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    Cow C.O.W. - #055: Pearl Finder - Voting!

    ROUND #055 VOTING

    Topic: Pearl Finder

    Deadline for the voting: Saturday, 12th August 2006

    Posting thread (closed):
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    artist: Supervlieg
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    The Furblegutter
    (stolidus subsido piscis piscis)
    Probably the dumbest fish ever to have inhabited the ocean. The locals of the fiji islands called the Furblegutter "stupid sinking fish" in
    their native language. Its lifecycle was extremely short. Once the male fish hit maturity they started collecting pearls to impress the
    females of the species.
    With its long and versatile tongue it attached the pearls to its forehead. In its blind collecting rage the Furblegutter never stopped to
    consider the weight the pearls added to its forehead, making it an unstable swimmer. Most mature males died within a few weeks by
    simply sinking to the bottom of the ocean because of the heavy load of the pearls. Since females of the species tended to mate with
    the most heavely loaded males, the stupid habit of the sinking pearl finders was actually reinforced through reproduction.
    Soon the newer generation fish began collecting pearls before they reached maturity. It is widely accepted among marine biologists
    that the Furblegutter became extinct really, really fast.
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    artist: brokk
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    The Pearl Finders are domesticated creatures that have been used by the Tritonia, Fish-men and women for ages. A basic gatherer creature, they are used for locating and collecting pearls, which are then used in an variety of objects by the Tritonia, including hand held objects, clothes, and architecture. The pearls are also sold to the other factions, especially the land dwellers. Pearl Finders can also be purchased by land dwellers, owning one is sign of prestige, and can bring even quicker fortune. The Finders have modified middle fingers which are flat, they use these to open up oysters and clams found on the shore as well as underwater. On their back are holes for carrying the pearls, being able to carry 7 on each side. Additionally, an extra pearl can be carried in each hand, as well as the tail, for a total of 17 pearls on full cargo.
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    artist: Headhunter
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    The pearl finder is one of the fastest creatures in the ocean. There are a few who can capture the animal. It`s swims without using it`s legs, but they can be very useful for wandering the depths or when fighting with predators.
    It feeds on plankton and pearls. It`s a peace-loving creature except for the few moments when it is irritated.The pearl finder has many eyes which help it find pearls.
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    artist: JakkaS
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    TAG-TAG
    If you want to see Tag-tag in his natural enviroment you have to visit Sohaks' moon called `SoSoh`. They lives on the surface but hunts in the oceans. Tag-tags are very fast in the water but they loose their elegancy on the dry land. However, they proofs their worth on the ground. How do they do that? They dives in the oceans in search of pearls. If they find one they stacks it in their ass - this is only way to get it on the surface. When they comes out of the water their starts to running on the beach. Then, if they see any people they tries to attract their attention. Usually after a minute, some of them would notice that there is a sea pearl in the Tag Tag`s bottom. Imagine several people running down the beach to catch that small creature. It's a really amusing view! Scientist doesn't have any idea why the Tag Tags does that - they assume that perhaps for fun or to proof their worth, or maybe because they want to impress the females or other males of their kind. However, when one of creatures is chased by a large number of tourists the rest demonstrates their admire by utter very characteristic sounds which sounds like Tagtag! Tagtag! Tagtag!
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    artist: llothcat
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    artist: blog
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    The Pearlicus Finderus exists to the world only in Legend, except to one man. Jesse Howard, who was determined to prove this legend wrong. Until one day he noticed an orange light in the depths of the great North Ocean, and from then on he had made a life of selling the grandest pearls the world has ever seen. The yellow lamp-like things on the end of the tentacles act as surging sensors and drag the creatures toward the largest of pearls in the ocean. And thus it is called the pearlicus finderus...
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    artist: Reality Forge
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    Bonemask Glider
    The males of this species of fish-like creature develop a large, soft head crest during the mating season, which in itself lacks color but is rich in blood vessels. To attract females with this display he needs to add some shine, and he gets this from another creature...
    Large bivalves lie burried deep in the sand flats, and the male uses his modified tale to fish them out of the thick sludge. He then tears the creatures open to seek out large pearls, which he grinds up in his mouth to form a paste. Rubbing this pearl paste on his head crest, he forms a thin, gleaming layer of pearlescent reflective color. With this, he can now attract a female.
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    artist: Helzon
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    Excerpt translated from the original text:
    ....it has recently come to our attention that our R&D facility in Mie Prefecture has developed
    a working protoype of an organic/renewable pearl finder. Reviewing all of the reports it seems that 9A(xxy) has been by far
    the most effective vs the cost or loss of product. It has all of the benefits of the earlier prototypes with very
    few offsets. The chief among them the absorption of minute quantities of nacre that are then exuded through the exoskeleton.
    This line of prototypes was founded on very simple principles as to keep the error coefficient to a minimum.
    Upon introduction into the bay water, 9A(xxy) releases a pseudoplanktonic cloud from it's lateral extension. The oysters instinctively open and begin to feed ravenously. The prototypes then fan out and with careful precision search the oysters. It should be noted that this is done with very little overlap or needless scrutiny. Utilizing it's forward appendages, they are carefully scraped across the surface of the shell, where they can feel the minute reverberations and discriminate, the presence, size and shape of any pearl within. If one is satisfactory, the prototypes secrete a mild numbing agent, and paralyze the oyster's adductor muscle, so as there is no chance of damage to either. It should not go unnoticed that the paralytic agent has an effective span of 3 minutes in fresh water, 8 minutes in salt water. This should greatly reduce the operational and reseeding downtime of any one bed. The pearl is immediately extracted and reposited in the protoype's anal opening at the top of it's shell where involuntary muscle contractions move it to an interior cavity....
    The protoypes typically nest on shore at night. Harvesting procedures should be modified to take this into account....
    Also we should begin buying or synthesizing quantities of squid ink. Only in the presence of this ink do the prototypes evacuate themselves
    of their load. It can be concluded as a flight response to a natural predator.
    Addendum : Should field tests prove favorable, preparations can begin immediately for a major staff reduction."
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    artist: banhatin
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    A monster who likes collecting pearls. He drinks the liquid meat of the shellfish after open its shell with the forceps on his mouth. Then he picks the pearl and put it in the vesicle under his mouth.
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    artist: dragon4lunch
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    Pagwaque
    In the forests where Pagwaques live, there are shells that live on trees. These shells live as parasites, crawling up onto trees when little, tapping into the nutrients flow of the tree and then grow large. This usually means the end for the tree, particularly when several of these parasitic shells cling to it.
    The Pagwaque is a welcome forest inhabiter, as his primary food source are these shells, which he tears from the trees, opens with his powerful forarms and eats. It has been observed that Pagwaques have a fancy for the huge perls that sometimes grow in these shells. Male Pagwques have a flattened tail which they can use to carry perls. A male Pagwaque sometimes collects perls in his lair, which is believed to play a role in their mating ritual, but details are unknown...
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    artist: SprayNation
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    Sunken Medusa
    Phylum: Cnidaria
    Class: Scyphozoa
    Species: Hydroza Tetracyte
    Lifespan: 12-18 months
    Size: 45-65 cm
    The Hydroza Tetracyte (AKA "Sunken Medusa") is a marine invertebrate, cousin to the common jellyfish; however, Sunken Medusa's spawn a much deadlier form of jellyfish, known as a Tetraspore. Sunken Medusa's live along the ocean floor to find pearls. Within the Medusa's core, it reproduces hundreds of potential Tetraspores. The Sunken Medusa must find pearls to activate the spores nervous system; however, there is no limit to how many pearls a spore can hold. The more pearls a spore has will result in a higher electrical charge. During the first few days of the spores life outside of the Medusa's womb, it will remain attached by an umbilical to release more pearls into the spore. When the spore detaches it becomes the deadliest form of jellyfish known to man.
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    artist: Michael Jaecks
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    These creatures are a recent scientific discovery. They are the smallest sea dwelling mammals on the planet, superficially related to the narwhal. They are shown in scale with the oyster. Their pearl finding process is obvious to see. As mammals, they must copulate to breed (unlike fish) . The males search oysters for pearls and collect them in its transparent gullet-sac. The male with the most pearls wins the female and regurgiates his collection as a dowry of sorts. She accepts the pearls into her gullet and then they mate.
    The males also have stereoscopic vision (eyes on front of face) so they can locate and extract the pearls more easily. It is a delicate process.
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    artist: kagechi
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    Most commonly known as the Pearl Moray, The Satamoto Pearl Harvester was engineered in the early part of the 22nd Century to Harvest pearls from the extreme depths of the oceans of Theros 4. Pearl hunting on Theros 4 has been largely abandoned but not all the original bio-engineered were recovered. Now, because of their armor plating and their ability to create strong electrical pulses, the Pearl Moray thrives in an enviroment where it has few predators.
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    artist: gilgamesh828
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    Common name for this rare and ancient crustacean that survives by cultivating and hiding amongst its own food supply. The pearl finder secretes an oyster-like protrusion on its topmost carapace that in turn emanates pheromones to attract other oysters into congregating into a bed around it. It is not known how long these these creatures lie dormant, but when conditions are optimal, the pearl finder emerges from hybernation and with its crushing beak, feeds upon the bounty surrounding it. Pearls are gathered and stored in its shell-encrusted carapace, and once mating occurs, (usually within 2-4 weeks), they provide crucial mineral resources to its young which remain inside the carapace through final gestation and shell formation.
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    artist: Tom Garden
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    The Felorian
    This thing, is a proud sea creature....so proud.....it finds its pearls on the seabed, felt out with its extended two front feelers. They can glide into the sand and rummage into small crevices to find the pearls it treasures so dearly!
    It stores its kept pearls in the bar like jaw, where hidden behind the bars are tiny cleaning equipment, and soft abrasive tongues which slowly erode the pearls, it likes the, and eats them like a lolly!!!!
    The many feelers extending above its main body are to make sure that while it is distracted in its hunt for pearls, nothing can sneak up on it from behind, plus they are poisenous.....so divers beware!!!
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    artist: Lewis
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    Pearlostrich
    The Pearlostrich is a bird that only lives on the Ku'Kuhl islands. It is there used by natives for finding oysters. This is the Ku'Kuhlian's main foodsource, but also the pearls these oysters provide are being used to form magnificant necklaces.
    Scientists still dont know if this ostrich was bred by men, or evoluted this way on its own. The ostrichs live however close to humans, are tame and in the past even used as waranimals. Their lizard-like armor made them excellent mounts.
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    artist: arttorney
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    Dracoidea
    The Great Dragon Star is so named because of its propensity to amass a treasure hoard of pearls from its bivalve victims. Some researchers hypothesize that the hoard is amassed for reproductive purposes, although both males and females hoard pearls. Other researchers believe the pearls simply provide a more advantageous surface for the tube feet of the organism. Still others have hypothesized the reason the Great Dragon Star amasses its hoard is simply because it can. This species displays as an adult morphological characteristice of both Class Asteroidea and of Class Ophiuriodea. In its larval stage it is stalked and sometimes mistaken for a member of Class Crinoidea. For these reasons, it is in a class of its own.
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    artist: Moai
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    Kupushu Shyoan
    "Blood-lipped pearl diver"
    Existing only on a small archipelago northeast of Australia, the pearl diver monkey is the world's only marine primate, aside from recreating humans. It is closely related to the snub-nosed monkeys and langurs of southeast asia, but its isolation has resulted in some startling adaptations. The pearl diver slimmer and sleeker than its cousins, and possesses a strong, muscular tail tipped by a fin of stiff fur. Its method of swimming is similar to that of the marine iguana. To survive, it dives among the reefs to hunt for crabs, urchins, and bivalves, which it breaks open with rocks. Every now and then a pearl diver will find a pearl, which is often stolen and hoarded by the jealous alpha male. This hoarding of pearls and other shiny objects has no purpose other than to increase the prestige of the alpha male, making pearl divers the only animals other than humans with a love for useless wealth.
    Being the only large land mammals on their island habitat, the only predators the pearl divers have had to fear are eagles, the occasional shark, and sea snakes. They had little to fear from humans, until recently, for the natives both respected and feared the little creatures. The local tribes called them the "Kupushu Shyoan", litterally the "blood-lipped pearl diver." They mistook the males' bright red lip and chin markings for human blood. Being the only animals in the natives' world that bore a resemblance to a human, the pearl divers were important figures in local lore. They played the roles of tricksters and murderous spirits, and also acted as intermediaries between the world of people and the world of the spirits, which for the natives was the ocean. Then, western man came, turned the islands into tourist destinations, and stole the hapless monkeys' pearls. Though pearl divers still have little to fear from humans, nowadays their treasure troves consist more of keys, coins, and cans instead of the pearls for which they were named.
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    artist: corspufo
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    The Pearl Finder is an indiginous species of the Cerulean Reef. They are prized highly for their unique ability to find the largest pearls in the seas. Often in the struggle to wrest the pearls from these creatures, the Pearl Finder will suffer from cerebral hemoraging and die. The fishermen can fetch a hefty ransom for both their pearls and their meat to jewelers and restaurant owners alike.
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    artist: vince22
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    The pearl finder is a fierce and relentless creature that has recently been discovered by a new mining and exploration expedition deep in the ocean. Early attempts to study it have reveled it has an unquenchable desire for pearls. Miners trying to extract pearls to the surface have been met in force by the pearl finder, but luckily the pearl finder seems only hostile when miners try to move pearls from the ocean floor.
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    OK - before voting/posting read this!!!

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    My favourites were:

    Supervlieg - The best rendered; beautiful colors and funny concept.

    Headhunter - The lighing in this peice makes it look like it is in the air, rather than the water, but regardless the animal itself is well rendered

    JakkaS - Manages to still look alien, even though its a tetrapod :p. Well thought-out musculature, good lighting execution, and the lips look sweet too.

    SprayNation - I dont know how many Cnidaria have bones, but it still looks awesome and I LOVE the transparent mouth, really well executed. Cool camera angle too.

    gilgamesh828 - Although the beak kind of looks 'tacked on' to the animal, the concept behind it is brilliant, as is the rendering of the animal's long legs

    Tom Garden - As far as lighting goes, I think this one is the most convincingly 'underwater' rendering. The creature is good too, especially the underside.

    My vote goes to JaKKaS and the Tag-Tag, because I love the colour, the face, and the little diagram of people chasing the critter beneath it :p

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    thanks reality forge!

    There are some stunning entries this round, gonna be tough to vote!!

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    Supervlieg, headhunter, banhatin, JakkaS, Reality Forge, Tom Garden, SprayNation incredible entries, just superb.
    Honorable mentions:corspufo, moai, and gilgamesh
    Alas my vote went to dragon4lunch
    I liked the fact that you got to see it in various phases of it's action, and not to mention the backstory was engaging. Could it have been a bit brighter..sure..but the rendering, dynamism, and presentation more than made up for it.
    that's my two.
    And as always, those that entered all get big props, and have my respect. Cheers!

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    I voted for RealityForge, because it just looked so damn cool and the render was nice as well. That little flick of the ocean floor up as dust really makes it.

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    hahaha as I already said my vote goes to Supervlieg so funny and so cool LOL

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    Supervleig and Reality Forge - exceptional.

    v - Supervleig

    Best name I've seen in awhile!

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    Supervlieg goed gedaan man eindelijk een andere nederlander die mee doet.
    Ik moet ook maar weer is mee gaan doen.

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    Supervleig has a hilarious life cycle for his pearl finder. Loved it. tough choice 'cause all the crazy alien designs were so impressive.........but
    dragon4lunch got my vote. I liked the concept and the fact that the bivalves were placed in a different context of reality. Could be land barnacles, air clams or some such. Totally liked that idea plus the critter was cute in an angry sort of looking way.
    Nice render. Pearl totally has the feel of a pearl. Great concept.

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    Voted for Jakkas, how can you not like a creature with a pearl up its bum.

    Honerable mentions go out to Dragon4lunch, Helzon, Spraynation and RealityForge.

    Thanks for the votes everyone!

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    Spray Nation- worked hard to make a non-human believable new species.

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    Very tough decision, my favourites this round are the ones by Supervlieg, SprayNation, Reality Forge, JakkaS, and dragon4lunch.

    I voted for Supervlieg, lovely image and great concept. That tail is gorgeous!

    Good work everyone!

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    Fozzybar- definetly will fix that for the next one

    I really liked the ones from Supervlieg, JakkaS, dragon4lunch, spraynation, Tom Garden

    voted for Supervlieg- excellent rendering and description

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    Thanks for the honorable mention, Helzon!
    Here's my usual comment/crit thing. This takes a while to do, but it's worth it.

    Supervlieg- That's a beautiful drawing. Everything about it is wonderful, especially the tail and the fins. It could also have fit into the evolutionary dead end category.
    brokk- You have great textures on your creature. I have two crits. First, the clam is a bit off. Second, the tiny little lines of whitewater make the ocean look like its being viewed from far away, when it's just right there. Drawing some large patches of whitewater would fix that right up, I think.
    headhunter- Beautiful drawing. However, the creature in the background could have been quite a bit duller, and an explanation on why it eats pearls, a very rare and unlikely food source, would have been appreciated.
    JakkaS- What a great picture! Great colors and anatomy. What really won me over, though, was the nonsense factor. What's more rediculous than a bunch of crazed tourists chasing after a little frog guy with a pearl in its ass? The only thing that comes to mind is a pink pony in a transparent swimsuit. You got my vote.
    llothcat- Like I said in the previous thread, that is one weird little guy and I like him. I like the colors, and the hexagons in the background. My crit is that he could have been drawn a bit more carefully, especially the tentacles, which are somewhat lumpy.
    blog- The only things I dislike are the clam in the lower left corner and the weird green lines on either side of the creature. Plus, could you please explain that figure on top of its head? Aside from those complaints, good picture.
    Reality Forge- Another very well drawn and also well thought out creature from Reality Forge. I really like all of its vents and orifices, as well as the sweeping line of its tail.
    Helzon- Lots of great textures on this piece. Also, you have the most well-written description of all the entries, I think.
    banhatin- The creature is well drawn, but its left foreleg is a bit higher than the right and it's bugging me. Also, there's no atmospheric perspective, so the horizon looks as close as the foreground. It's strange how the ocean is casting a shadow, and how some of the shellfish debris at the creature's feet aren't casting shadows. It makes them feel like they're not really on the surface. Sorry to unload all these crits on you like this. I only do it 'cause I love ya. Not a bad pic at all, just some problems to look into.
    dragon4lunch- Even though you didn't get my vote, you get my prestigious Medal of Creativity. You're the only person whose creature is finding pearls in a place other than the ocean. As for the picture itself, it is of course very good. Your creature has that pug-like "so ugly that it's cute" quality. I like its antlers and the way you drew the pearls. My only crit is that the creature's coloration could have been richer, somehow. As it is, that pale gray-blue is the only thing I find at fault. Nice job.
    SprayNation- Another beautiful picture. I think those might be may favorite pearls in this whole thread. Also, I think you had the most original idea for putting the pearls to use. Most of the others used them as a mechanism to attract mates or as a food source. Good for you for thinking outside of the box.
    Michael Jaecks- Nice murky picture. And I mean murky in a good way, I assure you. My only problem with this picture is that I'm having trouble making sense of the creature's mouth area. Is that sucker-tipped proboscis its mouth?
    kagechi- Cool idea. I always like a manufactured, genetically-engineered creature. Cool picture too, but I prefer the sketch on the right to the colored version. The colored version's eyes are too big, in my opinion. Also, the colors are a bit too intense.
    gilgamesh828- Not finding any glaring faults to critique here. Nice picture.
    Tom Garden- Excellent creature. I like its big eye and its various protrusions. Also, great job rendering the water.
    Lewis- Your nickname reminded me of "Lewis, go back to sleep, or I'll tell mom about your Playboys" that someone around here has as their signature. Anywho, about your picture. The creature's more lightly colored, more textured head doesn't really go with the rest of the picture. And I don't really like the thick outlines of the saddle and the pack. I'd give you a cliched "practice your basics", but you look more experienced than that, so just keep practicing generally.
    arttorney- The central body looks great, but the background could have been more interesting. More colors, textures, etc.
    Moai- This is my first real digital painting, and I love it. My only big regret is that all the bright, colorful clams and urchins and stuff are in one small area, which doesn't really make sense. This painting was improvised rather than planned, which can be one of my more unfortunate habits. Oh well. I'm still working on it, and like most of my work, it was a good learning experience.
    corspufo- Crustaceans are one of my favorite creatures, so I obviously like your drawing. I especially liked the finned back legs. Good work.
    vince22- My complaint is the same as Fozzybar's: I don't know how much of the creature I'm looking at and how much is out of view. Also, the view we have of the fin is fairly uniform and uninteresting. And it's too dark. Aside from all this negativity, the textures of the creature come across very nicely. Is it a drawing or 3D?

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    this COW thing looks fun, i think i'll make something for this week's

    anyways, here are my favorite pearl finders

    Supervlieg Very funny concept, and great rendering, especially on the tail and skin

    Headhunter Good art, but I have a few problems with the concept... It doesnt look like it would be fast, and why does it need many eyes to find pearls? Still a good piece though

    Jakkas Another funny concept (although I liked supervlieg's better)... I'm amazed that you consider this quickly done...

    Reality Forge artistically this is one of the best pieces... it's also one of the most developed concepts, i see why ur called reality forge

    dragon4lunch this one got my vote. good job thinkin of somethin different (not aquatic), this is what i see as a 'pearl finder'

    SprayNation Out of the aquatic creatures, this is the most unique concept... seems more like a pearl user than a pearl finder but its still good... artistically this is my favorite creature

    kagechi like the style u used on ur colored piece... the concept is another one that stands out to me as wwhat a 'pearl finder' would be

    moai monkey concept is good, so it ur picture... but NEVER do a background like that again, looks like you did it in about a minute on the computer

    great entries from everyone

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    Moai, Xplode and Aztec Fire Flower: Thanks for the crits, much appreciated.
    I would like to know how many people view the voting section and how many actually vote. I think visitors need to be encouraged to VOTE when here. Come on people, that really doesn't take long and the more total votes, the more accurate and the greater the triumph of the winner! Yes? - Yes!



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    Jakkas: I love the idea of the pearl crammed up the pooper. Love the fact that people are chasing tag-tag for his butt treasure.

    Reality Forge: Love your rendering, and I loved your WIPs, great stuff.

    Tom Garden: Creepy, and I can imagine how it would move. Good work, really organic.

    Supervlieg: Great idea, I love that it's called, "Stupid Sinking Fish". I also love the dying diagram, I think that sold the piece, connected the art to the backstory.

    But, my vote goes to Spray Nation: Brilliant Idea. Jelly Fish from hell. Love the camera, love the lighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moai
    Lewis- Your nickname reminded me of "Lewis, go back to sleep, or I'll tell mom about your Playboys" that someone around here has as their signature. Anywho, about your picture. The creature's more lightly colored, more textured head doesn't really go with the rest of the picture. And I don't really like the thick outlines of the saddle and the pack. I'd give you a cliched "practice your basics", but you look more experienced than that, so just keep practicing generally.
    so true thnx for noticing, i had that feeling already bout my piece...

    Other entries are rocking! Moai's is original, supervlieg's is humorous but even tho i wonder why Tom Garden didnt get any votes, its a very solid piece.

    I voted for dragon4lunch, lovin that animal

    Lewis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xplode
    moai monkey concept is good, so it ur picture... but NEVER do a background like that again, looks like you did it in about a minute on the computer
    Thanks, Xplode. The background was done pretty quickly, and with a mouse. I'll never do that again, I promise.

    Also, thank you, Lewis. I'm glad you think it's original.
    I forgot to mention this in my long ol' comment and critique post, but my other idea was very, very similar to what Reality Forge came up with. It was some sorta shrimp-like thing that grinded pearls onto its carapace to attract mates. I'm glad my muse stepped in before I used someone else's idea!

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    Blah time

    Brokk: Nice piece, but suffering in two departments imo. The creature doesnt have real depth going on in the left part of the body. If you made it the creature blend in more with the background, like you did with the hind leg on the right, you would get a less flat look. Another point is that the atom like pupils are hard to make believable. They have highlights which make it look like they really are little balls on top of the eyeball instead of being a part of it.
    Headhunter: Not much to crit, well executed piece. Maybe give the back story a little more attention next time, its a tool to bring you character more to life.
    Jakkas: Maybe the face in the big piece could have a bit more expression to make him a bit more cocky. But other then that great.
    llothcat: Try to concentrate on the form and silhoutte of the creature before you start adding detail. This way you can make the creature seem less cluttered, and easy to read.
    blog: Nice piece, but the beast could have been more dynamic, try to imagine what those tentacled would be doing all the time. Now they are just hanging there.
    reality forge: Nice piece and great execution, and nice depth in the ocean floor. Only crit is that I liked the version with the longer legs better. But thats being picky.
    Helzon: This piece is bit two sided. the pieces of it with the highlights are so well done, they made me wanna vote for this thing. However, they are in sharp contrast with the blue/yellow thing on the top left, and the hairy leg things. They look very flat and pale in comparison to the other pieces, which ultimately brings the piece down a notch. Oh and those beveled ornaments distract a lot. A more classical look for the outlines and would be better imo.
    Banhatin: Lots of potential in this one, but ultimately the weird perspective breaks it up a bit. Mainly because of the two lighter lines on the side of its body. If they follow the flow of the animals body more, the piece would look a lot better. Also because of the obvious position of the sun, a littl e shadow on the sand to the right of the creature would help it blend into the piece more.
    Dragon4Lunch: Really nice concept, and a lovely creature design. The execution could have been a bit better imo. Try varying the colors a bit more, the colors are pretty much all in the same shades. All parts that are blue are just blue. Adding some variations would make the creature pop a bit more. You could also add some highlights (like some parts of helzon's creature) on its skin to help give him that bit of a reptile skin look.
    Spray nation:Almost got my vote because of the great scene. But ultimately the creature doesnt really convey any personality. Its very hard to relate to something that doesnt have an area that could be recognized as a face. The total scene is amazing though.
    Michael Jaeks: This one could use a bit more satured colors here and there, the overall look is a bit too desatured, and makes the picture a bit murky. Also try to stay away from the smudge tool. Instead try to blend colors with a hard round brush at 30 to 50 % opacity. This is a great way to get rid of that smudgy look, and youll have more control over what colors go where.
    kagechi: nice creature, but the top left one looks more dynamic and would be better to work out. The colored one you did now looks a bit boring in comparison. Also try to avoid total white as you background, Just fill it with a light gray instead. It will make your highlights, and total creature stand out more.
    gilgamesh828: the lower part of the creature is nice, but the rock on top isnt very convincing and distracts too much from the total image. If it were more oistery, and maybe more within one color range it would have been better.
    Tom Garden: Great work on the total scene, but ultimately the creature is really hard to read. Its hard to see what the form of the head really is, and how it connects to the body, and how the jaw is attached to that. Also the back of its body isnt round enought, the highlight should curl around its body more.
    Lewis:The design is okay, but the very satured orange background demands too much attention. Try to get the viewer to focus on the creature by putting the bright colors on the creature, and make the colors fade in intensity as you recede to the background. Also If you use outlines, try to weigh them. For example big parts get a phat line, and details get small lines. And overall slimmer lines if you want less attention going there.
    Arttorney:I think this could have a bit more. Maybe a more interesting pose or some highlights to make the creature more interesting. The pearls look more like coins or confetti. Highlights and shadows should fix this. I think I understood about two words of your description by the way hehe.
    Moai: One word: Color blending (ok, 2). Go here for some usefull tips. Good concept but let down by execution and the background. Try to take more time to give your piece some proper lovin'.
    corspufo: Try to make your colors and outlines work together more. It looks like you just slapped some colors on a layer and put the outlines on top (especially on the top of the head, it gets better to the back of the creature). If your colors flow with the shapes of the outline you can give the creature more depth.
    Vince22:Looks like zbrush. Nice to see some different techniques. Anyway, it looks like you didnt flesh out the design in 2d before you did 3d. The character lacks a real flow, and therefor makes it hard to read (are those his ears, or wings) Also the description doesnt really add to the creature because it doesnt explain anything about the creature.

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    Wow! Great entries. Supervlieg got my vote. Killer design and color. Honorable mentions JakkaS, Reality Forge, Helzon, Corspufo, and Tom Garden.
    Awesome stuff! Lets do it again !

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    Supervlieg, Moai, SprayNation....thanks so much for the kind words, and the constructive crits. A pleasure as always to jump in the sandbox with you guys.
    I also want to thank the two that voted for me...super appreciated.
    Cheers all!

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    Color blending...check.
    More time...check.
    Proper loving...check.

    Thanks for the critique, Supervlieg. I'll try to follow your advice as best I can. Thanks for the excellent link, too. Now that I actually have photoshop these tutorials are starting to make a little sense.

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    Hmmm. Well I've heard the word murky twice in my crits. One liked it, one didnt.

    I'll be the first to admit, I'm a complete 'ho with the smudge tool. It just has the feel I remember from working traditionally I guess. I'm also a complete sucker for the pastels, and even smudging with the smudge tool set on pastels, which is where you get the blur. But I should be mixing it up more, you're right. There should be more focus and some blur. As far as desaturated color, right again. Although my natural tendency is hypersaturation, for those that have seen some of my older stuff. I'm just trying to find a balance. Sharp, blur, detailed, abbreviated, saturated, desaturated.

    >sigh<

    BTW... you know Maoi did that with a mouse?

    And thanks dragon4lunch for the vote. I wasnt expecting one this week. There's a lot of strong work in the running.

    Which leads me to my vote, which went to Spray Nation. I liked the pearl's eye view and the details and colors really worked for me this round. Very well done.

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    Aw, Sooooo hard to chose, it was either Supervlieg or Reality forge, both has super creature and rendering.

    I chosed Reality because in the end I think it shows more "Pearl Finder". Also, I see lot's of Pearl HUNTERS :/ hehe

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    Supervlieg gets my vote hands down.

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    Thanks for the crits and comments, Moai and Supervlieg! (and for the vote Clintmilne)

    On to round #56

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    Thx for the comments guys...I forgot to vote, but for my it was between SprayNation, Supervlieg and Dragon4lunch. I think I would vote for SprayNation.

    BTW, Congratulation Supervlieg

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