK - before voting/posting read this!!!

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    WOW...35 entries!!! So this was after "Cute But Deadly" (36) the round with the most entries together with "Venomous Bird" (35)...

    I will give my vote when i have time to read through all the concepts...should be entertaining

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    i voted for AndrewLey because i really liked the composition. Maybe it should have a paler coat since it is an arctic creature but otherwise i think it is a really good piece. very nice pose aswell, very dynamic, you can really feel how that creature is fast and dangerous.

    about the other entrants i must say you all did a really good job..

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    Dusty gets my vote - I always like very simple but strong design statements plus the penguin death scene is very funny.

    Loads of great entries this time - well done everyone

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    jakkas,because it was the most unique idea amongst all these furred, fanged,and horned other entries.
    other favs:
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    Usually I have trouble deciding between 2 or 3 entries. This round it was more like 15. I'll try to comment a little on the entries latter but ultimately I voted for Dusty, I like everything about it. Cool simple design, good presentation, good color choice and I like how its painted, the death scene to the left is great and shows action, the concept at work, and various side and back views of the creatures. And if all this weren't enough, its a very original entry, actually its the only little critter this round. On top of it all it has humour, the name alone "the snowball of pain" is funny as hell, so is the death scene (poor penguin). Good job!

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    my vote also goes to dusty. I love this simple yet very original idea! there is a huge amount of badass creatures in this round but I nearly pissed my pants laughing as I saw dustys creature, really well done!!

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    I ended up voting for JakkaS - I felt the description was a little weak and needed some revision here and there, but on the whole the image made up for what the description lacked.

    That said, it was tough. There are a lot of strong entries for this round - I was really glad to see so many people turn out for it

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    I voted for Scumgrinder because of the finished look it had. But Dusty was very close, because of the cool concept.

    Very nice pieces this round, well done everyone!

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    I also voted for Scumgrinder due to the kick butt combination of anatomy as well as the rendering quality. Major shout outs to Jakkas, BlkC, Nightfend, Bluefooted, Undertow, Bumskee, Dusty, Res and xgabo. If hell froze over, I'm sure I'd see variations of your creatures all over the place!
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    My vote is for BlueFooted... although his creature is not the flashier, for me is the most plausible, and his drawing really sells the way the creature would walk or move, and the way the fur would flow in real life. Sometimes in a concept piece little things can make the difference, and it did for me.

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    holy SHIZZNIZZLE what a round! Yall better have some EOW's too, you creature-mad bastids!

    OK!!! comments!!

    Andrewley:very hard to crit you dood, its hard-edged but it works.. great brush economy to still ocnvey what you want. If anything i would have found a way to separate your background plane a bit more... its bordering on dominant. My favourite composition and a great, original take.

    Scumgrinder: yours is another entry hard to crit man. I love the rendering and the effect. The pose is effective straight on, because youve really captured the 'last photo befoe it charged effect'. If i had to critique something it would probably be your presentation... the white border ruins the 'photo' illusion because the coffeestain doesnt go over it, and the scumgrinder 'tab' also brings us out of this illusion. If your going to go for this effect its good to go all the way and really apply the effects to the whole image. On the whole, a great entry.

    Gloominati: Your creature, being pure white, is blending in too much with the background. Personally i would have chosen a lower viewpoint so you could maintain his silhouette against the sky. Right now the mountains are too dominant too. I like your rendering around the face and neck... in other areas you seemed to go straight for smaller brushes instead of working large - the pincer and the dead seal.

    ecsdesign - yeh man, this one is awesome. I love the temperature work, the windblown effect (helped by his one squinty eye-intentional?), i love the washed out overabundance of ambient reflection... its all working very very nicely. Kudos. COme to sydney sketch meet if you can!

    dcept: your overall light source is looking somewhat undefined... the shadow indicates that it is being lit from behind and slightly up, in which case some of the lit areas on his torso should in fact be the darkest parts... also, you have virtually all soft brushes working around your silhouette which destroys its impact. NIce design and nice concept though. Well done.

    antilight: to me, the glow ruins it. The creature is very 'cute' kinda like those lil raptos in jp:the lost world. LIke cute but ima bout to kick your ass cute I really think your glow outline takes too much away from an otherwise nice rendring.

    stephen m reed: ok a few things... first your sky is WAY too saturated.... its just overbearingly dominant, especially in a topic where there will naturally be so much desaturation in the foreground... it just pops right out in front of the beasty. With the rendering of the beasty, if i squint its almost like lineart - all the defenition is around the edges... try and define a light source and render accordingly. Theres something evil about his face i like... oh and with the typography... papyrus i think that is.. a very overused and cliche font... and it bears no real relevance to the subject matter... its hard to make typographical elements look really good unless you really know what your doing.. ask yourself whether it really strengthens the piece including them...or whether they are just there to fill space? Try not to break linespace like that, and dont use all caps for body copy.. just a few tips for next time

    llothcat: something i also noticed in your eow.. your elements seem to have very little colour sharing... in an enviro with all those translucent high-saturation greens around, you would expect a lot of colour sharing between both parties.. at the moment the rendering seems off colour wise because you seem to be shading with black and white instead of by using colours.. search for fredflickstone's colour tutes if you have the time.

    mykro: a big tip here would be to practice drawing through your design..and applying symettry. Right now his far eye and far horn are out in terms of their perspective.. the eye should be lower and slightly below his beak, and the horn should be curling backwards more instead of to the side. These elements make him look a little cartoony and less solid... also dont fear to push your value and your darkest darks in the rendering. With a light source as intense as you have it, you would expect extremely dark core shadows on the shadow side of each element.

    shane: i love everything but i cant tell whats going on with the head.. if its supposed to have its 'arm' covering its eyes - then i dont get why - if its not, then i dont really know whats going on love the rest, great solidity of form.

    eri: i like your traditional approach.. but im not seeing light source/shadow range on him... he seems all inkwork with flat colour put over him.. it would be good to see those planes bust out with some strong shadow... otherwise nice.

    nightfend: another nice entry man. i think the creature probably lacks a focal point cause the detail is rendered so equally throughout. Having the front and back leg there like that should be an opportunity to emphasize foreshortening by scrapping some of the fur detail on the back leg. Because the creature is the sole element, your focus point has to be chosen within that... nice entry! one of my favies.

    possessed: yours has a LITTLE of that dodge and blur thng happening.. its party personal preference too, i really favour 'painterly' work with not too much of an airbrushed look - so really take it with a grain of salt. Your lineweight is a bit too equal all round though, and it looks like his other knee should be shoing a lil bit? Cool stuff.

    jakkas: i truly apologise for being able to offer nothing other than a paltry suggestion to give him a more dynamic pose next time. Wimpy eh? A+, you get my vote.

    yadam: there seems to be a lot of compositional dead space in the bottom half - you could create deep shadow there and kill all the detail and it would read better, i think. Right now certain parts down there are leading us away from the focal points which should be emphasized - like the face - which should have the tightest rendering.

    broken spirit: i bet you that dude NEVER gets a girlfriend! hehe. Im finding this one really hard to judge. I get a mixed first reaction and im not really sure if i like it... on inspection it seems to have most stuff going for it, given the circumstances... maybe its just the static pose thats killing it for me? with no visual narrative? I dunno.. i think its good though.. i think!

    bluefooted: sorry, your image wont load for me?

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    Carnifex: you both get the same crits here - your line sketches are showing through too much and killing it.. having those edges there removes the imperitive for you to think about the form of the creature.. so you end up having flat looking rendering... coupled with the distracting lines.. takes away from it.

    arghmisfit: you sir, get my 2nd place. You are leaping and bounding like no tomorrow. The rendering on his face is SUPERB.. it has a real b-grade monster flick feel to it, i LOVE IT!!! hehe... it reminds me of that cheesy falcor from neverending story. Original design, cool rendering as i said... the perspective on the ledge is way off though, that guy would be slipping right off the edge as it is... but the creature itself, a-o-k

    res: thats a great creature and a great concept man... very believeable in a sick kinda way. I really like this one... no need for crits. Cheers, good work.

    olsen: another instant scrolling favourite - i love the soft brushwork, it reminds me very much of some old illustrations my philipino step-grandmother has in her house - very nostalgic ambience there. Nice colours too. A faint cast shadow on them would be nice, just to give the ice some hint of colour sharing. Yay!

    mihai: you make that a third favie in a row. I love the dynamic of this one, the pose is great. Silhouette could be stronger, but its ok. Some areas lack finish - the edges of the fur on his head look like unfinished brushwork, same on the front talons. These are specific crits on a very tight piece. Well done.

    solorpower: that painting actually made my nipples erect!! it feels so fricken cold, like when your swimming and you get out of the pool and its raining and its just freakin cold no matter what you do... just damn icey. Very nicey! Well done. Brr!

    voraz: yours is another dodge-n-burn thing.. shading with black and white instead of colour. Your forms are also very hard to make out - most of your dark is at the edges, and its lacking fullness of form. Watch your saturation too, and the cloud-filter bg thing isnt working for me either... see you next round!

    undertow: nice concept and pencil work. Its hard for me to c+C a straight pencil... i guess theres no real indication of its scale from the drawing... apart from that it works for what it is i think

    xgabo: really nice. for me, the back end is reading a LOT nicer than the head end - i think due to the oversaturation of the whole top end. You have that lovely faded bounce light on his tail, seeing that on the chest would have MADE this dood - at the moment the garrishness of all those imposing colours just tips the scales the wrong way. Very close to an awesome favourite.

    azrael: yours feels a little underworked.. its very rough in terms of any sort of details... and really that typography needs redoing or removal... no typographic elements is better than bad typographic elements, and they are hard to do without good training... next round try to just spend more time developing it, searching for randomity and some interesting shapes or details... its good for the viewer to be able to search stuff out in an image, right now its very plain and lacks any explorable areas... see you next round.

    greentopaz: awesome on every account bar the hard edges of the receding mountains, they have no form... they are dead straight across the horizon... give them some interesting form... have the mountain line curving back in a bowl shape or something... dead straight across looks very typical and boring... the hard edges ruin the atmospheric perspective. Everything in the front is super, and tells a great narrative moment. Excellent!

    dusty: so hilarious man, had me in fits of laughter. No crits from me, your blob-rendering skills are above-par awesome!

    bumskee: yours is really the most menacing.. really something that would make me shit myself... youve captured something of that dark nature we were pondering earlier tonight.. some of the brushwork in the bg/sky is distracting, but i love the creature and his placement. Briwwyant!

    blkcelebration: another form rendering crit. Really try to make your shading work for you and show the form - shade across the whole form, bringing out the areas of light and dark from the whole shape... instead of working in from the edges... also the shapes are very polygonal and lack any organic sense of musulature or motion usually present in creatures...

    shadoman: this is very very high key... it takes me a second or two to let that register.. and you have some hard brush/soft brush confliction too... tighten these up just a bit, cos when i blur my eyes ever so slightly, the picture reads perfect. Your forms, colours, etc are really working.

    griff: again, hard edged, and no sense of rendering the form... try to think in masses of light and shadow and eliminate the mindset of line-art.. its hard, but push yourself. His face is a lot better than the rest of it. Keep it up.

    Fozzybar: you had to do it, didnt you... you bastard... last post of the thread... you make me get all this way and after all those crits you expect me to pull something out of my ass for you? FOR YOU? AFTER ALL THE PAIN AND HUMILIATION YOU HAVE PUT ME... hey look at that, 4 lines. Guess that counts as a crit after all!!!




    ... i like the colours, shapes, design, and sense of scale. there can i go now?

    well done on a fantastic round to every contender!

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    I voted for GreenTopaz and his snowcap because in my opinion it's simply the best creature design in this thread (though his brown skin doesn't look as if it would fit arctic temperatures), and it tells a story. Good work man!

    My second vote (if I had one) would have gone to RES's Skinless Slaughter Beast, which in my eyes really looks like a threatening carnivore. It looks kinda "quickly painted", but it get's to the point. I also liked this "crafting the fur coat"-explanation. Cool idea.

    I liked as well Undertow's creature design as such, but as a carnivore concept it's not too self-explaining, because his teeth definetly get in the way, when eating.

    xgabo's creature is rendered very well, but unfortunately looks just like a dinosaur at the South Pole and therefore in my view, is not an original idea.

    Same crit for shadoman: rendered very well, but you seem to just have changed the ice bear's head.

    I also dig bumskee, AndrewLey, scumgrinder ('really like the way it's painted!) and ecsdesign because of their realistic approach.

    Cool work guy's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yodaah
    My second vote (if I had one) would have gone to Res's
    Skinless Slaughter Beast, which in my eyes really looks like a threatening carnivore. It looks kinda "quickly painted", but it get's to the point. I also liked this "crafting the fur coat"-explanation. Cool idea.
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    argh...you already corrected it it was "Foz" instead of RES before...

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    tough decision, but i voted for nightfend.
    Like Form said, it needs a focal point but this truly is a work of love. Look at the smooth transitions from reptilian skin to hair at the top area, the detail on the textures, the highlights. I knew it was a good entry because i kept questioning stuff like the reptilian skin. But then i also found myself coming up with justifications for it as if the painting was mine.

    Another favorites: Jakkas ( an all around very well done entry), bluefooted (expressive lines, almost like an old japanese painting). And scumgrinder... man that scumgrinder is hot shit!

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    well, it was really difficult between greentopaz and scumgrinder... both of those really stood out to me... ecsdesign and bluefooted and fozzybar also.

    God I'm having such trouble voting...

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    AndrewLey Great job design wise. I love the sort of chimera type qualities it has. The thing that is throwing it off for it is probably something that that another person would actually really enjoy. In my opinion I think the forced perspective is too forced. At first I didn’t even realize that he had two legs. I thought it was some kind of triped or something. Easing back on the forced perspective a bit and focusing more on showing the entirety of the creature would have made this much stronger, I think. I love your painting style, btw.

    Scumgrinder Out of all the wooly designs yours is easily my favorite. You definitely took the abominable snowman approach to the next level. I also really like how you set it up to look like a photograph…good storytelling!

    Gloominati Very interesting. Its nice seeing some more reptilian designs. You normally don’t expect to see too many reptilians living in the arctic, so that is a very interesting design choice. I love the colors and the black parts on it are great (gives it almost an orca like feel, which is nice). The only crit I have is that some of the design choices for the details seems very random. The lobster claws feel very out of place on the side there and I don’t see how he would eat anything with that gigantic tooth coming out of his face. I also think the painting would be a lot stronger if you hadn’t put the black “veins” or whatever those are on it. They seem sort of like an afterthought and my eye is drawn to them almost immediately in a very distracting way.

    Ecsdesign Excellent sketch and I love your painting. The snow and the clouds really add to the mood of the piece. I think the creature’s design sort of screams “Wampa” a bit though. A little more time fleshing out some details would have helped it look a little more original, I think. As it is right now its basically just a polar bear with horns.

    Dcept I love the story idea. Sort of reminds me of the movie “Man’s Best Friend”. Cybernetically enhanced animals are always badass. As for the painting itself, it has some really strong qualities but I think you are maybe relying a bit too much on the brush to make it look painted (I assume this is Painter you are using?) Especially on the side of the beast…a lot more definition of muscles would really help that besides just putting the “adidas stripes” for ribs, there. The back leg looks the best…I can tell that this object is 3 dimensional. But going back to the side its all one value. I think it would also help to check out some reference for metallic objects because your steel coils really stick out as feeling a little unfinished. Metallic surfaces are tricky and require a lot of time to look correct (I still never do them very often cuz I suck at them! Hahaha).

    Antilight77 Wow, what a fantastic design! The skate idea is awesome and the details all have a lot of interest (especially the head design). The way you have designed it, I totally believe this could exist in real life. Excellent job.

    StephenMReed I’m getting a little bit of Tauntaun here along with some more Wampa. That’s not a bad thing, but the horns off to the side that like that definitely remind me of the Star Wars universe a bit just like Ecsdesign’s. Not to say it’s a rip off of it, because you clearly have added a lot of other things in there to distinguish it as its own thing…I was just making an observation. I like the teeth and the “bat like” face is pretty cool looking. The only crit I would have had is maybe not rely on the polar cat body so much. The head has some interest, and it would have been nice to have seen some other design elements carry on to the rest of the body that are more in line with what you have started in the face.

    Oregano I’m sad that you aren’t entering the other creature, but let me just say THANK YOU for putting a real concept behind this one. I loved your “arctic dragon”, but I was very disappointed in the sort of random story that had nothing to do with the creature itself. This one is much more complete and feels natural. As for the creature itself, you get huge props for doing something much more unique looking. I can tell you maybe felt that your dragon-type one was maybe a little one-dimensional or something? I thought it was awesome, but I know that whenever I draw dragon-like creatures I often think “Gah…this has so been done before”. I love pretty much everything about this one, except the face seems very convoluted. I can’t really tell what the heck is going on. This is an alien creature and definitely pushes the boundaries of “whats been done” before, but I definitely get lost in the facial details there. Is the hole near the front his nose or his eye? Is the the swirl on top of the head an eye or a horn? Something that helps relate it a LITTLE bit more to the viewer, but still keeping the unique approach would help the piece I think.

    Llothcat He looks like a cute little guy. I love the design, but I would definitely like to see something that shows its scale so we know just HOW big he is “Big critter, too”, doesn’t really tell me much.

    Mykro I love the idea of this sort of arctic griffin type creature. The body of the creature looks great and I love the “bellbottomy” legs, but the horns don’t seem positioned properly and also seem unfinished. I think if you dropped the far one down (his right) it would look a little better.

    Eriboss Your concept rocks! I love the entire idea of the freezing itself to become a land based creature. The main crit that I have with your piece though is that it’s a bit too sketchy and incredibly chaotic. The smudgy charcoal-like effect you have going does not help translate an icy surface very well at all. Using a less harsh medium for this concept would have worked wonders. Maybe using various shades of blue colored pencils? I think that would have helped sell the piece ten-fold. Then you would have also had excellent contrast of the organs inside.

    Nightfend Ownage. Damn that is a sweet piece. The thing I love most about this design is that you made him wooly, but it still has a lot of visual interest to it so that it doesn’t just look like an existing animal with a slight change. You really put a lot of effort into all of the details in both concept and environment to completely sell this piece as a unique design. Neat story too!

    Possessed Now that’s just adorable in a curmudgeony kind of way. I just imagine him being a belligerent little bastard. I love the idea that he’s a snotty little guy, too, because cold weather is known for making you sniffle, of course. So its nice to see that concept taken into your entire design. Very unique!

    Jakkas This is my favorite rendering out of all of the pieces. The design is awesome, the environment is welldone, and the action in the scene is very convincing. The idea that it just spits ice spears at you is very very cool, as well.

    Yadam I love the scale that is shown, but the snowflakes kind of hurt the piece a bit. The scale shows the penguin(?) on the little ridge there, but the storm’s flakes just seem insanely large. If you had a snowy mist or just much MUCH smaller flakes, it would have helped the overall presentation. The creature itself is welldone and the concept is cool!

    Broken Spirit Spikes always kick ass. Creatures just getting exponentially cooler when horns and spikes are added, in my opinion. I love the simplicity of the background, it helps add interest while not taking away from the creature itself. And I love the little bullet points…especially the one noting how the more mobile spikes on the back can actually thrust forward for repeated stabbings. Very cool! The horns that are farther away don’t seem quite right to me, though. It almost seems like your drew the thing at an exact profile angle…and then just added the farther legs/horns/etc in shadow by just moving them up a hair and making them darker. The legs don’t look too bad, but the back horns seem slightly tacked on.

    Bluefooted I love sloths…and this is a very convincing version of one were there artic ones. The fact that its giant, as well, is a nice addition. I could totally imagine this existing in real life. The style is awesome and I love the addition of the “hip furry boots”. Added a little comedy to your piece without sacrificing the concepts dignity.

    Panda I’m sorry I keep saying this, because I know that it might seem like I am kind of digging on some of you a bit, but I just have to say it one more time: Wampa. The Wampa is definitely a classic creature, and because of that its easy to fall back on “furry thing with curved horns”. There’s nothing wrong with a homage at all…but I would definitely like to see more design elements brought into other parts of the body to separate it from such a high profile artic carnivore. Nightfend’s is a great example of still taking the furry arctic elements and adding tons of unique interest throughout the entirety of the creature. Panda, I hope it doesn’t seem like I am picking on you…it was just something I noticed that a lot of people chose as their style of design so I am just making that observation here.

    Carnifex Interesting idea! I like the idea of a crocodilian type creature up in the arctic. The only crit I really have is that crocs/gators are very sharp creatures. Lots of harsh angles from their back ridges to their teeth to their tails. Everything is very angular. This being a relative of them, it feels a little round and squishy. If you said it was the size of a Croc and relative of a hippo rather than the other way around, I probably wouldn’t critique you on that factor.

    Arghmistfit Awesome idea! Kind of reminds me of Falcor from Neverending story a bit I love the idea of furry dragon-like creatures, so awesome job with the concept. Would be nice to see some color brought in here in some spots, but it does work as a greyscale piece, as well…so not a big deal.

    Res Ooo……interesting idea. I love it that its sort of the Buffalo Bill of the arctic. The painting itself is great and the concept is great. The only inconsistency I can see is if that it rolled around in what it has skinned…you figure the pelts would be much much more bloodsoaked as he rolls around in the carcasses. Small detail, though.

    Olsen You win big points for unique, but simple design. Unique doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be chaotic with a bunch of useless garbledegook everywhere to make it look “alien”. I totally get an alien vibe from them, yet they could still have existed on earth at some point in time. The head really stands out with the red too….excellent job all around. Definitely in my top 5.

    Mihai He’s got kind of a receding hairline thing going on there Hahah!. Very interesting that he can control his hairs, though. I like that. The painting is good and the composition is nice. I’m not too fond of the way the snout abruptly comes down over there front of his mouth area, though.

    Solorpower I love the details you have got going on the snout area and the painting itself is great (especially the water). I think you could have put a little more effort into the paw underwater, though. The main crit I have, though, is the neck seems forced to the right (his right) a bit too far. Seems like its just abruptly snapping over. Seeing a little bit of the right side of his face would have helped the piece out a lot, I think.

    Voraz I love the style with the sort of 50’s era spacemen on there
    Overall, the creature is pretty cool, if a little plain. The most unique part, the eye, is actually more confusing though. Seems like a color-inverted british flag or something.
    Also the snout seems like its on the side of his face, as opposed to being in the front. Shortening the far left (his right) part of the lip or moving the nostrils to the left (again, his right) would help that out a bit.

    Undertow Nice description, but a little long and its got some redundant stuff in there. Being a little more to the point would help people like me who try to give crits on all the entrants…its just a lot to read. Your creature is FANTASTIC, though. Its wooly with tusks, but it’s all shaped in a very original way. I love how his tusks are very mammoth like, but on a (seemingly) smaller creature. I would love to see this in a fully painted setting!

    Xgabo Gorgeous rendering, and once again its nice to see people go for a reptilian in the arctic. I’m surprised, even! Usually arctic = white for camouflage, but this is one vibrant creature. I like that you took the dinosaur approach but still tried to add some details (like the feathery fur) to place it in its setting better. The only crit is that despite my last sentence..it does feel a little text book as far as dinosaurs go. By that I mean it looks basically just like a dinosaur that you added fur too. HOWEVER, you did it damn well….excellent job.

    Azrael Feels a little bit too much like a straight up arctic fox that had its head and feet shaved. I would definitely like to see the facial details be more defined. The entire piece is a nice sketch, but it doesn’t seem like much time went into it. Focusing on the facial wrinkles, eyes, gums etc and maybe adding some emotion to it like a snarl or something would help the piece severely.

    GreenTopaz You got my vote!!! This is one hell of a design. Its just a very original concept to me and the presentation of it is great. You can really tell that thing is scary because of how it is bearing down on the poor little researcher guy. The hair is really nice to see as well. Its white, its plentiful…but its clearly not just encased in fur. “Snowcap” indeed. Phenomenal job.

    Bumskee This is an excellent painting. I love the environment and the movement of the creature crawling around the corner. I’m not getting much of a “rabbit” vibe from it, though. The short ears just really kill that whole imagery. You could even call it “The short eared rabbit”, but it still wouldn’t have that visual relation that the viewer expects a rabbit to have. Looks like a cat to me…and even though its one of the best paintings, the design itself is fairly bland because it ends up just being a snow cat, basically. Make those ears longer and you’ve got one mean looking rabbit, and something that breaks it up a bit. I love the idea of 4 ears….now lets just see all 4 of them longer.

    Blkcelebration Primate eh? Hahaha…do I sense the earlier discussion of this topic shining through a bit? Hahaha Anyways, I like the face a lot…and its nice to see that you actually made it walking around like an ape. That action is definitely conveyed well in your rendering. Painting is well done and the background isn’t overdone. Good focus on the creature.

    Shadoman This creature is really awesome from the shoulders up. No question your rendering is awesome. And I checked out your website and you do REALLY awesome insect like stuff, that is definitely a strength of yours. You incorporated that alien-insect like anatomy well into your creature…and I absolutely adore the head of this beast. But the body is really lackluster. It’s literally a polar bear with an alien stuck on his head. I think you do an excellent job of tying to the two styles (furry + insectoid) together at their junction at the neck there, but the body needs more interest to it. The back legs could have those tentacle type things (the ones on his shoulderblade) poking out of the back thighs…the tail could be insectlike..anything! Just something that isn’t a straightup polar bear. Just seems like you lost your attention span and just said “Ah fuck it its like a polar bear”. The painting itself is awesome, though….had it had some more stuff going on with the body, it would have been in my top 5

    Griff You are making me cry with that seal! He just looks so helpless and sad. I love the concept, but you piece has pretty much the exact same critique that I gave to shadoman. Its basically a sharkhead that you stuck on a polar bear body. I think if you had made the legs look like they evolved out of fins more and maybe made the fur a little shorter it would be a much cooler design. I love it that the fur on its back goes back to sort of hint at the fin that was once there…but its too subtle. Would have been sweet to see that hair go over the top a little bit more. Interesting concept with a lot of potential.

    Fozzybar Now this makes me take back some of my previous polar bear comments. I really like the whole "disguised as an iceberg" idea, and the look of the face and style of the creature make the fact that its a polar bear offshoot not mean so much anymore. I love the action of him smashing some poor creature on his back with is paw.



    ~whew~ that was a LOT of entries. Excellent job all around guys…this week was an excellent topic.


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    wtf is going on? it says the last post is by panda but i can't see it and i have reloaded the page like 10 times

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    I voted for ecsdesigns mutated polar bear.. Love the feeling of the harsh enviroment he got going there. I guess the traditional feel got to me as well.

    Good work all round, though! Seems everyone is constantly pushing their own borders.. Very inspiring activity!

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    Thanks for comments, Dusty... about the idea of a dinosaur in the arctic, I think my approach was coming from the idea that dinosaurs were more widespread than we thought before. I read it somewhere, and I started to imagine what they looked like in far places as the poles. I thought maybe they were such good hunters that disguise was not a concern, and feathers were more for mating and thermic protection. Maybe they would shed it completely in the summer, and build it again as the winter comes. The creature in the painting could be halfway there.

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    Hi, there are great entries here, they are all, very nice, some of my favorites are:

    BLKCelebration
    Greentopaz
    Res
    AndrewLey
    Scumgrinder
    EcsDesign
    Dusty
    Bluefooted

    But all the others are very nice too.
    I voted for Res, liked the creature a lot.

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    whew,wow,thanx so much for all the comments. good effort on your sides.
    form,i can't seem to loose my lines,probably coz i'm much better with them than with my colours. guess i'm trying to hide it abit.
    dusty-i dunno really but i think that's just me liking him better without horns and plates,i didn't want him to look too much like a croc.besides,he can slid better into the water without them,as far as i'd guess.

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    Form- thanks for the crit its nice to get some, you are right about everything.
    Dusty- thanks, you are right about the angle of the snout. About the eye, yeah it looks like the UK flag, it wasn't on purpose, actually the green part was red- so it was exactelly like the flag. When I noticed it I painted green over it because it wasn't my intention to make a UK flag but a weird eye .

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    First off, thanks for the great crits, I know my head came out just a bit off, I think I was getting frustrated in the design stage, this was like my 4th or 5th one, and I was so happy I jumped into the painting stage too quick. I voted for scumgrinder, because his rendering helped me get a start on how to do fur, and I'm a sucker for lots of eyes. Tight stuff. There were so many great entries this round, it was a tough pick. And now we got eow and chow? I better stop typing and go draw.

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    I had to think overnight about voting, hehe awsome entries everyone! mine went to dusty, just made me giggle, also thanks for the c&c.

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