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    ROUND #053 VOTING

    Topic: Nuclear Planet Devourer

    Deadline for the voting: Thursday, 27th July 2006

    Posting thread (closed):
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    artist: Michael Jaecks
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    Scolex
    The Scolex are a massive species that orginates from a completely seperate set of dimensions from our own. Their parallel plane of existence actually lies less than a proton's width from ours. The scolex are masters of physics, understanding on an intuitive level the entire nature of the multiverse as a single equation. Part of this understanding is the point that all the forces of nature, gravity, electromagentism, as well as the strong and weak nuclear force are simply different aspects of the same superforce at lower relative energies. A second part of their understanding is that gravity, in its lower energy form, can sift between the various planes of existence whereas the other forces are bound to their space-time continuums. Gravity can be manipulated between universes to send messages or retrieve matter. The scolex's universe is far older than ours and it is dying. The scolex no longer have the resources to survive and have made intrusions into our universe to accomodate their needs. Attracted to the massive gravity of our still living stars, the scolex pass into our plane of existence and anchor themselves on a stars surface. At rest, they are often mistaken for sunspots. When a celestial body of sufficient size passes within reach, the scolex extends its body and snatches the planet or asteroid, sucking it into its universe. Its body acts like something between a particle supercolider and a wormhole, capable of reaching energy levels akin to those of the primordial universe after the big bang.
    Earth scientists have long wondered why there appears to be vastly less matter in our universe than there should be. Well the scolex is a part of the answer. Our universe is being stolen piece by piece.
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    artist: fughi from yuggoth
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    Instellar Vampire
    In 3211, when humankind leaves our galaxy for the first time, these strange creatures were sighted in the fringe areas of the deepspace....scienstis think that they're made of dark materia
    Nobody knows where they come from, but the people are very shocked as they discovered the strange way these creatures get their energy - using their tentacles they grap a spaceship or station and suck all the radiation out of it,even from the nuclear power plants.
    The vampire ( the media call it vampire like the cruely undeads from the old horror stories ) gets bigger and bigger with every victim, and remote controlled aircrafts leaving known area maybe will meet instellar vampires which are big enough to even get energy directly from smaller planets....so the future will be as dangerous as the old days
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    artist: smoscar
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    Hydrogen Serpents
    This giant hydrogen made of creatures spend their lives searching in every galaxy the necessary conditions so they can raise their own child, once they've found the exact spot, which is always a planet orbit, they use their amazing ability to create antimatter where the planet is. It first seems that they're eating the planet but they are just having some space for their so called "egg", once the mating is finished they leave an apparently planet where the other one used to be, and if everything goes well this new "planet" will bring from 5 to 10 new hydrogen serpents.
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    artist: KuJo
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    Glow Worm
    Basically this million mile long monstrosity will grab planets up with its two arms, and numerous barbed tentacle "tounges", pulling it into an array of jaws to thoroughly chew into tiny bits. The radioactive material in the planets is not digested, but rather hardens within the body, eventually forming protrusions that cover the outer parts of the body. These serve as protection (from god knows what), aid in the physical grinding aspects of digestion (as they pierce the inner parts of the body as rigid vessels), and give the creature the knickname "glow worm"
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    artist: chase2le
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    artist: NKunleashed
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    Scientific Quarterly; June, 2460CE
    In the latter part of the 21st century scientists first hypothesized that sulfur could be an alternative building block of life due to its molecular similarity to carbon. Do to the subtle differences in molecular properties however, such organisms would be enormous, and could not be sustained on earth. We now know that such life forms do in fact exist. One such entity, Hostes orbitus generii, commonly referred to by primitive alien cultures as the "World Destroyer", is so large that it has its own gravitational pull (which it uses to pull in and ingest gaseous planets). Though little is know about this creature, astrobiologists have determined that it utilizes elemental hydrogen atoms contained with in these planets to fuel a massive bio-nuclear metabolic reactor, which in turn supplies the organism with energy. Scientists have begun planning an expedition to build a research facility on the creatures surface to further study this monstrous and mysterious beauty.
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    artist: steinspinne
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    Interplanetary Hitchhikers
    These creatures, no larger than a common housecat, travel from planet to planet by way of small meteorites. Upon impact (which is small enough to not cause any significant damage in and of itself) these "Interplanetary Hitchhikers" begin to burrow to the host planet's core -- a process which can take hundreds of years and the efforts of many generations.
    This feat accomplished, these ravenous beasts begin to feast on the molten lava of the planet's core and multiply at an alarming rate. Once the planet's interior pressure decreases past the point necessary to support it's external layers, it implodes and the fragments begin to drift away into space.
    The hitchhikers take their cue and, in groups, latch onto the smaller fragments. Fueled by the nuclear energy produced by digesting the lava they had gorged themselves upon they fall into a deep sleep and hibernate, awakening only when they chance upon another planet and begin the process anew.
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    artist: Alayna
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    Nibbles, the Evil Rabbit Planet Devourer
    Once known as the loveable and adorable Nibbles, this disgusting beast now is out of control from being contaminated by the local nuclear plant. Ever since his owner (4 year old boy Evan) took his furry friend on a tour of the plant, which includes Nibbles' "tour" of the nuclear waste vat, Nibbles has been growing at an inconceivable rate. Carrots could no longer satiate the hunger of this beast. A few days later, mighty redwood trees were so dwarfed by this beast that they were used as mere toothpicks between Nibbles' mountain chompings. Soon, Nibbles devoured entire continents, including more nuclear power plants. Now, Nibbles is no longer rabbit, not even an organic creature. A putrid mix of a nuclear plant, rabbit, and billions of lives; he can only survive by eating planets and creating massive amounts of energy in his nuclear-fission-core belly. These reactions create great power that he uses to rocket propel himself to the next planet.
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    artist: AlphaDMF
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    Great Asteroid parasite
    Known by the few survivors of encounters with this monstrosity as some kind of nuclear driven planet consuming monster, the Great Asteroid Parasite is a mystery to those who first discovered it passing seemingly harmlessly through an uninhabited solar system.
    First interpretation of these creatures is that they always appear to be a moon scale asteroid until within 500 miles where organic can be seen along with 'off-the-chart' gamma ray readings emitting from their centre; it later became apparent that the so-called asteroids that these creatures are grown in are in fact mangled warped remains of medium sized planets.
    The creatures first crash their enormous planet shells into a larger planet than themselves and trigger a nuclear reaction so that enough heat is produced to tunnel them into the host planets' crust and stir the creatures body into a growth frenzy.
    From there, the creature slowly grows its tendrils and digestive systems around the entire globe of the host world, releasing oceans of radioactive chemicals to melt minerals into editable substances for the creature to consume.
    Eventually the creature divides itself into more Great Asteroid Parasites before triggering a tremendous nuclear explosion from within the by-now dead centre of the host worlds core, the explosion flings thousands of new planet devouring beasts, in which only 10 escape the fates of being consumed by a blackhole or star, and starving to death after drifting off into a nebula with no planets or solar systems to speak of.
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    artist: hwango
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    The Effulgent Terraphage
    An excerpt from Rimblegyre's Grimoire of Noteworthy Exobiological Entities - The Effulgent Terraphage
    Much of what we might learn about the Effulgent Terraphage remains unknown to us due in large part to the infrequency with which it is studied, which in turn is due to the tremendous difficulty and danger inherent in such an undertaking. The most notable of these dangers is the extremely high level of radioactivity found both near and in the wake of such a beast. The terraphage feeds by vaporizing rock and other dense materials by means of a swirling nuclear furnace generated within its own body. The resulting vapor passes through internal gill-like filters which extract various compounds from which the Terraphage derives sustenance. In its wake, the Terraphage leaves only a greenish, superheated, radioactive haze composed of fissioned waste matter.
    Unless driven away (a feat of considerable difficulty), a Terraphage will relentlessly feed on a planet until nothing remains, at which point the beast propels itself away into space in an apparently arbitrary direction. Once it has reached maximum speed (which is considerably faster than would otherwise be thought capable for the creature, suggesting some sort of as yet unknown propulsion method other than the fins that it uses to maneuver while feeding), the creature enters a dormant state in which it will remain until it drifts into proximity with another large celestial body, at which point it once again begins its feeding cycle.
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    artist: walnut
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    There's seven of them and they're as old as the universe, allegedly the Big Bang gave birth of them. Through their existence they've picked up a bunch of radiation and the strange processes that give life to them continue to keep them growing. Because of this they're always hungry, and in need of LOTS of resources. One specimen is supposed to have wiped out a stellar civilization in two days, sun a nd all. They are also continually on the lookout for their brethren, for the seven are dispersed along the uni(multi?)verse. An age-old prophecy lets us know that if one day they all reunite it's lights out the whole shebang.
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    artist: Dreckster
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    My Atomic Planet Devourer is something in between a fog and a worm/fish like creature. Basically it is a space travelling (atomic) fog wich eats planets. It's body will only show forms (transform) in the actuall process of "eating" afterwards it will look like a peacfull fog again. Wich makes a great tactic for hunting...uhm living and moving planets .
    Well atleast it can hide from the huble telescope that way.
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    artist: Mr-Joe
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    Space is Infinite, to imagin it is impossible. Within each partical of life, a human for example, infinity continues to exist, on a micro level we have a new dimention of space where this creature roams throughout this galaxy devouring planets, or particals of the atom, nuclear energy, that exists within a single person on the planet we know as earth... You have now entered.... The Twighlight Zone... (play theme song)
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    artist: Mindflaw
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    artist: GreenTopaz
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    The nuclear planet eater wanders space swallowing worlds with large amounts of water to cool the continuous process of nuclear fission going on in it's stomach...which is used for propulsion *cough*.
    It's origins are a mystery, but quite aside from actually devouring planets, more damage has been done to the universe from the actual size of the thing, so huge that smaller planets and stars it doesn't bother to avoid are usually thrown out of orbit or smashed into rubble.
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    artist: depleteD
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    Unoonoonu
    A interstellar beast o fusch mass that it has a white dwarf orbiting it. It seeks planets that have water and magma. Attracted by the electromagnetic signature that that combonation gives a planet. It drinks the water and magma at the same time. The magma flowing through its great nozzles. Magma erupts on its back and slides to the side growing it slowly over eons. It has its own atmosphere that supports life. It generates its food through photosynthesis and nuclear magma reations to carry it through the universe in search of food. Eventually, the Unoonoonu stops when it is fully encrusted and has formed a planet for its last stage of life.
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    artist: rawwad
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    creature which eating planets must have strong stomach, and this NPD has absolutly strong stomach, inside this creature are organs which are something like nuclear reactors, these organs using mighty nuclear power to digest food (planets). This reaction purge abundance of nuclear energy which is also using for destroying planets and moving in space. To destroying planets NPD use strong jaws wich shooting explosive nuclear magma and destroy planet on small pieces.
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    artist: glint
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    My creature here eats planets, but kinda never knows when to stop. He travels in a HUUUUGE asteroid, living in a comfortable crater, reaching out to eat the odd moon/planet etc. Moons are ok, they're small and cheesey. But planets vary, some a little salty and some, like the one he's just half eaten, are a little gassy.
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    artist: Boug
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    Herds of nuclear jellyfishes haunt our universe, drifting, guided by the queen, in search of a fiew planet to eat : they need the fire heart of stars or planets as sources of energy.
    Huge herds can destroy a galaxy in a couple of days.
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    artist: Moai
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    Solar Larvae
    Video Clip: Scientist Addressing Large Audience
    "The stars are alive."
    [murmur passes through the audience]
    "All visible stars in the night sky. All of them. That idea may sound too astonishing to be true, but it is backed irrefutably by hundreds of hours of video and thousands of still photographs, taken by the new Millennium Telescope that recently went into orbit. We have not only seen stars travel and appear to interact, we have in fact seen them reproduce. This image...[pauses for commotion in audience to subside]...this image shows what we conjecture to be a juvenile star, a solar larva, if you will. These wings you see, they are sails thousands of kilometers in length, used to catch the solar wind produced by its 'parent' and escape their planetary systems with a minimum of expended energy, for their only source of energy, presumably, is their own body mass. To supplement this loss of energy and mass, the larvae have an unsettling habit of consuming entire planets on their way out into the depths of space. They exit their birth systems on trajectories that bring them, eventually, to nebulae, where large numbers of them compete for enough matter to metamorphose into mature stars, and presumably, mate. Obviously there are...[another commotion in the audience]...there are gaps in our data, but the evidence provided by our observation of these distant subjects, and subsequent research on our own sun, leads us inarguably to the conclusion that we are in grave danger.
    "Breeding season...[more commotion in audience]...Please hear me out! Breeding season has come to this arm of the galaxy. The anomalies recently witnessed on our own sun, the sunspots and solar flares, those are contractions before a birth! [audience is becoming unruly] All signs say this is true! We need to take action before..."
    [video clip ends, news anchor speaks]
    "And he goes on, folks! That was Dr. Panderson addressing the Committee for Defense Against Natural Disasters yesterday in Atlanta. He went on to describe the consequences of the birth of a, ahem, solar larva. He said its approach would be clearly visible to the naked eye, and would be preceded by strong solar flars and electromagnetic pulses, or EMPs, causing widespread power outages and much chaos. He also described geological upheavals caused by the gravitational pull of the enormous creature, creating circumstances 'not unlike Biblical descriptions of the Apocalypse.'
    [brief burst of static]"No need for alarm though, according to Dr. Panderson's peers. His theory has been almost universally condemned as outlandish-[static]-sensationalistic. The United Society of Astronom-[static]-accused Dr. Pa-[static]-son of gross oversimpli-[static]-exaggeratio-[extended static-]Military declined-[static]-erson's call to-[extended static]-of defense again-[extended static]-the creatu-[prolonged static]
    [blank screen]
    ...
    [text appears, along with voice message]
    "We're sorry, the connection to this program seems to have been lost. We apologize for this inconvinie-"
    [blank screen]
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    artist: redehlert
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    Oh_8.5.12.12
    Part corporeal, part wraith, this creature phases in and out of time and space at whim. It is armaggedon made flesh for the planets it consumes. Cataclysmic events ensue once the planet's crust is punctured by this beast. A veritable nuclear reaction ends all that were encased in this fragile bowl. As the debris filters off into space, the Oh_8.5.12.12 feeds.
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    artist: Tom Garden
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    Depth Charge
    Depth Charge is a massive vessle in space of organic nuclear nature. It scouts out a planet, and when it sees one it draws near. It uses its tentacles to steady the landing and forces of gravity. Then the arrowlike front legs dig in to the surface.
    Now it uses the front portion of its skull which protrudes many miles infront. The stripy blue marks are pockets of radiated fluid charges which have been delivered there from its might radioactive storage, behind its head. These charges are blasted into the planet as the protruberance lays across the planet surface. After the first blast it begins to break the planet to pieces which are absorbed and filtered through the mighty mouth.
    Once a planet has been devoured, it is put into one of the satchels behind it. Each one of these represents a planet it devoured. So, the older species have extremely long bodies.
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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!

    3. No voting for your own entry!!! If a participants votes for his own entry, every member has the right to call him a stupid lame morone in this thread! And i will delete his/her vote anyway...






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    All WIPs

    wapamup

    sorry, but really it looked somehow random in my eyes. I wouldn't have rejected your piece, but thanks to your insight i didn't get headaches with this decision. Thanx for your support!!! I am sure you will come up with great entries the next rounds though, you have skills!

    Capell
    I am not sure if your entry was meant serious, in this case:
    1. no concept
    2. the artwork was already made before this round (not allowed - see rules)



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    steinspinne
    Your concept is great! But concentrate also on creature design/presentation next time!!!



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    chase2le, Boug
    Only 1 image please!!!

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    Wha? Jakkas, you voted for me?

    master, your humble thrall is delighted to have pleased you

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    Well I put my vote in for Rawwad, but I would have given Jaecks second place. Both are nice and concepty, and isn't that the point?

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    oh, btw, i didn't read the concepts, because again i was too late with starting the poll, so i had to hurry...

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    Wow, Rawwad, that is great. Good sense of atmosphere in the piece, even though I am not sure if that would be the correct term to use for a space monster. I really like depleteD's a lot also, I just think it could be a little more finished.

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    green topaz-excellent! personally i could do without the city-like structures on top but i like where you took this.

    maichael jaeks, depleted, rawwd, boug were standouts.

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    Voted for rawwad!
    Man, this is a strong and impressive image!

    2nd depleteD
    3rd Dreckster

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    imo the top three are Michael Jaecks, Dreckster and depletD

    depleteD: Overall I liked your the best imho you could have skipped the first sentence in the concept.


    Boug:
    As an image I liked yours the best.

    My sketchbook flawed to the max page 5
    Ps:Hope you understand my English.
    Remember my advices taste best with a grain of salt.
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    No jakkas this round? wtf? is he ok?

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    well it's a very dificult theme, but Dreckster and rawwad solve the question with amazing works... but my vote goes to Dreckster!!!

    congrats for all who participate!

    ps.: please, sorry about my english
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    Rawwad had the most virtuoso piece of the lot, and bravo for that, but I was sawyed in the end by GreenTopaz's design. So she gets my vote. My other favorites were Dreckster, Boug, and that guy who used to call himself Neorepto (not used to the new name yet).

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    i voted for rawwad, it's simply a cool idea with a realy nice execution.

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    my vote will go for depleteD cos I really liked the concept of eating planets to form a new one on the inside that was really cool

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    I voted for Boug this round. I just kept going back and back and back again to those glowing jellyfish. Not the strongest concept art-wise, perhaps, but its a very lovely painting overall. Its like fireworks.

    Also, I'd just like to say thanks to everyone who's voted for my entry and said kind things even if they voted for someone else. It makes me feel like my work is headed in the right direction.

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    Sheesh, it takes longer to look and admire these pics, then pick your favourite, than it does to paint your own entry. I went for Tom Gardens, I have a soft spot for all that organic alien stuff. Kind of Geiger meets an intergalactic bunch of grapes. In a scary way.

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    Voted Rawwad, his work appealed the most to me, both in execution and concept.

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    Here's what I thought about each of the pieces.
    Michael Jaecks- I complimented you properly in the previous thread, so I'll just sum it up: cool painting, cool concept.
    fughi from yuggoth- It looks more like an advanced spacecraft than a creature, I'm afraid. Also, it would have been nice had the background been more specific and less hazy. For example, showing the twisting arms and clouds of a nebula instead of just a vague fog. Not to be completely negative, I do like the mood I get looking at your shadowy creature.
    smoscar- Your planet and background are looking good, but I have some crits for your serpents. I think they would have benefited from crisper lines and more use of value.
    KuJo- Your creature design is good, but I recommend again that you crisp up the edges and work on the values. Plus, it's not good coloring practice to just mix in some black for shading. Try using some cooler or complementary colors in your shadows next time.
    chase2le- I love your creature's crumbly tail. For some reason, I just love creatures with floating parts like that. Also, nice lense glare (I think that's the right term).
    NKunleashed- There it is! It looks good now that it's been depixelated. Nice color scheme and cool idea with the base being built on the creature. My only crit is that the magenta planet, which I assume the creature is about to eat, looks like it's in the background. I don't know why. Perhaps having its halo/ring overlap the creature would eliminate that problem.
    steinspinne- I like your idea and color scheme. Just keep practicing your basics.
    Alayna- Nibbles still scares me. Thanks for voting for me!
    AlphaDM- I'm not liking the colors on this painting. There are too many of them, and they're clashing. I'm sory for not having a more constructive crit for your work.
    hwango- Nice picture and lighting. My only critique is that I have no idea how big the creature is. Is it the size of a car or the size of an aircraft carrier? I don't know.
    walnut- Like I already said, I think it's a shame that you decided to remove its big arms. It makes the bottom quarter of your painting feel somewhat empty. I still like it, though.
    dreckster- Cool, very celestial picture. This is what I was talking about when I was critiquing fughi from yuggoth. On an unrelated note, looking through your excellent sketchbook inspired me to go on a creature doodling spree last night. As a teacher once told me, "The highest purpose of art is to inspire," and you've certainly done that.
    Mr-Joe- Very nice. Good texture, good colors. The creature reminds me of Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    mindflaw- Your creature's profile is too smooth. It looks like you drew out a nice, clean shape, and then just filled it in with details. It would have been much more interesting, I think, with some nice bumps and protrusions on its silhouette. Nice organic texture, though.
    GreenTopaz- Very cool, very BIG creature! I keep thinking that it would make a cool sci-fi story, especially the part about it disrupting the orbits of celestial bodies. Imagine if an inhabited planet got trapped in the gravity of this creature and began to orbit it, the planet's primitive inhabitants worshiping a huge creature instead of a sun. Unlikely, but interesting.
    depleteD- I like the idea of the creature metamorphosing into planets, but I don't like that big, bland planet at the bottom of the painting. It's not placed interestingly in the composition, and it's of a lower quality than the rest of the painting, which is very good.
    rawwad- pld:...I think the smilies pretty much said it all. Wow. Just wow. You have my vote. One more smiley:
    Glint- I think I said pretty much everything in the previous thread. Just go for more of a variety of hues and color temperatures.
    Boug- Very beautiful and energetic. You have a very distinct line style.
    Moai- Well, Moai, it looks like you had fun, and learned a little something too. I sure did, Moai, though I'm not really wild about how the sketch is just slapped on next to the painting. I agree, Moai, that could have looked better. The colors aren't quite as vibrant as they are in person, either. Yeah, how about we save up some money and go digital? That sounds like a good idea.
    redehlert- You win the prize for the most eloquent description, I believe. But what the heck does its name mean?
    Tom Garden- Covered this in the previous thread as well. I like your creature's structure and anatomy.

    All in all, a great round, and I had a blast being a part of it. Thanks again to Alayna for voting for me, and thanks in advance to anyone who might vote for me in the future.
    I'll be putting my painting up in the critique center, so feel free to drop by and tear it to shreds.

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    Moai-- Thank you for the feedback!! he is supposed to look kinda scary...

    I voted for yours b/c I really like the concept. And your shading is great

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    haha thanks Moai I loved your self critique LOL and yeah I didnt had enough time first to figure out how would hydrogen look like in space and second how would it form a serpent haha but anyways thanx

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    I voted for Green Topaz, you did a real nice painting, and the concept is great, its like a industrial, planet eating, creature. I like the cities ontop of it.

    I liked rawwads too, probly the nicest rendered piece along with boug's, both well painted pictures.

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    Moai: Thank you very much for the comment. I do have a long way to go...

    Some excellent eye candy in this round. Kudos to all participants.

    My vote ended up going to depleteD because I just really like the idea of a creature that eats planets supporting life on it's surface and eventually becoming a planet itself.

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    Very tough call between Dreckster and Rawwad...
    Voted for Dreckster - wow! Love it! Really cool composition and great colours with flawless rendering/manipulation.

    Rawwad - Your work is really excelling. Awesome textures and brushwork.

    Michael Jaecks - cool stuff, the planet decaying looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moai
    hwango- Nice picture and lighting. My only critique is that I have no idea how big the creature is. Is it the size of a car or the size of an aircraft carrier? I don't know
    Thanks for the comment. I realized this problem when it was too late to do anything about it, unfortunately. About all we know for sure is that it's the smallest of the entries, but we don't really know how small it is since there's nothing to indicate scale. Oops. For the record, I thought of them as being about 50 ft long - close to the size of an F-16 fighter jet.

    In my defense, unless one of the bigger-than-a-planet entries is eating a recognizable planet from out own solar system, we don't really know how big any of them are either. Are they eating a planet the size of Pluto, or one the size of Jupiter? I know, I know - mine's still the worst because it has no size reference at all, but it was something that occured to me when I was trying to figure out which entry was the biggest.

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    Voted for Michael Jaecks - I thought it was one of the more visually interesting creatures, and as I said in the last thread I love the action communicated by the way the planet is being destroyed. My only real criticism is that the sun doesn't look particularly fiery.

    As a side note, I mentioned in my previous post that I was speculating as to whose critter is the biggest (not that is has any bearing on whose entry is the best, of course). I eventually realized that no matter how big the planets might be in some of the other entries, the Scolex is still the clear winner for size. Seen here stretching from a sun to a planet, it must be several million miles long.

    Another close competitor for the vote was Rawwad. Rawwad's piece is very striking, but the creature itself isn't as interesting as the Scolex. I do like the phosporescent dots along its length, though - without them I think the creature would look very dark and boring when set against such a glowy and vibrant background. Good call!

    Finally, since I'm a big fan of jellies, I wanted to mention Boug's entry. This was really tempting to vote for, since the idea of nuclear, spacefaring, planet-eating jellyfish is the sort of thing that I wish I'd come up with first. I love the idea and they look great. You lost me a little at the idea of them travelling in 'herds' and having a 'queen,' but that doesn't stop it from being a very cool piece of art.

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    Tough decision...so many good choices, but for me it came down to a choice of 3: Rawwad, Michael Jaecks, and DepleteD (there were several others that I really liked, but those are the 3 that stuck out to me).

    I ended up voting for Rawwad's because frankly I thought it was the strongest of the 3 in terms of a design that stays with me. If I saw that in the middle of a cinematic, I'd very likely remember it.

    Michael Jaeck's has a very 'comic book' feel to it, and sort of reminds me of some of the comics from the 90s (except obviously more vibrant due to how it's displayed ). I enjoyed looking at it, and when I first came across the topic that showed work - I felt his would be the one I would vote for, but instead it ends up a very close second to Rawwad's.

    DepleteD's stands out because I really liked the idea, and I like about 90% of the composition extremely - it's just the arms reaching out to grab the planet slightly bother me, they feel like they don't fit with the rest of the image. I really want to see more contrast the arms from the magma light.

    Several others are extremely good, they just didn't stick with me like those 3 concepts. I know I'm not the greatest artist myself (I down right suck compared to many of you ) - but I hope you take my critiques seriously (you don't have to be the best artist, to know when something just doesn't feel right, or just doesn't reach out to you).

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    vote goes to rawwad...excellent piece!!!

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    Vote went to Rawwad. Excellent job the the composition and creature details. Love the greenish light in the cracks, and definitely the slurping of the atmosphere!

    Honorable mention to Boug. Love the painterly rendering and pumped saturation.

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