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    Cow C.O.W. - #038: Portal Opener - VOTING!!!

    ROUND #038 VOTING

    Topic: Portal Opener

    Deadline for the voting: Monday, 27th February 2006

    Posting thread (closed):
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    ceberae:
    concept: Nehebkau
    A nehebkau can be found roaming the southern deserts easily enough from miles away, its giant horns a dead giveaway among the endless sands. On its back it carries a portal to other worlds. One must approach it with a destination in mind; otherwise it will choose a world for you. Little is known about the origin of these serpents, aside from the fact that it is unwise to bother one when itís shedding its skin: the portal may lead you to a place no mortal would want to be in, regardless of what world you chose. Some believe, that nehebkau is really everywhere and nowhere at once, and the serpent that greats you is the very same one that sees you on the way out.

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    Jonoy:
    concept: I had seen the disgusting looking creature in Halicor's laboratory every time I had been there, cowering in the corner and shivering in fear; wether of Halicor or the stranger that was invading its home.
    I knew the portal had to be in the laboroatory, more than once I had hidden beneath his stairs watching and waiting for the moment he would use it but never had I seen him do so. Yet he would disappear from his laboratory for days on end with that sickly looking creature still cowering in the corner, the stitched mass of scar-tissue running vertical down its belly oozing pus and ichor.
    Had I not felt a brief moment of pity for the grotesque animal and cleaned up its filth I would never have seen the pseudopod trailing into the wound, nor tried to pull it clear as I cleaned away the goo. At the mearest tug upon it the creature had begun unlacing the stitching and to my initial disgust, had opened the wound in its belly wide, emmiting a gastly pale blue light thru-out the room and across my face. Echoing ripples of light danced into an impossible distance within that cavity while the surface rippled around the edges like a shaken mirror...
    And to think that the portal had been under my nose from the very beginning...

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    MichaelMotion:
    concept: BottomSpecie that creates the illusion of a portal to another dimension, think noone's (other bottom creatures) falling for this one.. Guess that's why these species are extinct.

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    Hookswords:
    concept: The Void Wraith
    Known by many other names...the void reaver, the world eater, its kind has struck fear into beings on hundreds of planes. By nature it does not normally bother with beings as small and pointless as our kind. Only when starved and low on the energy it needs to shift through planes will it devour a planets most miniscule life forms. Its appetite can only be truely quenched by feasting upon demons. A demon hunter. Often they hunt solo, though they are known to hunt in packs for larger prey. Its long serpentine body is its main transportation device when on land. It also uses this like a boa or anaconda to entangle its prey.It is capable of of standing on its three bladed arms to psition itself or to strike with its snake like body. The two upper arms are used as its main attack weapon, while the lower is a secondary as well as a finishing weapon. Its venomous stinger subdues its prey to turn its lifeforce into food and energy. The orbs are its device for traveling through planes. Its body produces them through time. The bigger the wraith gets the more it needs to guide its massive body through time and space. Multiple brain centers provide control and sight in different directions.

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    JakkaS:
    concept: Mortaris - Seeds of Orpheus
    Fragments of description from Aristu's Guide Book of Lower Levels of Hell.
    "... This creature can give u a hope or you can curse it... "
    "...I think this beast escaped from some kind of astral plane or maybe straight from hell. This is
    definitely a predator, but it does not eat flash or bones. This monster feeds on human's life energy. It can suck whole life from the victim, but it takes a lot of time. How does it make that? First, I want to say it's very disgusting image. The beast falls down on the chest of the human. Then it injects a drug into victim's body, straight into human's mouth. Drug is working very fast and the body and mind go into a some kind of coma. But,... and this is the most interesting part..., when human is in coma, Mortaris opens a portal. This portal has connection to the astral plane, sometimes it is hell, but sometimes it is heaven. When the portal is opened, human's soul must go into it. When the soul's journey begins, beast can start to drain the victim's life energy. When the human is in the astral plane, he can talk to dead souls, angels or devils. Therefore, this journey can be very pleasant but also can break your spirit. Of course it doesn't matter, because usually, after a few hours, Mortaris can suck out all humans energy, and the body and mind dies..."
    "... I have read some information about a some dark sect, were using these creatures in the "Seeds of
    Orpheus" rituals. Their priests can go across the portal to hell and then return. Sometimes they die. They just cannot or don't want to come back. They say the only thing you have to do, when you are connected, is to remember that you WANT TO GO BACK, to your material plane..."

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    Chuck,mate.:
    concept: Carmine Spinner
    this intelligent creature exist in one of the many parallel universes, living in small groups.
    floating in mid-air due to a very low gravity pull it feeds on peripatetic energy
    pockets.
    the "Carmine Spinner"`s name derives from its unique ability to rotate around it`s axis in varying speeds. as this marvelous creature gets close to the speed of light and then pass it, it becomes pure energy, all its matter reach a plasma phase and the Spinner turns into an open portal to other dimensions and parallel universes, "ripping" a hole in the space-time continuum.
    then other CSs travel through it to visit and explore other worlds.

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    Pawige:
    concept: The Oortaj are strange creatures, looking like a nightmare cross between an ape and an insect. They breath magic, rather than oxygen. A spongy growth along the inner arms and chest is filled with dense capillary beds, where much of the inhaled magical energy is stored.
    The diet of this beast consists mainly of hapless adventurers. Two of the Oortaj will work in tandem to connect a portal to something other than the endless nether, creating a brilliantly shimmering silver sheet of portacular power.
    The average adventurer, blinded by a lust for bread (not the kind made of flour) and breasts (also not the kind made of flour), will rush headlong into any portal he spots, assuming it will somehow take him closer towards his ultimate goal (adventurers are not often renowned for their intellect). Sensing the disturbance in the portal, a hibernating Oortaj will wake and instantly cut blood flow to the flesh generating the portal.
    Adventurers, cleanly cloven in two, make a very nutritious (not to mention tasty, with a bit of salt) meal for a pair of hungry Oortaj.

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    MIKECORRIERO:
    concept: The Portal Weaver
    The Portal Weaver travels through dimensions, it lives in a 3-dimensional world but builds its web in the 4th dimension in which it captures itís prey. This dimension is invisible on planetís un-like its own and only visible to the Portal Weaver itself, therefore making it easy for it to capture various types of prey ranging from the smallest of mammals to the largest of creatures.
    The shock of entering a portal leaves the victim suspended in animation, rendered helpless. Floating in an endless trap of time, frozen in shock and waiting to find out what their fate will be.
    The Portal Weaver hops from one dimension to the next checking itís portals for its next lunch. Usually the Portal Weaver will create a maximum of 8 portals each leading to distinct locations. As quickly as the Portal Weaver can appear, it can disappear staying close to it's invisible portals to retreat whenever it may feel threatened.
    A rather intelligent horse sized breed of arachnid unknown to most other than it's victims who live a rather painfully short life. It would be an unlucky hand to have been dealt if you walked through a portal where it's hatch-lings wait to feast on their first meal.

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    Stephan_R:
    concept: These little guys sneak away to visit the creatures on distant planets. The Telfrug is from the planet Pesil, and this one currently has a fascination with birds.

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    depleteD:
    concept: Chulyen Pheonix
    A genetic anomoly of the pheonix. Much like an albino of any species. The difference between the two is that the portal opener turns to dusts and the skeleton slowly melts into a puddle which then clumps up to form an egg and incubates in the ashes. This attribute of its rebirth leaves it vunerable to exploitation.
    West coast tribes of Canada would revere this bird. It would fly into lodges and eat the the mushrooms that were lain on the table. Resembling a raven the
    tribes would bow before it. The psylocin from the mushrooms would dope the bird and take away its ability to fly away. Unable to process the poison
    from its system, it would stay in the hall and eat the food the native canadians would provide to it. When it eventually died from old age,
    the extravagant death would awe the tribe and the elders. One wise elder came fourth; swirled the melting Portal Opener's skeleton to speeding up the melting process and stoping the formation of the egg. By interupting the rebirth process a portal would form in the swirling ashes and liquid bone. This was a portal to the afterlife.
    It was a time of need in the tribe, a dispute had broken between the elders of who should lead after the death of the tribes matriarch.
    The serendipity of the pheonix opener's death gave the tribe the opportunity to consult their ansestors.
    When drastic disputes would arise, tribes on the west coast of canada would place a large offering of mushrooms to attract
    a portal opener. They would decorate it with cerimonial attire and it would stay until death would come. The ritual would be performed in secrecy to consult the dead and avoid unessessary contamination of the two interacting planes of existence.

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    Soulweaver:
    concept: Ghent
    These enigmatic creatures are native to the space around black holes. They live by devouring anything and everything that is pulled their way, ranging from stray spacecrafts to asteroids and planets that have drifted off course -- some say they even prey on light itself. Almost as much mineral as they are animal, they are covered in the front by a calcareous shell, while the rear is coated in a bizarre pearlescent substance that distorts the immense gravitational power of the nearby black hole. The ghent's three "eye"stalks can focus this energy into the toothy maw that dominates its body, forming a portal that disposes of anything the ghent itself does not consume.
    So, what happens to the matter that goes through the portal, you ask? It's a mystery to science, but according to myth, it is ground down into the most basic form of energy, the building blocks in the formation of new life and worlds. So, although ghents are forces of absolute destruction, they also have an unwitting hand in the mysteries of creation.

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    walnut:
    concept: These quiet and docile creatures are the prime means of personal dimensional travel around the Galaxy these days. Their ancestors were discovered someplace now long forgotten in the Outer Rim, a place where physics can get quite screwy. These creaures had adapted there so well they were capable of hopping through realms as easy as a fish swims in water. They have been modified genetically to serve human (and other intelligent races) purposes. Breeding and training of a portal opener is a pricey enterprise, so only the richest of the rich can afford one. Consequently it's become a huge status symbol to take your portal opener for a walk, preferrably on a planet three parsecs away from your own. Also worth mentioning: they're great with kids, sustain themselves on radio waves (country music is a big fave) and their main mating sound goes something like "floooob".

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    young paddy1:
    concept: This grassland creature feeds soley on the energy given off by phasing through alternate universes, however the other animals of the plain are more interested in a meatier meal. The portal openers' oly real defence apart from flailing wildy is to use its light pink feeding node to produce a portal in flux (basically a quantum cuisinart) at the point in space the predator exists.

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    complete2:
    concept: the knubler
    when the knubler reaches the age of 15, he quickly realizes that his urine has the ability to open portals. the knubler pictured here's first portal opened in a very unfortunate place....

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    Standing:
    concept: Portis Cleavii
    These 'slugs' as they are known by pilots and engineers are a result of genetic manipulation of a benign and ancient creature. The existance of slugs is the basis of man's ability to travel through space. The leading edge of their nose, or 'prow' creates temporal rifts, allowing slugs to pass through huge distances of space in tiny increments of time. The energy released by this fission is the food source of the Portis and is absorbed through the porous skull.
    Through genetic manipulation, the Portis has been bred to enormous sizes. An interstellar cruiser, or other large vessel is shackled to the back of a Portis, and, pushing it forward, is able to fly through the temporal rift created by the Portis' passage.
    The tiny, vestigial arms were bred onto the creature's belly and made very sensitive to prevent it from alighting on planets or asteroids as they were wont to do before being used in this commercial application.
    Viva Portis!

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    Orion9282:
    concept: In the wild, the portal opener is docile. Evolution has given him a portal located in the end of his tail which is utilized for small nuts, it’s main food source.
    More intelligent species on this planet (human-like) have learned to sedate the portal opener and harvest their abilities. On their own the portals are not powerful, but when combined they can open portals large enough to be utilized by the human-like inhabitants.

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    Nexus:
    concept: --Begin Transmission--
    Arcturian Xenogeist
    A predator of incomprable deadly power and cunning. The first Xenogeist evidence was disovered on a small planetoid in orbit around Arcturus. What few field notes could be collected from the grizzly holocaust scene were puzzling at best. However, the research crew were able to glean a few details about the nature of the beast before they met a swift and unexpected end. The Xenogeist possesses the ability to stretch temporary interdimensional portals. Based on observations, the Xenogeist utilizes anti-matter nodes located at the end of protrusions along the skull to breach the dimensional fabric and slip into an alternate reality, one in between the previous dimension and the creature's destination. The researchers speculated that this dimensional limbo might be the Xenogeist's true home. As the Xenogeist leaves a portal, nodes similar to the cranial nodes siphon the energy sustaining the exit portal and transfer it back into the organism's body. In this way it is believed that the Xenogeist expends very little energy and actually recycles the same warp energy over and over. Strangely enough the Xenogeist feeds on organic matter although its metabolic and digestive systems are still a mystery. The first recording of the Xenogeist found it portaling in unexpectedly behind its prey to panic it in the opposite direction. At this point the Xenogeist warped quickly in front of the frightened animal and swallowed it whole. Such a devious intellect is a cause of great concern for the multiverse and its inhabitants. Beware the region surrounding Arcturus.
    -- End Transmission--
    The Xenogeist depicted above is in transit between dimensions, hence the motion blur.

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    Mitze:
    concept: The Portal maker is a crawling vine that when there is enough branches rap themselves around each other to make a portal. At the back a thin bio membrane forms that can produce any colors to attract insects into the Portal. There they are consumed for this is a portal of no return.

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    flatliner:
    concept: The Portal Opener can be found on some of the larger gas planets, swimming through their vast seas. Over thousands of years it developed a unique way of traveling the great distance between feeding grounds. When required, the creature is capable of releaseing a large burst of energy from its tail, which starts a chain reaction with the surrounding gasses. The result is a brief but stable wormhole that connects the two points.

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    romance:
    concept: The Maggot-Eyed Carrion Feeder
    Brought in by the Xanians to clean up the dead of war. The Xanians, an alien race (or better yet, army), take over planets in hope of harvesting planetary resources. They are sensative to specific bacteria that fester on corpses, so they avoid the dead, and release hundreds of thousands of Maggot-Eyed Carrion Feeder to 'clean up' the mess before they land.
    Maggot-Eyed Carrion Feeders are extremely social, except when they are feeding. If there are other Feeders in their 'harvest' zone, they will collect their food and then portal to a "personal plane * " to eat solitarily.
    The Feeders, released in thousands, were able to clean up the dead off the surface of Earth in weeks. The survivors of the war are either held as captives, in hiding, or serving in the Resistance.
    * a section is time and space reserved solely for a single Maggot-Eyed Carrion Feeder.

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    digitalfly:
    concept: There is a portal opener Fetterblood.
    A stalkers who jorneys between the parallel worlds use this creture.
    It's creature claps a stalker's wrist and suck the blood. After this stalker dropes the Fetterblood on the ground and the bug begin to flap the wings.
    Between this wings generated a uknown field. The portal is open.
    Stalker has to feed the Fetterblood by blood because the portal opens only for one DNA code that got the Fetterblood.
    It's like simbiosis.


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    misledtomisery:
    concept: belluna
    These highly intelligent creatures roam the outer planes of existence, and travel dimensions through self made portals. Ranging to size of a large cow, these floating creatures feed off negative matter, such as shadows, and therefore frequently gate to the negative material plane for food. Fishlike in appearance, these floaters use psionic abilities for almost everything. Portals are created from a fifth "eye" on top of it's head, this eye is sought after for creation of teleportation and gating items and scrolls.

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    _Urchin_:
    concept: Fungiform Annelidae
    It's a segmented wormy type thing that burrows through the soil building up a static charge stored in the fringes of pilli down its sides. When it finds a good spot, it sends up its tentacles that have mushroom-like nodes at the end. When prey steps inside the ring of nodes it activates the teleport which sends the prey directly to the stomach, hence the creature has no need of a mouth. The teleport phenomena led to the superstition of keeping outside "faerie rings" in the forest to avoid being carried off by the wee folk.

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    Voted for misledtomisery, other entries I really liked were the ones by romance, Standing, JakkaS, MIKECORRIERO and MichaelMotion.

    Good round.

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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!






    not accepted entries:

    cognition.sb
    aaarghh...again only a head of your creature is shown...this time you can read more of your creature, but, hey, you knew of the lack for the last time...well i think you will make it in the 3rd try...sorry man...foz said in the last round he wants to be more strictly...

    pvpham nice concept, but i don't accept a black liquid as a creature design fitting the COW rules...sorry...

    artkitty meeeeep! your skills are rather high and you can create beautiful artwork as shown on your site and your sketchbook...this entry is like 4 classes under your level...sorry


    close to rejection:

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    Mitze work on a more complex design...i mean vines...come oooooon

    digitalfly next time make your entry one image only please...

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    NEXT COW ROUND!!!

    There will be a short break until Saturday 25th February...then the linked activity campaign will start for one week, after that COW continues as usual...

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    Voted for Jakkas. I think the piece succeeded in the realms of both creature design and general craftmanship/tecnical skill. Jakkas deviated away from the typical and now almost cliche' beastlike animal. His creature seemed to have a devious cunning to it and was a bit humanoid but still fell well within the specifications for a 'creature'. I think as long long as guys like Jakkas keep contributing to this forum we'll all have something to work towards. Good job man.

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    Wait....no Creature this week. Damn, C.O.W. is something I look forward to every week. Man I really hope this linked activity campaign thing is something worthwhile. Gotta be honest, kinda disappointed.

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    voted for orion. i still think it was a clever actual use of a portal creating creature. though there were amazing pieces from everyone.
    broken- i appreciate the vote, it was unexpected with all the great pieces here. thank you much.

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    voted for orion as well. i love the idea of the portal being used as a device for gathering food, but not in a violent way.... just a creature that minds his own buisness, gathers his nuts, "portals" them back to his home, doesn't try to hurt anyone or anything. but of course, something that cool, we'd have to exploit it and try to use it to our advantage.
    and i guess what really makes your piece stand out for me orion is that i can relate to that creature. lots of people can, because lots of peple have been taken advantage of, had their talents "stolen" by someone, a boss who takes credit for your work, etc. we've all experienced that, and thats why i chose your creature.
    great concept, and very well executed.

    urchin's concept was pretty cool, the idea of the portal taking you directly to his stomache, thats fucking great. and you were able to relate it back to real fairy myths. another plus. good job on that man.

    lots of great entries, it was really hard to decide. killer work guys.

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    Orion's piece is beautiful and a great concept. The two differing styles (ie. sketch and paint) also compliment the artwork very nicely. I feels right, like the concept has place in a bigger design. Very well done.

    (On a side note, i'm glad I made it in! This is my first acceptable entry!)

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    My vote went to Orion, man, I swear for all the gods your piece left me with my mouth open at least 5 minutes; and, it really is hard for something to do that.

    Jakkas - Excellent concept. Pretty freakin cool piece.
    Romance - Super cool piece, as always, yours was in my top 5.

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    wow it was really close between Orion and Romance but in the end I went with Romance. Awsome work!

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    I voted for Mike, Awesome creature design and very clean presentation.

    I totally agree Mike, I can't believe you and Romance haven't gotten more votes.

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    well, ceberae's almost got my vote.
    its just fucking cool. i like the art and the description, but in the end i always seem to root for the underdog, and orion's creature is the underdog (from its story, not necesarily here on the forum, just from its story)
    i dunno, i felt some sort of connection with orion's creature that i didn't feel with anyone elses.

    i wish we could have a first and second place so i could vote for ceberae too.

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    oy vey! who to vote for who to vote for?!?!
    mike c- incredible job. great story as well.
    jakkas - beautiful! story was great too.
    romance - ugh. gross....but well rendered and great story.
    misledtomisery - clean, elegant and captivating.
    orion9282 got my vote with a wonderful story and superb rendering that was at once cute and heartwarming. i love squirrels....guess this is why it got me.

    GREAT JOB TO ALL!
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    vote

    I voted for orion's because I admire the coloring. It's saturated without being cartoony and flat. I'm struggling with color right now (as evidenced by my entry...eep)
    Can you guys recommend any books, etc. for color theory and stuff like that?

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    Dudes, I went with Chuck, mate's. To me, his was the most creative and interesting of all the designs, primarily because the creature itself become a portal after spinning at the speed of light! cool stuff, man.

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    I voted for Standing. Strong idea, rendering, and story. I think this is your best yet and I'm surprised you only have two votes, you deserve more.

    MIKE - My runner up. Wow. Great stuff. Strong design and rendering, as well a great idea. Your too talented. You should more than 3 stars by now.
    Oh, and thanks for the vote man.

    JakkaS - Jeez man. You always surprise me. Such great concepts. I'd love to know what sort of ideas swim about your head. Your ability to keep a consistant rendering style and great combos of colors always pay off. You deserve more than 3 stars as well.

    Chuck,mate. - I think this is your best idea and entry yet. Solid design and great sense of atmosphere. I feel as if I'm actually watching them in RL.

    Orion9282 - Good first entry. Can't wait to see your next.

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    Sorry for that. Fozzybar I was going to use only second image. A added first pict only like reminder
    I vote for Chack,mate and romance. I very like their paint style plus great ideas.
    Also I like misledtomisery and JakkaS

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    Gosh Darnit, I'd really like to be able to vote twice as I would have shared the vote b/t Chuck and Romance...
    Bah!
    Romance's critter is just so out-there that it seems like something that could generate a portal but Chuck,mate's picture hade the different stages of portal and creature so guess what...

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    Voted cor Chuck, because i could really see this creature in motion. And i think they make a great sound.

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    Heh, Fozzy, the creature was actually the little thing 'teleporting' away from the predator (big mouth). The illustration was probably a bit unclear, but I'm here to improve, right? Anyway, it doesn't matter - I'll make something better next topic I enter.. Just need to find some time.

    Voted for Depleted - really like his concept.

    Such a diverse range of concepts. Thumbs up, all.

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    mike has got my vote on this one it was an amazing read on how the creature functions and ofcourse the picture is a beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cognition.sb
    Heh, Fozzy, the creature was actually the little thing 'teleporting' away from the predator (big mouth). The illustration was probably a bit unclear, but I'm here to improve, right? Anyway, it doesn't matter - I'll make something better next topic I enter.. Just need to find some time.
    the little thing....uh? well...in that case...still not accepted - haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalfly
    I vote for Chuck,mate and romance. I very like their paint style plus great ideas.
    Which one, digital fly? You only get one vote in the poll.
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    MikeC, JakkaS and Chuck, Mate almost had my vote but I had to go with complete2.

    I joined the voting with an open mind for something that I enjoyed not only looking at as art but also believing as something that could open a portal. Most (including my own I think) just had some magical way of creating a portal but the urine idea complete2 used was very fun and interesting. The art might not be as detailed as most, but still the colors and line work are something I enjoy the more I look at it.

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    Jakkas. No contest really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyHydralisk
    Jakkas. No contest really.

    thats brilliant.
    offend everyone. real fucking smart.
    by saying "no contest" you imply that everyone elses work was shit.
    which it isn't . i think this was one of the hardest cows to vote on because they were almost ALL good.

    yeah, jakkas's piece was killer, but it wasn't the best. no offence to jakkas, but i dont think it was the best for a lot of reasons...reasons that i cant go into right now because my boss is watching me type this.

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    Come on...calm down...see it as a compliment for JakkaS, not as an insult to all...

    YOu must admit that your creature "pisses off" a lot of people...haha....ha......

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