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    Cow C.O.W. - #039: Small, Medium, Big - 3 Species Helping Each Other To Survive

    C.O.W. - #039: Small, Medium, Big - 3 Species Helping Each Other To Survive


    Round #039

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    Small, Medium, Big - 3 Species Helping Each Other To Survive

    Deadline:
    Friday, 24th March 2006





    - for any questions or help go here:
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=37512

    note: The deadline won't be EXACTLY after a week...it can last up to 24 hours more, i am human and have to work also, you know

    Post your creature for this week!

    Last edited by Fozzybar; March 25th, 2006 at 05:05 AM.


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    thx to JakkaS for the topic!

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:

    - No individual Characters! 3 species which live in a symbiosis.
    - All 3 creatures must be shown in 1 image (interacting or presentation style, doesn't matter)
    - if not obvious post a description how the symbiosis works



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    Hmmm, this is going to be a tough one. Not only do we have to come up with an original creature we have to come up with three. And they all have to interact with each other in a creative way. Jakkas great topic but this one is going to take some serious thought. I'll do my brainstorm later, too many ideas for this one as it is.


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    I think this is a cool idea. I'm still disappointed in my last entry, since I had some other ideas but rushed to get one of them at the end...don't think I did a good enough rendering. Will be taking my time with this one and am looking forward to what everyone's going to come up with.


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    We need at least one parasite that attaches and 'enhances' a male's reproductive system as a means of furthering the attractiveness of the first party, and heightening the chances of its own genetic expansion


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    An interesting proposal. This will produce some very profound images. The variables are wide open with restrictions that make you really think


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    Ok, once again it's time for my weekly brainstorm. I think we all know this one is gonna be a mindbender. Three creature designs and they all have to work in concert with each other. Now I wouldnt worry about tackling the creatures individually, they'll design themselves after the idea behind them is handled. The first thing to address is how they help each other to survive. In the natural world there are many forms of symbiosm. However in this case it has to be the form of symbiosm known as mutualism. In a mutalistic relationship all the involved organisms benefit from the relationship. Keep in mind that they dont even have to be aware of each other but they do need each other. Sharks are barely aware of the service lampreys provide (parasite removal) but they benefit greatly from the union. So I think the best way to go about it would be to have a host organism. This will be the large creature. It can perform a number of functions from providing protection to providing a home for its symbionts. But it seems logical that it would perform a function in relation to its size. Now generally symbiotic relationships involve two organisms. Throwing a third creature in the mix provides a bit of a challenge. Now both of these remaining organisms could live on the host organism, live off some biological product of the host organism, etc. However they have to provide some function for each other. It doesnt have to be a web relationship, in that they help each other directly. It can be unilateral, as in the big one helps the medium which helps the small or some variation thereof. Really I cant say anything too specific about this one at the moment because its such an open topic. But I think that this line of thought should at least be a start. Remember the concept ( especially with this one) is whats important here not the creatures itself, at least initally. Good luck all, write more when theres time.


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    dear nexus
    I really like to listen to your ideas. I can't help but vault from yours to mine.
    I have studied bio (usless degree, but mine) I think the world of sybiosis is much wider than we might think. All things are connected in the web of life. Our task here, as I see it, is to choose three of those interconnected entities and portray them, with a visual reference to how they are interconnected, belive me ...I haven't a clue as to how to do this. I haven't dreamed up this ecosystem yet.... I really believe that this task will be to dream up a small portion of an interconnected ecosytem....
    wow, lets mix world ecological theory in with our COW......can't wait to see what comes of it.
    c.rocks


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    C.rocks, that's fair enough. Ive taken a Bio class or two in my day so I see where you are coming from. But in terms of ecosystem, that by definition is all the involved animals within a specific environment. Since this is only 3 animals it is closer to symbiosm. I think for this project it should be more of closed loop relationship. Now of course all organisms effect each other in some way by proxy even if its through thousands upon thousands of steps. Ill stick with symbiosm, otherwise it could easily expand into somehting more complex than it was ever intended to be.


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    Nexus-
    you have point there. I tend to see the complexities in a system. I was just trying to broaden the field. which, I admit, was already pretty durn broad. I am still trying to pinpoint a visual image for this. It's not so hard if the large component is Flora. but to make all three fauna is a real challenge

    alright ,,,, I know ... more art.. less chat
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    Just to make sure we're all on the same page, is this:

    A helps B, B helps C, C helps A

    or

    A helps B and C, B helps A and C, C helps A and B

    or is either one acceptable?


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    I think they should al benefit from eachother, be it actively or passively. Sort of a micro-ecosystem. Well, that's what i think at least.


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    what walnut said...


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