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    final.
    The Mowhawk Beast is a blue furred carnivore that lives in the mountains. The species varies from sky blue to vibrant blue-purple. They are anatomically similar to a wolf and lion, wich allows them the comfort of being high on their fod chain. Most notable predators of the mowhawk beasts are rocs and hydras, whom also dwell in the same habitat. They grow a wild mane and 2 mowhawk-like wings on their backs that consists of feathers. The long feathered backs serve their mating rituals, as well as their hunting needs. High in the mountains, these creatures are able to jump across vast open or steep rocky areas and glide safely to solid ground. This is possible by extending their mowhawks out, like wings. This increased ability allows them to hunt flying prey, as well as dropping down upon their unknowing victims from above.

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    C.O.W. - #072: Blue Mountain Glider

    05 January 1928

    Dearest,

    A great discovery has been made from within The Ancient Kingdom of Gu-ge. Our workers have been excavating diligently (when well fed), and have presently uncovered an unthinkable amount of artworks, presumably crafted by artisans of The Trans-Himalayan Mountain Range. It seems the creatures displayed in this particular piece of art had been revered by the Monks of this region. The structures seem to serve as a resting perch for these wondrous beasts... perhaps they were domesticated, such as our beloved Reginald Fluffykins? My, how they must have eaten. I'd wager the wingspan dwarfs that of a pterodactyl. O! We must keep searching, perhaps we will find this land of flying wings, and perhaps there will be gold there, and then, my dear, we would be married in a ceremony fit for a king.

    Love Always,
    Philip

    P.S. Please feed the dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbyng
    Sorry, but everyone must be thinking it.
    No offence but I have to ask..What is it?
    no offence taken I am really glad someone said it I realized it was a retarded painting that was at a very low level.the concept was to use pods on the side of the body filled with a helium like gas to keep it afloat.
    but I trashed the concept due to it didn't conform to the topic, as well as I need to really work on my sketching and painting so that I can someday take part and qualify for this contest.

    Wheezy.
    Thanks for the crits I have taken your advice I have also found a ton of tutorials on digital painting for enviroments and perspective.
    thanks a lot for the crits.
    I hope to come back some day.

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    Trashy i love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezy
    I am using Photoshop 7. But I just started using it about a week ago since I just got my Wacom 6x8 for Christmas.

    I have a friend that swears by Painter, and since I knew I was getting the tablet I decided to pick up one or the other to learn. I think taking on painter and PS at the same time would be too much. I chose PS 7 because it leans more toward brush effects rather than mediums like painter. Which is sort of the reason I am asking your opinion of it because of you obvious experience with photoshop prior to tryin painter.
    Photoshop is a very powerful tool for both painting and photo manipulation. I personally think it lacks in the painting/drawing side because (and many people can argue this) pencil, ink and pastel/paint effects are simply effects that one has to create using brush settings. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of power in the customizing of brushes, but I feel as though, painter right out of the box has great tools that only need tweaking if you prefer the feel of a certain type of pen or type of pastel. I guess what I'm trying to say is that painting in photoshop feels like either Airbrush or Guache/acrylic where as in painter it can feel like anything you want with little effort.

    Another plus of painter is the ability to turn the canvas/paper like you would when you normally draw. In photoshop it is possible to turn the whole canvas but not interactively.

    Also in photoshop I have a tendency to achieve great color effects through using layers, opacity settings and blending modes (like overlay, linear doge and multiply for example). In painter I normally think of the canvas like I would on an oil painting (which two colors belong next to each other, which color overlaid like a glaze would achieve the effect I want). In painter I normally don't go crazy with the layers, in photoshop I have many photo manipulations with 15 layers+ easy.

    I would suggest you stick to one, like you are, until you get the hang of it or until you feel comfortable enough to venture of into other apps. I have been messing with Maya for 3D for a little while and recently Zbrush for some modelling work as well. I am sure many of the guys here would say: it's always more important to have the fundamentals down. The rest is just which tool you want to pickup to express yourself.

    I hope I was somewhat helpful, and If you have any photoshop questions you can always PM me.


    Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I am excited to see so much of everyone's work in this thread. I think I feel a little wierd about throwing crits out on people's work, because this was my first post. But I'll have some time later in the day, and I will comment on all the great stuff in here more specifically.

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    C.O.W. - #072: Blue Mountain Glider

    Blue, Blue Blue-mountain Glider
    The blue glider is a very depressed bird, some would describe his personality as blue. The blue glider goes bald and gets a gut at a short age and is unable to glide because of the weight. The creature lives in the blue mountains and can be distinguished by its blue coat of feathers. blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davi
    The blue glider goes bald and gets a gut at a short age and is unable to glide because of the weight............
    LOL, I've still got most of my feathers but my post-xmas gut has me on a diet of birdseed.

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    The blue glider is a very depressed bird
    Man davi, don't be such a downer! Think happy thoughts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davi
    The blue glider is a very depressed bird, some would describe his personality as blue. The blue glider goes bald and gets a gut at a short age and is unable to glide because of the weight. The creature lives in the blue mountains and can be distinguished by its blue coat of feathers. blue.
    lmao!! soooo emo!

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    nice one davi...very well done.
    cheers!
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    blue flitch

    started this a couple days ago. i've not had much time to push it further than this mock-up. certainly not done, but coming together ok.

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    scientific name aimed at you older folk :P


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    - doofy little sketchbook of doom
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    so.. do u want us to design a cow and post it?
    i'm kinda new.. so can u xplain me what's this "creature of the week" thing is?
    i mean. u want a design and then we post it.. as a contest?
    pld: hepp

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    hepp: This is correct
    -- Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. --
    -- My New Not So Sick but Yet Sick Sketchbook is here! --

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    Edit: Update nr 2, with a bit more details.


    Hello folks .

    Good work so far .

    I shall offer praise and crit in the voting thread, as not to influence any onlookers before the voting.

    Here's mine . I know I should have added more detail, will see what updates time permits till tomorrow.


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    And a crop - close up of the head .
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    Will appreciate critique anywhere, anytime .
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    Oddo this is a good one! I dig that you use a stripper for scale Nice touch - oh, I mean no touch, you may not touch the stripper

    I do think you need to do something about the amorpheous shape on the right - it uncomfortably distracts from the turtle.

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