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    Topic: Cupids Pet

    Deadline for the voting: Saturday, 28th April 2007

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    artist: zeldalady
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    In order to protect Cupid, as he is still just a boy, the gods created this creature to give him a way to get away from all the jealous lovers he tends to create by making others fall in love. Made from the best parts of horse, bird, and lizard, it is extremely intelligent and swift, so that when Cupid's small wings fail him he can jump on the back of the creature and make a safe getaway.
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    artist: Penumbra
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    Motile Stumpf-tumper
    These creatures are sometimes used by the Cherubic hoard as carrier birds. Cupid makes use of them as misdirected arrow fetchers.
    They are notoriusly hard to train and have a tendency to collect all of Cupids shots, good and bad. This accounts for the long periods of my life that seem devoid of female interest (it can't be my fault). Cupid became so frustrated with his pet that in the 60's he switched breifly to an iguana. The iguana's inability to fetch even a single arrow resulted in what is now refered to as a "groovy scene, baby!"
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    artist: Joey-b
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    The Lovorrowmus
    These creatures create pure love from the airvents in the heads. If u take a closer look u'll notice it's even shapped like a heart
    Cupid keeps one of these to load his arrows with love.
    Before flying of to work, he holds the arrows in the smoke coming from snookums (that is what he called him) head. This way they are charged with love, and cupid can get to work.
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    artist: Tommoy
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    Meet WeeWee
    Cupids pet for over a decade. Isn't very house-trained yet and doesn't listen at all but when he puts up those big bleu eyes you just gotta love him. He hates his name and doesn't want to be cuddled or taped on the head, then he bites.
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    artist: JoeSolo
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    I envisioned cupids pet at first fuzzy and nice, much like everyone else did. But cupid is kind of a nice guy too. So I went with this demon gorilla thing. Why? Well I feel cupid needed something that contrasted him. Something that could protect him. And something to straighten out anyone who did not fall in love from cupids arrow. You see from time to time people defy cupid, and as such his pet has to come in and either eat their soul (hence the green ethrall mucus coming from his mouth) or scare them into following orders. Because cupid knows that if people do not fall in love from his arrow, his credibility amongst other mythical beings is gone. Think of the chains like his leash. Cause I am sure you would not want cupids pet chasing your car down the street
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    artist: Frostdrake
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    Cubit
    Cupid's pet, Cubit, stands at most a foot high, two feet if you include the wings. Made of sparkly love, and fluffy tenderness, this shiny-eyed fluff stands in front of Cupid's hapless victims and slowly waves its wings back and forth, disarming them with cuteness, and stupefying their minds, giving Cupid plenty of time to shoot his arrows.
    One can always tell when Cubit has been around from the heart-shaped footprints it leaves. With two toes, and a pointed heel, it hops from one foot to the other when on the ground. Other times it seems to float at eye-level, leaving a trail of good natured sparkly Cubit dust behind. Cupid says he's been trying to find a shampoo to fix the dander...
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    artist: Azathoth
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    Aphrodisiac Imp
    These troublesome creatures would have been banished to Hades long ago, if it wasn't for their close relationship to Cupid. These flying Imps constantly secrete an ooze from thier underside that is the most powerful aphrodisiac in all the worlds. This potion is so powerful it defies all laws of natural attraction. Once in the victims blood the next living thing it sees it falls madly and blindly in love /lust with. This spans all species and Known races. This love elixir even effects the gods. That is why they are kept under careful watch and not allowed to run amok. Cupid of course uses the secretion on the tips of his arrows.
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    artist: Cloister
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    Cupilion
    I am clad all through in the colour of love.
    My snout is long in celebration of Phallus.
    I carry a collar like the fruits of heaven,
    Symbolic wings for the sake of soaring romance.
    In blindness, like all Love’s victims, I walk.
    My tongue seeks sensual the path to tread,
    When to Cupid, my master’s call,
    I return his golden arrows.
    I am Cupilion,
    And in canine grace, I’ll make your heart bleed.
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    artist: Irish_Jim
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    Petunia
    Rarely seen by human eyes, this mysterious animals appears to be the only one of its species on earth. Kept by Aphrodite's assistant Cupid, "Petunia" as she is called was originally enlisted to carry an extra quiver of arrows for Cupid. Ddue to the smaller size of her wings (which are barely adequate for Petunia's sole body weight) and her excellent stealth skills this task was soon abandoned in favor of arrow retrieval. Gifted with a prehensile tail, dual opposable digits on the forepaws, and velvety-soft silencing pads on all four feet, she is surprisingly mobile and undetectable for a bright pink mammal.
    Cupid's arrows, although extremely important to the species, are not only finite in number but far too powerful to leave laying about. Unfortunately, leaving one stuck in the heart of a victim for too long will not only sour the love that it created, it can lead to awkward situations like burning your name into the front lawn of the object of your over-affection. However, the spell on an arrow will be broken if the victim knows what hit him, so the discretion and stealthiness of Petunia has helped to bring Cupid's productivity up nearly forty percent since her enlistment.
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    artist: cannibalcandy
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    Eros greatly disapproved of Kratos' killing spree of the great Pantheon one by one. He knew he was no match for the Fallen Spartan so he attempted to buy Kratos' favor by gifting him his most favored pet, the Sulhana Delphinim.
    The beautiful magenta steed was born of a coupling of a lovely Sea Nymph in the form of a swan and one of the followers of Aphrodite. Sulhana can and does fly. Sporting a thirty foot wingspan, it takes great pleasure in diving and playing in the air. It's happy chirping song is renowned for lulling victims into a deeply powerful trance of love. Those affected by the Sulhana-song become Love zombies, which can be some of the most dangerous creatures to deal with, for a person in love knows no bounds.
    Sulhana Delphinim lives close to the shore forever diving and gliding along the briny surf, floating on the air currents just above the waves like a seagull or frigate. It eats fish and small sea birds as it flies happily over the waves and it can pump it's powerful wings to take it high into the clouds, where it playfully spins and prances it's happy go lucky existence.
    Of course, Kratos was disgusted with the 'weakness' displayed by the frightened Eros in his gifting, but far more infuriating for the Spartan was the chirping gaudy flying creature. It's cuteness so enraged the fallen god, that he tore it in half from the jaw, rending the beautiful purple and pink flesh into nothing more than rainbow colored chum. Kratos punished Eros for his candor by leaving the young god of love in his Masturbatorium looking like a pin cushion having been penetrated by every single one of his arrows... and his bow.
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    artist: Greenjack
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    On the basis that Cupid has to get his arrows from somewhere I came up with this.....I think a description is kind of surpus to requirements for this one, but for sticklers it's a flying kissy heartpig which grows arrows like a porcupine.
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    artist: Colrouphobic
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    Amorus Vermis - the Love Bug
    This critter is one of the very few remaining of Love Bugs that originate from the mountaintops around famed Shangri-la.
    Concidered extremely dangerous, the Love Bug has a poison that will kill a fit adult within half an hour by arousing them.
    Unknown to most, the species was actually the main reason for the Shangri-la-ites friendly behaviour. In very small dosages the poison will create a sensation of strong friendship, or even love, to one another, and this was what happened- the poison of the Love Bug would mix with the melting ice of the mountaintops and stream down to form the fresh water from which the people would drink.
    Cupid, upon finding one of these, found that they where dying out. Extensive hunting to eradicate the "threat" had made the bug scarce.
    He now holds George in a golden cage, that he hangs on clouds as he works. But every now and then, he will reurn and let the poison of George's coat the arrows, just enough to create love...
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    artist: JLAlfaro
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    Sarkiki- (Greek; lust)
    The hellish offspring of Pegasus' daughter and Cerberus(the three headed guardian dog of Hades). Rejected by the gods of Pegasus and the god of Cerberus, he is given to a kind soul to take care of- Cupid adopts him and takes him in as his pet, guardian and loyal companion.
    Portrayed here in his teen years; he will eventually become a giant, part ways with Cupid and become known as the vengeance of the broken hearted-Ekdikisi.
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    artist: Thalion
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    Slotheraphim
    Animals from Eden always wanted to help angels. One day God gave them arrows, bows and the mission: to help cupids.
    There are lots of various, big and small, animals who get this kind of "job". Sloths, called Slotheraphims, are very
    scrupulous and really slow, they never waste arrow, but they give the love which is the strongest and immortal.
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    artist: gnahz
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    Cupiball
    Cupid's pet! So light tat it travels among the clouds, helps Cupid to find lovers or potential lovers in the world! It has 6 eyes to spot potential lovers (the world is big!)! Once spotted its little red heart will glow and the little critter will face that direction.... then Cupid will fire his arrows...However due the far distance from shooting from the skies, arrows sometimes lands on the wrong person
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    artist: Chuck,mate.
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    Robert has been Cupid's pet since it was a young Pupp. not too bright yet highly trainable, it eventually became Cupid's little helper. tagging along on the daily routine missions, Robert (Bobby) just hangs around, taking over on those killer Morning shifts, or whenever The Boss had one of those nasty after lunch (burritos and Tequila) stomach "flus".
    And being a Chusma-ta-quala, the naturally friendly and happy-go-lucky breed that it is -
    Robert doesn't really mind.
    ("The Love Spreading Chronicles", Pg. 16-17)
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    artist: adonihs
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    When Cupid turned six years old, he was given a gift from his two loving parents. The boy, yet still unable to fly (They flew when they were ten of course), was given a creature of such. This creature, named the Gizo's, was a special type of four legged feline. Nor cat, nor tiger, nor lion, but a type of hyprid fantasy mix. It had these tiny wings, that shot form it's shoulders, and ears that could grow to 1 foot long. His ears we're used to hear the giggeling and flirting from far off of those who saught out love. A very rare animal, only suited for a very rare type of child.
    Cupid and his pet, which he named, Magi, quickly became bestfriends. They we're always together, whether it was playing or getting 'work' done. Although tales have been rumored to what Magi could become when he's older.
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    artist: dimezanime88
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    Amor
    Not only Cupid's pet, but it's best friend. This creature that strongly resembles a rabbit goes along with Cupid on all of it's trips and helps at times carrying it's arrows with it's little mouth. The golding markings and garnment(?) helps identify the creature as Cupid's pet to the other gods and humans and symbolizes love and peace in three different ancient hieroglyphics. When Cupid has free time, it and the creature both go out flying through the sky and looking at romantic couples fall in love; basically sitting back and seeing their magic work.
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    artist: Izu
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    Moist Toad. turpis amor
    Living high up among the clouds, the moist toad is one poisonous critter. It lives off the moist in the clouds where it gather and process the water to extract various substances from it, producing both gases which enables it to float and poisons which Cupid more then happy uses for his needs. However, depending on what ends up in the water, the poisons varies. To make a long story short, you can blame the moist toad and Cupid for pretty much everything that happens around the world. Be it good or bad.
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    artist: flashrabbit
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    Air or water, nothing keeps the Heartbreaker away.
    As Cupids pet, it's his job to retrieve the broken hearts..
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    artist: jfwalls
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    Steve
    Cupid's lovable pet, Steve, had been around for years, but disappeared suddenly in the late 90's. He hasn't been seen since, and Cupid has never been the same since, leading some to believe that's where all the love in the world went. Cupid still blames his cousin Marvin (who was watching Steve at the time) for his disappearance. Some believe that there was a conspiracy by the major toy manufacturers to abduct Steve. These conspiracy theorists point to the fact that toys resembling Steve appeared on the market shortly after his disappearance. It was also odd that Cupid's cousin came across a large sum of money which he said he won at the track. To this day the debate still goes on as to what happened to Cupid's pet.
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    artist: wizo5454
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    He can fly, he's trusty and cute. He even fetches the "who's in Love this week" papers for Cupid.
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    artist: longwrat
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    The LURT are born beasts of the ground, the young only the size of guinea pigs and very adorable. To see one would be love at first sight. The lurt does not bond very easily, and to earn its trust would require much patience and plentiful amounts of its favourite food; the warmest feelings of love. Even if the lurt may thrive during the beginning of its relationship between itself and its master, tragically it would soon fade and die if the master bores of it. The average lifespan of a lurt can range between 2 years to well over 50. Its unique requirements and sensitive nature make it a very difficult beast to keep.
    The lurt feeds via a pair of peculiar organs which extend from their shoulder blades to the base of the tail and hang freely at its sides. These rubbery appendages filter in the surrounding air, and sift out emotions and feelings from its surroundings. It is easy to tell when the lurt is busy feeding, these 'filters' will pump furiously and occasionaly vapours can be seen emitting from the ends. These vapours are only produced if the feelings of love in the area are especially potent.
    One very special Lurt stands out amongst all others. This lurt is by far the largest and oldest lurt ever recorded anywhere. Named ARK, he belongs to the god of love Cupid. Ark has grown to epic proportions, having never once stopped feeding since Cupid first got him as a pup. Just as the feelings of love makes one soar, so has Ark been able to glide through the skies, an ability only possible with a rich and readily available diet of love. Ark always remains near to his beloved master.
    Ark's favourite time of the day is when his master finishes another hard day of work and takes his nap on his soft furry belly. In bliss, Ark would lazily glide along, protecting his master and puffing out little clouds as he goes.
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    artist: junon
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    Dubbed McQuivvers by Cupid this little fella is inseparable from everyones favorite cherub. But why you ask? Well thats quite simple, you don't really think Cupid makes all of those love arrows by hand do you?
    You see, while the feather like fur on top of McQuivvers' head may be soft and cuddly, as you follow the hairs on back towards his tail you'll find that they grow increasingly longer and more rigid. Once matured these hairs will actually become easily detachable from his skin, bringing along a little something special.
    Inside of McQuivvers' hair glands resides a natural aphrodisiac secretion, all it takes is the few drops that now saturate the fibers of the quill to get the ol' sexu- err amorous feelings flowing through the victim. A curious defense mechanism in nature, but a powerful god-tool in practice.
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    artist: navarrot
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    I had two pencils for this concept: a headghog and this pig I have posted. I prefered the idea of the headghog because I think it suits better with th idea of love. But at last the pig improved the headghog sketch. And here it is. Hope you like it!!
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    artist: dragon4lunch
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    Pretty straight forward. Cupid has a flying pet he can ride on. He sometimes falls off but since he has wings himself, he's alway A-Okay
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    artist: bluefooted
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    The name, Cupid's pet, has its origins in the peculiar mating habits of the creature: all members of this species are male and in order to reproduce, will mate with any available and appropriately sized female. In order to attract females of other species and dupe them into mating, male Cupid's pets secrete a potent sex-attractant pheromone. All offspring born from such unions carry only the genes of their father, since this species is haploid, and females merely act as surrogates for the embryo. This pheromone is so potent, that it has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac by humans, and the creature that produces it often appears in myths and illustrations as Cupid's constant companion, hence the name, Cupid's pet.
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    artist: HFix
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    The Velvet-Tailed Goat is a mythical one of a kind creature and Cupid's valiant steed. This creature was conjured with the darkest magic by the lord of the underworld Hades as a gift to the arrow toting boy, after Cupid's arrow's of love targeted a sinister zombie queen to rule along side Hades in the depths of hell.
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    artist: JakkaS
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    Love Singer
    Theses magical creatures are a messengers of Cupid. They can emit some kind of sound waves but we can't hear them, but most of us feel them (always when u feel ur "heart is beating faster", there are Love singers around). These creatures are searching for people who are ready to love somebody. They are like pigs looking for truffles. When they find a heart ready to love they sing for this person. Their song wind around the heart, marking it as a target for Cupids arrow.
    (About the design - I have add these horns...because I wanted add something what looks like a Cupid's bow)
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    artist: Arron
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    BULLSEYE!
    He travels through a combination of flying like a chicken and bouncing like a rubber ball. His only possessions are his socks. Cupid uses him for target practice when he's not out shooting people to keep his skills sharp. Cupid also likes to use real arrows on him. It makes him laugh.
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    artist: Supervlieg
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    The flying pig is cupid's favorite pet. Because of its good looks it evoces a lot of oohs and aahs from most onlookers, giving Cupid plenty time to aim his arrows at their hearts. When his aim is off his targets tend to fall in love with the concept of flying pigs.
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    artist: Stephan_R
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    After a long day of shooting the bow, Cupid relaxes with his pet Bert. Bert's milk actually contains the potent aphrodisiac that Cupid loads into his arrows to draw lovers together. Bert loves to roll around on the clouds and chase flocks of birds during Cupids busy work schedule.
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    artist: Nisse-Bula
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    They say that love is blind, and so is Cupids favorite pet and best friend Ögonsten. Due to her blindness she has developed an extraordinary sense of smell. Whith this ability she is able to smell when there is love in the air.
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    artist: Marco Mazzoni
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    His sacrifice of sight was the greatest gift he could give humanity, for if he was not to see, then his arrows would fly without judgment.
    While the gesture was born of good intentions, the loss of targets resulted in couplings too bizare for discription. A Blue-Tipped Faryl by the name of Artemesia was summoned to confirm that Cupid's arrows did indeed reach human flesh. Loyalty to her master far exeeded this simple task however, as she provided not only a guide for his arrows but for his path as well. She became an extention of his will.
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    artist: Verithin
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    “Hex” (as Cupid calls him) is a hexagonerian, a rare six legged spawn of the quadragonerian family. The chances of finding a 6 legged quadragonerian are roughly 1000000 to .0000001, or equal to the chances of finding true love that lasts a lifetime the first time around. Cupid couldn’t help but fall for “Hex” based on those stats alone. But that’s not the only reason… hexagonerian are specifically in tune with pheromone’s, aura’s and all other manner of human kind’s “love vibes” so having Hex around is a big help for Cupid as he can sense when a person or couple is “ripe” for love. Hex will “sprinkle” said target with some… well, there’s no way to spin this that will sound good so here goes, urine. Happily for the “ripe” target hexogonerian’s urine is excreted as a mist and smells like lavender. Cupid can then hone in on the target and fire away. Hex’s other duties include puncturing condoms with his claws, misting wedding parties and sharpening Cupid’s arrows.
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    artist: Wasker
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    Amoralis
    The Amoralis is a creature whose design is so weird that normal persons can’t see it. The race evolved from the dinosaurs several million years ago, the comet might have wiped out most of them but this little bugger survived since its natural food and territory aren’t restricted by climate, height or depth. The Amoralis feeds of the human emotion, whether they are good or bad feelings. The processing of eating a emotion is fairly slow, as we notice how a state of happiness or sadness diminish we can tell that there is a Amoralis nearby feeding on them. This however is of little problems to humans as we can constantly produce emotions.
    Two or three million years ago the species was discovered by early human and ape Gods, by then the Gods were crude and undefined but there still were some Gods representing love and compassion. These Gods have evolved into a weird divine creature in the shape of a nude, slightly overweight child, the Cupids. These gods tamed the Amoralis for their ability to track and mark people that could fall in love. The cupids then track the scent back to the would-be-lovers and fire a few arrows.
    The Amoralis have a very sensitive snout which they use to sniff out the emotions the Cupids have trained them to find. When the ‘prey’ is found cuddling somewhere the Amoralis turn their back on them and urninate to mark the humans as part of their herd. Couples usually notice this as a brief rain and a smell of flowers or sweetness.
    On their backs they have silly, little deranged wings that evolution haven’t yet chosen to get rid of, whose only function is for the Cupids to hold on to if they need a ride. Long elegant legs give the Amoralis the ability to cover great distance in little time.
    At the end of its tail is a heart formed tip. The tip gets swollen and turned purple during mating seasons. Furthermore, the Amoralis have no natural enemies since their species existence is neglected by all other species as well as humans.
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    All WIPs/sketches/not finished yet/placeholder/yaddayaddayadda images...AND (if not mentioned further) all entries which didn't pass the quality check


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    I didn't write any reasons for rejection for the last round. I added them in the last post of the poll thread, in case you're interested here they are:

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    For this round there are no special reasons, rejected pieces are unfinished or not good enough

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    This was tough, lots of good entries.

    I voted for cannibalcandy because the rendering on the creature was superb - love the gold accents! The description was fun and interesting as well.

    Marco Mazzoni (if I'm spelling your name wrong, I'm sorry) was a very close second. Love the organic look and coloring of the creature. Nice.

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    A lot of good entries, with many hard choices. I ended up voting for Cloister (explained below), but it was a difficult decision!

    Cloister - I actually liked the second incarnation better, rather than this third one with the shadow of Cupid. I love the skin color, and how you've worked with light and shadow, especially the little flecks of gold and red embers. All in all a very serene piece.

    Cannibalcandy - The colors were superb, and the armor really made it, but it just bothered me that it was so dolphin-like. I agree with your historical concept, as far as "head of this, tail of that" that the Greeks and Romans loved so much, but...

    Adonihs - The floppy ears were cute! The small, glassy eyes, along with the chin-beads - very nice - it screams "Pet me!"

    Bluefooted - the old-style wood-cut was really working for me. The high amount of detail...drool...

    Marco Mazzoni - One heck of a kick-ass pet. I liked how you worked the light/shadow.

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    Bluefooted: I thought you had an outstanding illustration, but it didn't feel as close to the title of Cupid's Pet necessarily. Inspiring image really, your style is one of my favorites on here... unique with rich colors.

    Cannibalcandy: You got my vote, from the very beginning it looked like an animal that might appear in greek mythology or something. The colors, layout and gentle creature seems like something Cupid would have around. The ornate jewelry was a nice touch

    Dragonforlunch: I loved your scene, and your animal...but the background owl and border distracted my eyes from the creature itself. He's an interesting design, I've been noticing you improving each round. Great stuff!

    SuperV: You know I'm a big fan of yours I laughed at this guy. The flying pig was well executed, and would have had my vote if not for a couple other really strong ones making my decision difficult.

    JakkaS: Really interesting creature, it seems like you have an entire new planet in your mind... as your stuff always stays consistently believable yet alien. He looks like he might ignore cupid to graze in the pastures though lol.

    Chuck,mate.: Maaan, I love your work Every submission on any challenge brings a smile to my face. You always put enough detail and humor and character to sell the picture. Just fun!

    Marco Mazzoni: This guy is sweet! Reminded my wife of He-Man's pet tiger! I loved everything but the color on the beast to be honest. I loved your back story.

    jfwalls: Hahahaha... you're description! Dude I had an awesome laugh from your entry, when you posted "oh its just a furby." Cute.

    JLAlfaro: Really honorable entry, it feels like he'd make a great pet for Cupid. I like the design.

    Lots of other interesting ones, Joey-b keep on improving man you've come a long way already Penumbra I liked your render, but I'd have loved to have seen him tie into Cupid in another way other than holding arrows. navarrot really pleasing style, interesting two people chose the flying pig! Thalion My wife loves yours, but is he stealing Cupid's Job?! hehe. wizo5454 Cute little creature, I really enjoyed stopping to look at this one. Maybe some more color variation on his fur and lighting could have really popped him out of the scene. Nice gentle pet though.

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    My vote goes to Marco Mazzoni- amazing concept, Superb shapes, very nice lights and shadows. Animal is original and I really like it.

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    Cannibalcandy: My favourite one almost from the moment I saw it, thus it got my vote. I agree with Frostdrake that it seems a little too dolphin-like, but I voted for it anyway because the exocution was superb.

    Bluefooted: My second favourite, and I think best actual creature design, just doesn't fit the theme as well as cannibalcandy's did.

    Chuck,mate.: Third favourite. Really cute and funny, just didn't hit me quite as hard as the other two did. I love the expression on his face.

    It's too bad mine didn't make it, but I didn't expect it too. I'll work harder next time!

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    vote goes to Marco mazzoni, for concept idea and execution- love the movement on it as well. I keep waiting for them to take the next step- love it!

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    Alright, voting time!

    bluefooted: Looks like you might win another star, based on the votes you already have, compared to others. Very nice detailed drawing. I agree with what others said about the color though, I'm afraid I mean the ones that didn't like the color. The background is too saturated and similarly colored like the foreground. Also, the front left paw looks a little anatomically challanged. But since the overall drawing is so nicely done and with patience delicately detailed - Nice peace, no doubt!

    Arron: Something very feminine about your piece. Soft and pink. The shooting arrows in the eye part though, ruined it for me. Don't do that with your pets or anyone, not even if your pet is a ball with a face and legs!

    Stephan_R That is definitely one of my favourites here! Man, the style is working so well and it's sooo cute! Cupid is a little different than I had imagined him ;p Does the little goat have mirror yes? Silver, it looks like. Trippy!

    navarrot: Yours is the one I'd most likely expect to find on a card, or as a graphic in a magzine or on a website. Very professional, graphic style! Solid, cute - but not my winner.

    Chuck,mate: Strong as usual. But farting? Really? Naaa...
    adhonis: Yay for cuteness! One of my faves here, just so adorable. Kind of like "Knut" the little polar bear in Berlin, making all the Germans go crazy! Adorable!
    Penumbra: Man, I just read your description! Excellent!!! "Groovy scene, baby!" Hehehe, you almost get my vote. The arrow, where the feathers are, needs a little improvement though and the creature could be a bit more... original. Right now it's a vulture. Cartoony, but still just a vulture, thus not all out creative. Yes? Ok, cool, maybe next time I'll vote for you!

    JakkaS: You get my vote. You are just superb.

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    zeldalady: Good concepts. The body and head seem a bit flat. They Need more highlighting and darker shadows.

    Penumbra: Nice rendering, though the combination between realistic and cartoony is a bit uneven. Looks like the head part is overly cartoony, and the body is almost hyperrealistic. A bit more balance would help the image.

    Joey-b: I like that you shaped the creature like a heart. The design is a bit unrealistic because of it's simplicity though.

    Tommoy: Very cute. The eyelashes are a bit too heavy though. They are so black they take up all the attention.

    JoeSolo: Good to turn the concept around and look at it from the other side. The creature itself is perhaps a bit too much gorilla/ape like to really stand out.

    Frostdrake: Nice and fuzzy looking creature. The feathers are very nice. I would have liked a bit more expression though.

    Azathoth: Nice imp. Rendering could use a bit more work.

    Cloister: Lovely color scheme, especially in the highlights. Cupid himself suffers a bit compared to the part of the head.

    Irish_Jim: Very colorfull. I think you could have take the design a bit further. And try some less saturated colors next time.

    cannibalcandy: Lovely design and colors. very little to crit. The only part that looks weird is the purple shadow areas in the clouds.

    Greenjack: Nice concept, could use more shadows to create a more "3d" look.

    Colrouphobic: Love bug, nice name. The creature looks a bit unbalanced, its hard to read. Mainly because the hairs look more like a wig then hairs growing out of its body. The head looks like you used the dodge tool for the highlights. I dont know if you used this, but if you did you will find you can control it better if you use hand picked colors.

    JLAlfaro: Nice work on the wings. It looks a bit too mean to be cupids pet. Nice to see another take on the subject though. The kid looks a bit under rendered compared to the creature though.

    Thalion: Nice to see a sloth in there, but for a design challenge it should have gotten a more radical approach.

    gnahz: NIce and simple concept. The eyes on the side dont really come across as eyes, more like ticks or something. Some area around it to make them stand out more would make them work imo.

    Chuck,mate.: Nice and well colored. Could use a bit more of the Chuck,mate rendering love.

    adonihs: Nice rendering and cute pet. I still think it's very much cat-like instead of a fantasy mix. I think it would be nice to have some lion like manes on there for example.

    dimezanime88: Good combination of creatures. Some parts could be rendered more fur-like though. And some more color variation would make it a bit more interesting.

    Izu: Great rendering on the toad. Nice work on the bubbles and the scales. Cupid pales a bit in comparison. I would really loved to have seen a bigger picture.

    flashrabbit: Nice concept and very well drawn. I love the slightly distorienting eye on the squid body. Like the Izu's picture I would have liked to see a bigger picture.

    jfwalls: Nice style and colors. I like how you worked the cartoony paintery style to the maximum. It doesnt immediatly strike me as cupids pet though.

    wizo5454: Nice work. The rendering seems a bit blurry in pieces. And I would like to have seen a bit more detail in the face to give it a better focal point.

    longwrat: Very likeable concept and a great name. The rendering is good,but some more extreme hightligts on the belly and chin area would make the silhouette better.

    junon: Looks good. The rendering of the tail stands out a bit too much. Looks a bit hasty. I like the concept of the tail becoming the arrows. That is very original.

    navarrot: Nice and simple image. Flying pigs are the way to go this round. I like the texture.

    dragon4lunch: Nicely rendered concept, with the signature dragon4lunch facial features and color scheme. I think it would have been better without the little cherub on top because he looks a bit underdeveloped.

    bluefooted: Amazing style and rendering. I love the outlines and the textury look of the coloring. Its not immediatly recognizable as cupids pet, but very worth of a vote anyway.

    HFix: Good concept, although a bit macaber for this theme imo. I think the rendering could use more shadowing and highlighting.

    JakkaS: Lovely detailed concept. I like the detail of the bow-like horns. I enjoy your quadrupeds very much. The wings look very convincing as well. Im not really digging the eyes on the creature. They look very small and a bit flattish. But overall a+ (as always)

    Arron: Funny concept, Im not really sure the feet fit with the whole concept, but I like it anyway. Overall I Think I would like it better if it had just one creature that was rendered and detailed a bit more.

    Stephan_R: Whoa, big rendered ass! Hehe. Lovely coloring. The concept of the Bert is very cute, even if it still very much looks like a normal lamb. The excellent rendering of the skin of the fat cupid kinda outshines the creature.

    Nisse-Bula: Very smooth rendering. And maybe because of this it looks a bit clinical and makes me wonder what it would look like with some texturing

    Marco Mazzoni: Great colors as always. Looks very mean to be a cupid's pet though and the image is a bit dark for such a light hearted concept.

    Verithin: Nice concept. The face seems a bit flat compared to the body. The blurring of the wings is a bit weird, they do not seem to connect to a single point.

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    My vote went to cannibalcandy. I was really impressed with the how the paint was handled and the idea behind it. great job.

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    - I could not agree more. I been really focused on getting my painting, anatomy and other skills up. I Think I have been neglecting making character, creature etc that stand out. I Think that should be one of my next tasks in my journey.

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    JoeSolo, thank you very much--colors are really hard for me to get even somewhat right, so I'm glad you like what I've done in this one. Could you tell me what exactly is wrong with the front of the body? I did use a reference to try and get it right, but I guess I didn't do that good a job ^^; But I agree with you completely about the leg--it does look rather stiff. I don't think I'll have time to fix for this contest, but I'll have to watch for that next time. =) Thanks again!
    The muscles of the legs are too far from the chest from what I am seeing, and the connection of the muscles is not clear. Here is my take on reference, it is something I have learned recently, or at least grasped. Everyone says use ref, use ref, use ref. And as a person you get ref, and you draw and paint some stuff and they keep giving crits that make it sound like they don't get you are using ref, and here is why. Just getting a piece of ref, looking at it, and trying to implement it does not do anything. Why? all you are doing is mimicking what you see. What you need to do with ref, is understand what is going on. Maybe draw on top of it, or do sketches to understand the connections and shapes you want to pull from it. Mimicking it can still make your stuff look around cause you are essentially copying lines without knowing why. Reference only helps when you understand what you are looking at and are mentally and physically (drawing or painting etc.) piecing together how it works. That way you are actually learning something from each piece of reference and it is not something you depend on every time because eventually you will actually know. Thats what I have come to learn about it anyway, others might disagree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supervlieg View Post
    Verithin: Nice concept. The face seems a bit flat compared to the body. The blurring of the wings is a bit weird, they do not seem to connect to a single point.
    Supervlieg: Thanks for the feedback... you're right about the face I think, I was going for the valentine heart shape and maybe focused to much on that... or maybe it's because I was crankin' last night to get it done. As far as the wings go... I should have blured the middle ones more... supposed to be flappin' like a hummingbird.

    I'll write my comments / feedback for everyone later tonight... great work though everybody. Glad I could finally get an entry in and join you all.

    I voted for bluefooted... just hit all the right chords for me, mystical, fantastic, soft, peaceful, wonderfully rendered... really a gorgeous piece. Great work!!

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    note

    added bluefooted's entry image and also Wasker's entry, he was posting his entry during my poll set up, so it was too late only a few minutes

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    I voted at supervlieg's little pig.
    I like the style and the humoristic badass piggy. It's stuff like that I like to do aswell.

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    I guess that today, it's the background. I knew I should have cleaned the colors instead of hiding what was wrong with a stupid thing. \o/
    Well, for reasons I spoke about in the submission thread, I'm hesitating between Longwrat, Junon and Cannibalcandy. I hope you won't mind me thinking a bit more about it. Very, very hard round to judge.

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    Nuru: Thank you for the comment earlier!

    Supervlieg: Thanks for the crit. People have told me that before but I don't really know how to do that . An overpaint or guidelines would be really appriciated.

    I voted for Cannibalcandy in this round. Really nice creatures, colours and jewellery.

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    I voted Nisse-Bula, I liked and agreed with ambiguous feeling of love,,, it could be vicious looking snake like creature with certain grace... I just like this idea.
    Execution is very nice too... I wish you put some more intriguing environment around it to hint on the unpredictable and complex nature and action of the creature. Like beautify of the world around it... Emptiness is not that good I think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nisse-Bula View Post
    Supervlieg: Thanks for the crit. People have told me that before but I don't really know how to do that . An overpaint or guidelines would be really appriciated.
    I dont think you need an overpaint but you should definitely try the custom brushes in photoshop (or if you dont use ps, try it!) Take a look at some tutorials in the sticky to see what brushes and techniques these guys use. Also you might wanna try overlay a scanned image with some texture and put it to multiply or whatever layer style you prefer and erase the parts you dont need. This way you can easily texture your creatures (and other stuff as well ofcourse)

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    My favourites are dragon4lunch and bluefooted's entries. I will vote for dragon4lunch's contribution because it's so wonderfully bizarre yet very believeable. Nisse-Bula, I like your entry, but I agree with Supervlieg, more texture would definitely make your entry stronger. I'm also fond of junon's design, lovely critter.

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    Marco Mazzoni was def my fave. I think it was good concept and the design and was cool without being all cutsey. The cutsey ones are ok just not my cup of tea.

    canibalcandy, cloister and penumbra were really close as well. So close in fact it came down to the written descriptions that put me over the edge, though penumbra's made me laugh out loud.

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    There was alot of really bizarre stuff on this thread. Stephan_R's work Stuck out the most to me. The color and the character's go well with eachother. Plus its the funniest thing I've seen today. Me vote goes to him.

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    I voted for Junon, because I think it was the best concept in so far as why cupid would have one as a pet.

    It was a close call though, many really visually stunning entries; cloister, cannibalcandy, JL Alfaro, bluefooted and Marco Mazzoni came close.
    I love the design of dragon4lunch's entry! And Izu's idea was awesome, and well painted, and Thalion's, just so adorable!

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    supervlieg - thanks for the crit. Hair..well.. long hair has a tendency to fall like the, so it's no wonder you can't see where it starts, but I get where you're going. Head- yes, I used the dodge, mainly to get that slimey effect, which I wanted to stand out on the head. I tried many imes wih picking colours by hand, but every time I ended up with either metallic or matte sensation, with the dodgetool I got the slime... any tips on what to go for for an organic slime sensation are very much appreaciated. Dank uw voor de critique.

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    Marco Mazzoni got my vote - simply put, it's by far the best one. And thats for a very simple reason- it combines all aspects of this concept and the rules best. It's a pet, it's unique a unique type of creature (in this case it could have been unique period, since the character rule wasn't in play, but the fact that it isn't a character adds to it), it is very clear how it could be, specifically, cupids pet. It can follow at all times, as shown in picture, but also description furthers the emphais on why it is the pet of cupid.
    There are other good ones out there, possibly even better paintings, but this one is just the best concept and over-all execution.

    Bluefooted - Wonderful, I love that sensation you get in your paintings and it works very well, but it just doesn't reach up to Marco's pet... if there would be a second place, yours would be it imho.

    Supervlieg - one of the better pets, as it goes against the stereotype of "cupid has to have cuteness around him" that so easilly could be done. I have some issues with the heart thingy in the hair on the side, can't tell you exactly whats wrong, it just doesnt seem...correct...

    gnazh - adorable as it is, I just can't stop thinking- pokémon...

    adonihs - it's a very cute one, though I think I have to agree with supervlieg, I would want to see some manes going on. That or some features from other animals to blend out the "domestic cat" sensation.
    It doesn't really lok like a cat, but it feels like a cat.

    cannibalcandy - okay, now people are going to hate me, but: This one is not that good at all.
    To start off with, the dolphin is picked as a base- the dolphin being a symbol of Poseidon, who hates cupid because he is son of Aphrodite, who rejected Poseidon.
    The dolphin is also a "cute and cuddly" type pet, though that's my own prefferences coming in, I just like to be contrary.
    The colour is pink, gets a bit stereotype, though you executed the colours very well.
    The wings: Other people mentioned them as slightly wonky, and there is something about them that just looks ...weird. The leftmost one, from our point-of-view, sits too much to the center in comparison to the other one, possibly it's also shorter.
    The shadows on the clouds- I have a hard time deciding which dolphin they originate from- if from the "front view" one, then there is one strip of shadow too many, and if from the other one, then the shadow bends the wrong way.

    The reason why I spend this much time pointing out "wrongs" is not to put you down, or to seem like a prick, but rather justifying to people how I could think it isn't amongst the best ones.
    Colourwise and texture wise this one is very good though, far better then mine.

    JLafaro - again a very nice entry, though it looks a bit too much like a dog to me to be a "creature". Nothing wrong at all wih the execution though.

    Cloister - nice one! Though if it wasn't for the faded cupid next to it, I wuld have never guessed it was a pet, just by looking at the image- then again, the same could be said about my entry

    Irish_Jim - the green contrasts a bit too much against the purple&pink for my taste. One of the "arms" seem a bit off as far as anatomy goes, otherwise it looks good.

    Greenjack - There is a big difference in style between the lips (that are almost photorealistic) and the rest (which is more vector-ish). It makes it look non-homogenous.

    loads of others - running out of time, job beckons, I will try to comment on everyone later, but the general state of the rest is either not too defined a creature, or a bit blurry/hazy image, with unclear lines.
    Which means- good job, but try to define your images a bit more, either by defining the creature a bit more (anatomy), or by defining and finnishing the image more.



    Please take my critiscism with a grain of salt- Im no expert, I just call out what I see.... Im most often not as good a painter/artist as the ones I comment on, but I try my best to help finding things that an be improved with everyone. I hope to get the same back

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    i voting for junon's because- lets be honest it doesnt take a genius to know there are very few entries which are actually solid and show some creativity beyond slapping a pair of wings on some cute animal, his being one of these unique ones.

    Its hard for me to believe that some of them even got into the voting stage and are actually receiving votes, this was my first time participating in this competition, ans I've been dissapointed with the level of creativity and technical skills required to qualify for voting.

    I dont want to attack the community, but people seem to be close minded when it comes to seeing something new and original (in regards to many of the concepts which passed and did not). Given the nature of this forum I was hoping to see more outside of the box thinking.

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