ScaryPotato: Nice and clean imagery. Perhaps the wavy, drooping shapes of the iceberg and the creature is a bit too similar.
Llothcat: A dogfrog? The image size makes me think it insignificant… even if the design itself is quite OK. The reflection of the iceberg in the water is interesting.
Kovah: Is it a boat or a fish? Far out… amusing.
Joey-b: Good one. The people and the house takes away some of the realistic touch of the creature.
Durin/Piru: In the upright position the creature becomes rather human-like. Hooves seems rather useless in an icy area. I like the little drawing better. It is however rather
funny in its grotesquery.
Njoo: I have seen too many round mouths with muli-layered tooth-sets, to enjoy this one. And the extreme camouflage-idea has also been used a lot here on COW. I like the way it’s painted, with traces of water media-spots. The little pic looks good.
Lodin: Good sense of movement/action. Good composition and mood. Dragons rule, but as a new creature design, this one isn’t unique enough imo.
Eric Gerhard: Nice idea with the comets /space icebergs. The colours get lost in the contrasts for some reason, and seem somehow randomly applied. What colour is the creature? Are the orange spots eyes?
Evil_Sloth: I like the colour of the octopus. It took me a long while to see that the thing happening in the foreground was a dog-span. The overall feel is a bit too sketchy for my taste.
zhay13: I like this one as a work of art. It has a weird nightmarish mood that I really enjoy, but as a COW I find it hard to make out the creature’s appearance. (The front pose of the closest one isn’t very clear, and the background ones are too small.)
kid_militia: I think it looks like a whale with a giant clam on top of it. The way the splash of the water is done creates a sharp border between the two creatures, giving the piece a collage/cut out feel.
Cloister: Good work! You managed to capture that mystical feel which rings of mythology and mystery. This is what you’re after. Too bad the voters doesn’t share your love of these attributes… and too bad Tyranx outdid you by a billion light-years again. Shape up! You’re better than this!
Moai: I agree with supervlieg about the outlines, especially since there is no trace of them on the icebergs. The size doesn’t come through in the painting. Some reference is needed, I think (a boat or an airplane perhaps), unless you manage to use fading or perspective to get size across. The shape of the head is inspiring.
Blue: I know backgrounds aren’t necessary, but they make creatures come alive, even if they’re simple. He looks greedily on that chunk of ice.
VegasMike: Power and atmosphere. I have some trouble reading the creature. (Where do all those fins go?) The tail-fin and the one which is lifted above the surface reach a higher level, than the rest, I think.
Michael Jaecks: The smaller black spots outside the iceberg are gathered in little groups which seem to make out little force-fields. I like the sculptural feel.
Xgabo: Powerful! The placing of the horizon could have been lower. Right now attention is drawn to the bear, rather than the creature. Below surface I’d like to have seen some extra variation on the turtle. The ”skin” is rather monotonous, I think (same size and colour bumps everywhere) Perhaps the silhoutte fish are needlessly many, and a bit randomly applied. Good piece, nevertheless.
cowboy surfer: It looks smaller than it is… something for size-comparison is needed, I think. The iceberg gets lost in there, and the creature is rather featureless.
Fozzybar: It is a funny creature, but I think you are better than this. Next round – show me how you won this competition.
wizo5454: You made improvements while you went along, but for some reason, I still like your initial b/w sketch the most. I think the sketchy surroundings somewhat swallows the creature in this one.
BlkCelebration: One of the best creatures, this round. I’m considering putting my vote on this one. I like the strong character/personality of the head. The world behind the beast is so ”small”, it looks a bit as if the creature is coming up from the edge of the world. The closest waves need some more detail, I think.
JakkaS: Look at supervliegs crit.
Vonky: The joints looks unnatural. But the overall impression is very imaginative and charming. Keep it up!
cognition.sb: Plain creature, but rather believable. I would enjoy the film. Monotonous waves, but very lifelike (I suspect you stole them off a photo, which you can of course..) I’m thinking about voting for this one. I like the fact that I find the creature boring, but like it yet the same… that is I ought to find it boring, but I don’t – and that makes it interesting.
ckaos@om: The size doesn’t come through despite the birds. When you make creatures so close to existing ones, a lot of energy has to go into the texture and detail.
Ostrander: Jaws! Big mouths must come on big ideas. The presentation idea is amusing, but the creature gets lost behind the iceberg and the mouth,
Tom Garden: This one grows. It is nothing but a spiky clump with eyes, yet it holds some real interest. Surprisingly effective for such an alien design. Cool!
Gep: Colourwise it becomes monotonous. The depth and atmosphere is good. The creature themselves look a bit too mechanical for me.
Tyranx: The illustration (atmosphere, light, texture, dimensions etc) rules supreme! The creature is (except for its size) rather plain and would have looked boring in most contexts. You make it powerful and believable, but it is still a rather uneventful creature, whose hind parts remain a mystery. Do you have a preference for close to monochrome creatures? The penguins add a lot of warmth and life.
I don’t like that one of its ”arms” has a biceps… and that the leftmost penguin gets grey about where it crosses the background iceberg.
Vote goes to Cognition SB - A featureless creature that I ought to dislike, but which holds a strange power in its simplicity and would work very well in a film. This round feels very good, but when I searched for great design, I couldn't really find anything fantastic.