First time poster, only discovered the site a few days ago. Fantastic work here, and I'm anxious to participate. This creature might be a little too mundane and obvious, but it's an animal I've never really tackled personally. If it's not acceptable, please feel free to remove. Any suggestions are more than appreciated.I continually have difficulty achieving a good level of finish with pieces.
Edit: I edited some things thanks to bear and spitch. Some more highlights and changed the rear leg. The BG was also distracting from the creature. I wish I had the time to beef up those tusks though....
Once the leader of a great clan, the endless winters began to take their toll on his people. In his clan's final months, he begged the spirits of bounty to provide for the hunger of his only heir. In return, the spirits chained him to hunger for all eternity.
Not malicious, but still dangerous. The Old Great One roams the arctic wastelands, consuming anything it may come across. Its hunger never satiated.
Last edited by prepsage; April 6th, 2007 at 05:23 AM.
Great work from people, here is my WiP. Still need to finnish up alot of it, but it's my first COW entry so be gentle.
Main concern is the size, I tend to get over-enthusiastic with details and now I find that the entire image gets very chaotic when I resize it to 600-800 pixels (as oposed to the 1700-1700 I work at).
FINAL ENTRY BELOW
Edited up to the final Version.
Physalis Glacialis Lamiae, s
"The Arctic Man-of-War Vampire"
Long thought to have been an actual living creature, the Arctic Man-of-War Vampire finally got revealed for what it was when an unsuspecting expedition to the North Pole saw the formation of one.
The Vampire is formed out of the bones and carcasses of animals that have been killed by humans without being eaten or otherwise taken care of.
Usually the creature hunts only humans, but it needs any lifeform to be "ingested" and put in its large sacs that sit behind the main body, to remain animated.
Once the unlucky prey has been put into the sac it is slowly drained of lifeforce.
One of the major ways for the Physalis Glacialis Lamiae to hunt is to use a form of smokescreen that makes it look like a dense cloud.
Thank you for the comments, sorry, can't remember your names just now, I appologize, but it was very helpfull!
I added some atmosphere between us and the monster, took away the text (was originally meant to put an x-ray of the monster there, but unfortunately I don't have the time to complete that).
Hopefully it falls within the frameworks of the competition, it should, but its the first time I try it out so...
I really love alot of the other entries, and some just whips my bottom so .. I will be commenting on the other entries in the voting post.
Last edited by Studio Colrouphobia; April 5th, 2007 at 09:36 AM.
Reason: Updating the COW ino the final version...
Thanks for the positive feedback, kids. There's some really fun stuff this round, but I'll save my comments for the vote.
Nexus - Just checked the files. There's 2 hours and 37 minutes between me saving the first sketch and the final image. I'd guess that the first half hour or so is spent sketching with the rest shared between painting, making cups of tea and iPod jockeying. All Photoshop.
This is the Byroth a fabel animal witch appears in stories told by the forefathers of an ancient eskimoclan. In one of the fabels the mammothking Gruhmor kills the intire penguinpopulation because he feels it gets to crowded. That night the icequeen Zgaahna casts a spell on Gruhmor that once a week he becomes undead for one night. Mostly on a friday.
Last edited by Tommoy; April 5th, 2007 at 07:31 PM.
Hi everybody - this is my first COW entry - been hanging out in the CHOW section until now.
The undead mammoth is the guardian of the mammoth cemetary, if anybody disturbs or loots the sanctuary, he will take violent measures. The mammoth guardian iself was killed when icicles fell upon him in a sacret Inuit shaman's cave. The magic that surrounds the cave was absorbed in the icicles and transfered to the unlucky mammoth, making him a walking undead creature, destined to watch over the dead mammoths for as long as the magic will keep his body 'alive'.
Last edited by Kredepops; April 4th, 2007 at 08:17 AM.
What is Hell for a demon? The Arctic of course. When Lucifer banishes one of his many minions from the fiery pits, it goes straight to the mortal realm's coldest corners to consider its catastrophic fate. The only way to keep their flame-fed figures from freezing completely and spending eternity immobile, is to feed on the warm flesh of any creature it encounters, drenching itself in their blood. Alas, it is an uphill battle. Inevitably, the poor demonic hell spawn will freeze, for there is very little living in this terrible tundra!
Last edited by Antne; April 4th, 2007 at 03:49 PM.
Hey thanks spitch, I'm glad that there's a bunch of you that like this style, however, I am not one of them, I want one style which is a bit cartoony but still sinister and one style in which I can use my speed painting techniques and brushes. I find the images that so often pop out of me now are forced and too saturated + values get screwed up bad when I spend more time than 1h on anything. I have been working on another image, I think that it will be my final, not the wip which currently lives at page2.
I dig your as well, Spitch, it's very clean and crisp and communicate well in more than just color and anatomical information (we're told the size of the creature and its temper).
Vegasmike: That's pretty cool man, the only thing I disapprove of is that the fur seems to be painted more hair by hair than as a mass, which is a bit confusing for the eye. Good job none the less.
Hey Jakkas; I'm seeing you viewing the thread all the time, when do we get to see your creature? Gratz to the gnomon workshop dvd by the way, well deserved but I think you should've ended up atleast 2nd or 3rd place, them gnomon guys don't know good art when they see it
Tommoy: Quite awesome second entry. Cool textures, only problem is that it seem to be tipping over to the left. Maybe it's the hard wind.
Last edited by Wasker; April 4th, 2007 at 12:40 PM.
Hey guys--first post, and first COW. I'm lovin everything I've seen so far, and found this prompt an interesting challenge. I'm fairly new to digital painting, so be as brutal as you see fit. Its still a WIP, and I was hoping for some suggestion on how I could better that wing...it has no texture, really, but I don't want to get too dark and am unsure of how to improve it. Thanks!
My creature is a still-nameless (that will change by the deadline ^_~) spirit that, being fleshless, clothes itself in the skin of arctic animals. Whether it found the creatures already dead or killed them itself is unknown, as are its reasons for wearing the skins. It is supposed that the spirit wears them to achieve some semblance of life, but it rarely puts itself together correctly and does not understand when its guise rots and falls away.
PS--prepsage, it looks like you don't have enough highlight on your creature. Perhaps that's why you feel it looks unfinished?
Update! Well, unfortunately, this is the finished image. Other projects had to be finished, so I ended up rushing off the end. Thanks for all the crits, though, I really appreciate it. Too bad the back leg/flipper/seal/wing/kabob didn't work out, lol.
and antne, I am in LOVE with your flesh-starved demon
Last edited by BEAR JR; April 6th, 2007 at 10:48 PM.
During the night, a beast from another age terrifies all creatures of the northpole. Some paleonthologist called Arctodus simus, a grand father of the common bear.
The point is that this species became extinct but this one still walking....spooky..........
Last edited by edujante; April 4th, 2007 at 03:16 PM.
I'd like to start with a little bit of an introduction. My name is Anna, and I've been looking around the community activities forum for some time now. I just recently started drawing more beasts this year and I find I'm getting addicted.
I've been digitally painting for a few years now, but I find only now that it's actually starting to shape up and look good (according to my standards)
the concept idea: Bag of Bones- BoB for short: This creature earned its name from appearance alone. it's long slender body mainly consisting of miniscule layers of worn muscle, thin patches of fur and a whole lot of bone. Not only was this bone constructed from it's original body, but also the many creatures it had encountered on its lonely journey. Due to the fact that BoB's body is slowly deteriorating, it needs to asymilate matter from other living creatures. The arctic is fairly barren, so it's difficult for BoB to find a good meal anywhere and when it does find a victim, it usually lures them over with its own carcass.
It's unknown as to how this creature came to be. Most scientists or adventurers who encountered the Bag of Bones met with a most unfortunate fate.
thinking upon it now, I probably should have made something that was just pure bone. I'll try and make it work: add more bones/horns/fur etc
Please feel free to give me your opinions
Last edited by Miss A; April 6th, 2007 at 04:16 PM.
These feline ancient creatures were tamed by the population of a long forgotten city on what today is known as the arctic region. When the meteor which killed the dinosaurs hit the Earth, the ocean currents changed the climate. The natural flora and animals dwindled as the days went by. As the regional resources grew sparse and the governments succumbed due to corruption, the city went into civil war. The situation grew even direr and cannibalism became the only way to survive. Dark arts and rituals were practiced on the carcasses and ultimately the secret of necromancy was broken. A selected few who knew of this gained immense powers and slaughtered the few inhabitants that remained living in hidden coves throughout the ruined city. The population was decimated and creatures such as this who were quite formidable hunters were used to track them down. You could call it a survival trait to seek out masters supplying them with meat instead of starving to death, which ironically turned them into undead. When the climate changed, the arctic region was entombed in an everlasting winter. The city sunk deep within in the ice and only small pockets of clear space remained of the city streets and halls. In these pockets the lingering undead hone their skills and wait for the ice to melt once again.
The species original name is forgotten but they are known as ‘Stalkers’ in the few records that acknowledge their existence. The beasts are with their strong upper body and long limbs excellent predators that can make fast dashes if needed to. With 5 eyes and keen senses they can spot or smell prey from great distances. The two tails allows them unsurpassed agility and balance when hunting. Their veins no longer hold blood but dark and virulent poisons which cause its targets to degenerate at tremendous speed. This is by all means a magical creature that remains animated with necromancy and it does no longer need to feed or breathe. Its sole purpose is now to guard its masters and prey on whatever creatures that finds their way into the vast frozen city.
Last edited by Wasker; April 4th, 2007 at 05:03 PM.
I'm a big fan of COW, though this is my first one...
my roommate seems to have so much fun doing these so i had to join in!
I didnt really finish the BGs.. hehe but the character is done so i hope it's within the rules~
I'll type some description later
The Vaktu comes from an ancient time when the shape of the earth's continents were unrecognizable to the ones of the present. In those days, Vaktu walked the earth as proud beast-gods, worshiped by the lost tribe of the Kazayan. After the great war, the face of the earth changed forever, and what used to be the holy land of the Kazayan were now the cold Northern Glaciers.
The Vaktu belonged to a family of beasts that are now referred to as the "highest echelon of reanimation" in necromancy. Many necromancers train decades in order to raise these beast-gods from their slumber. Raising a Vaktu from the dead not only required years of training, but also demanded that the necromancer traveled to the ends of the earth, to summon them from their icy graves. Because of the high level of difficulty in summoning these beasts, many necromancers lose control of their creatures, leaving the Northern Glaciers full of Vaktu free to destroy anything in it's path.
Last edited by lolow; April 4th, 2007 at 10:33 PM.
I think you just need to blend everything together more. The nose and mouth seem to be just sitting on top of the fur, but I think some fur should overlap. On the bones and muscle fibers I'd like to see some darker shading I think, to show that they're actually inside the body and not just on the surface or floating outside. Does that help? I'm not very qualified with this stuff yet, but those are my thoughts ^^;
I have to run now, but I'll be back to comment on the newest works later I hope...!
Vorace, Rotten, Angry, Nice ! Very dynamic composition and design. VegasMike, Nice take, but Zelda Lady got a point. Maybe stuck the front left leg and raise the right one completely. Just nitpickin'. Frostdrake, Cool mood. You should give your Creature a name (its part of the fun in the job) Prepsage, I like the render in the hair. I just got mixed up with the legs. (seems today I got something with legs...) Colrouphobic, You should place the text out your pic, it kills your image. Tommoy, the Byroth, definitely ! Cool text. (...on friday.) Kredepops, nice entry, I just think the blood stains should be better integrated. Lookin' a bit "artificial". Antne, I love the idea, and the filthy look of it. Bear Jr, Perhaps working on a larger canvas and spread the wings should help. It looks too much like a leg to me in this position. Edujante, great lights. I really like the render of the fur. The head's maybe too cat-like to me. Miss A, looks good by my standards too.
Wasker, thanks for the comment (sorry if I don't quote names each time, it make me feel too much like a dorky Academy Award Winner...) CannibalCandy, hell yeah, post a Tut, I think I ain't the only one waiting for Anansi's touch.
Last edited by Spitch; April 4th, 2007 at 04:40 PM.
Hey guys! Im really new to these kinds of things, and this is my first time posting here. I've been watching COW for a bit now...i think its really interesting so i thought id join in (mainly because i need to improve my art skills.)
This is what ive got so far:
Loads of criticism and pointers please
I want to learn!
The leviathan was once a great beast of the ancient oceans. It became so powerful it gained an immortal soul, and lived forever. The beast was grew too powerful, so much so that the "Divine Powers" had to seal it within an icy prison, now known as the polar ice caps.
An eternity passed, and the beast was still imprisoned. It's body became decrpid and skeletal, yet it still lived on.
The "Divine Powers" never thought that anything will be able to thaw out the Leviathan's icy prison, however, thanks to global warming, this all became a truth. The Leviathan roams free now, although thanks to rotting, it no longer has fins or flippers for it to swim great distances, so instead of terrorising humanity, the Leviathan passes its time (eternity) terrorising schools of unwitting fish, and the occasional polar bear.
Last edited by silver-sanity; April 6th, 2007 at 10:29 PM.
dimezanime88: I'd change the concept if I were you. This gives the impression of only being one of a kind, and a character even.
Originally Posted by dimezanime88
And what's wrong with that? I don't see how that's breaking the rules. It makes it more unique that way. It's still an 'Artic Undead Creature'...just more special.
Einen's right - the rules are no unique characters. The fact that your undead polar bear is a single unique creature - i.e. this dead pirate - disqualifies it. You might want to rethink it or just come up with a new concept entirely, since if you just make it an undead polar bear, it might be DQ'ed for just being an existing creature with some missing skin and organs.
I posted my final, it's in page 2, comments would be great. (:
yoitisi, what you came up with is very interesting, looking forward to see it done.
cannibalcandy, I think yours is great, because the beast is so huge and impressive next to the small humahttp://conceptart.org/forums/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=1275865
ConceptArt.org Forums - Reply to Topicn, and the icy bones and breath makes it more ghostlike, the tiny feet are fantastic too.
blobs, you came up with a whole research story, that's amazing, in your drawing though, it looks like the top and the bottom of your creature are pointing in different directions, I'm not sure though, also the face and beard make it hard to picture your creature as an ape, it looks all too human, probably because of the beard. The concept is real crazy, though, nice job.
Matt, again, that walking carcass is great with it's pink flesh and bits of hair, your concept is very creative too, I like how they make the corpse attack so that other animal will get close.
Einen, I really like your concept of the "lantern of bones", and the way you made the light coming out from inside your creature is incredible, the head and face is pretty amazing, it looks like a haunted burnt out piece of wood.
Vorace, that's one interesting looking creature.
Mike, Your undead thing looks impressive, nice jobon the bones of the limbs, maybe the ice fangs are too much, the glowing eyes and the horns are fantastic, I think.
FrostDrake, You gave your whole drawing a very melancholic tone, I like the glow inside your creature a lot.
Prepsage, I really like the hairs on your mammoth's neck, it looks like they're on fire, the story is incredible too, I think you could use some refernece for the bones though, specially the top of the skull and where it connects to the body, it seems a bit off, also the tusks coul dbe far more impressive!
Tommoy, the second one you made is just great! the anatomy isd really odd yet it works perfectly well.
Bear Jr and Spitch, thanks for the comments. This was a fun one. Alot of good ones up there.
I really like the idea. Having a non-magical way of creating an undead creature is cool. It does feel a little unfinished. Maybe play with the textures to some depth to the flesh.
The Crazy Dude SRD -
Hilarious! I would crap myself if I saw those things coming at me. Alas they are not an original creature. But I think you probably know that by now.
It's getting cuter. I am not getting a good feel for the anatomy and the texture seems kind of furry like a plush toy.
I like the start. It does seem unfinished but a good start. It also looks like some thing the tribesman stitched together like a pinyata.
Again I don't think a Zombie is gonna fly but I like the mood.
I really like this illo. I got a cool edgy childrens book feel. The design itself looks like just a big wolf unfortunately, a well done big wolf but not that original.
I know so I won't say it looks unfinished.
It's a little hard to read. I like what I can see, the horn and skull look cool, but I am having trouble seeing a clear design.
Keep at it. Maybe look for some reference for those bones. I like the attitude. Things look a bit asymetrical. That could be on purpose and that's fine but be sure that it looks deliberate and not like a mistake.
I like the mood so far but be sure to get clear on your direction. It's feeling a bit muddy right now.
It is a little hard to read. The anatomy should be brought to the next level. I think the head would be easier to read and be a more interesting pose if you turn it to a three quarter view.
To bad I was liking the direction this was going. I think you should still finish and post somewhere else.
I like the idea. an undead creature that is alive. I think you can pull off the 'skull' abit better, it doesn't read as a scary skull someone would fear finding in the wilderness. It also is off balance like it willtip over.
ohh, I like this one. The only thing I can say it looks more like a speed painting and less like a creature concept but hey the loose economy of brush strokes works so well I don't think I need to see much more.
I like the illo but a frozen guerilla? Well it looks cool and its well done I would have liked to see something more original.
yeah, that awsome. I hate you.
I really like the drawing but it looks a bit too humanoid. Arctic Undead Character here you come.
Justin Oaksford -
Cute. A couple of Arctic Undead Creatures enjoying a nice day out on the floating glacier. STOP GLOBAL WARMING!
Kind of a Tim Burton feel, cool. The position of the legs seems a bit awkward... and the smile creeps me out.
Cool design. I like the contrasting colors. The expression looks like he's smiling nervously though.
possessed polar bear? Don't think it works. Like the mood though.
whoa, Scary a hell. very nice.
Nice. It works.
A little hard to read. If you bring out those forms and seperate it from the background I think you have something there.
I like it. I would like to see a little more attitude especially since there is a human spirit in there.I like the lights at the end of the tentacles.
Neat war of the worlds thing going. To sell the size and distance though you should put more atmosphere between us and the creature.
I like this one. It has great attitude and the subtle glow gives it that mystical edge.
Nice feel but a frozen whooly mammoth? Needs more originality.
BEAR JR -
I like this one. I would like to see more of the whole figure though. It really looks like the thing is a mish mosh of creatures melting together, or is it frozen together?
i am not getting a feel for the anatomy. Maybe use some reference as a starting point.
Miss A - Good start. I like how fleshy it feels.
Its Ok. It feels unfinished though.
Awsome. The only crit I got is the right arm gets a little lost in sillouette but Hell, You have my vote so far.
Not bad, I'd like to see the whole creature though.
Although I feel like a lot of people are definately a step above me here, I still put it up...
I'd like to say that I enjoyed the works of;
Spitch(cool idea, although I'd like to suggest that you might wanna look into canine anatomy a bit) , CannibalCandy (excelent looseness and mood... 2HRS!!! ), Einen (definately got my vote for most origional), Faxtar(It's like a wickedly evil catalope ), VegasMike(I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy, I suck I'm scum... lol seriously though that is one solid creature), Kredepops(digin the loose strokes and movement), Antne(Jaggid, fierce, definately something I don't wanna meet if I was a Escomo), Bear jr.(cool colors, and interesting concept), Miss A(A well done monstrosity of bone and tissue), Lolow(Killer lighting and awesome idea, especially liking the foreshortening), and Silver-sanity(absolutely stellar design on the creature, gives it good movement, however I'd like to see the whole thing)...
(you posted before me antne!!!)
Thanks man, I figured mass numbers definately gives it terrible humor... or humorous terror... I don't know which...
Hi antne! very kind of you 4 having made comments!
I usually dont use photographs as reference but its funny this time, i used one!
Think that the creature doesnt exist now, its from ceozonic or whatever...i found it in google!
search arctodus simus...check it if you have the time!
Wasker: hehe yeah you're probably right.. i had some problems working in the pelvis with the fur and legs... shoulda just gone with a crazy gnarled mutant pelvis....too...lazy...to..change ^^;;