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Thread: C.O.W. - #040: Noseeum
March 25th, 2006 #1
C.O.W. - #040: Noseeum
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hehe, ok you want to know what a noseeum is?
Noseeums are creatures that exist when you're not looking directly at them, invisible when you do...
Thank you very much Gloklund for this topic...where are you maaaaaaannn???
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March 25th, 2006 #3Registered User
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lol, what a great topic, I don't think I can pass this one up.
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March 25th, 2006 #4
Forgive me for nitpicking, but how do you draw something noone can see? Regardless of that it still sounds like a nice challenge. I'll give this one some thought ...
March 25th, 2006 #5
come on...of course you are supposed to draw the creature when it's present in appearance...
March 25th, 2006 #6
Interesting. It could be sort of like looking at something in the dark. The cones in your retina which see color are arranged in the middle. The rods which see value are arranged more towards the edges. In near darkness, where almost no color and only subtle differences in value are reflected off objects, if you look directly at them, you can't see them, but if you look out of the corner of your eye you can start to see shapes. In the movie Silence of the Lambs, near the end, when the killer has shut off all the lights in his basement and watches Jodie Foster's character through the night vision goggles, that's what she's trying to do: navigate the dark basement with her peripheral vision.
Of course, that's an attempt at creating an analogy based in a real world phenomenon. Could just be magic.
March 25th, 2006 #7
Heh I was almost hoping after not being able to make the last one that this one would be an easier topic. No luck there I guess though. I mean there aren't any descriptive words to go along with this creature at all, just a name that doesnt really help in the process. I mean think of it this way. If the creature is unable to be seen when you look at it or perhaps it makes itself that way when you look at it then does it really matter at all what it looks like? It could be a pink wombat that shoots pixie sticks out its ass and you could simply say that it can turn invisible in the description of it, seems kinda sketchy to me. This is almost like that one CoW entitled Freestyle where everyone was allowed to do anything. This topic is so open ended that its much more difficult than a topic with lots of specifications. Id say since we are only provided with the least amount of details possible that we have to show some aspect of them. Therefore the creature has to be shown either phasing into invisibility or exhibiting how it makes itself invisible. Otherwise like I previously stated its just a make anything week and there wont be any cohesive theme behind the creatures at all. Who knows? Im just throwing these concerns out there to see what people think.
March 25th, 2006 #8
This will be intesting
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damn, this will be interesting...but for some reason I can't help thinking of Luigi's Mansion
March 25th, 2006 #10
And now ladies and gentlemen....drumroll please.......BRAINSTORM (insert thunder sound effect). Ah yes it must be that time again. When I do my small part to grease the wheels of creativity and get the art train rolling, choo choo all aboard bitches. Alright so like I previously stated, not an easy topic to work with. When you get right down to it this project names the creature and gives a sentence fragment concerning what it does. Not much to work with. However that wont stop alot of you and if I have time (doubtful) it wont stop me either. Ok so to begin with we are dealing with a creature that works outside the normal laws of nature. It puts chameleons to shame. Now this creature can be any size really but since it is still in existence even when its invisible I highly doubt it would be very large. If something is big enough someone would run into it and discover it regardless of its cloaking ability. So I would say in terms of scale dont make this thing very large, maybe about 5 ft. tall at the most. Remember this is a creature who is named for its ability to escape discovery so everything about it needs to promote stealth, big creatures are not stealthy. When thinking about the overall appearance of the creature take into consideration some animals here on the planet earth that are stealthy. What makes them so elusive and how do they remain hidden? Also take into consideration that this creature has to be aware of its surroundings at all times to avoid being seen by anyone or anything. So it will have to have extremely good vision and some mechanism with which it can view every concievable angle around it quickly. Now then of course the most important part of this little animal is how it achieves invisibility. It can be through any number of abilities. Perhaps its magical and its an innate ability. Or maybe the creature is highly advanced and it possesses a tech-based cloaking ability. Or it could simply vanish through some specialized organic means, such as light bending mechanisms within its skin. Who knows? The possiblities for this are endless because of how open ended it is. Another thing to consider is that the Noseeum will have to have extremely fast reflexes. It only takes a few seconds to turn your head and within those few seconds the Noseeum has to be able to hide itself, once again leading me to believe that this should be a small and speedy animal. For whatever reason when I hear the name I think of things like little goblins or gnomes, just sounds like a name I heard once before in a book of mythical creatures. In reality Noseeums are actually very small mosquito like insects that exist in cloud like swarms near streams and lakes. Maybe the creature could have an insect-like quality to it and tie in with its real life counterpart, just something to consider. I already have my idea for this thing, not sure if I like it but its a start. As always good luck all.
March 25th, 2006 #11
You know again, out of simple real world examples, there's an animal I read about called the owl monkey. They have the kind of rod based retinal vision I was talking about before but throughout their whole eye. And they are completely 100% nocturnal. In fact, if their eyes were exposed to daylight, they would go blind. It's a jumping off point. I was also reading about stealth technology. There are techniques they use for plain visible light and not just radar... like painting the ship a camoflague grey and then internally lighting it's corners and undercuts so it doesn't cast shadows on itself, rendering it invisible when looked at directly.
I think there are interesting points of departure with this.
March 25th, 2006 #12
Nexus- I really appreciate the time you put into laying out your thoughts for these. I do like the idea of this thing being a smaller being instead of some overgrown monstrosity trying to eat people when the people don't see it. It's makes a whole lot of sense with it being evasive and stealthy. I think the biggest question we might want to ask ourselves is why does it not want to be seen? Does it want to be invisible so it can study other species, evade them, or sneak attack on them, or does it use it's invisibility to possibly steal from other creatures too. I think using its powers to definitely evade something stands for all of these, but I think it can also have another agenda to it. What would you do if you were invisible?
Fozzybar- I might have to figure this one out on my own but...If I was say looking at a mirror and one of these creatures were behind me, would I still be able to see it in the mirror since I'm not looking at it directly?
March 26th, 2006 #13
Thats a really good question Trashy. Maybe thats the only way you can catch a Noseeum.