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    Seems you have gotten better on makin your stuff into hole pictures instead of fore and background. This last one I like alot. Very good concept, looks believable and cool. Good work.
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    wow, just love the development of your work and the style and mediums you express your ideas in. thankyou for sharing
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    Good effort on that last one. Seems like you payed attention to the light source a lot, which is good and shows, dunno myself if the colour selection is the right one, since i have no skill with it, i can't give you any good advice. Maybe the stone texture could have done with deeper and darker values, other than that good work overall.
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    Now that's the most unique dragon I've ever seen.http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1168076710
    Excellent take on the blue mountain glider - great imagination!
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    SEspider - Thanks! I have tried to really define my own look for dragons, yet one that is shared among many representations...I built upon that and tweaked and pulled to arrive at this visualization - very fun to do...I am definitely in on more COW's.

    Orifice - Thanks so much! It's a concerted effort of control to keep my vision of the composition from beginning to end...I am striving hard to make whole pictures. This is one area of painting that I am hoping to improve.

    Geldslaw - Thank you for the kind words. I am finding so much inspiration here that at CA that I am almost overwhealmed. I try to create a better representation of the vision in my head with each painting I do.

    Cold - So many things to figure out in a composition, I too was very happy with my lightsource. Color was tough, I have recieved other crits that I kept the color too limited to blue...but from the start I wanted to show the glider in its ideal hunting environment, a bright high sun...And I didn't see brown dirt mountains...so my palette reflects my imagination of the creature in its environment. I am hoping people will understand this from the description given in the text. I overworked the mountain peak and I am probably the least happy with that portion of the image, deeper shadows and more form are in order.

    AztcFireFlower - Thank you. I grew up with fantasy books and fantasy role playing games...my friends when I was a teenager all had favorite fantasy beasts and I chose the dragon hands down as my iconic creature. A dragon painting for me is a labor of love and an effort to share my visualization of these creatures. I am glad you liked the glider...though its a lesser dragon form its still a dragon and its a success story for it has regained something that was lost to other lesser dragons, the sky.

    Whew this puppy is almost done...I am going to go one step larger, to 1600x1200 for the final image, but for now here is this:
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    Yikes! Voting has started on COW #72...I am gonna go have some kittens. Hope I have a shot...I think I held to the topic well - Blue Mountain Glider.

    Kinda bummed that there are a lot of entrants that are levitators floaters and wing flappers...seems they are going off topic a ways.

    Anyhow if you're reading this, go vote for your favorite!

    Ahh and COW #73 has just been posted. I am going to go get started on that!
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    Hmm...This weeks COW is strange..I am having a hard time getting away from the female form as representing beauty. I have to run this thru my head a few more times, but its hard when I think of hairy beauty.

    A beautiful hairy creature, what is it? Beautiful to whom? Hmm it sure seems that it would have to be beautiful to a human eye to be labled such. I could make something that I could SAY was beautiful to an alien eye but would that meet the criteria of the COW, or better yet, would that get votes?

    Here is a scan of some pencil sketches I did today between meetings at work...I think they are dead ends, too human...but I might grab one and go with it anyhow if nothing else comes to mind soon.
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    Ok back on the computer...Couple thumbnails later I might be getting somewhere with this hairy beauty.

    Came up with a hairy bug that didn't look too scary...but it more on the "cute" side.
    Attachment 74452

    This is more promising, its a Jovian Light Dancer...living deep within the clouds of Jupiter where darkness is eternal and temperatures are only a few degrees above freezing...this is an early glimpse of one of these elusive hairy beauties.
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    no colors available at this distance and resolution, will try to get a better image with the bigger scopes on the next revolution.
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    good start here. To sharpen your quality (and notion of forms) do more from life. I'd like to see a self-portrait or some social sketches.
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    Image downloaded from Deep scan scope 1:
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    ...Radiations detected deep within the atmosphere of Jupiter. We're at quite a lot of magnification tracing the wind patterns via the movement of luminous jovian cloud fronds and came across this hairy beauty. It appears to be feeding on the fronds and gaining some of their bioluminescence. Hard to estimate the size of this creature as its entire form is lost in the darkness, but the portion we can see is several kilometers across, based on the established size of the fronds.

    We're going to bring one of the bigger scopes on line to grab a better shot of this, expect a larger more detailed image to be uploaded on the next revolution...some of the boys here at the station have already dubbed this creature a Jovian Light Dancer and we're all quite taken with its beauty. It seems to be made up of thousands of tentacle-like hairs and the large round glowing organ is still a mystery. We would also like to put in an early request to get some time on the Piers Macroscope to get a better image of our discovery.

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    You boys up there are really on to something special. We just recieved the shot from the Deep Thermal Imaging Scanner and everyone here is going nuts for this "Jovian Light Dancer" of yours. The boys down in the biology annex are figuring that that lovely glowing eye is actually its stomach where it is digesting the heavier luminous elements of the fronds. The best news for you guys though is we have your approval right here to pull the Piers Macroscope off line of its deep sky imaging for several hours during your next shift. We can't wait to see the detail and resolution that will get you.
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    Listing - Thanks so much for visiting! You know... a self portrait sounds like a pretty good idea. I'm gonna go for it, oh man, its been years since I did one, woo back in highschool.
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    hey man, your going good! i really like the look or the stuff in post #46. very cool concept, although if she had such a tall back she may need more substantial support from her legs even though i realize you were going for elegant legs. i'd like to see more of you pencil drawing in here too.

    that last thing is an interesting interpretation of hairy beauty for sure, if you go with that one, lighting will just about be everything, you'll have to make it really beautiful. i would ditch the colours you currently have for the background and go more with the bottom right corner, and then have the hairy beauty a really vibrant complimentary colour or something....anyway just a suggestion....

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    Image from the Piers Macroscope:

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    We were thinking that the "Dancer" was pulling the fronds into its mouth, but after three planetary revolutions we're not seeing that kind of movement. Now with this latest high res image from the Macroscope we can see that luminescent particles are travelling up the hairs towards its stomache. So somewhere along the hairs themselves are the Jovian Light Dancers mouths. We can only imagine what the central orifice is, perhaps some sort of propulsion vent.

    We have a better idea of the extent of this creature now. It does seem to be quick large and a significant portion of it is descending deeper into the clouds of Jupiter. The forces along its length must be enormous as it goes further down the gravity well.
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