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Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 08:40 AM Reply

lmao

Newbies, listen up!!

Creature of the Week (COW) is a forum activity that was popular a few years ago, but stopped, and now I'm reviving it. The idea is that each Monday a theme for a creature is given, and you must draw that creature until the end of Sunday. The next Monday a new COW and a voting thread for the previous COW starts. There is no prize for the winner (except for bragging rights, obviously), but COW is a fun activity to take part in, and you're sure to improve your drawing skills if you participate each week :)

This weeks theme: Snow Creator

Pretty self explanatory. This creature's body somehow creates what we call snow.

Deadline: Sunday, 15th of March

THE RULES (follow these or I'll be sad :( )
-Only one entry per user.
-You cannot post old work. All pieces must be created specifically for COW.
-No human likeness.
-You cannot post a picture of an existing animal, or a combination of existing animals (in other words, no lion monkeys or zebra flies).
-A description for your creature is recommended, but not necessary.
-No MS Paint
- All other Art Forum rules apply.

Have fun! Don't be shy to post WIPs and ask for critiques. We're all here to learn, after all :)

Also, be sure PM me ideas for new themes.

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 08:44 AM Reply

At 3/9/09 08:40 AM, idiot-monarch wrote: lmao

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 11:02 AM Reply

Well, I immediately got to it, so here is the first WIP of my Snow Creator,
Having no other means of defence it shoots a fine vapour out of the nine holes on it's back when in danger. In the cold atmosphere it lives in, the vapour almost immediately deposits and turns to snow, granting the snow creator a means of escape.

I left the skeleton/frame in in this picture. I never used such an elaborate frame for a drawing before, so tell me what you think of it.
Also, is it perhaps too much like an Elephant?

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 11:28 AM Reply

At 3/9/09 11:02 AM, J-qb wrote: Stuff

Pretty cool. I like the concept, but yeah, it is a bit similar to an elephant. Perhaps make him generally slimmer? That would kinda makes sense seeing as he uses the snow as a diversion to get away.

Right now I'm messing around with the idea of a creature that shoots its eggs (that we think is snow) into the sky, so that they'd spread out and get to safe places where they can develop (kinda got this idea from how some plants spread out).

I know it's not technically snow, but I think it works with the theme as long as we think it's snow (I did say "what we call snow" in the first post).


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 11:39 AM Reply

Sorry for double post, but here's a very rough sketch of idea.

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 12:13 PM Reply

I think the rule about no animal combos is dumb and needlessly restrictive. All the creatures I draw are combos of various real animals. All this rule does is make it harder for people to participate in an otherwise fun activity.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 12:29 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 12:13 PM, Vousielle wrote: I think the rule about no animal combos is dumb and needlessly restrictive. All the creatures I draw are combos of various real animals. All this rule does is make it harder for people to participate in an otherwise fun activity.

Sorry, but I'm not changing that one. I think it adds to the challenge and gets the creative juices flowing, which develops more interesting results. If everyone made stuff like this, it would really ruin the activity.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 12:33 PM Reply

The Ice Parasite, a creature produces massive quantities of ice from its back, creating storms that it utilises to protect itself from harm.

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 12:38 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 12:33 PM, Bassomen wrote: The Ice Parasite, a creature produces massive quantities of ice from its back, creating storms that it utilises to protect itself from harm.

"A creature THAT produces". Forgot the THAT. Crap. : )


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 12:39 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 12:33 PM, Bassomen wrote: The Ice Parasite

Woah, that's pretty cool. I love his face and the pose.

It sad that all of your stuff gets quality raped :(


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 12:42 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 12:39 PM, idiot-monarch wrote:
At 3/9/09 12:33 PM, Bassomen wrote: The Ice Parasite
Woah, that's pretty cool. I love his face and the pose.

It sad that all of your stuff gets quality raped :(

Thank you very much!

And I know... I was dreading that the quality would drop once posted, but, oh well.
It was fun doin' it, so no worries. : )


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 01:46 PM Reply

I drew my monster-in-the-tree on iSketch.

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 01:48 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 01:46 PM, Wivernryder wrote: I drew my monster-in-the-tree on iSketch.

How is it relevant to the theme? Read the opening post, don't just post some random drawing.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 01:50 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 01:46 PM, Wivernryder wrote: I drew my monster-in-the-tree on iSketch.

and he wonders why he is ridiculed....


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 02:05 PM Reply

How is it relevant to the theme? Read the opening post, don't just post some random drawing.

Maybe the creature shoots ice from its eyes while cowering in the darkness of the trees!
Or spits stalactites. Or, shit, something like that.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 02:38 PM Reply

My monster inhabits hollow trees, the ice created by its body slowly rotting it from the inside. When the tree dies, it moves to a new one.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 02:53 PM Reply

Its weak mandibles can't chew very well, so it uses its sharp teeth to peel off the soft rotting wood on the inside, and that is what it feeds on.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 03:01 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 02:53 PM, Wivernryder wrote: Stuff

Next time be sure to include the description in the post with your pic.
And it would be lovely if you would work on the picture a bit more, it looks very messy right now.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 03:25 PM Reply

Here's My Creature
It Fly's around the sky at night
Taking in moisture through its many elongated scales
all the moisture that is not used up by its body is ejected as snow.

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 03:29 PM Reply

Sweetness! Glad to see COW back :) Hopefully I'll make something, snow is always fun when making creatures!

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 03:35 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 03:01 PM, idiot-monarch wrote:
At 3/9/09 02:53 PM, Wivernryder wrote: Stuff
Next time be sure to include the description in the post with your pic.
And it would be lovely if you would work on the picture a bit more, it looks very messy right now.

Yeah, can't really do that. It got erased as soon as I left the room. I took a screenshot of it with an outside program. A really cruddy outside program, I might add.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 04:44 PM Reply

I'll make something, most def

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 04:50 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 03:25 PM, vylent wrote: Here's My Creature
It Fly's around the sky at night
Taking in moisture through its many elongated scales
all the moisture that is not used up by its body is ejected as snow.

That's kinda cool. Reminds me of those Chinese dragons. I'd work on the background and would refine the shadows a bit, though.

At 3/9/09 03:29 PM, AwesomeSaurus wrote: Sweetness! Glad to see COW back :) Hopefully I'll make something, snow is always fun when making creatures!

It would be awesome if you could madk something. Always nice to see your stuff, especially your COW work.

At 3/9/09 03:35 PM, Wivernryder wrote:
At 3/9/09 03:01 PM, idiot-monarch wrote:
At 3/9/09 02:53 PM, Wivernryder wrote: Stuff
Next time be sure to include the description in the post with your pic.
And it would be lovely if you would work on the picture a bit more, it looks very messy right now.
Yeah, can't really do that. It got erased as soon as I left the room. I took a screenshot of it with an outside program. A really cruddy outside program, I might add.

Too bad. Just work on it a bit more next time, ok? :)

I'm not trying to offend you or anything, I just don't want people to submit half-assed stuff. I actually quite like the idea behind yours.

At 3/9/09 04:44 PM, tmkunt wrote: I'll make something, most def

glad to see this thing running again

Awesome, I love your work :)


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 05:14 PM Reply

no MS paint???
dang how can i do it then???


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 05:20 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 05:14 PM, deathofghosts wrote: no MS paint???
dang how can i do it then???

Art Rage 2 (I really like this one)
GIMP
Paint.NET (not too fond of this)

All free programs, all better than Paint.

Drawing made in MS Paint are usually really shitty.


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 05:47 PM Reply

mine doesnt shoot shit from its back....but this is my WIP

this is the idea...a small creature that actually creates the snow and halls it up by the load....i dont know if i will finish this cause im no good at colouring but i will try get most of it done

thats a chisel in his hands

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 05:59 PM Reply

At 3/9/09 05:47 PM, SmilingIdiot wrote: mine doesnt shoot shit from its back....but this is my WIP

this is the idea...a small creature that actually creates the snow and halls it up by the load....i dont know if i will finish this cause im no good at colouring but i will try get most of it done

thats a chisel in his hands

Hehe, that's a nifty idea. Just don't make it too human like :)

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I think I'm done with mine.

The Snow Lizard.

The Snow Lizard is an animal that lives in low temperatures, and shoots it s eggs into the sky so that their young could spread and develop in places hard to reach by predators. These eggs are often times considered snow, since they look and act similarly to snow.

The Snow Lizard has four phases of development.

Phase One: The eggs that are often thought to be snow. The eggs are tossed around in the wind, and most of them end up in hard to reach places like treetops.

Phase Two: The Youngling. In this phase the lizard grows and uses the resources that were given to it by its parent. The youngling barely moves, and sleeps most of the time, letting its body develop.

Phase Three: The Lizard. In this phase, The Snow Lizard is fast, agile and active. The females feed, so that they could have strong and healthy babies, and the males actively look for mates. The males usually die soon after mating.

Phase Four (female exclusive): The Parent. In this phase, the Snow Lizard is overweight, impregnated and dying. The Snow Lizard usually dies in the process of releasing their eggs into the sky, giving all their stored resources to their babies.

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 06:01 PM Reply

ffffffffffffffuuuuuuuu-

Forgot to delete sketch layer.

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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 06:09 PM Reply

Comments and critique appreciated :)

I love the idea of the little critter. You've got it perfectly developed. The art is also very very nifty, with clear and smooth coloring helping a lot.
AAAAND I was gonna say: The only downside I see in this illustration is the fact that you left the sketches behind the actual artwork and it makes it kinda messy. No so much that ruins the piece (of course not), but it's just me nitpicking, I guess.
But you've already fixed that so...

Great job, man. Great job!


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Response to Creature of the Week #51 Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 06:11 PM Reply

Oh, I also love the scale thing. Great attention to detail.


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